One of the main messages made very strongly here the Natural Detox Blog is that Detox cannot be accomplished just by drinking pure water or green juices or by following any particular diet – however good the diet is.
And if you are wondering why this is so – the answer is very simple – and it is because detox processes going on in the liver and elsewhere in the body need extra supplements to get them going and detoxify the toxins in your tissues.
Detox needs specialised nutrition which you cannot get from water or fruit juices.
That's why we need Detox supplements – the next point is whether Bio-Detox by Biotics Research is a Detox Supplement that would work for you.
Before we start I have to say that I have not taken Bio-Detox myself, so this section will be based on a discussion of the ingredients as shown in a PDF on their website.
It has a long list of ingredients including vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes, amino acids, and a few like CoQ10 which do not fit into any neat category and finally, glandulars.
So let's breeze through each of these in turn and see if anything stands out…
There's a nice spread of A, C, E and B. My only comment here is that in my opinion the amount of the individual B vitamins is too small. For example, B1 has 1 mg and B2 1 mg too. To me these are oddly tiny values.
Here for example is the extract from the Wiki on Vitamin B1 aka Thiamine
Reference Daily Intake and high doses
The RDA in most countries is set at about 1.4 mg. However, tests on female volunteers at daily doses of about 50 mg have claimed an increase in mental acuity. There are no reports available of adverse effects from consumption of excess thiamine from food and supplements.
I'm not going to labour the point, so let's close this section by looking at the B1 dose in my daily multi– it is 32 mg and really I'd like a higher dose!
Zinc, copper, selenium and molybdenum on the list and magnesium a major detox mineral missing.
Milk thistle, cleavers, dandelion as well as Burdock, red clover and Indian Barberry all superb detox herbs and Adrographis a wonderful herb not well known outside Ayurvedic medicine which is so extraordinary all you can do is call it the ginseng of India. There are some other herbs too as well as Oregano.
The problem with assessing the herbs mentioned is that we do not know how much of each is present because it is simply labeled a proprietary blend of 2455 mg.
Enzymes are proteins that make things happen –like digestion. There's Bromelain from pineapple present and Papain from Papaya both powerful aids to digestion, cleansing and detox.
Other specialist enzymes included are cellulase, lipase, amylase and ficin. The first 3 on this list are from fungi and ficin is from figs.
These are the workhorses of detox that few people are aware of. So we get Taurine, Methionine, NAC, glutamine and Cysteine – all powerful detoxers.
One of the first things I noticed on the ingredients list is "Cholesterol 5mg".
This is surprising in a nutritional or detox product because cholesterol is an animal product and is your first clue that further down the list you'll find glandular products.
So we find 150 mg of Pancrelipase (Porcine) which is a small amount from the Pancreas of a Pig.
Added to that we find Parotid tissue (bovine) 10 mg – a tiny amount from the Salivary gland from a cow.
If you are OK with animal parts in your supplements that is fine I guess but clearly this is a "deal breaker" for vegetarians and vegans.
Added to the long and pretty impressive ingredients in Bio-Detox there are some that don't fit neat bullet points – like Alpha lipoic acid ( one of my fave supplements) and Co Q10 ( likewise).
There is also fish oil stated to be from Tuna, Anchovy or Tuna.
Whew! That's a long list of ingredients!
Summing Up On Bio-Detox
This is a detox formulation with an impressive range of ingredients. The only deficiency in my opinion is in the B vitamins, so to use this you'd need to take a B complex as well or a separate multi. I wonder too if there is a significant amount of magnesium in the "Blend".
I was surprised to find Bio-Detox to have Glandulars.
To my mind the use of glandulars is a fad.
They used to be much more common and frankly I think the use of ingredients that exclude a significant and growing section of the population – vegetarians, is unwise.
The encapsulation is also questionable with old fashioned glycerin rather than use vegecaps.
The power of this detox formula is probably going to depend on the "Black box" of the Proprietary Blend. Judging by the rest of the formula I'd expect it to be effective but who knows?
If you believe in the use of glandulars then this detox supplement may well be on your shortlist for consideration. And if you don't then you'll find it easy to find several detox supplements without glandular products.
You may get more info on Bio-Detox from the Biotics Research website and compare the price you see there with the price at Amazon.