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UTONIC® Repair: the science

The key ingredients in UTONIC® Repair are blueberry, pomegranate and sour cherry, which all possess potent antioxidant qualities.

At UTONIC®, we believe that you are what you eat – and drink. UTONIC® drinks are made with targeted nutrients and concentrated whole foods to support specific functions in everyday life, helping you transform the way you feel. But how do they work? Here’s the science:

UTONIC® Repair is designed to heal your body from life’s daily endeavours.

The key ingredients in UTONIC® Repair are blueberry, pomegranate and sour cherry, which all possess potent antioxidant qualities.

Anti-oxidants are a defense system responsible for cellular protection against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when the production of oxidants and free radicals exceeds the ability of the body to cope with them. Nourishing the body with anti-oxidants helps to mop up the free radicals. The particular anti-oxidant that these fruits contain is called anthocyanin which also provides the colour pigment that gives the fruits and berries a blue, red or dark purple hue.

There are a number of studies that show benefit in supplementing the diet with the juice of these fruits.

Blueberries (McLeay 2012), pomegranate (Trombold et al 2011) and sour cherry juice (Bowtell 2011, Levers et al 2015, Howatson et al 2010) have also been shown to reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery post exercise.

These nutrients are combined with two ancient medicinal spices, turmeric and ginger, which respectively provide anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea functions.

Turmeric is an ancient spice and has been used in cooking and as a medicine for thousands of years. The most active component of turmeric is curcumin which is a rich source of compounds called curcuminoids, which act as an antioxidant and can have anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric has been linked with improving and managing a number of inflammatory conditions including digestive disorders, arthritis, cardiovascular conditions and infection (Pari et al 2008 and Gupta et al 2013).

Ginger is part of the same botanical family as curcumin and also has been used for thousands of years in cooking and medicine. The most common medicinal property of ginger is its use as an anti-nausea treatment. Most studies suggest that ginger is a safe and beneficial treatment for nausea (Giacosa et al 2015).

Ginger may also have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relief) properties. In a study, at 24 hours post exercise ginger supplementation reduced intensity of muscle soreness by approximately 24% (Black et al 2010). The likely mechanism of action behind this effect is that ginger and its components inhibit chemicals in the body that are associated with pain. Another study showed that ginger was better than a placebo in reducing chronic knee pain and could possibly be attributed to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties (Bliddal et al 2000).

UTONIC® Repair is a good source of Vitamin C.

 

References

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Bliddal H, Rosetzsky A, Schlichting P, Weidner MS, Anderson LA, Ibfelt HH, Christensen K, Jensen ON, Barslev J (2000). A randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over study of ginger extracts and Ibuprofen in Osteoarthritis, 8:9-12.

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Giacosa A, Morazzoni P, Bombardelli E, Riva A, Bianchi Porro G, Rondanelli M (2015). Can nausea and vomiting be treated with ginger extract? Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci, 19:1291-1296.

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Gupta SC, Patchva S, Aggarwal BB (2013). Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials. The AAPS Jour, 15(1):195-218.

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Howatson G, McHugh MP, Hill JA, Brouner J, Jewell AP, Van Someren KA, Shave RE, Howatson SA (2010). Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 20:843-852.

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Levers K, Dalton R, Galvan E, Goodenough C, O’Connor A, Simbo S, Barringer N, Mertens-Talcott SU, Rasmussen C, Greenwood M, Riechman S, Crouse S, Kreider R (2015). Effects of powdered Montmorency tart cherry supplementation on an acute bout of intense lower body strength exercise in resistance trained males. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 12:41.

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Mcleay Y, Barnes M, Mudel T, Hurst SM, Hurst RD, Stannard SR (2012). Effect of New Zealand blueberry consumption on recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 9:19

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Trombold JR, Reinfeld AS, Casler JR, Coyle EF (2011). The Effect of Pomegranate Juice Supplementation on Strength and Soreness after Eccentric Exercise. J Strength Cond Resear, 25(7):1782-1788.

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