Beta Glucan – has demonstrated to have antitumor and anticancer activity and help treat allergic rhinitis. Also beta glucan has being shown in clinical trials to improve wound healing, reduce wound infection and to help prevent post-surgical infections. Beta Glucan “is a polysaccharide (a complex type of carbohydrate molecule) with immune-stimulating properties. Specifically, it stimulates the activity of macrophages, immune cells that destroy cellular debris, microorganisms, and abnormal cells by surrounding and digesting them... It is useful for treating many bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. It can also kill tumor cells and increase bone marrow production”. (Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A Balch p. 74)
Bioflavonoids – are often referred to as vitamin P are essential for the absorption of vitamin C. “Bioflavonoids are used extensively in the treatment of athletic injuries because they relieve pain, bumps, and bruises. They also reduce pain located in the legs or across the back, and lessen symptoms associated with prolonged bleeding and low serum calcium... In addition, bioflavonoids have an antibacterial effect and promote circulation, stimulate bile production, lower cholesterol levels, and treat and prevent cataracts”. (Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A Balch p. 28)
Grape Seed (Vits Vinifera) is rich in proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a group of compounds belonging to the bioflavonoid family. Bioflavonoids have many health benefits on the body, but have gained popularity because of their strong antioxidant properties. OPCs defends against fat-soluble oxidants and also neutralizes water-soluble ones. “They also help stabilize the walls of blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and generally support tissues containing collagen and elastin, proteins found in cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, skin, and muscle”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 101)
Pine Bark extract - is rich in proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a group of compounds belonging to the bioflavonoid family. French Maritime Pine Bark extract of OPCs, has been shown to improve microcirculation, retinal edema and visual acuity in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. “Dr. Marion Sigurdson, a psychologist in Tulsa Oklahoma, reports that OPCs extracted from a mix of grape seeds and pine bark are as effective as methylphenidate (Ritalin) in the treatment of both adult and childhood attention deficit disorder (ADD)”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 101) Further study has shown that proanthocyanidins maintains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, selectively binds to collagen and elastin in the body, and aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide. OPCs have also been shown to inhibit the initiation, promotion, and progression of cancer, help normalize blood glucose (sugar) levels, and delay sugar absorption.
Olive leaf/Oleopein extract is an herb with extraordinary properties. Olive leaf is used in various health conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, herpes virus infection, and yeast infection. Although its historical use is extensive, modern science is rediscovering its many benefits in maintaining overall wellness throughout the body. The key to the herb’s effectiveness is one of its active constituents, oleuropein. Research has shown that it is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, having a broad-range of immune-enhancing properties. Olive leaf extract is beneficial in treating conditions caused by virus, retrovirus, bacteria, or protozoa... Olive leaf is also effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, yeast strains, and fungi that produce conditoxin and other microtoxins that contribute to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndromes”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 103)
Pomegranates help your body fight off cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and menopause symptoms. Pomegranates contains high amount of polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. “The seeds and part of the husk, which contains most of the polyphenols”. (The Green Pharmacy guide to Healing Food, James A. Duke p. 28) “Pomegranates have been shown to be cholesterol and heart disease fighters in many studies. As powerful as it is, however, that antioxidant potential pales in comparison to the phytoestrogens in a pomegranate. Just half a fruit may contain the estrogenic equivalent of a daily dose of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a common treatment for women struggling with menopause symptoms”. (The Green Pharmacy guide to Healing Food, James A. Duke p. 27)