Sarsaparilla(Smilax ornata or regelii) is a perennial trailing vine with a prickly stem that is native to Central America. An extract of the root has long been used as a flavoring for sodas – the so-called “Root Beer”. In Cell Hydrator™ Sarsaparilla is used as a dried powdered extract. It is a popular herbal remedy in many cultures including traditional Chinese medicine.Peer-reviewed studies have shown Sarsaparilla to have anti-oxidant properties and traditional uses include detoxification, to help relieve pain and even to cleanse the blood. In herbal medicine today, it is used mostly in combination with other herbs for its tonic, detoxifying, blood purifying, and lymph-cleansing properties.**
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) is a large tree related to the common elm. The mucilaginous inner bark of the slippery elm has long been used as a demulcent - an agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane. In Cell Hydrator™ Slippery Elm is used as a dried powdered extract. Native Americans have long used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It was also taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and stomach problems.**
Goldenseal(Hydrastis canadensis) is a perennial herb related to the buttercup.It has thickened root rhizomes that are extracted to give the goldenseal herbal extract. In Cell Hydrator™ this is used as a dried powdered extract.The Latin name “Hydrastis” is derived for the words for “water” and “to accomplish”.The herbal extract, when used alone, is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and is considered a mucous membrane tonic.*The primary active compounds, hydrastine and berberine, are isoquinoline alkaloids and are responsible for the strong yellow color and distinctive smell of the extract.
Betaine Anhydrous (also known as trimethylglycine) is a natural compound found in many foods with particularly high levels in sugar beet, wheat, and spinach. In Cell Hydrator™ betaine is used as a dry powder extracted from sugar beets.It’s main physiological role is as an “osmolyte” and it protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress (e.g. low water, high salinity, or extreme temperature). Its second function is as a methyl donor, where it participates in many biochemical reactions notably in the human liver and kidneys. Betaine has been extensively studied and is known to protect internal organs, improve cardiovascular risk factors, and enhance exercise performance and recovery.**