Through 14 years of research, culminating in a Phd in Biochemistry, Dr Libby has built a solid foundation of knowledge of plants and herbs, and the nutritional impact that they have within the body. The following studies showcase the amazing power of the ingredients she has selected for Bio Blends and highlight why they have been chosen for their respective products.
ORGANIC DAILY GREENS AND RADIANT REDS
Supplementing with blackcurrants supressed exercise-induced oxidative stress.
Lyall K, Hurst A, Cooney SM, Jensen J, Lo D, Hurst K, et al. Short-term blackcurrant extract consumption modulates exercise-induced oxidative stress and lipopolysaccharide-stimulated inflammatory responses. Am J Physiol Regul Inter Comp. 2009:297: 70-81.
Supplementing with nitrates (beetroot origin) reduces the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise.
Bailey SJ, Winyard P, Vanhatalo A, Blackwell JR, Dimenna FJ, Wilkerson DP, et al. Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise in humans. J Appl Physiol. 2009;107:1144–1155.
Hordeium vulgare (barley grass) leaves have potent anti-stress properties.
Yamaura K, Tanaka R, Bi Y, Fukata H, Oishi N, Sato H, et al. Protective effect of young green barley leaf (Hordeum vulgare L.) on restraint stress-induced decrease in hippocampal brain-derived neurotrophic factor in mice. Pharmacogn Mag. 2015 May;11(Suppl 1):S86-92.
Demonstrates wheat grass is a potent anti-hyperglycaemic agent in animal studies.
Shakya G, Randhi PK, Pajaniradje S, Mohankumar K, Rajagopalan R. Hypoglycaemic role of wheatgrass and its effect on carbohydrate metabolic enzymes in type II diabetic rats. Toxicol Ind Health. 2016 Jun;32(6):1026-32.
Taraxacium officinale (dandelion) acts as a diuretic in humans.
Clare BA, Conoroy RS, Spelman K. The diuretic effect in human subjects of an extract of Taraxacum officinale folium over a single day. J Altern Complement Med. 2009;15:929–934.
This study demonstrated that supplementation with broccoli extract containing glucoraphane is highly effective at improving liver function.
Masahiro K, Yusuke U, Hirokazu S, Rumiko U, Kota T, Yudai A, et al. Sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout extract improves hepatic abnormalities in male subjects. World J Gastroenterol. 2015, 21(43): tel:12457-12467.
This study demonstrates the potential of sulforaphane for the chemoprevention of breast cancer stem cells.
Li Y, Zhang T, Korkaya H, Liu S, Lee HF, Newman B, et al. Sulforaphane, a dietary component of broccoli/broccoli sprouts, inhibits breast cancer stem cells. Clin Cancer Res. 2010 May 1;16(9):2580-90
Curcumin (Turmeric) showed protective effects against liver and kidney toxicity.
Hashish EA, Elgaml SA. Hepatoprotective and Nephroprotective Effect of Curcumin Against Copper Toxicity in Rats. Indian J Clin Biochem. 2016 Jul;31(3):270-7.
Silymarin (St Mary’s thistle) improved diet-induced liver damage and insulin resistance in mice due to its anti-inflammatory activity.
Guo Y, Wang S, Wang Y, Zhu T. Silymarin improved diet-induced liver damage and insulin resistance by decreasing inflammation in mice. Pharm Biol. 2016 Jul 8:1-6.
This study indicates that Silymarin (St Mary’s thistle) accelerates liver regeneration.
Wu JP, Tsai CC, Yeh YL, Lin YM, Lin CC, Day CH, et al. Silymarin Accelerates Liver Regeneration after Partial Hepatectomy. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:603529
These results demonstrate that cynara scolymus (Globe artichoke) extracts have strong antioxidative protective potential.
Gebhardt R. Antioxidative and protective properties of extracts from leaves of the artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.) against hydroperoxide-induced oxidative stress in cultured rat hepatocytes. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 1997 Jun;144(2):279-86
This study suggests that gentian lutea (Gentian) leaves and roots exhibit considerable antioxidant properties.
Kusar A, Zupancic A, Sentjurc M, Baricevic D. Free radical scavenging activities of yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea L.) measured by electron spin resonance. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2006 Oct;25(10):599-604
This study demonstrates that glycyrrhizin (Licorice) and paeoniflorin (Paeonia) used in conjunction help balance sex hormones.
Takeuchi T, Nishii O, Okamura T, Yaginuma T. Effect of paeoniflorin, glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetic acid on ovarian androgen production. Am J Chin Med.1991;19(1):73–8.
Low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with metabolic disturbances in polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Wehr E, Pilz S, Schweighofer N, Giuliani A, Kopera D, Pieber TR, et al. Association of hypovitaminosis D with metabolic disturbances in polycystic ovary syndrome. Eur J Endocrinol. 2009 Oct;161(4):575-82.
Optimal selenium status was associated with decreased risk of depressive symptoms.
Conner TS, Richardson AC, Miller JC. Optimal serum selenium concentrations are associated with lower depressive symptoms and negative mood among young adults. Journal of Nutrition. 2015;145(1), 59-65
Seaweed (iodine) consumption was associated with lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome.
Teas J, Baldeón ME, Chiriboga DE, Davis JR, Sarriés AJ, Braverman LE. Could dietary seaweed reverse the metabolic syndrome? Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2009;18(2):145-54.