We know that sufficient rest together with a healthful diet and exercise can do much to maintain a robust immune system. Sulfated polysaccharides from the sea can help.
Is There Anything Else We Can Do?
Botanical science has discovered and identified a substantial number of substances and compounds from plants that can improve functions of the human immune response. They have probably been playing that supporting role as part of the human diet for millennia. One specialized group of immune enhancing substances is the sulfated polysaccharides, sulfur containing complex sugars found most notably in a select group of sea plants..
Where Do We Find Them? What Do They Do?
Sulfated polysaccharides can make up a significant portion of the biomass of certain large leaf algae in the sea. More than 25 strains of Red Marine Algae (RMA) are known to contain significant amounts of sulfated polysaccharides. Difficulty lies in finding the species of RMA that are the richest sources, for the ability to support and strengthen immune response varies greatly related to the content of sulfated polysaccharides. The more, the better.
Sulfated polysaccharides are complex sugars that contain sulfur. Carrageenan and other gel-like substances are members of this family of polysaccharides. Research has isolated and identified a number of sulfated polysaccharides from sea plants that improve immune function. In addition, several RMAs of the family Gigartinaceae have been identified as the richest sources of sulfated polysaccharides.
Part of What We Know
Several years of study have shown that just a few species of RMA provide sulfated polysaccharides. Researchers have witnessed how these algae promote an effective cell-mediated immune response.* The effects are most noticeable in relation to certain influenza and herpes viruses.
Strains of Gigartina algae are the best source of supplemental sulfated polysaccharides known to Vibrant Health. Our "Gigartina" red marine algae have been developed in joint venture with SeaTech Bioproducts. It is the result of a rigorous search among red macro-algae for those with the most sulfated polysaccharides.
The product Vibrant Health offers contains five species of RMA from the family Gigartinaceae. Our analysis verifies a very high content of sulfated polysaccharides per gram of algae powder. Four capsules deliver one gram of the algae without the use of any excipients.
Vibrant Health's Gigartina Red Marine Algae is simply encapsulated powder of the leaves of five strains of algae from the family Gigartinaceae. They were chosen to provide a convenient source of sulfated polysaccharides from food in much the same way that one would eat spinach in order to improve iron nutrition. If anything is to be proved by the testimonials, it is only that our customers love this product.
Polysaccharides and Sterols
The immune support benefits of RMA are presumed to be locked in their content of sulfated polysaccharides as explained above. In addition, red macro algae are known to contain a high level of plant sterols and sterolins. These fatty alcohols and alcohol-sugar complexes are now known to stimulate the human immune response even though only a small fraction (2%-4%) of plant sterols are ever absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It is possible then that Gigartina RMA provides a two-pronged stimulus to the immune response.
Human clinical trials recorded in the National Institutes of Health database indicate that sulfated polysaccharides in Gigartina may help counter:
- Herpes 1 (HSV-1) -- oral cold sores
- Herpes 2 (HSV-2) -- genital herpes
- Varicella-Zoster Virus(VSV) – shingles
- Herpes virus 6 (HHV-6) – implicated in Multiple Sclerosis
- Epstein Barr (EBV) -- mononucleosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Influenza viruses
Especially as an adjunct or supplement to more conventional attention.
The five species of wild harvested family Gigartinaceae red marine algae in this product provide a rich source of sulfated polysaccharides.
As a food supplement, take four (4) capsules daily on an empty stomach, or more as directed by a health professional. Use may be repeated monthly.
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