Hair, Nails, Dehydration, and Alcohol
by Dusty R. Green, M.Ed., Research Scientist/Author
Anti-Alcohol Antioxidants have several benefits.
In one interesting study, researchers reported that a group of rats
were given a dose of acetaldehyde (a poison formed as a by-product of alcohol and tobacco smoke ... stuff that causes hangovers) large enough to kill 90 percent of them.8
A different group was given a combination of
vitamin B1 and
there were no deaths. As a result of this landmark study, we now know how the right combinations of vitamin B1, vitamin C, cysteine, and
glutathione inhibit the free radical pathologies of acetaldehyde poisoning.
Since alcohol is extremely dehydrating
and acidic, I suggest you drink a glass of water (preferably
soda water) with each cocktail. Dehydration
combined with acid significantly adds to headache hangovers.
In addition, consuming alcoholic beverages
results in the generation of
free radicals. People who drink a
lot of alcohol often suffer a hangover because of massive free
radical-induced cellular damage. This assault can wreak short-term havoc throughout the body and
these same damaging free
radicals are associated with accelerated aging.
An interesting side-effect of taking this supplement on a regular basis is the production of stronger/thicker nails and hair. If you happen to be taking
this supplement for hair and nails, I recommend one to three capsules three times per day. Cysteine, is the most abundant nutrient in human hair, comprising about eight percent.10
Deficiency can lead to unhealthy hair and/or hair loss and dandruff.
Serving Size - 6 caps. Servings
/ Container - 16. 100 Caps/Bottle
Amount / Serving
(as ascorbic acid) (Roche)
(as D-alpha tocopheryl)
Thiamin (vitamin B1)(as thiamine HCl)
Selenium (as selenium selenate)
Chlorophyllin (from sodium copper chlorophyllin)
Leucoselect Grapeseed extract(Vitis vinifera) [standardized to 95% proanthocyanidins (19 mg)]
Silymarin [from Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) seed extract]
kurroa root extract [standardized to 4% kutkin] (0.6 mg)
Barley grass juice 24:1 extract powder
[from whole red grape (Vitis vinifera) and
cuspidatum root extract]
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, magnesium stearate, rice flour. This product contains NO
wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, dairy. Contains NO sugar,
artificial color, sweetener, flavors or preservatives.
Leucoselect is a registered
trademark of Indena USA. U.S. Reg No. 2294439.
Picroliv is a registered trademark of Sabinsa Corp.
Astronomical Cost of Hangovers
Reprinted by permission from
Bill Faloon of The Life Extension Foundation
A landmark study
published in the Annals of Internal Medicine detailed
the enormous economic costs of lost productivity attributable to
hangovers: "In the United States, related absenteeism and
poor job performance cost $148 billion annually (average annual
cost per working adult, $2,000)."1
A study published in
the journal Alcohol demonstrated how antioxidants help
to maintain a healthy brain.2
Another study in the journal Artery confirmed a
specific toxic metabolite of alcohol (acetaldehyde) and
identified an antidote (N-acetyl-cysteine): "All
known pathways of ethanol metabolism result in the production of
acetaldehyde, a highly reactive compound.
an analogue of the dietary amino acid cysteine, binds
acetaldehyde, thus preventing its damaging effect on
These findings are not
surprising, considering that the consumption of alcohol inflicts
massive free radical damage throughout the body. When people are
exposed to a known toxic substance such as
it makes perfect sense to take a proven antidote-namely,
Life Extension's Anti-Alcohol
Antioxidants with HepatoProtection Complex is an improved
formula containing additional antioxidants designed to suppress
free radicals, neutralize toxic alcohol metabolites such as
protect against liver toxicity and hepatic injury commonly
associated with alcohol consumption. In addition to
vitamin B1, vitamin C, N-acetyl-cysteine and benfotiamine, this
new formula's HepatoProtection Complex provides potent doses of
these novel antioxidants:
- Chlorophyllin, an
antimutagenic agent that protects the body from oxidative
stress than can stimulate cellular mutation.
(from milk thistle), and
three hepatoprotective agents that aid in reducing mutagenic
compounds from potentially toxic xenobiotics and protecting
cells from free radial-induced oxidative stress.
- Picroliv Picrorhiza kurroa
root extract, containing antioxidant kutkins that scavenge
alcohol-induced excess free radicals, guard against
alcohol-induced damage to cells by lipid peroxidation, and
stimulate regeneration of cells (hepatocytes).
- Barley grass juice 24:1
extract, which enhances the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase,
thus inhibiting the formation of acetaldehyde malondialdehyde.
Taking the proper supplements
before and after drinking can help mitigate hangover effects
experienced by people suffering from acute alcohol toxicity.
Dosage and Use:
- Take one capsule with
each alcoholic beverage,
- A maximum of six capsules
- If no capsules are taken
with alcoholic beverages, take six capsules at bedtime.
This product does not prevent, reduce or modify any of the
mental impairment effects that alcohol induces. Consuming
alcohol and taking this product will not allow a person to
safely operate a vehicle or any other equipment. Do not
drink and attempt to drive.
Note: For those with addictions, an additional consideration
is to use
and d,l phenylalanine
in association with l-glutamine
for lessening the desire for alcohol and carbohydrates.
orotate also shows promise in the addictions arena along with
l-cysteine (NAC) for gambling addictions and/or other addictive
There seems to be a synergistic relationship with all of these
combined compared to any one single nutrient alone.
In addition, activated
charcoal/bentonite clay is the preferred choice for detoxification
of toxic substances and other poisons that can build-up in our bodies.
Keep out of reach of children,
Do not exceed recommended dose,
If you have a bad reaction,
discontinue use immediately,
Anti-Alcohol Antioxidants w/HepatoProtection Complex, please inform your physician.
Anti-Alcohol Antioxidants Vitamins -
Side Effects, Treatment, Facts |
& Alcohol |
Fatty Livers, Alcohol, & Artichoke
Liver Efficiency Formula
1. Wiese JG, Shipak MG, Browner WS. The alcohol hangover. Ann
Intern Med. 2000 Jun 6132(11):897-902.
2. Altura BM, Altura BT. Association of alcohol in brain injury,
headaches and stroke with brain-tissue and serum levels of
ionized magnesium: a review of recent findings and mechanisms of
action. Alcohol. 1999 Oct;19(2):199-30.
3. Vasev S, Mian T, Longerich L, et al. N-acetyl-cysteine
attenuates ethanol induced hypertension in rats. Artery. 1995;
4. Wickramasinghe SN, Hasan R. In vivo effects of vitamin C on
the cytotoxicity of post-ethanol serum. Biochem Pharmacol. 1994
5. Mitchell JJ, Paiva M, Heaton MB. The antioxidants vitamin E
and beta-carotene protect against ethanol-induced neurotoxicity
in embryonic rat hippocampal cultures. Alcohol. 1999 Feb;
6. Shman'ko, W. The selenium content of the body in experimental
animals and its effect on the functional biochemical status of
the liver in toxic injury. Fiziol Zh. 1996; 42(12):65-72.
7. Agar E, Boznak M, Amanvermez R, et al. The effect of ethanol
on lipid peroxidation and gluathione level in the brain stem of rats. Neuroreport. 1999 Jan 3;10(8):1799-801.
8.Oeriu, S., and Vochitu, E. "The effect of the administration of compounds which contain sulfhydril groups on the survival rates of mice, rats, and guinea pigs." Journal of Gerontology. 1965, 20:417.
9. Anderson, R., Theron, A.J., and Ras, G.J. "Regulation by the antioxidants ascorbate, cysteine, and dapsone of the increased extracellular and intracellular generation of reactive oxidants by activated phagocytes from cigarette smokers." American Review of Respiratory Diseases. 1987,
10. Pearson, D. and Shaw, S. Life Extension. Warner Books, New York. 1982, p. 267.
11. Pearson, D. and Shaw, S. "Cysteine-the sulfur connection." Anti-Aging News. 1982, 2:5.
12. Forman, H.J., Rotman, E.I., and Fisher, A.B. "Role of selenium and sulfur containing amino acids in protection against oxygen toxicity." Laboratory Investigation. 1983, 49:148.
13. Springe, et al. "Protectants against acetaldehyde toxicity: Sulfhydryl compounds and ascorbic acid." Federal Proceedings. Federation of the American Society for Experimental Biology. 1974, 172:233.
14. Sprince, et al. "L-ascorbic acid in alcoholism and smoking: Protection against acetaldehyde toxicity as an experimental model." International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. 1977, 47:185.