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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 Curcumin

AlphaCurcumin® Plus is a highly bioavailable curcumin phytosome complex with added Bromelain, Quercetin and Bioperine for comprehensive cellular support.

img-curcumin-root.jpgTurmeric 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 ethnic cuisine in those areas, giving the traditional dishes of these regions their characteristic yellow colour. This spice has been a component of Ayurvedic medicinal systems of India, China, Tibet and the Middle East for over 2000 years.

Curcumin is the primary curcuminoid class found in turmeric. Only 2 to 5% of the turmeric contains curcumin which is the component, concentrated in the rhizome. It is the curcumin that is responsible for most of turmeric's health properties. Curcumin extracted from turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and overall it is regarded as one of nature's best protector nutrients and body cleansers, and is the subject of a great deal of scientific interest and research.

The big problem with the beneficial compounds in curcumin is that they have very poor oral absorption. As a consequence, impractically large amounts are needed to derive the full benefits of curcumin. A solution to this problem has been found by finely mixing the curcumin with lipids, as curcumin is fat-soluble, and this vastly increases absorption by basically having the lipids carry the curcumin into the body.

alphacurcumin-phytosome.jpgBy finely mixing the curcumin either with curcuminoid oils or with a phospholipid medium to produce curcumin liposomes, the curcumin is surrounded by fats. This increases the absorption substantially, but the resulting mixture is not ideally stable and requires a large ratio of oil molecules to curcumin molecules to make it effective.

A newly developed superior method to this lipid approach is to use a proprietary process to directly bond the curcumin molecules with phospholipid molecules in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. This produces a stable curcumin-phospholipid complex called a curcumin phytosome complex (curcumin-phosphatidylcholine complex), which is more effective and efficient than curcumin liposome complexes. The curcumin processed in this way has an absorption rate many times greater than that of ordinary curcumin complexes found in most food supplements, and this unleashes the full healing power of curcumin complex.

The Really Healthy Company's AlphaCurcumin® Plus brings 250mg of this highly bioavailable curcumin phytosome complex (Meriva-SF — with sunflower derived phospholipids) together with 75mg of Bromelain, 50mg of Quercetin and 5mg of Bioperine (black pepper extract) 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: Cucumin phytosome complex (Meriva-SF®), Vegetable Cellulose (capsule), AlphaBlend, Bromelain and Quercetin.

Directions: Take 2 to 4 capsules a day, preferably at mealtimes, or as directed by your health practitioner.

Ingredients per veg capsuleAmount
Contains no excipients such as fillers & anti-coagulants. Vegan product.
Meriva® Phospholipid Curcumin (sunflower source of phospholipids)
250 mg
AlphaBlend®
Klamath Blue Green Algae, Protease (5000HUT/g), Amylase, Lipase (10,000 LU/g), Bioperine (black pepper extract)
115 mg
Vegetable Cellulose (capsule)96 mg
Bromelain
75 mg
Quercetin
50 mg

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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 (pre-digest) rice bran using enzymes from Shitake mushrooms. The resulting compound contains a unique blend of hemicellulose nutrients — including specific arabinoxylan compound as well as other short chain polysaccharides. This is then combined with Vitamin D3 in the Biobran Plus, making this food supplement 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 pack, 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).

Bulk Discounts:
90 tabs x 50mg - buy 6+ and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.
50 tabs x 250mg - buy 6+ and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.
105 sachets x 1000mg - buy 3+ and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

Medpro Artemisinin (Sweet Wormwood Ext.)

Artemisinin (Quinghao Su) is a 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 tablet serving (15 servings per container)Amount
(4 tabs)
Vegan product
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).

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MycoNutri Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis)

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 this 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.

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

Ingredients per 2 veg capsulesAmount (2 caps)
Vegan product. 100% solvent free, 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 capsules. Contains 0.3% Cordycepin.
Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps)900 mg
Cordyceps militoris100 mg
Other Ingredients: maltodextrin (from cassava), vegetable capsule (hydroxypoply methyl cellulose)200 mg

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

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 this 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.

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

Ingredients per 2 veg capsulesAmount (2 caps)
Vegan product. 100% solvent free, 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 capsules. Contains 0.3% Cordycepin.
Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps)900 mg
Cordyceps militoris100 mg
Other Ingredients: maltodextrin (from cassava), vegetable capsule (hydroxypoply methyl cellulose)200 mg

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