A product called Survivor has just been released in Europe, it is designed to improve the liver’s response to alcohol and mitigate the negative effects it has on the body.
Both a blessing and a curse
This could be a blessing and a curse. No one wants to have a hangover in the morning after drinking a little too much. This is great news. However, in a society where alcoholism is relatively common, and drinking culture is generally accepted, taking away one of the body’s signals that perhaps we need to curb or cut back on our alcohol use may be a move in the wrong direction for some.
The product is marketed as: “a product which mitigates the harmful effects of alcohol and reduces the impact of alcohol-related side effects on an individual’s productivity.”
Product contains all things expected from a hangover “cure”
The product contains all the things expected from a hangover “cure,” electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Two specific compounds it contains focus on actually increasing the body’s natural response to alcohol.
Survivor contains 2 revolutionary ingredients focused on elevating dihydromyricetin (DHM)
In addition to the obvious electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and targeted herbal extracts, Survivor contains 2 revolutionary ingredients focused on elevating dihydromyricetin (DHM) and an extract of Pueraria lobata flos (not to be confused with the more commonly known Pueraria lobata radix – the root of the plant used as a treatment for alcoholics through aversion therapy).
Science behind Survivor
The science behind Survivor originates from a team of medical, nutritional and pharmacological experts, including Prof. Dr. med et Mag. phil Gertrude Kubiena, ex Vice President of the Red Cross, who states:
“Dihydromyricetin (also known as Ampelopsin) from Ampelopsis grossedentata alongside Pueraria lobata flos have individually been powerful ingredients in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Now they are coming to the attention of Western medicine.
Extracted to great purity and combined in Survivor, this fascinating combination targets the mechanisms which break down the inflammatory toxin acetaldehyde, the first metabolite of alcohol.
Given that one stream of medical thought holds that chronic inflammation is behind many of the major degenerative diseases that plague the West, speculatively, the potential long-term health consequences of Survivor could be enormous.”
Products such as this do exist
Products such as this do exist, and Survivor is not the only one. And individuals who are drinking regularly may be well supported by taking additional dietary supplementation to support liver and metabolic function. However, it must be remembered that the “hangover is the cure,” and that by drinking too much, our body tells us to slow down and rethink the decision next time – not find something to help drink more next time.
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