Can These Supplements Redefine Your Medicine Cabinet?

| April 30, 2018

Six Powerful Supplements You May Have Never Heard Of.

A strong and resilient immune system can have a powerful and positive impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing. While exercise and a balanced diet are an integral step towards a strong immune system, you may be able to increase immune strength with some well‐researched natural supplements.

Natural supplements have long been a popular choice to treat illness, and science is beginning to uncover just how targeted some supplements may be in treating certain diseases. Many traditional medical treatments work by minimizing symptoms or suppressing microbial activity. What if natural supplements went a step further and actually helped your body mobilize and kill off infections?
Here we will look at some surprising supplements which have been studied, both in vitro (in the laboratory) and in vivo (in the body) and what the research has discovered for some of the most common ailments.

  1. L‐Lysine and Herpes Simplex: L‐lysine is an amino acid that may fight cold sores and other herpes‐simplex viruses. In double‐blind, placebo‐controlled, multicenter trials of L‐Lysine, the L‐Lysine treatment group had fewer outbreaks, diminished symptoms, and faster healing time than the control (Reference #1, 2).
  2. Astragalus and Cardiovascular Health: Astragalus is a flowering plant and one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (Reference #3). In addition to its powerful immune boosting abilities and cardiovascular health benefits (Reference #4), Astragalus has been shown to slow or prevent the growth of some cancerous cells (Reference #5).
  3. Selenium and Asthma: Selenium has some incredible research (Reference #6) supporting its potential antiviral properties including studies on Influenza (Reference #7, 8). Even more interestingly, Selenium may play an important role in reducing the onset or severity of asthma (Reference #9, 10)
  4. Ginseng and Diabetes: Literature suggest that Ginseng extract may support immune function by enhancing Natural Killer (NK) cell activity, the first line of defense, during an infection (Reference #11). Ginseng has been further studied for its potential support in diabetes treatment by stimulating insulin secretion (Reference#12) in lab animals.
  5. Olive Leaf and Colds: Olive leaf contains high amounts of antioxidants and may be used in the treatment of colds and influenza (Reference #13, 14, 20). Olive leaf extract has also been shown in laboratory tests to prevent viruses (like Herpes Simplex Virus) from entering host cells, perhaps preventing spreading of the disease. (Refernce #15, 16)
  6. Elderberry and Influenza: Research has shown that elderberry extract can inhibit the replication of Influenza virus, and may stimulate the immune response enough to prevent infection (Reference# 17, 18, 19)

Sourcing, dosing, and consuming these separate herbs, botanicals, and antioxidants may seem daunting. The good news is that there are some multivitamin blends which include many of these immune‐boosting ingredients into one convenient capsule. Natural Cure Labs makes a proprietary multivitamin blend which includes these six ingredients and more under the label “Immune Support” which can be found on Amazon and directly on their website at http://www.naturalcurelabs.com/immunesupport/

References:

  1. Griffith R, S, Walsh D, E, Myrmel K, H, Thompson R, W, Behforooz A, “Success of L‐Lysine Therapy in Frequently Recurrent Herpes simplex Infection.” Dermatology 1987;175:183‐190 https://doi.org/10.1159/000248823
  2. McCune MA , Perry HO , Muller SA , O’Fallon WM. “Treatment of recurrent herpes simplex infections with L‐lysine monohydrochloride.” Cutis [01 Oct 1984, 34(4):366‐373] http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/6435961
  3. Wong, Ming (1976). La Médecine chinoise par les plantes. Le Corps a Vivre series. Éditions Tchou. http://www.journaltcm.com/modules/Journal/contents/stories/133/25.pdf
  4. Qiu L‐H, Zhang B‐Q, Lian M‐J, Xie X‐J, Chen P. Vascular protective effects of Astragalus
    membranaceus and its main constituents in rats with chronic hyperhomocysteinemia. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine. 2017;14(3):2401‐2407. doi:10.3892/etm.2017.4739.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5609140/
  5. Huang C, Xu D, Xia Q, Wang P, Rong C, Su Y. Reversal of P‐glycoprotein‐mediated multidrug resistance of human hepatic cancer cells by Astragaloside II. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2012 Dec;64(12):1741‐50. doi: 10.1111/j.2042‐7158.2012.01549.x. Epub 2012 Jun 8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23146037
  6. Hoffmann, Peter R., and Marla J. Berry. “The Influence of Selenium on Immune Responses.” Molecular nutrition & food research 52.11 (2008): 1273–1280. PMC.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723386/
  7. Li W, Beck MA. Selenium deficiency induced an altered immune response and increased survival following influenza A/Puerto Rico/8/34 infection. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2007 Mar; 232(3):412‐9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17327475/
  8. Sheridan PA, Zhong N, Carlson BA, Perella CM, Hatfield DL, Beck MA. Decreased selenoprotein expression alters the immune response during influenza virus infection in mice. J Nutr. 2007 Jun; 137(6):1466‐71. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17513408/
  9. Kocyigit A, Armutcu F, Gurel A, Ermis B. Alterations in plasma essential trace elements selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, and iron concentrations and the possible role of these elements on oxidative status in patients with childhood asthma. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2004 Jan; 97(1):31‐41. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14742898/
  10. Rubin RN, Navon L, Cassano PA. Relationship of serum antioxidants to asthma prevalence in youth. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004 Feb 1; 169(3):393‐8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14630617/
  11. Kang S, Min H. Ginseng, the “Immunity Boost”: The Effects of Panax ginseng on Immune System. Journal of Ginseng Research. 2012;36(4):354‐368. doi:10.5142/jgr.2012.36.4.354.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659612/
  12. Park E‐Y, Kim H‐J, Kim Y‐K, et al. Increase in Insulin Secretion Induced by Panax ginseng Berry Extracts Contributes to the Amelioration of Hyperglycemia in Streptozotocininduced Diabetic Mice. Journal of Ginseng Research. 2012;36(2):153‐160 doi:10.5142/jgr.2012.36.2.153.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659577/
  13. Roxas M1, Jurenka J. Colds and influenza: a review of diagnosis and conventional, botanical, and nutritional considerations. Altern Med Rev. 2007 Mar;12(1):25‐48. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17397266
  14. J. Julián Castillo, Miguel Alcaraz, Obdulio Benavente‐García. Antioxidant and Radioprotective Effects of Olive Leaf Extract. Olives and Olive Oil in Health and Disease Prevention 2010, Pages 951–958  https://doi.org/10.1016/B978‐0‐12‐374420‐3.00102‐9
  15. M. Motamedifar, A.A. Nekooeian, A. Moatari “The Effect of Hydroalcoholic Extract of Olive Leaves against Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1” Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences. Vol 32, No 4 (2007) http://ijms.sums.ac.ir/index.php/IJMS/article/view/1878
  16. Vicente Micol, Nuria Caturla, Laura Pérez‐Fons, Vicente Más, Luis Pérez, Amparo Estepa. The olive leaf extract exhibits antiviral activity against viral haemorrhagic septicaemia rhabdovirus (VHSV). Antiviral Research, Volume 66, Issues 2–3, June 2005, Pages 129‐136 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2005.02.005
  17. Zakay‐Rones Z, Thom E, Wollan T, Wadstein J. Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections. J Int Med Res. 2004 Mar‐Apr;32(2):132‐40.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016
  18. Emiko KINOSHITA, Kyoko HAYASHI, Hiroshi KATAYAMA, Toshimitsu HAYASHI & Akio OBATA (2014) Anti‐Influenza Virus Effects of Elderberry Juice and Its Fractions, Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 76:9, 1633‐1638, DOI: 10.1271/bbb.120112 https://doi.org/10.1271/bbb.120112
  19. Zichria Zakay‐Rones, Noemi Varsano, Moshe Zlotnik, Orly Manor, Liora Regev Miriam Schlesinger Madeleine Mumcuoglu. Inhibition of Several Strains of Influenza Virus in Vitro and Reduction of Symptoms by an Elderberry Extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an Outbreak of Influenza B Panama. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineVol. 1, No. 4. Aug 2007 https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.1995.1.361
  20. Roxas, Mario, and Julie Jurenka. “Colds and influenza: a review of diagnosis and conventional, botanical, and nutritional considerations.” Alternative Medicine Review, Mar. 2007, p. 25+. Academic OneFile https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17397266

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