Thursday, May 22, 2008

Soothing Greens & Constant Health Formulas

If you're a regular reader, you remember my many postings before we launched Cell Nutritionals Constant Health.

My newest project is our "Soothing Greens" formula, something I've been collaborating with Dr. Hugo Rodier on. There are many greens products, with all the great phytonutrients from veggies and algae, and I didn't want to do some kind of "me too" product.

Instead, I wanted to optimize a greens product for the gut, where most of the immune system resides and where absorption of nutrients happens. Dr. Rodier works with a lot of chronic conditions affecting the gut and asked for "more slippery elm" (a lot more) in our Constant Health product. Alas, no room in that jam-packed formula.

I had been planning a greens product as a complementary product to Constant Health and decided to put a really significant amount of slippery elm in the formula, along with glucosamine, which has been shown to help with mucous membrane health in the gut.

Questions arose such as: will the mucilaginous nature of slippery elm make for a gummy fluid?

I was a guinea pig and pulled some two dozen capsules of slippery elm apart and shook them up in a Constant Health drink. Not bad, I said. Tess and Marc looked at me skeptically as I sipped on the unsightly potion an hour later to see if the consistency had changed, which it hadn't, fortunately. :-)

When it comes to taste, the greens product will not be anywhere near as hard to flavor as was the spicy, antioxidant and bioflavonoid-rich Constant Health.

We're making some final formulation decisions on Soothing Greens tomorrow, and then it will be time to create a sample, which is the exciting part of this process. Stay tuned for more on Soothing Greens!

Oh yeah, for those of you who have already tried Constant Health, we're expecting a "new and improved" flavor sample to come in tomorrow or early next week.

Personally, I love our current French Vanilla flavor. Yet, enough people cannot seem to abide the flavors of turmeric and ginger (however healing they are) and thus we're working on richer flavors to mellow out those spicy notes!

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