January 8, 2013

Natural Flu Care: NaturaNectar Throat Guardian Spray Uses Honey and Berries

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I am finally over the flu! Six days later, and a sore throat that would not quit, I am slowly regaining my energy. 

 I never resort to over-the-counter medicines. I find there is no need, unless a high fever is involved. Instead, I rely on trusted herbal remedies, such as Source Naturals Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid.

We were just sent NaturaNectar Throat Guardian - Bee Berry - Spray to try. Unfortunately, I did not have this product during the peak of my sore throat to truly test its effectiveness.

Throat Guardian's main ingredient, Propolis Water Extract (PWE™), is a gentle yet effective water-based, all-natural spray extracted from Brazilian bee propolis that does not contain alcohol, harmful chemicals, or other substances that may harm the body's mucous membrane. PWE is clinically-studied to produce a healthy inflammation response. It is free of artificial preservatives, color, scents and flavors and sourced from the purest, most wholesome ingredients.

With two to three sprays of Throat Guardian, one gets the best immune support--a perfect, all-natural, and convenient solution for daily oral hygiene for the whole family. And so before succumbing to everyday health challenges, use NaturaNectar Throat Guardian daily to support overall oral and respiratory health and wellness.


Unfortunately, this product is preserved with sodium benzoate, a food additive I try to avoid. Wise Geek explains the concerns:
Sodium benzoate is a sodium salt that occurring naturally in some foods, but is also widely used as a chemical preservative...The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Health Protection Branch in Canada (HPB) report that in low doses it is safe for consumption, although when combined with ascorbic acid it forms the chemical benzene, a suspected carcinogen....

When combined with ascorbic acid -- also known as vitamin C or citric acid -- the preservative converts to benzene, a carcinogen reported to cause leukemia, DNA damage, damage to mitochondria in cells, cell death and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Additional studies show that sodium benzoate mixed with certain artificial food coloring causes hyperactivity in children.


Considering most people consume vitamin C when sick, this is very concerning!

I find it misleading to use the word "natural" on the label of such a product.

UPDATE 1/17/13:

...we noticed your concerns about the ingredient sodium benzoate which is in Throat Guardian. The Founder and CEO, JL Paes-Leme, is very aware of this and he wanted to directly address this concern you have brought up.

 

"NaturaNectar has already acted on such concerns and addressed the problem with its manufacturer. It has conducted stability tests with a new version of the product without sodium benzoate and it was approved.  The next batch of products will not have this preservative. In relation to the claim "natural" the product isnatural by the definition of the NIRC. Please look the link below. Therefore it is not misleading in any way. Misleading customers is something that NaturaNectar does not practice as an ethical company."

 

http://www.naturalingredient.org/pledge.htm

 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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