The ingredients in Safeguard have been carefully selected for maximum effectiveness. Safeguard takes liver and blood pressure support to the next level by adding large amounts of the compounds that provide the best protection/support while most other supplement companies offer only minor protection/support and a mixture of ineffective ingredients. Sometimes the simple solution is the best.
Milk Thistle Extract (standardized 80% Silymarin)
Milk thistle nutritionally supports the liver’s ability to maintain normal liver function. It has shown positive effects in treating nearly every known form of liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, necroses, and liver damage due to drug and alcohol abuse. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact it stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones. In addition to protecting the liver from damage, milk thistle is able to counter the detrimental effects of environmental toxins, alcohol, drugs and chemotherapy.
Milk thistle also has hepatoprotective effects that block the absorption of toxins into the cells and increase the intracellular concentration of glutathione, a substance required for detoxicating reactions in liver cells. Milk thistle is also an antioxidant that is more potent than vitamins C and E, and is believed to increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Produced by the body, N-acetylcysteine (commonly called NAC) is a form of the amino acid cysteine. Because it enhances the production of the enzyme glutathione, one of the body’s powerhouse antioxidants, NAC can both stave off disease and play an important role in boosting the immune system. Studies have shown that glutathione levels are often reduced in people with certain conditions related to the immune system.
For more than three decades, NAC has been used as a mucolytic (“mucus dissolving”) agent to help break up the thick mucus often present in people suffering from chronic respiratory ailments. NAC has also proved invaluable in the treatment of acetaminophen overdose; it appears to protect the liver from this potentially toxic substance.
Hawthorn Berry Extract
Hawthorne Berries have been used since the 19th century to support the heart, and to normalize cardiovascular functions. Hawthorne increases the body’s ability to utilize oxygen, and the heart’s ability to utilize calcium. This herb can actually help regulate both high and low blood pressure, in addition to slowly breaking down cholesterol and fat deposits in the body. The bioflavonoids help strengthen the contractive force of the heart, and gently dilate & relax the coronary blood vessels, improving overall circulation. For this reason, Hawthorne Berries have been used to lower high blood pressure & high cholesterol, as well as increase low blood pressure.
Grape Seed Extract
There’s strong evidence that grape seed extract is beneficial for a number of cardiovascular conditions. Grape seed extract may help with a type of poor circulation (chronic venous insufficiency) and high cholesterol. Grape seed extract also reduces swelling caused by injury and helps with eye disease related to diabetes.
Many people are interested in grape seed extract because it contains antioxidants. These are substances that protect cells from damage and may help prevent many diseases. However, it’s still too early to say whether the antioxidant properties of grape seed extract really benefit people. Researchers are studying grape seed extract to see if it might lower the risks of some cancers.
Celery Seed Extract
Celery is used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness,headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. Celery is also to promote relaxation and sleep; to kill bacteria in the urinary tract; as a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements; to start menstruation; to control intestinal gas (flatulence); to increase sexual desire; to reduce the flow of breast milk; for stimulating glands; treating menstrual discomfort; and for “blood purification.” A few studies suggest that celery seed extracts may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as protect the liver from damaging substances such as high doses of the pain reliever acetaminophen (Tylenol)