"Wherever there is want, there is your place to supply; wherever ignorance, there is your place to teach; wherever sickness, there is your place to heal; wherever oppression, there is your place to relieve; wherever injustice, there is your place to vindicate; finally, wherever in the battle of life there is need of hands or nerve or brain, there amidst the carnage and desolation in the middle of the sulfurous smoke and the hail of death and the tempest of passion and hate, is your place to stand or fall fighting with your face to the foe." — Professor Harvey Wiley (founder of the FDA)Today, it seems that nearly every non-alcoholic beverage for sale in America's millions of convenience stores and grocers contains one the following three ingredients:
- High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – a man-made derivative of corn syrup that studies show is linked to obesity, diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and may also be carcinogenic
- Aspartame – a man-made substitute for sugar accused of being a neurotoxin linked with a number of diseases
- Sucralose – another man-made sugar substitute surrounded by just as much controversy as Aspartame
It's time for a change, and that's where the idea behind "Professor Wiley's Energy Tonic" comes in. It would be an energizing elixir with the same amount of natural caffeine as a cup of drip brewed coffee, 100 mg of panax ginseng, 150 mg of ginkgo biloba, and sweetened with honey (a natural sugar that, unlike the other sweeteners, is actually good for you).
The name is inspired by Professor Harvey Washington Wiley, founder of the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration’s original intention was to confront business directly when it strayed beyond the bounds and to ensure that the foods and drugs sold in America were safe and wholesome for consumption. This is something that has become rather lax in the past 15-20 years regarding soft drinks and more recently energy drinks.
I am still considering whether the beverage would be sold as a 20 oz. bottled drink or a single serving packet of powder that can be added to a bottle of water. The single serving packet has already been done (sort of) by Morning Spark, but unlike them, the energy tonic will be using powdered honey as a sweetener instead of the aspartame they use. Plus it will be all natural.
Every 20 oz. bottle or single serving packet of Professor Wiley’s Energy Tonic would contain the following ingredients:
- Purified water - Essential for maintaining proper hydration
- Honey (18g) - Contains variable amounts of vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3, a good source of antioxidants, 40% less calories than sugar, when taken with water diffuses into the bloodstream within 7 minutes helping to reduce mental fatigue, helps in the formation of blood cells, aids blood circulation, and when diluted in water helps kill harmful bacteria
- Ginkgo Biloba (150mg) - Known to enhance memory and mental alertness, reduce mental fatigue, increase metabolism efficiency, boost oxygen levels to the brain, reduce cholesterol, help prevent damage to the body from free radicals, and improve vision.
- Panax Ginseng (100mg) - Known to help strengthen the immune system, help control diabetes, stimulate the mind, increase a general sense of well-being, improve physical performance capacity, and may increase male fertility and help prevent cancer.
- Caffeine (100mg) - New research suggests that ingesting 5mg of caffeine per kilogram of weight (1kg = about 2.2lbs) 30-60 minutes before workouts results in longer endurance, faster times, less exertion, less fatigue, and more rapid recovery — up to a 30% increase in each category. Also known to help convert fat to energy 30% more efficiently when taken prior to exercise.
- Ester Gum (as a stabilizer)
- Ginger - Known to aid digestion, is one of the best herbs for nausea, helps regulate blood sugar, boosts the immune system, naturally increases the body's energy levels, good for maintaining joint health, and increases circulation.
- Chicory - An “Old West” style coffee-like root reported to help cleanse the blood and improve the health of your liver.
- Sarsaparilla (also spelled Sasparilla or Sarsparilla) - Has held a long history as a health tonic. Sarsaparilla saponins help clear psoriasis endotoxins from the bloodstream.
- Mint - Known for its ability to sooth the digestive tract, reduce the severity and length of stomach aches, ease the discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome, slow the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi, play a role in the treatment of asthma and many allergy conditions, and even thought to have benefits as an anticancer food.
- Orange - Orange rind may be instrumental in lowering cholesterol naturally. It is also rich in fiber and can help regulate your GI tract.
Disclaimer: Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. None of the ingredients listed are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.If you would be interested in this product, send me a message of support. If you're on Myspace, feel free to send a friend request to Professor Wiley's Energy Tonic. I’m still in the development stage right now, but hopefully, with a little help, we can get Professor Wiley's Energy Tonic available for manufacture and sale to the general public soon.
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