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Immune System

A strong Immune System is the central consideration for disease recovery and disease prevention. This can be achieved through lifestyle changes and by taking specific immunomodulators such as Biobran and Vitamin D3.

The immune system in our bodies is an enormously complex and intelligent metabolic system that maintains the integrity of our bodies. It consists of an enormous army of specialist cells, messenger molecules and biological memory able to identify and destroy most intruders and abnormal cells, something that is so essential for health and well-being that without it we would die within a day or two.

With the stresses of modern life, the decreasing nutritional value of our diets, and the chemical load we are now exposed to (from our diet, the air we breath, the water we drink and the pharmaceuticals that we take), our immune systems don't usually function in the optimal way that they are supposed to.

The supplements below can be helpful to the maintenance of a healthy and effective immune system.

AlphaCurcumin Plus: Super-Bioavailable Longvida Curcumin

It’s back, and this time our free-radical “Terminator” is even more efficient.

AlphaCurcumin® Plus is a leading curcumin extract, far more potent than standard curcumin supplements. It has now been relaunched using a proprietary curcumin extract significantly more effective than even the phytosomal curcumin in our previous batch.

The best has just got better!

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alphacurcumin-tumeric-diagram.pngTurmeric is ground from the root of the Curcuma Longa L. plant (see picture below), a member of the ginger family, which grows wild in the Himalayas and across South Asia. This yellow/orange spice plays a central role in the cuisine in those areas, giving the traditional dishes of these regions their characteristic yellow colour. This spice has been a component of the Ayurvedic Medicinal Systems of India, China, Tibet and the Middle East for over 2000 years, and recently has come under intense scrutiny by medical researchers astonished by the healing properties of some of its constituent compounds.

Curcumin is the primary curcuminoid class found in turmeric and gives it its characteristic orange-yellow colour. Only around 2-6% of raw turmeric contains these curcuminoids which are concentrated in the rhizome, with the three primary ones being curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin. These polyphenolic compounds (especially the curcumin)have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (through the down-regulation of NF-kB and COX-2) and anti-pathogenic properties, which give turmeric its health-giving properties. These protective compounds are so effective that they are currently the focus of a huge amount of scientific research.

The main problem with curcumin is that it has very poor oral absorption due to its low water solubility and sensitivity to stomach acids. And the tiny amount that is absorbed is quickly metabolised in a process called glucuronidation which makes it water-soluble and therefore easily for the body to eliminate through the kidneys and bile. As a result, the full benefits of curcumin are not realised — too little is absorbed and it stays in the body too short a time.

A solution to this problem has been found by finely mixing the curcumin with lipids, as curcumin is fat-soluble. This vastly increases absorption by having the lipids carry the curcumin into the body, increasing bioavailability. There are several such methods and technologies, and they vary considerably in their effectiveness.

In the last two generations of our superlative AlphaCurcumin(R) complex, we were using such methods to ensure that our customers always had access to the most bioavailable curcumin. The first generation used a powerful curcumin extract mixed with curcuminoid oils that claimed an increased absorption of 7x or 700%. The second used a proprietary phytosomal phospholipid-curcumin complex with claims of increased absorption by 29x (2900%) or more. We thought this was the ultimate at the time, and then we found Longvida® Optimized Curcumin that blew everything else out of the water. Not only does it have even higher absorption including to the brain, it also stays in the system longer whilst effectively distributing its potency throughout the body.

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When we discovered this new turmeric extract, we just knew we had to update our formula so that AlphaCurcumin Plus could remain the best of the best.

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In our new launch AlphaCurcumin® upgrade, we have swapped out the 2nd generation phytosomal curcumin with a new cutting-edge extract that is significantly more effective — Longvida® Optimized Curcumin.

What is so special about Longvida® Optimized Curcumin?

Normal curcumin extracts rapidly degrade in the stomach and intestines in processes called glucuronidation, a process which makes the curcumin inactive and easier for the body to eliminate through the kidneys and bile. This means that even the highest quality curcumin extracts are inefficiently absorbed into the body and rapidly eliminated — on average half of what is absorbed is gone within 2 or 3 hours. This means less protection over less time.

alphacurcumin-blood-brain-diagram-250.pngLongvida® Optimized Curcumin was developed by neuroscientists at UCLA using a patented* delivery technology called Solid Lipid Curcumin Particle (SLCP) Technology. SLCP™ Technology gently coats the curcumin with a specific combination of lipids to form nano-scale lipid capsules or micelles. These micelles are like tiny solid diving bells that protects the curcumin in its journey into our bodies, allowing it to efficiently pass through cell barriers, including the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, bringing the benefits of curcumin throughout the body. (In fact, this curcumin was specifically developed by the neuroscientists to bring the full benefits of curcumin to the brain.)

This unique structure of the SLCP curcumin means that it is transported through the lymph and not the blood, allowing it to largely bypass liver metabolism and stay in its free unglucuronidated form (unlike its inactive metabolised form). This ability for Longvida® curcumin to stay in the body has been measured at 2.5 to 3.75 times longer than standard curcumin. In other words, Longvida® curcumin is stronger for longer, but also in more places such as the brain.

The SLCP Technology used for this product means that the curcumin stays in its active (unglucuronidated) free-form and this is especially important because it is this lipophilic “free curcumin” that has the ability to pass through the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, bringing the benefits of curcumin to where it is often needed the most. But once the curcumin is metabolised or glucuronidated, that ability is unfortunately lost. So other curcumin brands that do not use SLCP Technology to protect the curcumin, even the phytosomal phospholipid ones, tend to have much higher glucuronidation and a much lower percentage of actual free curcumin, which means that what is absorbed is less active and is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier.

The result is a curcumin extract MANY TIMES more effective than other curcumin brands: 95x more bioavailable than standard 95% curcumin extract using AUC testing method; 67x more bioavailable than the standard using Cmax testing; and 285x more bioavailable than the standard using AUC normalized testing.

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So it is not just absorption that is important, but how much actual "free" curcumin ends up in the body. So brands may claim high absorption, but if they do not deliver free curcumin but some other form such as phospholipid curcumin, they are not as beneficial.

At The Really Healthy Company, we go even further. We add enzymes, quercetin and algae in order to enhance further the anti-inflammatory benefits of this curcumin. And we do so without using unnecessary excipients and fillers. The result is a supplement that is superior to those that contain curcumin alone.

So if you want the optimum benefits of curcumin, AlphaCurcumin® is the one to go for. Nothing else comes close.

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The Really Healthy Company's AlphaCurcumin® Plus brings 250mg of this highly bioavailable Longvida optimised curcumin together with 75mg of Bromelain, 50mg of Quercetin, and a specific blend of enzymes and algae in each vegetarian capsule, further enhancing the curcumin's already magnified beneficial effects. The result is one of the most potent curcumin supplements on the market today.

AlphaCurcumin also contains no added binders, fillers or any other excipients — just the full power of undiluted, leading-edge, natural ingredients.

Ingredients: Longvida® Optimized Curcumin, Vegetable Cellulose (capsule), AlphaBlend (enzyme and algae mix), Quercetin and Bromelain.

Directions: Take 2 capsules a day, preferably at mealtimes, or as directed by your health practitioner. (30 servings per bottle.)

Ingredients per veg capsuleAmount
Contains no excipients such as fillers & anti-coagulants. Vegan product.
Longvida® Optimized Curcumin
250 mg
AlphaBlend®
Klamath Blue Green Algae, Protease (5,000 HUT/g), Amylase (50,000 SKB/g), Lipase (10,000 LU/g)
110 mg
Vegetable Cellulose (capsule shell)96 mg
Quercetin (Quercetin Dihydrate)
50 mg
Bromelain (2,500 GDU/g)
36 mg

Longvida® is a registered trademark of Verdure Sciences, Inc.
*For patents info visit www.vs-corp.com/ip.html

Bulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

Biobran MGN-3: Immune System Support

BioBran MGN-3 is a proprietary fractionated rice bran food supplement that helps the body maintain a healthy immune system.

Developed in Japan by Daiwa Pharmaceutical, BioBran is manufactured using a patented process to break down rice bran using enzymes from Shitake mushrooms. The resulting compound contains a unique blend of hemicellulose nutrients — including a specific arabinoxylan compound as well as other short chain polysaccharides. This is then combined with Vitamin D3 in the Biobran Plus, making BioBran ideal for healthy immune system support.

A lower strength version of BioBran called Biobran Plus which has 50mg of Biobran with added Vitamin D3 and inactive yeast has been developed for basic immune system maintenance.

How does BioBran MGN-3 support the immune system? Our immune system is comprised of an army of white blood cells — NK cells, T and B cells — which travel around destroying the millions of intruding microbes that penetrate our bodies every day, as well as the thousands of newly infected or abnormal body cells that develop. The BioBran MGN-3 food supplement gives our white blood cells the nutritional support to carry on with their vital role energetically and efficiently.

Another advantage of BioBran MGN-3 is that it retains its effectiveness in the body even after a prolonged period of use - in other words, there is none of the usual drop-off effect over time experienced with most other food supplements. BioBran is also highly absorbable, safe, GMO-free and contains no actual mushroom in the finished product, which means it can be taken by those with mushroom intolerances. (The only situation when one should avoid using this product is obviously in conjunction with immunosuppressants.)

Directions: For normal health maintenance, the recommended intake is 500mg per day with meals. Those who need optimum immune system support, take 3 grams per day for 8 weeks (1g with each meal), and then 1 gram per day thereafter. The powder is very palatable and can be dissolved in a small amount of water. Tablets should be taken with meals, whereas sachets should ideally be taken 20 minutes after a meal.

Available sizes: BioBran MGN-3 is available in 50 x 250mg tablet blister packs, 30 & 105 x 1000mg (1g) powder sachets and a low-dose 90 x 50mg tablet version. Gram for gram, there is no difference in effectiveness between the powder, tablets and capsules. Generally those taking smaller quantities prefer the convenience of tablets whilst those taking larger quantities prefer sachets.

Biobran tablet ingredients: Biobran Arabinoxylan compound (250mg per tablet), Microcystalline Cellulose (bulking agent ), Cornstarch (stabiliser), Cocoa Powder (colour), Glycerol Ester of Fatty Acids (emulsifier), Dextrin (stabilizer), Tricalcium Phosphate (anti-caking agent), Silicon Dioxide (anti-caking agent).


Biobran sachet ingredients (max strength): Biobran Arabinoxylan compound (1000mg per sachet), Microcrystaline Cellulose (bulking agent), Dextrin (stabiliser), Corn Starch (stabiliser), Tricalcium Phosphate (anti-caking agent).


Biobran Plus Tabs ingredients (for maintenance): Inactivated brewer's yeast, BioBran Arabinoxylan compound (50mg per tablet), dextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, shellac coating, cocoa powder, sucrose fatty acids ester, Vitamin D3 (4.9 IU per tablet).


More information on this product can be found in good research libraries or on the internet (see our links page).

Medpro Artemisinin (Sweet Wormwood Ext.)

Artemisinin (Quinghao Su) is an extract from the herb sweet wormwood (artemisia annua). This natural compound is helpful for the body's immune system.

The primary active ingredient in the herb artemisia annua, which is regularly used in Chinese traditional medicine, is a substance called artemisinin, also known as qinghao su. It was discovered by Chinese pharmaceutical chemist and Nobel Prize winner Tu Touyou who has spent much of her life studying traditional Chinese medicines and herbal extracts to help with malaria, which was a major problem in China's southern provinces.

Artemisinin is chemically a sesquiterpene lactone with an unusual peroxide bridge in its structure, a reactive component which is believed to be responsible for its abilities. Few other natural compounds have the same type of peroxide bridge, and it allows the compound to release reactive oxygen species in specific circumstances, helping to support the immune system.

Medpro Artemissinin is a high quality supplement containing 100mg of artemisinin per 1000mg artemisia annua tablet.

Directions: Take 2 tablets twice daily with water, before breakfast and dinner.

Ingredients per 4 tablets daily servingAmount
Vegan product; 15 daily servings per bottle
Artemisia Annua (contains 10% Artemisinin)
4000 mg
Ingredients: Artemisia Annua (Chinese wormwood), microcrystalline cellulose (filler), colloidal silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), magnesium stearate (anti-caking agent).

Bulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

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MycoNutri Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) ORGANIC

A potent Cordyceps mushroom supplement with high levels of Cordycepin and other nucleoside derivatives for optimum vitality.

The MycoNutri brand of Cordyceps is derived from authenticated wild Cordyceps sinensis collected in Tibet and then crossed with other Cordyceps strains. This produces a very potent Cordyceps mushroom supplement with exceptionally high levels of Corcyepin and other related nucleoside derivatives.

The mushrooms in this product are grown in the USA on a grain-based sterile substrate at an FDA regulated facility.

The finished product contains a full spectrum of active metabolites, including beta-glucans and other polysaccharides, nucleoside derivatives (Cordycepin etc. — boosted by hot-water extraction of hybridised mycelium) phytosterols (including ergosterol — provitamin D2), proteoglycans and enzymes. Contains 0.3% Cordycepin.

Directions: Adults take 2 capsules 1-3 times a day as a dietary supplement, or as recommended by your health professional.

Ingredients per 2 veg cap servingAmount
Vegan product. Excipient-free. No magnesium stearate, corn, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colours, favours, preservatives, binders, glues, or other potentially toxic excipients often found in tablets and gelatin caps.
Organic Orphiocordyceps sinensis
 (mycelial biomass)
700 mg
Organic Cordyceps militoris
 (concentrated hot-water extract)
300 mg
Other Ingredients:
Vegetable capsule (hypromellose plant cellulose - non organic)
200 mg

Bulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

PRL ImmunoVen *

ImmunoVen is a herbal food supplement blend, including olive leaf extract, for nutritive immune system and cardiovascular support.

Please note: this is a professional-formula food supplement generally used by healthcare practitioners.

ImmunoVen™ is a premier quality food supplement featuring Olea-Pro™, a potent olive leaf extract coupled with a supportive phytonutrient blend, Olea BotaniBlend™. This unique formula offers nutritive benefits for the immune system and cardiovascular health.

Directions: Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily or as directed by a health professional.

Ingredients per veg capsuleAmount
Vegan product. 100% solvent free, excipient-free. No magnesium stearate, corn, milk, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colours, favours, preservatives, binders, glues, or other potentially toxic excipients often found in tablets and gelatin capsules. CONTAINS SOY (Organic Natto is made from fermented, non-GMO soy).
Olea BotaniBlend™
Aquamin F Mineralized Red Algae (whole) (Lithothamnion sp.), Cranberry (fruit) (vaccinium macrocarpon), Organic Cilantro (leaf) (coriandrum sativum), Reishi (fruiting body) (Ganoderma lucidum), Organic Turkey Tails (whole) (corioius versicolor)
304 mg
Olea-Pro™
Olive Leaf Extract (Olea europaea) [standardized to contain 20% oleuropein], Green Tea Extract (leaf), Green Tea Extract (leaf) (Camellia sinensis)
165 mg
Other ingredients
vegetable capsule (hydroxypoply methyl cellulose)
100 mg

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