The proprietary bitters combination of Dr. Shade’s Bitters No. 9 includes dandelion, milk thistle, solidago (goldenrod), gentian, burdock, sweet orange essential oil, myrrh, juniper essential oil, and clove essential oil, delivered in the Etheric Delivery phospholipid encapsulation system.This liposomal delivery system not only more directly delivers therapeutic agents to the body,* but also provides phospholipids. Phospholipids, sourced from sunflower lecithin, form the external sphere of the Iiposomal package and are important for cellular membranes,10 ensuring proper function for the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of cellular waste products and toxins.*
Bitter herbs broadly encompass many botanicals, but are most often thought of as herbs with effects on the gastrointestinal system. Herbal bitters have a long history of use, and are commonly used in cocktails known as aperitifs and digestifs which are served before and after meals to stimulate appetite and digestion. However, bitter herbs act far beyond the digestive system, and may impact the liver, kidney, skin, lymphatic, and circulatory systems.* Bitter taste receptors have been shown to trigger a wide variety of biological processes including regulation of blood sugar and activation of the immune system in response to infections. 1,2
Gastrointestinal health is important for detoxification, as inflammation in the intestine increases susceptibility of the organism to toxicity from external and internal agents3. Proteins important for all phases of detoxification are expressed at a high level in the small intestinal mucosa.4,5 Optimal and integrated functioning of the intestines, liver, and kidneys is crucial for successful detoxification.*
Herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle, solidago (goldenrod), and burdock are each known for having aspects of bitterness, but they have important potential benefits beyond digestion.* Dandelion has a history of use for dyspepsia, liver, and gallbladder complaints6. The active constituent of milk thistle, known as silymarin, acts as an antioxidant and has been shown in animal studies to reduce hepatic injury from a variety of things with known liver-toxic potential.7 Solidago has classically been used for conditions of the urinary tract including inflammation, symptoms of infections, and to reduce chances of developing kidney stones.8 Studies suggest that burdock may have positive effects on blood sugar, as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and antimicrobial actions.9
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.