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Vita-Greens

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 04:05 PM  posted by Bboy

Comparable Product: Since there is no comparable product we suggest the Healthy Body Start Pack which have items that may be purchased individually. You may also consider a more direct product like SuperGreens.

 

Nature’s essence… Green foods are a wonderful source for nutrients—does your diet contain enough of them? If you’re like most people, the answer is no. That’s why you need Vita-Greens, a powerful “super green food” supplement. Vita-Greens provides the targeted nutrients your body needs, including protein, minerals and trace minerals, bioflavonoids, phytonutrients and more! Our quality formulation insures that each nutrient is present in its most natural and bioavailable form, so you get the maximum benefit.

The key ingredients of Vita-Greens include:

VitaGreensWheat Grass
Barley Grass
Acerola Berry
Chlorella
Hydrilla Verticillata
Nova Scotia Dulse
Royal Jelly
Spirulina Algae
Grapeseed Extract
A cruciferous blend of cabbage, broccoli and kale
Polyphenol Extract

Selected Benefits:

Complete protein*

The best source for “land” and “sea” green super foods*

Provides trace and ultra trace elements*

Completes a nutritionally deficient diet*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

VitaGreens

Vita-Che

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 03:05 PM  posted by Bboy

Comparable Product: Since there is no comparable product we suggest the Healthy Body Start Pack which have items that may be purchased individually.

 
Lifelong vitality… Vita-Che is a broad-spectrum nutritional supplement that supports cardiovascular health.  By providing vital nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, lipids, herbals, bioflavanoids, enzymes, EDTA and more, Vita-Che works in harmony with your body to:VitaCheCounteract free radicals and oxidants that disturb cells, membranes and blood vessels.

Complete the citric acid cycle to complete the energy transfer within the cells.

Selected Benefits:

Assist with the repair of tissue.

Address homocysteine concerns that impact circulatory issues.

Address obstructions.

Activate digestive and tissue healing enzymes.

Address blood circulation and stronger capillaries.

Address blood lipid levels including LDL and HDL cholesterol normal levels.

Encourage metabolism of fats into metabolites or energy.

Vita-Che is the product of choice for circulatory health. It includes herbs like Hawthorne Berry, rhizomes of Butcher’s Broom and lipids like CoQ10, EDTA, L-argine and L-carnitine. Together, these ingredients have a time-tested track record for stimulating circulation. That’s why Vita-Che is the foundation of good health.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

VitaChe

Super Vigest

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 02:05 PM  posted by Bboy

Comparable Product: We suggest a fun and great tasting product, Root Beer Belly – and yes it tastes like Root Beer.

 

Super ViGest is formulated to provide the specific enzymes needed to digest a balanced diet containing lipids, protein, and carbohydrates. The enzyme blends in Super ViGest will enhance the digestibility of the molecules most commonly found in human diets and will ultimately optimize a more complete and balanced procurement of nutrients needed by the body to sustain health and vitality.*

Super VigestOptimal digestion is dependent on the presence of effective digestive enzymes. It has been established that stable, ingested enzymes work with endogenous enzymes in maximizing the digestive process1. Super ViGest contains highly active enzymes with a broad range of specificities in order to handle all food preferences.*

1 Prochaska, L.J. and Piekutowski, W.V. “On the synergistic effects of enzymes in food with enzymes in the human body. A literature survey and analytical report.” Med. Hypotheses 1994; 42: 355-362.

 

SUPER VIGEST INCLUDES
This digestive formula helps facilitate the digestion of all carbohydrates, since the enzymes in this blend can tolerate the low pH of the gastric juice. It is important to note that no single carbolytic enzyme can adequately hydrolyze the various carbohydrates in human diets. Therefore, Super ViGest is formulated to ensure optimum polysaccharide digestion. Amylase catalyzes the complete digestion of starch in the gastrointestinal tract. Malt diastase attacks starch that is cleaving off (primarily disaccharides). Lactase is for the digestion of lactose (milk sugar) into both glucose and galactose. Invertase breaks down sucrose into both glucose and fructose. Cellulase has been added to this formulation in order to increase the water-binding capacity of the cellulosic fibers in the diet. The binding of water increases stool bulk and decreases bowel transit time. Additionally, the presence of cellulase will increase the ability of cellulose to remove toxins.*

Lipase aids the body in the normal digestion of dietary fats. Incomplete digestion of fats may result in a number of conditions that include nausea, diarrhea, skin ailments, lack of cell membrane integrity, and a reduction of blood-clotting time. The incomplete digestion of fats can also contribute to the coating of food particles that can interfere with the hydrolysis of other food components, such as proteins and carbohydrates. Additionally, the action of this vital lipid-digesting enzyme helps secure the optimum absorption of essential fatty acids. This, in turn, can strengthen the overall health of the body.*

The protease in Super ViGest is active in a wide range of pH’s, ensuring that proper protein digestion will initiate in the stomach. Protease enzymes are necessary for the complete hydrolysis of proteins thus liberating amino acids, the building blocks for every cell in our body including muscle, tissue, blood cells and immune cells. *

Furthermore, proteases taken with meals also alleviate the digestive overload on the stomach and pancreas. Although the stomach secretes pepsin and the pancreas secretes most of the other digestive enzymes (including the proteases trypsin and Chymotrypsin), there are many conditions that lead to inefficiencies in their hydrolytic actions. Thus, it is important to supplement the body with effective, gastrointestinal tract (GI) stable, and functionally active enzymes that help provide essential amino acids to the body.*

L. acidophilus and B. Longum are microorganisms known as “probiotics” that are friendly to the human GI tract. The value of friendly bacteria is well established and includes enhanced digestion, immunity, and pH balance within the digestive tract. Oral supplementation with L. acidophilus can enhance the body’s anti-infective mechanisms of defense2. Research has suggested how stimulation of the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha is one mechanism that shows the beneficial effects of swallowing L. acidophilus. These substances have potent cytocidal and cytostatic effects on tumor cells3. The mechanisms of immune support provided by B. longum have been widely studied in animal models. It has been found that B. longum stimulates the immune system by enhancing the activity of natural killer cells in the spleen of rats4 and by stimulating intestinal IgA production5.*

2 Adler, A.J. & Holub, B.J., “Effect of garlic and fish-oil supple mentation on serum lipid and lipoprotein concentrations in hypercholesterolemic men.” Am J Clin Nutr 1997; 65: 445-50.
3 Nityanand, S., Srivastava, J.S., and Asthana, O.P., “Clinical trials with gugulipid. A new hypolipidaemic agent.” J Assoc Physicians India 1989; 37: 323-8.
4 Lietti A., “Choleretic and cholesterol lowering properties of two artichoke extracts” Fitoterapia 1977; 48: 153-8.
5 Wiseman H., “Dietary influences on membrane function: Importance in protection against oxidative damage and disease” Nutr Biochem 1996; 7: 2-15.

INDICATIONS:*
GALL BLADDER FUNCTION – The normal digestion of dietary fats is accomplished by lipases with the assistance of bile, which is produced by the liver and supplied through the gall bladder and whose function is to bring ingested fats into emulsion in order to facilitate the work of the lipases. The lipase in Super ViGest provides the liver and gall bladder with additional assistance. This support can help the body compensate for impaired bile production due to gall bladder stress or due to gall bladder removal.*
MALABSORPTION – The absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract depends upon the degradation of proteins into amino acids and carbohydrates into simple sugars. The absorption of nutrients derived from fats is somewhat complicated and requires both emulsification from bile and degradation from lipases. Malabsorption of nutrients may therefore arise as a result of incomplete digestion. The broad spectrum of stable and functional digestive enzymes in Super ViGest addresses this concern.*
FOOD ALLERGIES – Food allergies may result from undegraded food macro-molecules leaking into the blood. The immune system mounts a response to these “invaders” and becomes primed to strongly respond to subsequent presentations of these antigens. However, thorough degradation of the ingested food macro-molecules into their simplest monomers will destroy any antigenicity and will reduce the re-occurence of food allergy.*Super VigestADDITIONAL READING:
Beazell, J.J. Ph.D., MD. “A re-examination of the role of the stomach in the digestion of carbohydrate and protein.” American Journal of Physiology 132: 42-50 (1941)
Bashaw, Ed. Digestion, Assimilation, Elimination and You.
Godfrey, Tony; Reichelt, Jon. Industrial Enzymology: The Application of enzymes in Industry. New York: The Nature Press, 1983
Graham, David Y. “Ins and outs of pancreatic enzymes and adjuvant therapies.” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 3:S120-26 (1984)
Grossman, M.I.; Greengard, H.; Ivy, A.C. “The effect of dietary composition on pancreatic enzymes.” American Journal of Physiology 139:676-82 (1942)
Grossman, M.I.; Greengard, H.; Ivy, A.C. “On the mechanism of the adaptation of pancreatic enzymes to dietary composition.” American Journal of Physiology 141:38-41 (1944)
Howell, Edward, MD. Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity. Woodstock Valley, CN: Omangod Press, 1980
Howell, Edward, MD. Enzyme Nutrition: The Food Enzyme Concept. Wayne, NJ: Avery Publishing Group, Inc. 1985
Ivy, A.C.; Schmidt, C.R.; Beazell, J.M. “On the effectiveness of malt amylase on the gastric digestion of starches.” The Journal of Nutrition 12: 59-83 (1936)
Dutta, S.; Rubin, J.; Harvey, J. “Gastroenterology” 84: 476-82. 1983
Fuller, Dr. DicQie. The Healing Power of Enzymes. Forbes Publishing Co, New York, 1998
Howell, Edward. The Status of Food Enzymes in Digestion and Metabolism. Avery Publications, 1946
Wolf & Ransbager. Enzyme Therapy. Regent House, 1972
Smyth, R.D.; Brennan, R.; Martin, G.J. “Systemic biochemical changes following oral administration of the proteolytic enzyme bromelain.” Archives of International Pharmacodynamics 136:230-6, 1962
Meagher, M.M., and Reilly, P.J. “Kinetics of the hydrolysis of Di-and Trisaccharides by Aspergillus Niger.”

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Where Do Vitamark’s Enzymes Come From?

Vitamark’s enzymes are derived from the fermentation of non-toxogenic strains of aspergillus-niger and Aspergilus oryzae. These organisms have been studies extensively to establish their safe use. For more information on their safety read the report that follows:

The Safety of Enzymes Derived from Aspergillus

The Production of Mycotoxins by Some Species of Aspergillus
Numerous studies have shown that certain species of the Aspergillus fungus can pose a health threat. These species of Aspergillus produce one or more natural substances that are extremely toxic to other living organisms.4,7 Toxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus produce the closely related group of mycotoxins called “aflatoxins.”9 These toxins have been the subject of intense study as they exhibit potent hepatotoxicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity, carcinogenicity, and immunosuppression in laboratory animals.4 Human cases of aflatoxin poisoning have been associated with the consumption of contaminated foods. In these instances, living Aspergillus fungus was growing or had grown upon the food and was responsible for the presence of aflatoxins.3 Considering the serious health risks associated with these aflatoxins, it is understandable that there is some concern over the possible presence of mycotoxins in enzymes derived from Aspergillus.

The Selection of “Safe” Organisms in the Fermentation Process
Before a fungal organism is used in fermentation, the specific strain is extensively screened to determine if the organism is capable of producing mycotoxins under the conditions of fermentation. Only those organisms that do not produce any toxins are selected for use in the fermentation process.5,11,14 Even after an organism is determined to be “safe” and is used in fermentation, every second generation is again checked to verify that mutations have not occurred which might enable the organism to produce mycotoxins. Enzymes derived from Aspergillus fermentation were first used in food production at the turn of the century.5,14 Since their introduction, there has never been a documented case of illness from mycotoxins associated with fermented enzymes,5 which is testament to the effectiveness of the screening process employed by the enzyme manufacturing industry.

Vitamark International only uses fungal enzymes derived from the fermentation of non-toxigenic strains of Aspergillus-niger and Aspergillus oryzae. These organisms have been studied extensively by the food and pharmaceutical industries to establish their safe use in the production of amino acids, enzymes, antibiotics and other beneficial compounds.1,7,15

Enzymes are Isolated Proteins, not Living Organisms
Once fermentation by the Aspergillus organism is complete, the enzymes are extracted by a complex process that isolates protein compounds from the surrounding material. No living Aspergillus cells remain in the isolated enzyme after the extraction process is complete.5,11,14 Mycotoxins are not protein-based substances;8 therefore, in the extremely unlikely event that mycotoxins were produced during fermentation, they would not be extracted with the enzymes. Instead, any mycotoxins present would remain in the discarded portion of the fermentation. Even so, the final enzyme product is routinely checked for the presence of mycotoxins and aflatoxins.13

Infections Associated with Aspergillus
Aspergillus, like any other fungus, can act as opportunistic pathogens; however, the relative rarity of Aspergillus infections indicates the low degree of innate virulence of these organisms. Infectious diseases associated with Aspergillus involve growth of fungal mycelia within body tissue, most commonly within the pulmonary system.3 In order for mycelial colonization to occur, the Aspergillus must be introduced to the body in a living form. Enzymes derived from the fermentation of Aspergillus are purified compounds which do not contain any living Aspergillus cells and therefore cannot initiate infection or colonization.11,14 No cases of Aspergillus infections have ever been documented in association with the consumption of purified fermented fungal enzymes.

Allergic Reactions to Aspergillus
Allergic responses to Aspergillus organisms and the products of their fermentation do occur, although their occurrence is largely isolated to regular air-borne “dust” exposure by workers in the food industry.2,8,10 If an allergic reaction is to occur, it is generally the protein faction of a substance that will illicit such a reaction.6 Although enzymes derived from Aspergillus fermentation are free of any living Aspergillus cells, the fact remains that these enzymes are a purified protein faction of the Aspergillus organism. If you have any questions regarding the use of these enzyme products, please contact your health care professional.

 

Disclaimer: Vitamark International neither diagnoses nor treats disease. Our goal is to make nutritional recommendations that assist individuals to find a healthy balance. If you have specific questions or for technical assistance, please contact us.

References:
1Barbesgaard, P.; Heldt-Hansen, H.P.; Diderichsen, B. “On the safety of Aspergillus oryzae: a review.” Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 36(5): 569-72 (1992).
2Baur, X.; Chen, Z.; Sander, I. “Isolation and denomination of an important allergen in baking additives: a-amylase from Aspergillus oryzae (Asp o II).” Clinical and Experimental Allergy 24: 465-70 (1994).
3Dixon, D.M.; Walsh, T.J. “Human Pathogenesis” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 249-265.
4Dvorackova, I. Aflatoxins and Human Health. (Boca Raton: CRC Press, 1990).
5Godfrey, T.; Reichelt, J. Industrial Enzymology: The Application of Enzymes in Industry. (New York: The Nature Press, 1983).
6Guyton, A.C. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 8th ed. (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1991).
7Linz, J.E.; Pestka, J.J. “Mycotoxins: Molecular Strategies for Control” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 217-229.
8Losada, E: Hinojosa, M.; Quirce, S.; Sanchez-Cano, M.; Moneo, I. “Occupational asthma caused by alpha-amylase inhalation: clinical and immunologic findings and bronchial response patterns.” J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 89(1): 118-25 (1992).
9Pier, A.C.; Richard, J.L. “Mycoses and Mycotoxicoses of Animals Caused by Aspergilli” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 233-247.
10Quirce, S.; Cuevas, M.; Diez-Gomez, M.; Fernandez-Rivas, M.; Hinojosa, M.; Gonzalez, R.; Losada, E. “Respiratory allergy to Aspergillus-derived enzymes in bakers’ asthma.” J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 90(6): 970-8 (1992).
11Reed, G. Enzymes in Food Processing, 2nd ed. (New York: Academic Press, 1975).
12Richard, J.; Cole, R. Mycotoxins: Economic and Health Risks Report no. 116. (Ames, IA: Council for Agricultural Sciences and Technology Task Force Report, 1989).
13Schechtman, M.G. “United States Government Regulations Affectiong Aspergilli and Their Products” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 233-247.
14Schwimmer, S. Source Book of Food Enzymology. (Westport, CT: The AVI Publishing Company, Inc., 1981).
15Wei, D.L.; Johg, S.C. “Production of aflatoxins by strains of the Aspergillus flavus group maintained in ATCC.” Mycopathologia 93(1): 19-24 (1986).

 

Should Children Take Enzymes?
from Jana Mitcham

If your general philosophy towards health is to prevent and be proactive, you should definitely give your child enzymes. In order to make sure your child gets proper nutrient acquisition, you want to promote optimal digestion, a healthy immune system, and a healthy GI tract with proper elimination.*

Can children take enzymes?
Yes, absolutely. You can give digestive enzymes to infants, toddlers, and young children. For toddlers and young children, Vitamark recommends the basic protocol of Super Vi-Gest, Revitalgen, and Probiotic. If children can’t swallow the capsule they can be pulled apart easily and mixed with water or juice. (For young children who can’t follow the Suggested Use, mix it by adding the liquid a little at a time, when powder is assimilated and mixture is liquid (may be as little as 1 cc of liquid used) give to child by spoon, oral syringe or medicine dropper.

How do I give the digestive enzymes to a baby?
When breast-feeding, we first suggest that the mother take the basic enzyme protocol a digestive formula such as Super Vi-Gest, a proteolytic formula like Revitalgen and our Probiotic to ensure that her digestion is optimal. Many times this calms the baby’s digestive system as well. However, if the baby’s digestion still needs assistance, you can easily and safely administer the enzymes. Simply pull apart the Super Vi-Gest capsule, mix the powder in a small amount of tepid water or room temperature juice – mix approximately 1cc and administer as suggested above. Give it to the baby before the normal feeding. At times, it may be difficult to give the enzymes prior to feeding. If this is the case, you may give the enzymes to the baby after feeding.

If the baby is being formula-fed, the enzymes should be mixed with 1cc of tepid water or room temperature juice and given just before feeding, as described above. Note: Do not mix the enzymes with formula in the bottle, as it will begin digesting the formula immediately. If it is difficult to give the enzymes prior to feeding, the enzymes may be given after feeding.

How much do you recommend and how often?
Our rule of thumb is to address the need. This means the dose you give a toddler may be the same as the dose you give an adult, if their need is the same.

A safe and effective protocol for children is:

1-3 Super Vi-Gest with every meal
2 Revitalgen 3 times daily between meals
3 Probiotic at bedtime or 1 in the morning and 2 at bedtime

For infants:

1-2 Super Vi-Gest with each feeding
1 Probiotic in the AM and 1-2 Probiotic in the PM
Revitalgen may be added as needed between feedings and/or with feedings depending on circumstances

A frequently asked question about enzymes that digest proteins
(proteases like found in Revitalgen and Super Vi-Gest) is:

If protease digests proteins, how does it distinguish between the good and bad bacteria, or even self and non-self? And, how is it possible to take proteases with probiotics without digesting the probiotics?

Proteases(like those found in Revitalgen and Super Vi-Gest), supplemental or endogenous, only break down compromised proteins. The protein may be “of self” (muscle, blood, beneficial bacteria) or foreign (toxins, unfriendly bacteria,), and if it is intact, the protease will leave it alone. Note – this is why it is ok to take Protease and Probiotic at the same time.

Proteases (supplement or endogenous) will breakdown any protein if that protein is unhealthy (and temperature, pH and moisture conditions are right).

Our immune cells (supported and modulated by proteases) are what target the foreign invaders. It is our immune cells that compromise the bad proteins and then the protease can assist by breaking it down further and helping remove from the system.

With regard to the GI tract and the balance of good and bad bacteria there, what we eat and how well we digest it, is crucial. Undigested carbs ferment, proteins putrify and fats turn rancid and unfortunately bad bacteria thrive on this unhealthy environment. Furthermore, an unhealthy diet and poor digestion can lead to pH imbalances throughout the body, which can also allow for opportunistic organisms to thrive.

So, a healthy diet(that includes systemic enzymes like those found in Revitalgen) and optimal digestion (often requires additional digestive enzymes like found in Super Vi-Gest)coupled with balanced gut flora(Probiotics contributes to this balance) is key!

Vitamark Probiotic – Heat Stability/Shipping Study
by M. Mamadou, Ph.D. and Lisa Hellfrich, RD. LD

Microorganisms in general are susceptible to variations in temperature. Probiotics are no exception. The ideal condition for handling and storage of Vitamark’s Probiotic is cool (40-45ºF) and dry, with typical shipping time as 3-4 days. Because temperatures cannot always be controlled during shipping, Vitamark has our probiotic products formulated to provide optimum colony forming units (cfu) for GI health. In order to determine the stability of Vitamark’s Probiotic under normal shipping conditions, the following study was conducted.

Method

In order to get a detailed temperature log of a package during shipping, a device called a data logger was used. One bottle of Vitamark type Probiotic (previously stored under refrigeration) was packed with the data logger in typical storage material (a cardboard box with packing material). The data logger was set to record the internal temperature of the package every 5 minutes beginning at 4:50 p.m. on August 16th.

The package was then shipped via 2nd Day Air from Houston, TX to Tucson, AZ. The package arrived at the customer site in Tucson on August 18th. It was then refused and sent back to Houston by ground. It was received on August 25th, for a total of 9 days in transit. The bottle of product was then shipped Overnight to the lab to be tested for colony count.

Results

The data logger recorded internal package temperatures ranging from 62°F – 109°F. The external temperatures ranged from 71°F – 98°F inHouston and 68°F – 105°F in Tucson during this period. The duration of the varying temperatures inside the package were as follows:

  • 6.5% of the time the temperature was in the 60’s
  • 66.7% of the time the temperature was in the 70’s
  • 21.5% of the time the temperature was in the 80’s
  • 2.9% of the time the temperature was in the 90’s
  • 2.5% of the time the temperature was in the 100’s

It should be noted that there was a 4 day period when the package was maintained at the temperature range between 66°F – 80°F. The product was being warehoused at this time.

The level of colony forming units (cfu) on the Vitamark Probiotic label is 3.409 billion cfu/cap. After 10 days under sub-standard shipping conditions (normal “actual” shipping time is 3-4 days for most areas and 5-7 days for some remote areas) the product sample was tested,showing less than a 1% decline(would equal a count of approximately 3.375 billion) in colony count. Furthermore, it was noted by the lab’s evaluation team that “all physical aspects of packaging, intact capsules, powder fill appear fresh and in good condition.

Conclusion

This study has confirmed 2 key points. First, the range of temperature a package is subjected to is not as extreme as one might think — even in mid-August in the southwest United States. As the warehousing temperatures also appeared to be quite stable, it is acceptable to ship Vitamark Probiotics over the weekend when necessary. Secondly, Vitamark type Probiotic has proven to be very stable under normal shipping conditions. Thus, Vitamark’s continued use of Fed X Ground service or Fed X Air/USP shipping as requested by our customers,will be sufficient to insure a viable product.

Disclaimer: Vitamark neither diagnoses nor treats disease. Our goal is to make nutritional recommendations that assist individuals to find a healthy balance. If you have specific questions or for technical assistance, please contact us.

More Questions About Enzymes and Probiotics?

Does Super ViGest contain Milk products or can someone that can`t tolerate milk products (lactose intolerant) take SuperViGest?

a. This formulation contains Lactase, the enzyme needed for digesting lactose. There are no milk products in this formula and yes it will help w/ lactose intolerance. However, my clinical experience has been that those patients w/ lactose intolerance still need to avoid those foods when possible.

b. People also sometimes wonder if the lactobacillus (an ingredient in Probiotic also)contains milk. No it does not.

If a person sometimes has a problem tolerating meat..Can you use Super ViGest anyway? Do Revitalgen and Super ViGest include protein?

a. The Revitalgen and Super ViGest formulas contain a protease blend that helps digest proteins (meat). They should be able to tolerate small servings of meat if taking Super ViGest.

b. If they feel they still need additional support digesting meat, they can take an additional Revitalgen with the meal. This formula is especially high in proteases.

c. Neither Revitalgen or Super ViGest contain protein.

A few of our affiliates say that they get gases in their stomach when taking Super ViGest. Is this a side effect that you have heard about before? For myself (and the dogs) Super ViGest is the absolute best thing that has happend, and we never get gases from it.. Only wonderful benefits like less cravings and no stomach catarrh.

a. This does occur occasionally. Try taking the Probiotic with the meal along w/ Super Vigest as this often helps.

b. Check into the diet. Sometimes it is the food they are eating. Now that they are digesting better, the food choice may be the problem. Taking 3 Super ViGest might be helpful with high gas producing foods.

Revitalgen

Sunjing™

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 02:05 PM  posted by Bboy

Comparable Product: A very popular product has been Sunjing. An almost identical product is the Pain Neutralizer which comes in a roll-on or spray.

 

Sunjing, with the incredible external analgesic benefit of the active ingredient camphor, provides hours of effective relief from minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with simple backaches, arthritis, strains, bruises, sprains and muscle strain and stiffness that may come from sports, exercise or general activity.SunjingThe convenient “roll-on” applicator makes application easy–especially for those hard to reach areas. Sunjing is greaseless, won’t stain your clothing and has a clean, fresh, minty scent.

Sunjing’s deep penetrating oils start to soothe sore muscles immediately–without aspirin, alcohol, heat or that strong “medicine-like” smell.

Sunjing is a combination of natural ingredients: camphor, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil and orange oil. Each oil is valued for its soothing comfort; as well as its aromatic benefit.*

Simply apply Sunjing to the affected area or “swish” it through your warm bath water and feel your aches and pains float away!

Keep Sunjing with you at all times–the convenient roll-on bottle fits easily into pocket or purse. Be protected, at work, home or anytime you are out and about.

Some suggested uses:

  • You may find the soothing aromas beneficial with “respiratory” concerns–a couple of “dots” under your nose–just might do the trick. Or roll a little on your neck, throat or chest (also soothes those stiff muscles).
  • Head discomfort due to muscle tightness, stress and strain might respond to a “swish” on the forehead, temples and back of neck. Follow-up an hour or so later with cold compresses to reactivate the oils and provide the muscles with more “cooling” relief.
  • Sore muscles due to stomach discomfort or menstrual concerns: 4-6 dots on the affected area

 

Sunjing

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunjing TESTIMONIALS

Jennifer Komoll and Katja Gotthardt of Team Niederhein, Germany

Dear Sirs,

We get massages on a regular basis and our Masseuse uses Sunjing. We really like the product because of its cooling effect, but also because it takes care of our muscle sores and helps prevent muscle cramps. We also use it to treat bruises on our knees that we normally get from running hurdles. Normally we have to wait 2-3 days for the bruises to go away and not be able to train, but with Sunjing, the pain and bruising usually goes away within hours.

It is also important to note that all of the Athetes that are using Sunjing on our Team, have been giving us nothing but positive feedback about the product.

A team that is very happy with Sunjing
Jennifer Komoll
Katja Gotthardt

Sabrina Mulrain, Olympic Athlete (6th place in Sydney 2000 in the 4x 100m staff Run)
Sunjing Report

Because of the higher demand for training during the Winter and therefore more training sessions and hard Gymnasium Floors, I developed muscular problems. These became especially painful in my legs and back.

Due to regurlarly massaging the affected areas with Sunjing, i was able to relieve the pain. I am constantly surprised at how fast this product works. Also the application of the product before my excercises feels very good and has positive effects on my muscles.

Sabrian Mulrain

Margene Adkins, former Dallas Cowboys.

I was fortunate to play for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and the Canadian Football League from 1967 to 1975. I know about pain. A friend brought me some Sunjing. After using the oil for several weeks, I knee I had found a safe, effective tatment for pain. Where was this product when I was playing football?

Sunjing works so well for me, I want to tell everyone about it. Sunjing can be used in whirlpools and saunas — to relieve and prevent pain. It can be applied under the nose to enable easier breathing — bringing in more oxygen. It not only works fast, but is also safe and effective for many uses.

Margene Adkins
Fort Worth, TX

Mary Jenkins

I’ve been a user of Sunjing now for a year. I am very thankful to be able to control the symptoms of arthritis aches and pains in the joints with a rub. It is better than taking medication.

The results I receive with Sunjing worked so well for me and my family that I was happy to recommend it to other family members and friends. We are blessed to have a product that gives the relief we need. In our house we call it MAGIC OIL.

I continue to improve on my own with the help of Sunjing. Thanks!

Mary E. Jenkins
Fort Worth, TX

Berthold Weber – TB Weiden/Judo (Martial Arts)
Experience Report: Sunjing

For a few months now, we are very successfully using Sunjing in all of our training activities for the Judo Martial Arts to treat common injuries that occur in this kind of Sport. Following a short testing phase which immediatley convinced us, we are now using Sunjing (dubbed “Magic potion” by our young Athletes) in every competition we go to.

In Judo Competitions, several types of injuries are common. First there are Bruises (often occur on legs and feet), pulled muscles (because the Athlete did not warm up properly before competition), and also injuries caused by rugburn and other abriasion. Lastly there are also injuries involving the joints. While these injuries are usually not very bad, they cause enough pain to cancel a competition or take 3 days Leave. This can be an even bigger problem during Championships, when an injury can prevent an Athlete from reaching a higher status.

In all of the above mentioned cases (including a few more), we noticed immediate positive results through the application of Sunjing. After using the product, the only time we had to have athletes take Leave from injuries was during severe cases (dislocations etc). We also noticed that the sooner the product is applied, the faster the injury heals. The spectrum of who uses the product is also astonishing. Most of our youngest Athletes love using Sunjing because it doesn’t burn and smells good. Never in any of our cases of using the product did we notice any Sideeffects or other.

I should also mention that the product has not only been used for sport related injuries, but also for other injuries. In one case, i used Sunjing to treat an open wound on an 11 year old girls foot, which healed so rapidly, that it allowed her to participate in competition and win the OberPfaltz Championship.

We are going to recommend Sunjing to everyone and could not do without it at all of our events and competitions.

Sincerely,
Berthold Weber

Filip Gartner, Conditioning and Technical Consultant
Headcoach for the Norvegian National Ski Team, Slalom Division

I think that I am one of the first to receive Sunjing for testing. After 7 years of experience with this product, it has become clear to me that the overwhelming success of my team is in part the effect of using Sunjing. Through the consistent usage of Sunjing, the breakdown times of my Athletes due to the usual types of illnes were reduced considerably.

During our training periods, it became apparent that Sunjing works very effectively in acclimating Athletes to high altitudes.
That is how, for example, problems with constricted breathing can be solved. It is impossible to think that Sunjing were to ever be considered as a “Doping” product.”

Filip Gartner

Jean Saxon
December 26, 2002

As we baby-boomers begin to age, it’s comforting to get relief for all of our aches and pain.

Sunjing helps me deal with my daily arthritis and muscle spasms and enables me to work-out at the fitness center weekly.

Thank you for providing a wonderful, natural product and I believe it should be in every household.

Sincerely,
Jean Saxon

My name is Bill Clement. I am a licensed Acupuncturist in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. I was introduced to Sunjing about nine years ago and have been selling it ever since. This product is a all natural combination of oils will no chemicals or alcohol. It is important to me to use only natural products in my practice. I have seen many problems improve using the oil. Some examples are ……, all types of muscle and joint pains. I am very happy with Sunjing and will continue to stock bottles for my clients to purchase. I strongly recommend this product. You need to try it to see how effective it really is for your problems.

Sincerly
Bill Clement

Dr. R. Reithmair, Emergency Room Surgeon, Head Doctor, Freyung Hospital, Germany

Freyung, 03-06-2001

Sunjing – Charlatanry or Miracle Medicine

Sunjing is a mixture of essential oils without the addition of stabilizers or Alcohol. Therefore it can be applied to mucous membranes, as well as open wounds. Between January 1st and December 31st, 2000, Sunjing was tested in the Emergency Room Surgery Department at Freyung Hospital on over 1000 patients. Parallel to this, a study was performed with female Ice skating athletes. The resulting success was overwhelming.

Application in the Emergency Room:

Upon arrival in the Emergency Room, 384 patients’ injuries including simple bone fractures, bruises, skin abrasions and contusions were immediately treated with Sunjing. Only a few drops of the product were needed. Nearly all 384 patients reported immediate pain relief. Chemical Analgesics were almost unnecessary. In most patients, swelling was almost completely prevented. With the exception of bone fractures, the recovery time was shortened by ca. 6 Days. Bruises, contusions and muscle strains could be treated early the next day without the use of pain medicines.

Application after Surgery:

Overall, 1240 patients were included in the study while, naturally difficult and large operations, who required assisted breathing in the Intensive Care Unit, were omitted from the study. In small or moderate operations, Sunjing was used with 620 patients, whereas the other group of 620 patients did not receive the product. In all comparable operations, there is evidence of a reduction in the usage of chemical analgesics. In small operations Sunjing sufficed as the only application to relieve pain completely.

In moderate operations, the usage of pain medicine was reduced by 30% in the first day, by 60% on the second day and on the third day, in comparison to the control group, no analgesics were necessary. On the other hand, the control group had to receive 30 drops of Metamizol until the fifth day. The most noticeable effect of Sunjing was with children. 98 Children were included in a controlled study during treatments for ligament hernia and appendix operations. All 98 children did not require analgesics after their operation.

Application with female Athletes:

When Sunjing is applied immediately after contusions and sprains, training excercises can be continued and later effects, that would lead to cancellation of training exercises, such as swelling and pain can be prevented. After application to pressure points on feet, Sunjing works very effectively so that the Athletes can resume training exercises the next day. Twice, we treated a, verified through sonograph, muscle fiber tear with Sunjing . The breakdown time of these Athletes lasted for two days. One of these athletes successfully participated in a competition 10 days after her muscle fiber tear. After long training sessions or overexhaustion, Sunjing was applied to the affected muscle groups. Therefore, rehabilitation time was so short, that these athletes were able to resume their training exercise schedule the very next day. Usage of the regeneration phase was much better utilized by the athletes. Upon continuation of their exercises, the athletes’ physical condition was rated good to very good. None of the Athletes had to extend their regeneration phase.

During constant application of Sunjing for Inhalation, where 2 drops under each nostril-twice a day is seen as sufficient, an overall improvement in health stability is observed. 30% of the female athletes that utilized inhalation did not contract a flu or other illness that would otherwise have interrupted their training exercises. Inhalation of Sunjing reduces the swelling of nasal mucous glands and opens airways, so that the feared anaerobic metabolism, that normally occurs during a 3 minute high performance excercise, could be reduced considerably. Thus at the end of a 3 minute free excercise, none of the female athletes complained of oxygen restriction. Therefore Sunjing is a purely natural product and will never appear on a doping list.

Sunjing is a mixture of essential Oils without the addition of Stabilizers or Alcohol. It can therefore be applied to mucous tissues and open wounds, as well as bruises. Local application yields faster reduction of swelling and faster healing, thus chemical analgesics and pain medicines are not necessary. There is improvement in the healing of wounds and accelerated regeneration time with female athletes. Muscle, joint and ligament pain were successfully treated with Sunjing. Reduced swelling of air passages with improved oxygen intake in female athletes is an important advantage.

Dr. R. Reithmair
Head Surgeon

Sunjing

Probiotic

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 03:05 PM  posted by Bboy

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 The Probiotic formulation will help stabilize and maintain a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem.

Probiotic formulation is a carefully mixed selection of microorganisms that are friendly to the human GI tract.  The organisms in this product will help stabilize and maintain a healthy intestinal probiotic ecosystem1. *

1. Salminen, S. & Salminen, E. “Lactulose, lactic acid bacteria, intestinal microecology and mucosal protection” Scand J Gastroenterol Suppl 1997; 222: 45-8.pr

ProbioticBalanced Probiotic supplementation and support constitutes good management of GI tract health and could also contribute to health beyond the digestive system. *

The common benefits of friendly bacteria include:*

Digestion of some of the food macromolecules and enhanced absorption of nutrients*

Conversion of some macromolecules into short-chain fatty acids that could be used by the enterocytes for energy and other metabolic needs*

Control of colonic pH to prevent pathogenic bacterial growth*

Utilization of ammonia generated in the GI tract and reduction of the levels that are absorbed in blood circulation, thus controlling the onset of hepatic encephalopathy*

Conversion of intestinal nitrogen into microbial protein, which could ultimately supply needed amino acids to the host*

Synthesis of various other beneficial enzymes in the GI tract*

Synthesis of various vitamins*

Synthesis of bacteriocins (endogenous bacterial antibiotics) to control proliferation of competing bacteria*

Control of the synthesis of various mutagens and oncogenic metabolites*

May assist with the diarrhea episodes that result from various bacteria or viruses*

May assist with gastroenteritis and other GI tract inflammations and disorders*

Softens stool *

Probiotic

Probiotic ingredients:

The value of the “friendly bacteria” normally found in the human digestive tract (such as L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. salivarius, L. sporogenes, and B. longum) is of upmost importance. For instance, L. plantarum is actually used to improve the microbial safety of foods. This usage comes from their secretion of “bacteriocins” (proteins that are lethal to certain other bacteria)2. L. plantarum has also been found to pevent the movement of bacteria from the gut to other organs (e.g., liver, lymph nodes)3 in animal models. *

2. Olasupo, W.A. “Bacteriocins of Lactobacillus plantarum strains from fermented foods” Folia Microbiol 1996; 41: 130-136.
3. Adawi, D., et al. “Effect of Lactobacillus supplementation with and without arginine on liver damage and bacterial translocation in an acute liver injury model in the rat” Hepatology 1997; 25: 642-7.

Oral supplementation with L. acidophilus can enhance the body’s anti-infective mechanisms of defense4. Research has suggested how stimulation of the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha is one mechanism that shows the beneficial effects of swallowing L. acidophilus. These substances have potent cytocidal and cytostatic effects on tumor cells5.*

4. Schiffrin, E.J. et al. “Immune modulation of blood leukocytes in humans by lactic acid bacteria: criteria for strain selection” Am J Clin Nutr 1997; 66: 515S-20S.
5. Rangavajhyala, N. et al. “Nonlipopolysaccharide component(s) of Lactobacillus acidophilus stimulate(s) the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha by murine macrophages” Nutr Cancer 1997; 28: 130-4.

The mechanisms of immune support provided by B. longum have been widely studied in animal models. It has been found that B. longum stimulates the immune system by enhancing the activity of natural killer cells in the spleen of rats6 and by stimulating intestinal IgA production7.*

6. Sekine, K. et al. “Inhibition of initiation and early stage development of aberrant crypt foci and enhanced natural killer activity in male rats administered bovine lactoferin concomitantly with azoxymethane” Cancer Lett 1997; 121: 211-6.
7. Takahashi, T. et al. “Effects of orally ingested Bifidobacterium longum on the mucosal IgA response of mice to dietary antigens” Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 1998; 62: 10-15.

The immunostimulatory effect of L. casei has been demonstrated in human subjects. These beneficial bacteria promote the immunological barrier of the gut by the intestinal secretion of IgA.*

L. sporogenes is a very resilient organism. It can sustain various conditions of the GI tract and can also help to control pathogenic organisms. This bacteria is readily activated by gastric acid and then migrates down the GI tract, producing lactic acid and various bacteriocins.*

L. salivarius is a very resilient and highly prolific bacteria. Its actions reduce the production of toxic amines. These organisms produce highly active proteolytic enzymes that enhance the hydrolysis of proteinaceous compounds in the colon.*

TPPTM Probiotic also contains lactoferrin, which is currently the object of considerable study. Lactoferrin has been shown to be an effective antibacterial agent. It is even found in tears, where it serves as one component of the outer eye’s defense8. Supplementation with lactoferrin has been found to inhibit bacterial translocation from the digestive tract to other organs and systems. This is probably due to its suppression of bacterial overgrowth9.*

8. McClellan, K.A. “Mucosal defense of the outer eye” Surv Ophthalmol 1997; 42: 233-46.
9. Teraguchi, S. et al. “Orally administered bovine lactoferrin inhibits bacterial translocation in mice fed bovine milk” Appl Environ Microbiol 1995; 61: 4131-4.

Jerusalem Artichoke is rich in inulin, which is a polymer of fructose (also called fructooligosaccharides (FOS). It has been shown how FOS can serve as a source of effective nutrients for intestinal probiotic bacteria. This activity is sometimes called ‘prebiotic’ because normal human digestive enzymes are unable to digest FOS, and so it therefore passes in its whole state into the colon, where it becomes available as a nutrient to “friendly” bacteria10.*

10. Roberfroid, M.B. “Health benefits of non-digestible oligosaccharides” Adv Exp Med Biol 1997; 427: 211-9.

 

 

  * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Where Do Vitamark’s Enzymes Come From?

Vitamark’s enzymes are derived from the fermentation of non-toxogenic strains of aspergillus-niger and Aspergilus oryzae. These organisms have been studies extensively to establish their safe use. For more information on their safety read the report that follows:

The Safety of Enzymes Derived from Aspergillus

The Production of Mycotoxins by Some Species of Aspergillus
Numerous studies have shown that certain species of the Aspergillus fungus can pose a health threat. These species of Aspergillus produce one or more natural substances that are extremely toxic to other living organisms.4,7 Toxigenic strains of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus produce the closely related group of mycotoxins called “aflatoxins.”9 These toxins have been the subject of intense study as they exhibit potent hepatotoxicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity, carcinogenicity, and immunosuppression in laboratory animals.4 Human cases of aflatoxin poisoning have been associated with the consumption of contaminated foods. In these instances, living Aspergillus fungus was growing or had grown upon the food and was responsible for the presence of aflatoxins.3 Considering the serious health risks associated with these aflatoxins, it is understandable that there is some concern over the possible presence of mycotoxins in enzymes derived from Aspergillus.

The Selection of “Safe” Organisms in the Fermentation Process
Before a fungal organism is used in fermentation, the specific strain is extensively screened to determine if the organism is capable of producing mycotoxins under the conditions of fermentation. Only those organisms that do not produce any toxins are selected for use in the fermentation process.5,11,14 Even after an organism is determined to be “safe” and is used in fermentation, every second generation is again checked to verify that mutations have not occurred which might enable the organism to produce mycotoxins. Enzymes derived from Aspergillus fermentation were first used in food production at the turn of the century.5,14 Since their introduction, there has never been a documented case of illness from mycotoxins associated with fermented enzymes,5 which is testament to the effectiveness of the screening process employed by the enzyme manufacturing industry.

Vitamark International only uses fungal enzymes derived from the fermentation of non-toxigenic strains of Aspergillus-niger and Aspergillus oryzae. These organisms have been studied extensively by the food and pharmaceutical industries to establish their safe use in the production of amino acids, enzymes, antibiotics and other beneficial compounds.1,7,15

Enzymes are Isolated Proteins, not Living Organisms
Once fermentation by the Aspergillus organism is complete, the enzymes are extracted by a complex process that isolates protein compounds from the surrounding material. No living Aspergillus cells remain in the isolated enzyme after the extraction process is complete.5,11,14 Mycotoxins are not protein-based substances;8 therefore, in the extremely unlikely event that mycotoxins were produced during fermentation, they would not be extracted with the enzymes. Instead, any mycotoxins present would remain in the discarded portion of the fermentation. Even so, the final enzyme product is routinely checked for the presence of mycotoxins and aflatoxins.13

Infections Associated with Aspergillus
Aspergillus, like any other fungus, can act as opportunistic pathogens; however, the relative rarity of Aspergillus infections indicates the low degree of innate virulence of these organisms. Infectious diseases associated with Aspergillus involve growth of fungal mycelia within body tissue, most commonly within the pulmonary system.3 In order for mycelial colonization to occur, the Aspergillus must be introduced to the body in a living form. Enzymes derived from the fermentation of Aspergillus are purified compounds which do not contain any living Aspergillus cells and therefore cannot initiate infection or colonization.11,14 No cases of Aspergillus infections have ever been documented in association with the consumption of purified fermented fungal enzymes.

Allergic Reactions to Aspergillus
Allergic responses to Aspergillus organisms and the products of their fermentation do occur, although their occurrence is largely isolated to regular air-borne “dust” exposure by workers in the food industry.2,8,10 If an allergic reaction is to occur, it is generally the protein faction of a substance that will illicit such a reaction.6 Although enzymes derived from Aspergillus fermentation are free of any living Aspergillus cells, the fact remains that these enzymes are a purified protein faction of the Aspergillus organism. If you have any questions regarding the use of these enzyme products, please contact your health care professional.

 

 

  Disclaimer: Vitamark International neither diagnoses nor treats disease. Our goal is to make nutritional recommendations that assist individuals to find a healthy balance. If you have specific questions or for technical assistance, please contact us.

References:
1Barbesgaard, P.; Heldt-Hansen, H.P.; Diderichsen, B. “On the safety of Aspergillus oryzae: a review.” Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 36(5): 569-72 (1992).
2Baur, X.; Chen, Z.; Sander, I. “Isolation and denomination of an important allergen in baking additives: a-amylase from Aspergillus oryzae (Asp o II).” Clinical and Experimental Allergy 24: 465-70 (1994).
3Dixon, D.M.; Walsh, T.J. “Human Pathogenesis” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 249-265.
4Dvorackova, I. Aflatoxins and Human Health. (Boca Raton: CRC Press, 1990).
5Godfrey, T.; Reichelt, J. Industrial Enzymology: The Application of Enzymes in Industry. (New York: The Nature Press, 1983).
6Guyton, A.C. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 8th ed. (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1991).
7Linz, J.E.; Pestka, J.J. “Mycotoxins: Molecular Strategies for Control” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 217-229.
8Losada, E: Hinojosa, M.; Quirce, S.; Sanchez-Cano, M.; Moneo, I. “Occupational asthma caused by alpha-amylase inhalation: clinical and immunologic findings and bronchial response patterns.” J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 89(1): 118-25 (1992).
9Pier, A.C.; Richard, J.L. “Mycoses and Mycotoxicoses of Animals Caused by Aspergilli” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 233-247.
10Quirce, S.; Cuevas, M.; Diez-Gomez, M.; Fernandez-Rivas, M.; Hinojosa, M.; Gonzalez, R.; Losada, E. “Respiratory allergy to Aspergillus-derived enzymes in bakers’ asthma.” J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 90(6): 970-8 (1992).
11Reed, G. Enzymes in Food Processing, 2nd ed. (New York: Academic Press, 1975).
12Richard, J.; Cole, R. Mycotoxins: Economic and Health Risks Report no. 116. (Ames, IA: Council for Agricultural Sciences and Technology Task Force Report, 1989).
13Schechtman, M.G. “United States Government Regulations Affectiong Aspergilli and Their Products” in Aspergillus: Biology and Industrial Applications edited by J.W. Bennet and M.A. Klich. (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992) pp 233-247.
14Schwimmer, S. Source Book of Food Enzymology. (Westport, CT: The AVI Publishing Company, Inc., 1981).
15Wei, D.L.; Johg, S.C. “Production of aflatoxins by strains of the Aspergillus flavus group maintained in ATCC.” Mycopathologia 93(1): 19-24 (1986).

 

 

 Should Children Take Enzymes?
from Jana Mitcham

If your general philosophy towards health is to prevent and be proactive, you should definitely give your child enzymes. In order to make sure your child gets proper nutrient acquisition, you want to promote optimal digestion, a healthy immune system, and a healthy GI tract with proper elimination.*

Can children take enzymes?
Yes, absolutely. You can give digestive enzymes to infants, toddlers, and young children. For toddlers and young children, Vitamark recommends the basic protocol of Super Vi-Gest, Revitalgen, and Probiotic. If children can’t swallow the capsule they can be pulled apart easily and mixed with water or juice. (For young children who can’t follow the Suggested Use, mix it by adding the liquid a little at a time, when powder is assimilated and mixture is liquid (may be as little as 1 cc of liquid used) give to child by spoon, oral syringe or medicine dropper.

How do I give the digestive enzymes to a baby?
When breast-feeding, we first suggest that the mother take the basic enzyme protocol a digestive formula such as Super Vi-Gest, a proteolytic formula like Revitalgen and our Probiotic to ensure that her digestion is optimal. Many times this calms the baby’s digestive system as well. However, if the baby’s digestion still needs assistance, you can easily and safely administer the enzymes. Simply pull apart the Super Vi-Gest capsule, mix the powder in a small amount of tepid water or room temperature juice – mix approximately 1cc and administer as suggested above. Give it to the baby before the normal feeding. At times, it may be difficult to give the enzymes prior to feeding. If this is the case, you may give the enzymes to the baby after feeding.

If the baby is being formula-fed, the enzymes should be mixed with 1cc of tepid water or room temperature juice and given just before feeding, as described above. Note: Do not mix the enzymes with formula in the bottle, as it will begin digesting the formula immediately. If it is difficult to give the enzymes prior to feeding, the enzymes may be given after feeding.

How much do you recommend and how often?
Our rule of thumb is to address the need. This means the dose you give a toddler may be the same as the dose you give an adult, if their need is the same.

A safe and effective protocol for children is:

1-3 Super Vi-Gest with every meal
2 Revitalgen 3 times daily between meals
3 Probiotic at bedtime or 1 in the morning and 2 at bedtime

For infants:

1-2 Super Vi-Gest with each feeding
1 Probiotic in the AM and 1-2 Probiotic in the PM
Revitalgen may be added as needed between feedings and/or with feedings depending on circumstances

A frequently asked question about enzymes that digest proteins
(proteases like found in Revitalgen and Super Vi-Gest) is:

If protease digests proteins, how does it distinguish between the good and bad bacteria, or even self and non-self? And, how is it possible to take proteases with probiotics without digesting the probiotics?

Proteases(like those found in Revitalgen and Super Vi-Gest), supplemental or endogenous, only break down compromised proteins. The protein may be “of self” (muscle, blood, beneficial bacteria) or foreign (toxins, unfriendly bacteria,), and if it is intact, the protease will leave it alone. Note – this is why it is ok to take Protease and Probiotic at the same time.

Proteases (supplement or endogenous) will breakdown any protein if that protein is unhealthy (and temperature, pH and moisture conditions are right).

Our immune cells (supported and modulated by proteases) are what target the foreign invaders. It is our immune cells that compromise the bad proteins and then the protease can assist by breaking it down further and helping remove from the system.

With regard to the GI tract and the balance of good and bad bacteria there, what we eat and how well we digest it, is crucial. Undigested carbs ferment, proteins putrify and fats turn rancid and unfortunately bad bacteria thrive on this unhealthy environment. Furthermore, an unhealthy diet and poor digestion can lead to pH imbalances throughout the body, which can also allow for opportunistic organisms to thrive.

So, a healthy diet(that includes systemic enzymes like those found in Revitalgen) and optimal digestion (often requires additional digestive enzymes like found in Super Vi-Gest)coupled with balanced gut flora(Probiotics contributes to this balance) is key!

Vitamark Probiotic – Heat Stability/Shipping Study
by M. Mamadou, Ph.D. and Lisa Hellfrich, RD. LD

Microorganisms in general are susceptible to variations in temperature. Probiotics are no exception. The ideal condition for handling and storage of Vitamark’s Probiotic is cool (40-45ºF) and dry, with typical shipping time as 3-4 days. Because temperatures cannot always be controlled during shipping, Vitamark has our probiotic products formulated to provide optimum colony forming units (cfu) for GI health. In order to determine the stability of Vitamark’s Probiotic under normal shipping conditions, the following study was conducted.

Method

In order to get a detailed temperature log of a package during shipping, a device called a data logger was used. One bottle of Vitamark type Probiotic (previously stored under refrigeration) was packed with the data logger in typical storage material (a cardboard box with packing material). The data logger was set to record the internal temperature of the package every 5 minutes beginning at 4:50 p.m. on August 16th.

The package was then shipped via 2nd Day Air from Houston, TX to Tucson, AZ. The package arrived at the customer site in Tucson on August 18th. It was then refused and sent back to Houston by ground. It was received on August 25th, for a total of 9 days in transit. The bottle of product was then shipped Overnight to the lab to be tested for colony count.

Results

The data logger recorded internal package temperatures ranging from 62°F – 109°F. The external temperatures ranged from 71°F – 98°F inHouston and 68°F – 105°F in Tucson during this period. The duration of the varying temperatures inside the package were as follows:

  • 6.5% of the time the temperature was in the 60’s
  • 66.7% of the time the temperature was in the 70’s
  • 21.5% of the time the temperature was in the 80’s
  • 2.9% of the time the temperature was in the 90’s
  • 2.5% of the time the temperature was in the 100’s

It should be noted that there was a 4 day period when the package was maintained at the temperature range between 66°F – 80°F. The product was being warehoused at this time.

The level of colony forming units (cfu) on the Vitamark Probiotic label is 3.409 billion cfu/cap. After 10 days under sub-standard shipping conditions (normal “actual” shipping time is 3-4 days for most areas and 5-7 days for some remote areas) the product sample was tested,showing less than a 1% decline(would equal a count of approximately 3.375 billion) in colony count. Furthermore, it was noted by the lab’s evaluation team that “all physical aspects of packaging, intact capsules, powder fill appear fresh and in good condition.

Conclusion

This study has confirmed 2 key points. First, the range of temperature a package is subjected to is not as extreme as one might think — even in mid-August in the southwest United States. As the warehousing temperatures also appeared to be quite stable, it is acceptable to ship Vitamark Probiotics over the weekend when necessary. Secondly, Vitamark type Probiotic has proven to be very stable under normal shipping conditions. Thus, Vitamark’s continued use of Fed X Ground service or Fed X Air/USP shipping as requested by our customers,will be sufficient to insure a viable product.

Disclaimer: Vitamark neither diagnoses nor treats disease. Our goal is to make nutritional recommendations that assist individuals to find a healthy balance. If you have specific questions or for technical assistance, please contact us.

 More Questions About Enzymes and Probiotics?

Does Super ViGest contain Milk products or can someone that can`t tolerate milk products (lactose intolerant) take SuperViGest?

a. This formulation contains Lactase, the enzyme needed for digesting lactose. There are no milk products in this formula and yes it will help w/ lactose intolerance. However, my clinical experience has been that those patients w/ lactose intolerance still need to avoid those foods when possible.

b. People also sometimes wonder if the lactobacillus (an ingredient in Probiotic also)contains milk. No it does not.

If a person sometimes has a problem tolerating meat..Can you use Super ViGest anyway? Do Revitalgen and Super ViGest include protein?

a. The Revitalgen and Super ViGest formulas contain a protease blend that helps digest proteins (meat). They should be able to tolerate small servings of meat if taking Super ViGest.

b. If they feel they still need additional support digesting meat, they can take an additional Revitalgen with the meal. This formula is especially high in proteases.

c. Neither Revitalgen or Super ViGest contain protein.

A few of our affiliates say that they get gases in their stomach when taking Super ViGest. Is this a side effect that you have heard about before? For myself (and the dogs) Super ViGest is the absolute best thing that has happend, and we never get gases from it.. Only wonderful benefits like less cravings and no stomach catarrh.

a. This does occur occasionally. Try taking the Probiotic with the meal along w/ Super Vigest as this often helps.

b. Check into the diet. Sometimes it is the food they are eating. Now that they are digesting better, the food choice may be the problem. Taking 3 Super ViGest might be helpful with high gas producing foods.

 Probiotic