Got energy? That’s a big question. Many people are low on energy. A major cause of low energy is magnesium deficiency. In fact, studies show 50%–90% of people are deficient, often highly deficient. Magnesium boosts energy levels by feeding the body’s energy production system or Krebs cycle.
Myo-Mag— HPDI’s magnesium and malic acid formula — is designed to supercharge your energy production system to support a high energy lifestyle. Are you ready for what Myo-Mag can do for your energy? Well, it boosts energy, but does a lot more, too!
Getting enough magnesium is critical, of course. But it is equally important to get readily assimilable forms of magnesium and the synergistic nutrients required for its uptake and utilization. Myo-Mag provides optimal forms of magnesium and synergistic nutrients required to create energy (as ATP) for higher energy living. Myo-Mag feeds the body’s energy production system (Krebs cycle), which maximizes cellular energy. That is why users of Myo-Mag report far greater energy levels.
⚡ MYO-MAG FOR ENERGY – AND MUCH MORE ⚡
Myo-Mag supplies critical nutrients for energy production (as ATP) in the body. But it offers benefits far beyond boosting energy levels. Being a super magnesium formula, Myo-Mag optimizes all other beneficial effects of magnesium. In addition to energy production, magnesium is essential for muscle health, cardiovascular health, balancing calcium levels (and ensuring proper calcium uptake), as well as for proper function of more than 800 enzyme systems in the body.
⚡ MYO-MAG BENEFITS ⚡
• ENERGY – Myo-Mag supplies your cellular energy system with raw materials it can use immediately to produce energy for high vitality living. Myo-Mag can help you create energy fast—and naturally!
• MENTAL ENERGY – Just as Myo-Mag boosts physical energy, it can also boost mental energy. The energizing forms of magnesium and synergistic nutrients it provides create cellular energy the body can use for all purposes requiring energy.
• MUSCLE RECOVERY – Myo-Mag supports muscle health, muscle use, and muscle recovery. You might call Myo-Mag a muscle formula, and indeed “Myo” means “muscle” in Greek. Muscles that are properly nourished function well and are loose, not contracted, overly tight, or cramped. Muscles can benefit from Myo-Mag!
• RELAXATION AND CALMING – In addition to being an “energy” production formula, Myo-Mag provides forms of magnesium and other nutrients that allow the body to relax. Muscle relaxation is a well known effect of magnesium. Also, the counterbalancing effect of magnesium on calcium in cells contributes to a relaxation effect. Too much calcium by itself (without being balanced) by magnesium can lead to muscle contraction and tension.
• GREATER SENSE OF WELL-BEING – Myo-Mag can provide an overall sense of well being. This is likely due both to the wide range of benefits and effects of magnesium (see list below) combined with the benefits of the synergistic nutrients it provides. For example, a combination of the known benefits of muscle relaxation, improved mood, and increased vitality can together contribute to an overall increased sense of well-being.
• CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH – The heart is a muscle and gain major benefits from the right forms of magnesium, like other muscles
• HEADACHES – The ingredients in Myo-Mag are known to help headaches, including migraine headaches
• MANY OTHER BENEFITS – Due to its status as an exceptional magnesium & malic acid formula, Myo-Mag provides all benefits associated with magnesium (see list below), but also supercharges these benefits due to the malic acid (malate), B vitamins, and other synergistic nutrients.
⚡ MYO-MAG OVERVIEW ⚡
Myo-Mag is an advanced magnesium formula that supports metabolism, energy production (ATP), and optimal cellular function. It allows for rapid uptake and absorption of easily assimilated forms of magnesium. It also provides critical nutrients supporting energy production in the body. Because Myo-Mag rapidly boosts magnesium levels, individuals usually notice greater physical and mental energy, reduced fatigue, and often a greater sense of overall well being.
⚡ MAGNESIUM, MALIC ACID (MALATE), B VITAMINS, AND MORE ⚡
Myo-Mag contains ingredients participating in the production of ATP. One vegetarian capsule contains 100 mg of magnesium and over 300 mg of malic acid. Vitamin B1 is included as Thiamin HCl and vitamin B2 is included as both Riboflavin and Riboflavin 5′-phosphate. Also included are vitamin B6 in its pyridoxal 5′-phosphated coenzyme form, manganese (because high levels of magnesium can deplete the body of it), magnesium carbonate (a malic acid buffer), and glycine as the carrier for a portion of the magnesium and for the manganese.
Supplementing the diet with magnesium and malic acid may reverse conditions of low energy. Suggested daily amounts include 300–600 mg of magnesium and 1200–2400 mg of malic acid.
⚡ MYO-MAG CONSIDERATIONS & APPLICATIONS ⚡
There are several key nutrients needed by mitochondria to manufacture ATP in the body. These include oxygen, magnesium, food substrate, ADP, and inorganic phosphate, as well as Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B6 in their phosphorylated (coenzyme) forms.
The body also requires malate (an important Krebs cycle intermediate) in order for most of these nutrients to function effectively in the process of ATP production. When adequate amounts of any of these nutrients are not present in the mitochondria, a vicious cycle can occur in which ATP is not created in amounts sufficient for proper cell function.
Insufficient amounts of ATP means that some B vitamins may not be adequately phosphorylated leading to improper metabolism and further reductions in ATP production. The much less efficient anaerobic production of ATP may be utilized to a greater extent. A balance point may be reached wherein the body produces only a fraction of the optimal amount of ATP. Under these conditions muscle weakness and fatigue may occur.
Vitamin B6 in its coenzyme form (pyridoxal-5’-phosphate) and magnesium are required for normal activity of malate dehydrogenase enzymes involved in ATP production in the Krebs Cycle. In addition, the respiratory chain involved in ATP synthesis requires adequate amounts of the coenzyme forms of B vitamins B1 and B2, which are the precursors of NAD and FAD. These two B vitamins, like B6, require a magnesium-dependent phosphate transfer reaction to become biologically active. Magnesium deficiency would therefore create a sluggish respiratory chain and a decreased efficiency in the transfer of reducing equivalents from the cytosol to the mitochondria. Supplementing the diet with magnesium and malic acid boosts energy production and thereby can reverse conditions of low energy.
In “Management of Fibromyalgia: Rationale for the Use of Magnesium and Malic Acid,” Abraham and Flechas reported that supplementing the diet with magnesium and malic acid may reverse such conditions of low energy (Jrnl of Nutritional Medicine 1992 3: 49–59). The recommended daily amounts include 300–600 mg of magnesium and 1200–2400 mg of malic acid.
⚡ MAGNESIUM ⚡
Magnesium is a key ingredient in Myo-Mag which provides 100 mg per capsule in the form of magnesium malate. Magnesium plays a major role in energy production in the body. In particular, magnesium plays a critical role in key enzymatic reactions for both aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis, which is the oxygen-dependent metabolic pathway that coverts glucose in to energy at ATP and NADH.
In order to appreciate the many benefits Myo-Mag offers, it helps to understand the effects and benefits of magnesium. Magnesium levels influence many physiological processes and functions. These include:
• Increases energy by greater production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in cells
• Supports production and function of over 800 enzyme systems in the body
• Relaxes muscles / reduces muscle tension
• Boosts vitality, endurance, and strength
• Improves cardiovascular / heart health (relaxes cardiac muscle)
• Relieves pain, including chronic pain
• Ideal for arthritis / fibromyalgia / joint pain
• Improves health of skin and mucous membranes
• Eases headaches and migraine headaches
• In sports medicine — replenishes Mg levels for energy (combats fatigue, and soothes pain and sore muscles)
• Improves mood and reduces stress
• Increases memory and cognitive functions
• Boosts immune system
• Improves assimilation of calcium / builds stronger bones
• Regulates blood sugar levels / needed for insulin production, transport, and function in cells
• Supports antioxidant systems
Given the wide range of benefits conferred by magnesium on the human body, it becomes apparent that no level of deficiency is acceptable. Magnesium is simply critical for life and for health. It is far better to have more magnesium than less.
MYO-MAG contains three types of magnesium: magnesium malate, magnesium carbonate, and magnesium diglycinate. As noted, the malate form of magnesium offers the unique benefit of feeding the energy production system in the body. The magnesium carbonate in the formula acts as a buffering agent while magnesium glycinate is absorbed into the bloodstream thereby increasing absorption beyond the gastrointestinal tract.
⚡ MALIC ACID / MALATE ⚡
Myo-Mag provides malic acid via magnesium malate, which breaks down in the body into about 80% malic acid and 15% magnesium. Malic acid is a compound (molecular formula C4H6O5) made by all living organisms. Malic acid contributes to the sour taste of fruits, and its name derives from the Latin word for apple. Esters and salts of malic acid are known as malates. The malate anion is an intermediate in the citric acid cycle, or Krebs cycle, which produced energy (ATP) in the body.
According to Abraham and Flechas (1992): “Malate is the only metabolite of the citric acid cycle which correlates positively with physical activity.” They add: “Following endurance training of athletes, muscles were characterized by a 50% increase in the malate-aspartate redox shuttle enzymes, where malate plays a key role…When there is increased demand for ATP, there is also an increased demand and utilization of malate.”
⚡ MANGANESE ⚡
Myo-Mag includes manganese because high levels of magnesium can deplete manganese. The classes of enzymes that have manganese cofactors is large and includes oxidoreductases, transferases, hydrolases, lyases, isomerases, ligases, lectins, and integrins. The reverse transcriptases of many retroviruses (though not lentiviruses such as HIV) contain manganese. The best-known manganese-containing polypeptides may be arginase and Mn-containing superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD)
Manganese is an essential human dietary element. It is present as a coenzyme in several biological processes, which include macronutrient metabolism, bone formation, and free radical defense systems. It is a critical component in dozens of proteins and enzymes. The human body contains about 12 mg of manganese, mostly in the bones. The soft tissue remainder is concentrated in the liver and kidneys. In the human brain, the manganese is bound to manganese metalloproteins, most notably glutamine synthetase in astrocytes.
⚡ MYO-MAG USAGE ⚡
Taking 1–3+ Myo-Mag provide nutrients that help the body create energy. However, taking 3–6 (or more) Myo-Mag daily would meet the need for supplementing with 300–600 mg of magnesium and 1200–2400 mg of malic acid that is known to reverse conditions of low energy. We recommend starting low (1-2 capsules) and then gradually increasing the dosage. Myo-Mag is contained in a vegetarian capsule to ensure rapid assimilation.
COMPOSITION: One (1) vegetarian capsule of Myo-Mag provides the following percentages of the Daily Value:
% Daily Value
Magnesium (Mg malate, diglycinate, carbonate)
Malic Acid (Mg malate)
Manganese (Mn diglycinate)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin HCl)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin-5′-phosphate)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal-5′-phosphate)
Glycine (Mg and Mn diglycinate)
* No established Daily Value
DIRECTIONS: As a dietary supplement take 1–3+ capsules daily, or as directed by a health care professional.
INGREDIENTS: MYO-MAG only contains the highest-quality USP grade magnesium malate, magnesium diglycinate, magnesium carbonate, manganese diglycinate, thiamin HCl, riboflavin, pyridoxal-5′-phosphate, riboflavin-5′-phosphate, vegetable cellulose (capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, and silica.
MYO-MAG does not contain wheat, rye, oats, corn, barley, gluten, soy, egg, dairy, yeast, sugar, GMOs, sulfates, chlorides, wax, preservatives, colorings, or artificial flavorings.
⚡ CONCLUSION ⚡
Energy is important for life and health. And whether you realize it or not, large numbers of factors—some of which are beyond your control—conspire daily to rob you of energy. These factors may include low magnesium levels, stress to EMF exposure (like Wi-Fi or cell phone radiation), adverse dietary influences (like glyphosate/RoundUp), other chemical and/or environmental exposures, and even just lack of exercise. One of the easiest things to do is to take Myo-Mag to get the magnesium, malic acid, and synergistic nutrients you need to build greater energy levels. Get ready to blast off! ⚡
HPDI’s amazing IMMUNE-ASSIST™ mushroom formula is a combination of more than 200 different polysaccharides, derived from the enzymatic breakdown of complex organic plant material from six different species of organically grown medicinal mushrooms. These include Agaricus blazei, Cordyceps hybrid (sinensis and militaris), Lentinula edodes (shiitake), Grifola frondosa (maitake), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), and Coriolus versicolor.
IMMUNE-ASSIST™ Daily Formula contains simple polysaccharides similar to many other products on the market, but it also contains much more complex polysaccharides like the cross-linked beta mannans and beta-glucans into the same molecule. This is why Immune-Assist™ shows such a greater range of immuno-modulation bioactivity than other bran based supplements. Included among the important substances in Immune-Assist™ are Arabinoxylane, Lentinan, Grifolan (Dr. Nanba’s original Maitake D-Fraction), PSK and PSP, and Active Hemicellulose Correlated Compound (AHCC).
Many mushroom-derived polysaccharides appear to fit the accepted criteria for immunomodulators or biological response modifiers (BRM) compounds. They cause no harm and place no additional stress on the body, they assist the body to adapt to the various environmental and psychological stresses, and they have a non-specific action on the body, supporting all the major systems, including nervous, hormonal, and immune systems, as well as regulatory functions.
MEDICINAL MUSHROOM EXTRACTS: ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL IMMUNE MODULATORS KNOWN
Recent scientific research has shown that medicinal mushrooms grown on vegetable sources (such as millet, rice bran, buckwheat, milo, etc.) enzymatically activate a process whereby complex cross-linked polysaccharides from the vegetable sources are converted to biologically active immunomodulators. As you will see from the discussion below, the polysaccharides produced by this process are effective and safe immune stimulants.
Medicinal mushroom research has focused on discovering compounds that can modulate positively or negatively the biological response of immune cells. Certain mushroom derived-glucans and polysaccharide-bound proteins have been shown to act as immunomodulators, where these polymers interact with the immune system to upregulate or downregulate specific aspects of the responses of the host and this may result in various therapeutic effects.
Whether certain compounds enhance or suppress immune responses can depend on a number of factors including dosage, route of administration, timing and frequency of administration, mechanism of action or the site of activity.
The most effective polysaccharides isolated from mushrooms (fruit-body, submerged, cultured mycelial biomass or liquid culture broth) are either water-soluble β-D-glucans, β-D-glucans with heterosaccharide chains of xylose, mannose, galactose, or uronic acid or β-D-glucan-protein complexes – proteoglycans.
While the role of medicinal mushrooms in immunomodulation represents the central theme of much of the conducted research, it is pertinent to observe that many of the medicinal mushrooms have been highly valued for other medicinal properties including cholesterols control, blood pressure support, blood sugar support, assistance with viral and bacterial balance, and antioxidant and free radical scavenging.
The safety criteria for mushroom-derived β-glucans have been exhaustively carried out in pre-clinical experiments. Acute, subacute, and chronic toxicity tests have been carried out together with administration during pregnancy and lactation with no adverse effects. There were no anaphylactic reactions and no effects in mutagenicity and haemolysis tests, blood coagulation and a wide range of other regulatory tests. There was no evidence of genotoxicity. Similar results have been obtained with other β-glucans. When applied to humans in Phase 1 clinical tests, the β-glucans demonstrate remarkably few adverse clinical reactions.
In the 2001 report Medicinal Mushrooms: Their Therapeutic Properties and Current Medical Usage, a wide variety of mushroom polysaccharides, including Lentinan (from L. edodes), Schizophyllan (from S. commune), PSK and PSP (from Trametesversicolor), and Grifron-D (from the Maitake mushroom G. frondosa) and others are described, and their properties are shown to satisfy the criteria for biological response modifiers. Many of these mushroom-derived polymers potentiate the host’s innate (non-specific) and acquired (specific) immune responses in a similar manner, where they activate many kinds of immune cells that are vitally important for the maintenance of homeostasis.
Key innate responses that are stimulated by these mushroom derived-β-glucans or polysaccharide-protein complexes include host T-cells (such as cytotoxic macrophages, monocytes, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells) and chemical messengers (cytokines such as interleukins, interferon and colony stimulating factors) that trigger complement and acute phase responses. Moreover, mushroom polysaccharides or polysaccharide-protein complexes are considered as multi-cytokine inducers that are able to induce gene expression of various immunomodulatory cytokines and cytokine receptors.
In addition, acquired responses are also enlisted, where lymphocytes that govern antibody production (B cells) and cell-mediated cytotoxicity (T-cells) are stimulated. While the immune system is shrouded in tremendous complexity, our current understanding shows that it is regulated in an orchestrated dynamic manner.
Mushroom-derived polysaccharides have shown therapeutic activities in both pre-clinical models and in clinical trials. Although the mechanism of their action is still not completely clear, Lentinan, Schizophyllan, PSP, PSK and other mushroom polysaccharides appear to mediate their activity by activation or augmentation of the host’s immune system (via stimulated cytotoxic macrophages, cytotoxic T-cells and antibody-mediated cytoxicity of targeted cells), rather than direct cytotoxicity.
Thus, both cell-mediated immune responses against the target T-cells initiated by macrophage-lymphocyte interactions and cytoxicity induced by antibodies to target T-cells are believed to contribute to the elimination of abnormal cells. Recent evidence suggests that several mushroom polysaccharides may also possess cytotoxic properties. Grifron-D from G.fondosa mushroom was reported to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human prostate cell-lines.
IMMUNE-ASSIST™ DAILY FORMULA INCORPORATES POLYSACCHARIDE EXTRACTS FROM SIX MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS
In China, Japan, Korea, and more recently in the USA, hundreds of mushroom species have been studied during the past 30 years. Extracts from most of the medicinal mushrooms show a common property of enhancing immune function by modulating cell-mediated immunity. Simply put, such mushroom extracts seem to turn on cells in the immune system, which appear to have significant healing properties. In fact, three different drugs extracted from mushrooms have been approved by the Japanese equivalent of FDA (that is, the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry). These three are lentinan, derived from shiitake; PSK, derived from coriolus versicolor; and schizophyllan, derived from suehirotake.
Based on the latest research a USA-based company (Aloha Medicinals, Inc.) has formulated for Health Products Distributors, Inc. IMMUNE-ASSIST™ Daily Formula. This formula contains more than 200 different polysaccharides, derived from the enzymatic breakdown of complex organic plant material from six different species of medicinal mushrooms. These include Agaricus blazei, Cordyceps hybrid (sinensis and militaris), Lentinula edodes (shiitake), Grifola frondosa (maitake), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), and Coriolus versicolor.
RESEARCH RELATED TO MUSHROOMS CONTAINED IN IMMUNE-ASSIST™
Shiitake is now the most popular and most cultivated exotic mushroom in the world. In China, shiitake has a history that dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 ACE). The mushroom was used not only as a food but was taken as a remedy for upper respiratory diseases, poor blood circulation, liver trouble, exhaustion and weakness, and to boost chi, or life energy. It was also believed to prevent premature aging.
Coriolus (or Trametes) versicolor is the most thoroughly clinically researched mushroom. An extract of Coriolus versicolor known as PSK is sold in Europe and Japan. It is an immunostimulant; demonstrates anti-viral activity; enhances T-cell proliferation; and has been shown to improve both disease-free and survival rates in patients.
Maitake may be even more potent than any of the other mushrooms previously studied. This legendary giant mushroom has been studied for its anti neoplastic, anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-hyperlipemic effects since the mid-1980s. Its anti-HIV activity in vitro was demonstrated in tests conducted by the Japan Institute of Health and the US National Cancer Institute in early 1992. Among various extracts obtained from the Maitake mushroom, a specific extracted fraction named Maitake D-fraction is the active constituent. This extract contains beta-1, 3-glucans and beta-1, 6-glucans protein-bound polysaccharides. It has demonstrated remarkable cell-protective activity by activating the immune system through oral administration.
The Chinese have long used Cordyceps sinensis and militaris to promote overall good health, and modern research indicates that it does indeed support liver, kidney, heart, and immune system function. Cordycepshas been used to protect the bone marrow and digestive systems of mice from whole body irradiation. One experiment noted that Cordyceps may protect the liver. An experiment with mice indicated the mushroom may have an anti-depressant effect.
Researchers have observed that Cordyceps has a hypoglycemic effect and may be beneficial for people with insulin resistance. Cordyceps mushroom extracts have been shown to stimulate the number of T helper cells, prolong the survival of lymphocytes, enhance TNF-alpha and interleukin 1 production, and increase the activity of natural killer cells. One study indicates that cordyceps can stimulate progesterone production in animal cells.
Reishi possess immunomodulary and immunotherapeutic activities supported by studies on polysaccharides, terpene, and other bioactive compounds isolated from fruiting bodies and mycelia of this fungus. It has also been found to inhibit platelet aggregation, and to lower blood pressure (via inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme), cholesterol, and blood sugar.
In an animal model, Reishi has been reported to prevent metastasis, with potency comparable to Lentinan from shiitake mushrooms. The mechanisms by which Reishi may target different stages of abnormal growth development include: 1) inhibition of angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels created to supply nutrients to the abnormal cell) mediated by cytokines, 2) cytotoxicity, 3) inhibition of migration of the cells and 4) inducing and enhancing apoptosis. Besides effects on mammalian physiology, Reishiis reported to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities. Reishi is reported to exhibit direct anti-viral effects with the following viruses: HSV-1, HSV-2, and influenza.
Agaricus blazei is an edible mushroom native to Brazil and cultivated in Japan and the USA for its medicinal uses. It has been used to treat arteriosclerosis, hepatitis, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, dermatitis, and neoplasms. In vitro experiments and studies done in mice have shown that Agaricus has immunomodulatory and antimutagenic properties. The polysaccharides and anti-angiogenic compounds present in Agaricus are thought to be responsible for its therapeutic properties. Such effects are believed to be exerted by immunopotentiation or direct inhibition of angiogenesis.
ACTIVE HEMICELLULOSE CORRELATED COMPOUND (AHCC) AS A COMPONENT OF IMMUNE-ASSIST™ DAILY FORMULA
AHCC is produced by from the enzymatic action of vegetable sources with mycelial extracts from several different mushrooms. There is about four times more AHCC in each dose of Immune-Assist™ than there is in other AHCC products on the market.
AHCC is a food substance that contains a broad range of polysaccharides. It is believed that a special polysaccharide with a molecular weight of about 5,000 and an alpha 1,4 glucan linkage in this mushroom extract is primarily responsible for the powerful immune enhancing effects on natural killer cells. A heavier polysaccharide in the extract appears to have a powerful stimulating effect on macrophages which, in turn, further stimulates the immune system including a number of cytokines (Interleukin-2, Interleukin-12, TNF, and Interferon). Furthermore, some research has indicated that components of AHCC may have direct cytotoxic effects on unhealthy cells.
NATURAL KILLER CELLS
The human immune system is comprised of more than 130 subsets of white blood cells. Natural Killer (NK) cells make up roughly 15% of all human white blood cells. They provide the first line of defense for dealing with any form of invasion to the body. Each NK cell contains several small granules that act as chemical destroyers. Once an NK cell has recognized an unwanted cell, for example, it attaches itself to the cell’s outer membrane and injects these granules directly into the interior of the cell. The granules then destroy the cell within five minutes. The undamaged NK cell then moves on to other cells and repeats the process. When the immune system is particularly strong, active NK cells will often take on more than one cell or other infected cells at the same time.
NK CELL ACTIVITY, NOT NUMBER, DETERMINES THE STRENGTH OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Unlike other white blood cells, inadequate numbers of NK cells are very rarely a problem. Instead, it is the activity of the cells that generally determines whether one is sick or healthy. As long as the NK cells are active, everything remains under control. If NK cells lose their ability to either recognize or destroy the invader, however, the situation can deteriorate rapidly. In many patients with serious health conditions, NK cell activity is probably the primary criteria for estimating the chances of survival. It is commonly accepted that when NK cells cease to function, the end is near.
In addition, research has now confirmed that individuals with low NK cell activity are significantly more susceptible to autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, viral infections and the development of abnormal growths.
Doctors can test NK cell activity with a test called the NK cell function test. Basically, a blood sample is taken from the patient and placed in a vial containing appropriate live cells. After four hours, a count is taken to determine what percentage of the cells have been destroyed by the NK cells. The higher the percentage, the more active the cells. This test is referred to as the four hour Chromium-release assay. Your doctor can order the test from Immune Sciences Lab in Beverly Hills, CA at (310) 657-1077.
HOW IMMUNE-ASSIST™ DAILY FORMULA INCREASES NK CELL ACTIVITY AND IMMUNITY
The capacity of Immune-Assist™ to boost NK activity and overall immunity appears to stem from the following:
1) It increases the number of explosive granules in NK cells. The more granules an NK cell carries, the more unhealthy cells it can destroy.
2) Oral ingestion can increase NK activity as much as 300% (or even higher).
3) It increases interferon (IFN) levels. Interferon is another potent compound produced by the body that both inhibits the replication of viruses and other parasites and increases NK cell activity.
4) It increases the formation of TNFs. TNFs are a group of proteins that help destroy unwanted cells.
5) It increases number and the activity of other lymphocytes, especially T-cells (up to 200%) and macrophages.
6) It stimulates cytokine (IL-2, IL-12, TNF, and IFN) production, which stimulates immune function.
COMPOSITION: Two vegetarian capsules provide the following percentage of the Daily Value:
% Daily Value
Proprietary Beta-Glucan complex plus nucleosides and other bioactive compounds extracted from six well-known, organically grown medicinal mushrooms: Agaricus blazei, Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris, Lentinula edodes, Grifola frondosa, Ganoderma lucidum, and Coriolus versicolor.
* No established Daily Value
DIRECTIONS: As a dietary supplement take two capsules per day in divided doses, or as recommended by a health care professional. In severe conditions, we suggest six (6) capsules per day for two weeks to build up immune activity, then maintaining a dosage of two (2) capsules per day. Alternatively, Immune-Assist™ can be taken at the time of exposure or first signs of illness, in which case we recommend taking two caps three times per day.
INGREDIENTS: IMMUNE-ASSIST™ contains a proprietary organic grown blend grown on organic white milo (growing substrate) and veggie capsule.
IMMUNE-ASSIST™ does not contain: wheat, rye, oats, corn, barley, gluten, soy, egg, dairy, yeast, GMOs, sugar, wax, preservatives, colorings, or artificial flavorings.
I previously wrote METHYLATION CYCLE, GENETICS, B VITAMINS in which I considered in-depth how the Methylation Cycle functions, how genetics affect metabolic pathways, and how B vitamins (including vitamin B12, folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B2) are used in Methylation Cycle pathways. In today’s article, I take an in-depth view of what you need to know about vitamin B12, including the effects of not having sufficient amounts of Vitamin B12 in the body.
Vitamin B12 is one of eight B vitamins. It is the largest and most structurally complicated vitamin. It consists of a class of chemically related compounds (vitamers), all of which show physiological activity. It contains the biochemically rare element cobalt positioned in the center of a chemical ring structure.
Vitamin B12 (also called cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin that is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body. It is a cofactor in DNA synthesis, and in both fatty acid and amino acid metabolism. It is particularly important in the normal functioning of the nervous system via its role in the synthesis of myelin and in the maturation of developing red blood cells in the bone marrow.
Vitamin B12 contains the biochemically rare element cobalt positioned in the center of a chemical ring structure.
YOUR NEED FOR VITAMIN B12
Vitamin B12 deficiency is thought to be one of the leading nutritional deficiencies in the world. An extensive 2004 study showed that deficiency is a major health concern in many parts of the world, including the North America, Central and South America, India, and certain areas in Africa. It is estimated that 40 percent of people may have low levels of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 affects your mood, energy level, memory, nervous system, heart, skin, hair, digestion and more. It is a key nutrient regarding adrenal fatigue and multiple metabolic functions including enzyme production, DNA synthesis, and hormonal balance.
Because of vitamin B12’s extensive roles within the body, a vitamin deficiency can show up in many different symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, mood disorders such as depression, chronic stress, and low energy.
SOURCES OF VITAMIN B12
The only organisms to produce vitamin B12 are certain bacteria and archaea. Some of these bacteria are found in the soil around the grasses that ruminants eat. They are taken into the animal, proliferate, form part of their gut flora, and continue to produce vitamin B12.
Products of animal origin such as beef (especially liver), chicken, pork, eggs, dairy, clams, and fish constitute the primary food source of vitamin B12. Older individuals and vegans are advised to use vitamin B12 fortified foods and supplements to meet their needs.
Salmon is a good source of Vitamin B12
Commercially, Vitamin B12 is prepared by bacterial fermentation. Fermentation by a variety of microorganisms yields a mixture of methylcobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, and adenosylcobalamin. Since multiple species of propionibacterium produce no exotoxins or endotoxins and have been granted GRAS status (generally regarded as safe) by the United States Food and Drug Administration, they are the preferred bacterial fermentation organisms for vitamin B12 production.
Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin are the forms of vitamin B12 used in the human body (called coenzyme forms). The form of cobalamin used in many some nutritional supplements and fortified foods, cyanocobalamin, is readily converted to 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin in the body.
Hydroxocobalamin is the direct precursor of methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. In mammals, cobalamin is a cofactor for only two enzymes, methionine synthase (MS) and L-methylmalonyl-coenzyme A mutase (MUT).
Unlike most other vitamins, B12 is stored in substantial amounts, mainly in the liver, until it is needed by the body. If a person stops consuming the vitamin, the body’s stores of this vitamin usually take about 3 to 5 years to exhaust. Vitamin B12 is primarily stored in the liver as 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin, but is easily converted to methylcobalamin.
ABSORPTION OF VITAMIN B12
Vitamin B12, bound to protein in food, is released by the activity of hydrochloric acid and gastric protease in the stomach. Intestinal absorption of vitamin B12 requires successively three different protein molecules: Haptocorrin, Intrinsic Factor and Transcobalamin II. If there are deficiencies in any of these factors absorption of Vitamin B12 can be seriously decreased.
When vitamin B12 is added to fortified foods and dietary supplements, it is already in free form and, thus, does not require the separation from food protein step. Free vitamin B12 then combines with intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein secreted by the stomach’s parietal cells, and the resulting complex undergoes absorption within the distal ileum by receptor-mediated endocytosis.
Approximately 56% of a 1 mcg oral dose of vitamin B12 is absorbed, but absorption decreases drastically when the capacity of intrinsic factor is exceeded (at 1–2 mcg of vitamin B12).
Vitamin B12 deficiency can be difficult to detect, especially since the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency can be similar to many common symptoms, such as feeling tired or unfocused, experienced by people for a variety of reasons.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is commonly associated with chronic stomach inflammation, which may contribute to an autoimmune vitamin B12 malabsorption syndrome called pernicious anemia and to a food-bound vitamin B12 malabsorption syndrome. Poor absorption of vitamin B may be related to coeliac disease. Impairment of vitamin B12 absorption can cause megaloblastic anemia and neurologic disorders in deficient subjects. In some cases, permanent damage can be caused to the body when B12 amounts are deficient.
It is noteworthy that normal function of the digestive system required for food-bound vitamin B12 absorption is commonly impaired in individuals over 60 years of age, placing them at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency.
A diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency is typically based on the measurement of serum vitamin B12 levels within the blood. However, studies show that about 50 percent of patients with diseases related to vitamin B12 deficiency have normal B12 levels when tested. This can cause individuals to ignore taking in adequate levels of vitamin B12 with potential serious consequences.
FUNCTIONS AND ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH VITAMIN B12 STATUS IN THE BODY
Vitamin B12 or cobalamin plays essential roles in folate metabolism and in the synthesis of the citric acid cycle intermediate, succinyl-CoA.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is commonly associated with chronic stomach inflammation, which may contribute to an autoimmune vitamin B12 malabsorption syndrome called pernicious anemia and to a food-bound vitamin B12 malabsorption syndrome. Impairment of vitamin B12 absorption can cause megaloblastic anemia and neurologic disorders in deficient subjects.
Normal function of the digestive system required for food-bound vitamin B12 absorption is commonly impaired in individuals over 60 years of age, placing them at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 and folate are important for homocysteine metabolism. Elevated homocysteine levels in blood are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). B vitamin supplementation has been proven effective to control homocysteine levels.
The preservation of DNA integrity is dependent on folate and vitamin B12 availability. Poor vitamin B12 status has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer in some, but not all, observational studies.
Low maternal vitamin B12 status has been associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects (NTD), but it is not known whether vitamin B12 supplementation could help reduce the risk of NTD.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the preservation of the myelin sheath around neurons and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters. A severe vitamin B12 deficiency may damage nerves, causing tingling or loss of sensation in the hands and feet, muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, difficulty walking, confusion, and dementia.
While hyperhomocysteinemia may increase the risk of cognitive impairment, it is not clear whether vitamin B12 deficiency contributes to the risk of dementia in the elderly. Although B-vitamin supplementation lowers homocysteine levels in older subjects, the long-term benefit is not yet known.
Both depression and osteoporosis have been linked to diminished vitamin B12 status and high homocysteine levels.
The long-term use of certain medications, such as inhibitors of stomach acid secretion, can adversely affect vitamin B12 absorption.
Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis.
MORE DETAILS ASSOCIATED WITH VITAMIN B12 STATUS IN THE BODY
1. Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin functions as a cofactor for methionine synthase. Methionine synthase (MS) catalyzes the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Methionine along with ATP is required for the formation of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a universal methyl donor for almost 100 different substrates, including DNA, RNA, hormones, proteins, and lipids.
2. Vitamin B12 as 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin functions as a cofactor along with L-methylmalonyl-CoA mutase (MUT) to convert L-methylmalonyl-CoA to succinyl-CoA in the degradation of propionate, an essential biochemical reaction in fat and protein metabolism. Succinyl-CoA is also required for hemoglobin synthesis.
3. Vitamin B12, bound to protein in food, is released by the activity of hydrochloric acid and gastric protease in the stomach. When synthetic vitamin B12 is added to fortified foods and dietary supplements, it is already in free form and, thus, does not require this separation step. Free vitamin B12 then combines with intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein secreted by the stomach’s parietal cells, and the resulting complex undergoes absorption within the distal ileum by receptor-mediated endocytosis. Approximately 56% of a 1 mcg oral dose of vitamin B12 is absorbed, but absorption decreases drastically when the capacity of intrinsic factor is exceeded (at 1–2 mcg of vitamin B12).
4. Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease that affects the gastric mucosa and results in gastric atrophy. This leads to the destruction of parietal cells, achlorhydria, and failure to produce intrinsic factor, resulting in vitamin B12 malabsorption. If pernicious anemia is left untreated, it causes vitamin B12 deficiency, leading to megaloblastic anemia and neurological disorders, even in the presence of adequate dietary intake of vitamin B12.
5. Vitamin B12 status is typically assessed via serum or plasma vitamin B12 levels. Values below approximately 170–250 pg/mL (120–180 picomol/L) for adults indicate a vitamin B12 deficiency. However, evidence suggests that serum vitamin B12 concentrations might not accurately reflect intracellular concentrations. An elevated serum homocysteine level (values >13 micromol/L) might also suggest a vitamin B12 deficiency. However, this indicator has poor specificity because it is influenced by other factors, such as low vitamin B6 or folate levels. Elevated methylmalonic acid levels (values >0.4 micromol/L) might be a more reliable indicator of vitamin B12 status because they indicate a metabolic change that is highly specific to vitamin B12 deficiency.
6. Vitamin B12 deficiency is characterized by megaloblastic anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Neurological changes, such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, can also occur . Additional symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include difficulty maintaining balance, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. The neurological symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can occur without anemia, so early diagnosis and intervention is important to avoid irreversible damage. During infancy, signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency include failure to thrive, movement disorders, developmental delays, and megaloblastic anemia. Many of these symptoms are general and can result from a variety of medical conditions other than vitamin B12 deficiency.
7. Typically, vitamin B12 deficiency is treated with vitamin B12 injections, since this method bypasses potential barriers to absorption. However, high doses of oral vitamin B12 can also be effective. The authors of a review of randomized controlled trials comparing oral with intramuscular vitamin B12 concluded that 2,000 mcg (I like 5,000 mcg) of oral vitamin B12 daily, followed by a decreased daily dose of 1,000 mcg and then 1,000 mcg weekly and finally, monthly might be as effective as intramuscular administration. Overall, an individual patient’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 is the most important factor in determining whether vitamin B12 should be administered orally or via injection. In most countries, the practice of using intramuscular vitamin B12 to treat vitamin B12 deficiency has remained unchanged.
8. Large amounts of folate can mask the damaging effects of vitamin B12 deficiency by correcting the megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency without correcting the neurological damage that also occurs. Moreover, preliminary evidence suggests that high serum folate levels might not only mask vitamin B12 deficiency, but could also exacerbate the anemia and worsen the cognitive symptoms associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. Permanent nerve damage can occur if vitamin B12 deficiency is not treated. For these reasons, folate intake from fortified food and supplements should not exceed 1,000 mcg daily in healthy adults.
Groups at Risk of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
The main causes of vitamin B12 deficiency include vitamin B12 malabsorption from food, pernicious anemia, postsurgical malabsorption, and dietary deficiency. However, in many cases, the cause of vitamin B12 deficiency is unknown. The following groups are among those most likely to be vitamin B12 deficient.
Older adults: Atrophic gastritis, a condition affecting 10%–30% of older adults, decreases secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, resulting in decreased absorption of vitamin B12. Decreased hydrochloric acid levels might also increase the growth of normal intestinal bacteria that use vitamin B12, further reducing the amount of vitamin B12 available to the bodY.
Individuals with atrophic gastritis are unable to absorb the vitamin B12 that is naturally present in food. Most, however, can absorb the synthetic vitamin B12 added to fortified foods and dietary supplements. As a result, the IOM recommends that adults older than 50 years obtain most of their vitamin B12 from vitamin supplements or fortified foods. However, some elderly patients with atrophic gastritis require doses much higher than the RDA to avoid subclinical deficiency.
Individuals with pernicious anemia: Pernicious anemia, a condition that affects 1%–2% of older adults, is characterized by a lack of intrinsic factor. Individuals with pernicious anemia cannot properly absorb vitamin B12 in the gastrointestinal tract. Pernicious anemia is usually treated with intramuscular vitamin B12. However, approximately 1% of oral vitamin B12 can be absorbed passively in the absence of intrinsic factor, suggesting that high oral doses of vitamin B12 might also be an effective treatment.
Individuals with gastrointestinal disorders: Individuals with stomach and small intestine disorders, such as celiac disease and Crohn’s disease, may be unable to absorb enough vitamin B12 from food to maintain healthy body stores. Subtly reduced cognitive function resulting from early vitamin B12 deficiency might be the only initial symptom of these intestinal disorders, followed by megaloblastic anemia and dementia.
Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery: Surgical procedures in the gastrointestinal tract, such as weight loss surgery or surgery to remove all or part of the stomach, often result in a loss of cells that secrete hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor. This reduces the amount of vitamin B12, particularly food-bound vitamin B12, that the body releases and absorbs. Surgical removal of the distal ileum also can result in the inability to absorb vitamin B12. Individuals undergoing these surgical procedures should be monitored preoperatively and postoperatively for several nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vegetarians: Strict vegetarians and vegans are at greater risk than lacto-ovo vegetarians and non-vegetarians of developing vitamin B12 deficiency because natural food sources of vitamin B12 are limited to animal foods. Fortified breakfast cereals and fortified nutritional yeasts are some of the only sources of vitamin B12 from plants and can be used as dietary sources of vitamin B12 for strict vegetarians and vegans. Fortified foods vary in formulation, so it is important to read the Nutrition Facts labels on food products to determine the types and amounts of added nutrients they contain.
Pregnant and lactating women who follow strict vegetarian diets and their infants: Vitamin B12 crosses the placenta during pregnancy and is present in breast milk. Exclusively breastfed infants of women who consume no animal products may have very limited reserves of vitamin B12 and can develop vitamin B12 deficiency within months of birth. Undetected and untreated vitamin B12 deficiency in infants can result in severe and permanent neurological damage.
The American Dietetic Association recommends supplemental vitamin B12 for vegans and lacto-ovo vegetarians during both pregnancy and lactation to ensure that enough vitamin B12 is transferred to the fetus and infant. Pregnant and lactating women who follow strict vegetarian or vegan diets should consult with a pediatrician regarding vitamin B12 supplements for their infants and children.
Health Risks from Excessive Vitamin B12
The IOM did not establish a UL for vitamin B12 because of its low potential for toxicity. In Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline, the IOM states that “no adverse effects have been associated with excess vitamin B12 intake from food and supplements in healthy individuals”.
Findings from intervention trials support these conclusions. In the NORVIT and HOPE 2 trials, vitamin B12 supplementation (in combination with folic acid and vitamin B6) did not cause any serious adverse events when administered at doses of 0.4 mg for 40 months (NORVIT trial) and 1.0 mg for 5 years (HOPE 2 trial).
Interactions with Medications
Vitamin B12 has the potential to interact with certain medications. In addition, several types of medications might adversely affect vitamin B12 levels. A few examples are provided below. Individuals taking these and other medications on a regular basis should discuss their vitamin B12 status with their healthcare providers.
Chloramphenicol: Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin®) is a bacteriostatic antibiotic. Limited evidence from case reports indicates that chloramphenicol can interfere with the red blood cell response to supplemental vitamin B12 in some patients.
Proton pump inhibitors: Proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole (Prilosec®) and lansoprazole (Prevacid®), are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease. These drugs can interfere with vitamin B12 absorption from food by slowing the release of gastric acid into the stomach. However, the evidence is conflicting on whether proton pump inhibitor use affects vitamin B12 status. As a precaution, healthcare providers should monitor vitamin B12 status in patients taking proton pump inhibitors for prolonged periods.
H2 receptor antagonists: Histamine H2 receptor antagonists, used to treat peptic ulcer disease, include cimetidine (Tagamet®), famotidine (Pepcid®), and ranitidine (Zantac®). These medications can interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12 from food by slowing the release of hydrochloric acid into the stomach. Although H2 receptor antagonists have the potential to cause vitamin B12 deficiency, no evidence indicates that they promote vitamin B12 deficiency, even after long-term use. Clinically significant effects may be more likely in patients with inadequate vitamin B12 stores, especially those using H2 receptor antagonists continuously for more than 2 years.
Metformin: Metformin, a hypoglycemic agent used to treat diabetes, might reduce the absorption of vitamin B12, possibly through alterations in intestinal mobility, increased bacterial overgrowth, or alterations in the calcium-dependent uptake by ileal cells of the vitamin B12-intrinsic factor complex. Small studies and case reports suggest that 10%–30% of patients who take metformin have reduced vitamin B12 absorption. In a randomized, placebo controlled trial in patients with type 2 diabetes, metformin treatment for 4.3 years significantly decreased vitamin B12 levels by 19% and raised the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency by 7.2% compared with placebo. Some studies suggest that supplemental calcium might help improve the vitamin B12 malabsorption caused by metformin, but not all researchers agree.
Background: Low vitamin B-12 status is prevalent among the elderly, but few studies have examined the association between vitamin B-12 status and intake.Objective: We hypothesized that vitamin B-12 concentrations vary according to intake source.Design: Plasma concentrations and dietary intakes were assessed cross-sectionally for 2999 subjects in the Framingham Offspring Study. The prevalence of vitamin B-12 concentrations <148, 185, and 258 pmol/L was examined by age group (26–49, 50–64, and 65–83 y), supplement use, and the following food intake sources: fortified breakfast cereal, dairy products, and meat.Results: Thirty-nine percent of subjects had plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations <258 pmol/L, 17% had concentrations <185 pmol/L, and 9% had concentrations <148 pmol/L, with little difference between age groups. Supplement users were significantly less likely than non-supplement-users to have concentrations <185 pmol/L (8% compared with 20%, respectively). Among non-supplement-users, there were significant differences between those who consumed fortified cereal >4 times/wk (12%) and those who consumed no fortified cereal (23%) and between those in the highest and those in the lowest tertile of dairy intake (13% compared with 24%, respectively), but no significant differences by meat tertile. Regression of plasma vitamin B-12 on log of intake, by source, yielded significant slopes for each contributor adjusted for the others. For the total group, b = 40.6 for vitamin B-12 from vitamin supplements. Among non-supplement-users, b = 56.4 for dairy products, 35.2 for cereal, and 16.7 for meat. Only the meat slope differed significantly from the others.Conclusions: In contrast with previous reports, plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations were associated with vitamin B-12 intake. Use of supplements, fortified cereal, and milk appears to protect against lower concentrations. Further research is needed to investigate possible differences in bioavailability.
Looking for a natural energy boost? Or a super-power-up, pick-me-up drink? Look no further than Rejuvenate! Lemonade. Rejuvenate! Lemonade offers all the deliciousness of fresh lemonade with the energizing and health-boosting effects of Rejuvenate!™ (Original Greens), the first superfood formulated to provide high levels of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA).
In fact, Rejuvenate Lemonade is among the best—and tastiest—ways to take Rejuvenate! Original Greens. I make 12–32 ounces of Rejuvenate! Lemonade daily. It is especially refreshing in the summer, but it easy to make and drink year-round. Not only does it taste amazingly good, but delivers the all important therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids you need daily for good health.
All three Rejuvenate! superfoods offer major energizing effects by providing therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA). Rejuvenate! superfoods are the only superfoods dedicated to supplying high levels of dietary nucleic acids. Yet, Rejuvenate!™ (Original Greens) is the most densely packed with dietary RNA, providing 340 mg per serving (one small scoop)!! A single container provides 42 servings—sufficient for six weeks of daily use.
MAKE REJUVENATE!™ LEMONADE
Make Rejuvenate! Lemonade with fresh lemons or limes, maple syrup (or other natural sweeteners), purified water, cayenne pepper (optional), and Rejuvenate!™ superfood. If you don’t have fresh lemons or limes, substitute bottled lemon juice (like the Santa Cruz brand organic 100% lemon or 100% lime juice).
REJUVENATE!™ LEMONADE RECIPE
Fresh Lemons or Limes (1–2) Purified Water (8–32 ounces) Grade B Maple Syrup (1–2 tbsp) Cayenne Pepper (1/4 tsp or pinch) Rejuvenate!™ (Original Greens) (1–4 scoops)
Squeeze the lemons (using a citrus juicer or press). Aim to squeeze 2–4 tbsp juice. Mix lemon juice into your container of water. Add 1–2 tbsp maple syrup or to taste. You can also try using stevia, xylitol, or other natural sweeteners. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional). Mix 1–4 scoops of Rejuvenate! (Original Greens) superfood. In hot weather, try adding a few ice cubes. Stir and enjoy!
Rejuvenate! Lemonade is excellent when modified to include small amounts of other juices (e.g., blueberry or pomegranate) of your choice, or other Rejuvenate! superfoods (Rejuvenate! Plus or Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs).
Rejuvenate!™ Original Greens is the most nutrient-dense, and darkest-green superfood in HPDI’s Rejuvenate! line.
These nutrients ensure the body effectively utilizes the dietary nucleic acids in Rejuvenate! Original Greens. They also help this unique high-RNA superfood support your health beyond what might be expected of the collection of individual nutrients—a process known as “synergy” that leverages the benefits of all ingredients in Original Greens into something more than the sum of its parts.
FINAL WORDS: WHY REJUVENATE! LEMONADE?
Rejuvenate!™ Original Greens was the first in the Rejuvenate! line of superfoods. More than the others, it is nutrient-dense in terms providing the richest amount of dietary nucleic acids per unit weight. It also remains the most cost-effective per serving.
While it does not contain a built-in multivitamin (like Rejuvenate! PLUS and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs) or a comprehensive herbal sub-formula (like Berries & Herbs), Rejuvenate!™ Original Greens remains most popular among “hard core” nutrition customers and healthy food purists, as well as individuals seeking the most rapid detoxification and cleansing effects. Does this sounds like you or your clients? Then start with “Original Greens,” make healthy RNA-rich lemonade, and enjoy all the tasty benefits!
The combination of fresh lemonade and Rejuvenate! Original Greens will help hydrate, cleanse, purify, and detox…and simply is a tasty and energy-boosting, power-up drink like no other!
Lemonade made with Rejuvenate! Original Greens packs a potent, high-RNA punch.
I recently became aware of the health benefits of molecular hydrogen/hydrogen. We subsequently have written numerous blog articles on the subject (see resources section below), and elected to carry and endorse several products, including Active H2 and Megahydrate™. As a scientist, I am particularly impressed with the science behind Megahydrate, as well as the in-depth research studies carried out showing how it was developed and its health benefits.
For economic reasons, it is rare for a particular nutritional supplement to have in-depth scientific studies and clinical trials supporting its use. In this article, I will present some of the most relevant scientific information regarding Megahydrate.
In a previous article “Water, Hydration, and Crystal Energy®” I discuss in-depth the science behind Dr. Patrick Flanagan’s use of nanometer-sized silica colloids to enable greater hydration of the body, enhanced absorption of nutritional ingredients into cells, and improved cellular detoxification.
In this article I will discuss the science and benefits of embedding hydrogen anions (hydride or H-) into these same nanometer-sized silica colloids that not only have all of the hydration benefits of Crystal Energy® but also exhibit potent antioxidant characteristics. The resulting substance is named by Dr. Flanagan “silica hydride” and his product that incorporates it is known as Megahydrate™ (originally Microhydrin™). The science behind the development of Megahydrate is provided below.
Synthesis of an anionic hydride from monomeric silsesquioxanes is described. The novel compound, dubbed “silica hydride” is the result of several newly synthesized compounds from an interstitially embedded hydride family. It is a hydride-based compound with H− ions interstitially embedded in a matrix of caged silica. This compound exhibits profoundly different characteristics than other known compounds in the hydride family. Unlike saline hydrides, the silica hydride demonstrates no overt or violent reaction with water or air. However, it is capable of generating aqueous reductive potential readings (ORP) of −750 mV for extended time periods. In vitro biological testing demonstrated no cytotoxicity induced by the compound while demonstrating efficacy as an antioxidant. In vivo studies of the compound have shown that it has a significant ability to reduce lactic acid build up in muscles by one-half after exercise. The synthesis of the silica hydride resulted in an approximately 16.8% w/w hydride content, as determined by density changes, proton NMR spectroscopy and ion beam analyses. Scanning and tunneling electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), forward recoil (FReS) ion beam analyses, in addition to Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, reduction potential and 29Si CP-MAS solid state NMR were additionally used to characterize the compound.
Below relevant details from the article are provided to give insight into the science of the Megahydrate invention.
Introduction: The idea behind synthesis of the novel compound described in this article is based on the use of a monomer nanocomposite as a carrier in a bioencapsulated compound. The synthesis uses a silica and hydroxyl group terminated silsesquioxane monomer, trademarked Silica Microclusters®, that is interstitially imbedded with hydride anions as conceptually depicted in Fig. 1. The results from the characterization of this compound provide evidence to this claim, including DRIFTS FTIR and NMR data.
Figure 1. Conceptual diagram of Flanagan Microcluster structure. The tetrahedral coordination forms a three-dimensional framework by a series of Si–O–Si bonds, creating a silica cage.
With the immense potential for bioencapsulates and nanocomposite technologies, it would be very beneficial to create a hydride out of a compound that would involve the combinational reducing effects of a saline hydride compound and the beneficial attributes of the host compound, all without the reactivity of the saline hydrides. Synthesizing a biologically friendly hydride would have immense potential as an antioxidant and radical scavenger as discussed later in this paper.
It was discovered in the present work that if a hydride ionic plasma was placed under pressure, virtually any compound it came in contact with could then absorb its emitted ions. Since the 1920s, creating a hydride gas has been standard practice. One effective way is to add a current to a tungsten (W) lament in a hydrogen gas atmosphere. The lament separates hydrogen gas into a monovalent hydrogen gas while the photoelectric effect on the W lament donates electrons to the H gases forming a H− plasma. Langmuir, in 1927, while using the W lament hydride ion synthesis technique, discovered that moist air prevents hydride ions from recombining back into hydrogen gas.
Figure 2. The Concept of Silica Hydride. Conceptually the hydride embedded organosiliceous silsesquioxane, or silica hydride, is a monomeric silica-based cage with interstitially placed hydride anions. As a bioencapsulated compound, the silica acts as a colloidal carrier for the hydrogen anions in solution.
Details of Invention: The idea for this synthesis experiment was to then create a hydride plasma under a water vapor atmosphere and expose the plasma to an organosilicate compound, circumventing the problem of the hydrogen not having the catalysis or the electron availability to combine with the host substrate. Interestingly, Langmuir noted that the monoatomic ions produced by this process would become embedded in the glass walls of the tubing of his apparatus and that same tubing could later be induced to release the ions. The glass tubing used by Langmuir was a borosilicate glass, an amorphous siliceous compound. In the present study, an apparatus similar to what Langmuir used was constructed to create a plasma of H− ions. The H− atmosphere was applied to the pure Microcluster Silica powder under pressure and in the presence of a water vapor, creating a novel silsesquioxane bioencapsulated-hydride compound, dubbed: silica hydride.
Materials and methods: A 1.0 L sealed glass vessel was fabricated containing the items as depicted in Fig. 3. Two 5 cm × 0:6 cm diameter W rods were positioned transversely 2 mm apart in the top of the reaction vessel with two insulated leads connecting the W rods to a 20 A constant-current transformer (Lambda-EMI 102A-1KV, Neptune, NJ). Ten grams of MicroclusterJ silica was placed on the stage inside the vessel with 100 ml of distilled and deionized water added to the basin. A steady stream of hydrogen gas was bubbled through an aquarium stone in water and introduced to the reaction vessel, purging all of the air from the vessel and increasing pressure to 172 kPa at which time the vessel was sealed. A 500 V potential was applied to the W rods. At voltages ranging from 350 to 750 V, a constant arc could be maintained between the electrodes without melting. The potential was applied for 30 seconds at which time the current was shut off and additional hydrogen was pumped into the vessel creating a captive plasma. The sample was allowed to sit in the plasma for 30 minutes at which time the silica sample was removed and weighed with an analytical balance.
Figure 3. Synthesis Apparatus. The representation of the apparatus used to synthesize the compound. A hydrogen gas generator (A) provides H2 gas that is sparged through a fllter stone in deionized, distilled water (B), where the hydrogen gas and water vapor are transported into a reaction vessel (C) with the substrate. Two tungsten electrodes (D) create a captive plasma H− gas via a constant current high-voltage power supply (E). Vessel evacuation, purge and sealing were performed using a mechanical valve (F). The resultant actions interstitially embed the hydride anions created by the plasma into the substrate.
Results: Determination of the mass of the anionic hydride organosiloxane sample showed an increase from 10.0 to 11.70 g upon exposure to the hydride plasma under pressure. The sample was allowed to sit at room temperature with desiccant in a glass vial for 3 weeks at open atmosphere at which time the proceeding analyses were performed.
An ion beam analysis was performed with the silica powder being pressed into a pellet (1.66 g/cm3) compared to a control standard. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) was analyzed with 2 MeV He beam, while 3 MeV He beam was used in a forward-recoil spectrometry (FReS) measurement. RBS suggests that the powder contains elements O and Si. Including H- content by FReS, the powder relative percentage makeup becomes H (78.1%), O (15.6%) and Si (6.2%). Trace amounts of boron (B) and W (<25 ppm) were also observed. Original values from samples of non-reacted Microcluster silica comparatively illustrate an elemental makeup of H (22.4%), O (55.6%) and Si (21.9%). A 1H-NMR characterization was performed and showed a 16.8% hydride content.
Scanning electron microscopy analysis with a 40 KeV-JEOL 840II microscope illustrated small, ∼ 2 microns, spheres consisting of numerous smaller spheres. A 300 KeV-CM30 transmission electron microscope allowed the resolution to image very small, spherical compounds that were measured to be about 50 Angstroms. An energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer qualified an elemental analysis of the compound to contain Si and O.
The ORP and pH were recorded for 250 ml distilled and deionized water in a Pyrex beaker. 10.0 g/ml of the siliceous hydride was added to the beaker and allowed to stir for 15 min at which time addition ORP and pH readings were taken. The initial ORP and pH of the water averaged 341.33±2.5 mV and pH 7.12±0.06, respectively. The readings after 15 min were −436.21 ± 2.1 mV for the ORP and 9.13 ± 0.09 for the pH measurements.
The hydrogen pressure unbiased reducing potential, rH, was calculated. The use of rH gives a hydrogen proton-unbiased look at the absolute reducing potential of a compound, eliminating the effects of pH in the ORP measurement. The measured rH for the compound was 11.02 ± 0.04 indicating a highly reduced environment.
Discussion: The synthesis process appears to cluster the organosilicate subunits into hydrogen-bonded aggregates that further group into approximately 2 micron clusters as shown in Fig. 4A. Dissolution in water decreases the cluster size from 2 microns to the smaller subunits of about 500 nm, then into individual cages of about 50 A (Fig. 4B).
This new organosilicate silsesquioxane compound, commonly named silica hydride, has been the subject of numerous tests involving reduction potential (ORP) and pH as well as being analyzed as an effective antioxidant. Adding a few mg to water will drop an ORP reading by −750 mV. A recent publication of a clinical study has illustrated the capability of this compound to significantly reduce lactic acid after exercise by 50%. Viability and cytotoxicity probes show that the silica hydride does not cause any decrease in intracellular esterase activity or otherwise induce a toxic cytoplasmic environment. There are a plethora of uses of a hydride-based compound such as silica hydride since it does not impose a direct negative effect to cellular viability and cytoplasmic health. Particular uses include nutritional supplementation as an antioxidant. The incredible reduction potential of silica hydride adds to the possible uses of this type of compound.
The compound does not react violently or visibly with H2O. However, it will reduce the ORP reading to −750 mV for a period of at least several weeks. Most antioxidant compounds are relatively large chemical species. Examples of this are vitamins A, K, C, ubiquinone and n-acetyl-l-cysteine. It is hypothesized that steric hindrances may affect the efficacy of antioxidants. The small size and reducing capacity of silica hydride, the silsesquioxane hydride compound, may lead to future development as an antioxidant.
Conclusion: The novel siliceous compound acts as a colloidal carrier for the very small hydride anions that are released in an aqueous solution. This nanosized colloidal bioencapsulated compound could be an incredibly effective radical scavenger and aid in the reduction of oxidative stress due to its minimal size and high reduction potential.
This novel compound presented in this paper has demonstrated promising in vitro and in vivo biochemical significance with uses including reducing agents, antioxidants and nutritional supplementation. The synthesis is simple and effcient with consistent results of about 17% w/w hydride content with respect to the starting compound. Biologically friendly compounds that incorporate health-beneficial minerals, such as silica, with the scavenging and reducing capabilities of a hydride provide for numerous possibilities of uses.
THE PATENT AND SCIENCE BEHIND MEGAHYDRATE
After inventing Megahydrate (formerly Microhydrin), Dr. Flanagan (and his associates) conducted studies on its efficacy for a range of benefits for human health. The material was then patented in 2003. Key elements of the patent are provided below and a link to the entire content is provided if you wish to read further details.
The exact health benefits of silica hydride minerals, traditionally found in glacial streams, have long been the subject of speculation. Geochemical analysis indicates that such colloidal silica hydrides in water possess a silica-water interface that provides a hydrated surface and adsorbs other elements or compounds such as potassium, iron, magnesium, lithium, calcium, and hydrogen. Dietary supplements with similar properties have been formulated. When the silica-water interface of such compounds is saturated with reduced hydrogen, the compounds take on an overall negative charge and act as a reducing agent or antioxidant when in solution. When consumed, hydride ions introduced into the body by the silica hydride supplement donate electrons to body fluids. With proper dosages, the benefits of consuming silica hydride include reduction of lactic acid build-up, increasing cellular hydration, reduction of free radical damage, enhancement of mitochondrial bioenergetic capacity, increasing antioxidant activity, and enhancing the properties of drinking water.
TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to methods of using silica hydride minerals. More particularly, this invention relates to methods of using silica hydride minerals that have beneficial effects on lactic acid buildup during exercise, cellular hydration, free radical damage, mitochondrial bioenergetic capacity, antioxidant activity, and the suitability of water for conversion into optimal cellular body fluids.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Amorphous silicate minerals, many of which are in the nanoparticle size range, were once common in natural water sources and abundant in glacial stream waters. Not only do the silica mineral particles bond water and other elements for transport; they also can be adsorbed with reduced hydrogen, which releases electrons, providing antioxidant or reducing potential to surrounding fluids.
In one region of West Pakistan the people are known to enjoy excellent health and amazing longevity. A team of cardiologists found the heart health of the people to be exceptionally good and evidence of the people’s delayed aging. The cardiologists attributed the good health and longevity in significant part to the abundance of colloidal silicate minerals in the glacial streams the people used for irrigation of food crops and drinking water.
Geochemical analysis indicates that colloidal silicate minerals display a variety of properties, including the formation of structured water around the silica-water interface, which provides a hydrated surface that adsorbs elements or compounds such as potassium, iron, magnesium, lithium, calcium, and hydrogen. FIG. 5 illustrates an example of the silica-water interface and the concentric structured water arrangement about the interface with the adsorption of elements within the layers.
Figure 5. An enlarged view of a hypothetical silica hydride particle showing the silica-water interface and other adsorbed elements.
From silicate analogs, it is possible to formulate dietary supplements that are similar to the colloidal silicate minerals found in glacial waters and retain the geo-physical properties inherent to these minerals. An example of such synthesized silicate analogs is a silica hydride formula sold under the trademark Microhydrin®. Substances possessing the characteristics and functions described in this application, such as Microhydrin®, have assumed many names.
For example, in addition to being called silica hydrides, such substances are known as amorphous silicate minerals, silicate particles, silicates, colloidal silicate minerals, silicate analogs, synthesized silicate analogs, functional silicate nanocolloids, dielectric interstitial hydrides, dietary silicate supplements, or dietary silicate antioxidants. Considering the many labels afforded this class of substances, the characteristics and functions of supplements must necessarily determine whether a particular supplement falls within the class.
Referring again to FIG. 5, the particle’s silica-water interface can be saturated with reduced hydrogen, or hydride (H-) ions, and takes on an overall negative charge. In such cases, the particle then acts as a reducing agent or antioxidant when in solution (standard reduction-oxidation potential, −550 mV). It is capable of providing literally trillions of hydride ions able to donate electrons into body fluids.
Electrons, which Albert Szent-Gyorgyi called the “fuel of life,” are abundantly available in inorganically grown raw vegetables, fruits, and grains, but are deficient in our modem diet of over-cooked, acidic, or highly oxidized foods, beverages, and drinking water. In silica hydride minerals, the structured water around the silica-water interface stabilizes electron transfer. Such specific silicate interactions could play a substantial role in many biological processes by enhancing salvation properties and ion and water transport and by providing free radical antioxidant protection.
Such electron deficiencies resulting from inadequate diet have a derogatory impact on specific biological processes such as lactic acid build-up, cellular hydration, damage from free radicals, mitochondrial bioenergetic capacity, antioxidant activity, and suitability of drinking water for conversion into optional cellular body fluids. Therefore, a need exists for a method of counter balancing these electron deficiencies and, as a result, enhancing each of these biological phenomena.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention identifies certain beneficial health effects of silica hydride minerals and the effective doses necessary to achieve desired results. With proper dosages, the benefits of using silica hydride minerals as a dietary supplement include: reduction of lactic acid buildup during and after exercise, increasing cellular hydration, reduction of free radical damage, enhancement of mitochondrial bioenergetic capacity, increasing antioxidant activity, and enhancing the suitability of water for conversion into optimal cellular body fluids.
1. A method of reducing lactic acid buildup during and after exercise comprising ingesting an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
2. A method of increasing cellular hydration comprising ingesting an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
3. A method of reducing free radical damage comprising ingesting an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
4. A method of enhancing mitochondrial bioenergetic capacity comprising ingesting an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
5. A method of increasing antioxidant activity comprising ingesting an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
6. A method of making water more suitable for conversion into optimal extracellular and intracellular body fluids comprising ingesting water mixed with an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
7. A method of improving the characteristics of body fluids, such as saliva pH, saliva rH2, blood resistivity, urine resistivity, urine pH, urine rH2, and saliva resistivity comprising ingesting an effective dose of silica hydride mineral.
SOME BENEFITS OF MEGAHYDRATE INDICATED BY SCIENTIFIC STUDIES
Contains Hydrating Silica Microclusters®
Extremely Powerful Antioxidant
Recycles other Key Antioxidants in the Body
Extremely Safe and Non-Toxic
Easily Accesses All Cells in the body
Increases Cellular ATP Production by up to a factor of 4 times
Readily Converts NAD+ to NADH
Reduces Pain & Inflammation
Exhibits Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
Protects and Repairs DNA
Neutralizes Harmful Toxins like Fluoride, Chlorine, etc.
Protects Against and Repairs Radiation Damage
Increases Absorption of other Supplements
Lowers surface tension of water you drink leading to improved detoxification
Removes Heavy Metals from the Body
Balances pH or Alkalizes the body
Increases Zeta Potential of Human Cells
Increases Cellular Hydration
Very Stable – Works Over Extensive Time Periods
Reduces Lactic Acid Buildup During Intense Workouts
Protects Telomeres by allowing cells to exceed the Hayflick limit by 4-5 times