Viralgraphis Viral Support

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Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 2 Capsules

 

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Andrographis Extract


(Andrographis paniculata)(stem)(50% andrographolide)

375 mg

**

Indigowoad 10:1 Extract (Isatis indigotica)(root)

300 mg

**

Licorice Extract (Glycyrrhiza glabra)(root)


(25% glycyrrhizin)

158.4 mg

**

** Daily Value not established.

Applications for Health Improvement

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function
  • Supports healthy cytokine and eicosanold balance
  • Designed as a fast-acting, short-term formula

 

60 Vegetarian Capsules

 

Herbs have been used to support health and well-being throughout history and across cultures and are the cornerstone of many ancient medical systems, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This formula comprises three herbs that have been used traditionally and specifically to support the body’s immune system.

Andrographis Extract: Has been used widely in traditional medical systems as a bitter herb that works quickly to support upper respiratory health and immune response [1]. TCM categorizes andrographis as “bitter” and “cold.” The herb has been used to support temperature regulation, respiratory health, immune function, and cytokine and eicosanoid balance [1-4]. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study investigated the use of 1200 mg/day (standardized to 4% andrographolides) in 158 adult patients. Results revealed that individuals receiving the herb had a significant improvement in several of the parameters measured when compared to placebo. A “high degree of effectiveness” was observed by day two of treatment [5]. Research on andrographolide, a major constituent of andrographis, suggests that this bioactive component supports immune activity in human cells by increasing proliferation of lymphocytes, production of interleukin-2, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and cluster of differentiation (CD) marker expression [6,7].

Licorice Root Extract: Medicinal use of licorice dates back to ancient Greece, China, India, and Egypt. Contemporary research suggests that its active component glycyrrhizin, supports the human immune system in the presence of pathogens [8,9]. A 2004 study found that glycyrrhizin more effectively supported immune function than other compounds studied (ribavirin, 6-azauridine, pyrazofurin and mycophenolic acid) [10]. Research suggests that mechanisms of action for glycyrrhizin include induction of T-cell interferon-gamma and interference with the pathogen’s membrane [9]. Long-term intake of high doses of glycyrrhizin may deplete potassium and exacerbate hypertension [11,12].

Indigowoad 10:1 Root Extract: Is commonly used in TCM to support the immune system and upper respiratory tract. A closer look at the mechanism of action for indigowoad root extract in animals revealed that the extract significantly increased spleen weight as well as the number of circulating white blood cells, lymphocytes in particular. The same study found that the indigowoad extract stimulated macrophage phagocytic activity and reduced the suppressive effect that hydrocortisone has on the immune system [13].

 

References

  1. Natural Standard Database. Andrographis. http://www.naturalstandard.com/ databases/herbssupplements/all/andrographis.asp. Accessed January 30, 2013.
  2. Akbar S. Andrographis paniculata: a review of pharmacological activities and clinical effects. Altern Med Rev. 2011 Mar;16(1):66-77. [PMID: 21438648]
  3. Abu-Ghefreh AA, Canatan H, Ezeamuzie CI. In vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory effects of andrographolide. Int Immunopharmacol. 2009 Mar;9(3):313-8. [PMID: 19110075
  4. Sheeja K, Shihab PK, Kuttan G. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of the plant Andrographis paniculata Nees. Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2006;28(1):129-40. [PMID: 16684672]
  5. Cáceres DD, Hancke JL, Burgos RA, et al. Use of visual analogue scale measurements (VAS) to assess the effectiveness of standardized Andrographis paniculata extract SHA-10 in reducing the symptoms of common cold. A randomized double-blind placebo controlled study. Phytomedicine. 1999 Oct;6:217-23. [PMID: 10589439]
  6. Research on andrographolide, a major constituent of andrographis, suggests that this bioactive component supports immune activity in human cells by increasing proliferation of lymphocytes, production of interleukin-2, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and cluster of differentiation (CD) marker expression.
  7. Rajagopal S, Kumar RA, Deevi DS, et al. Andrographolide, a potential cancer therapeutic agent isolated from Andrographis paniculata. J Exp Ther Oncol. 2003 May-Jun;3(3):147-58. [PMID: 14641821]
  8. Natural Standard Database. Licorice. http://www.naturalstandard.com/ databases/herbssupplements/licorice.asp?#undefined. Accessed February 4, 2013.
  9. Fiore C, Eisen M, Krausse R, et al. Antiviral effects of Glycyrrhiza species. Phytother Res. 2008 Feb;22(2):141-8. [PMID: 17886224]
  10. Cinatl J, Morgenstern B, Bauer G, et al. Glycyrrhizin, an active component of liquorice roots, and replication of SARS-associated coronavirus. Lancet. 2003 Jun 14;361(9374):2045-6. [PMID: 12814717]
  11. Krinsky DL, LaValle JB, Hawkins EB, et al. Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide. 2nd ed. Hudson, OH: Lexi-Comp; 2003
  12. Isbrucker RA, Burdock GA. Risk and safety assessment on the consumption of Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza sp.), its extract and powder as a food ingredient, with emphasis on the pharmacology and toxicology of glycyrrhizin. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2006 Dec;46(3):167-92. Review. [PMID: 16884839]
  13. Xu YM, Lu PC. Experimental studies on immunostimulatory effects of the Isatis indigotica polysaccharide [in Chinese]. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1991 Jun;11(6):357-9, 325-6. [PMID: 1889106]