Arabinogalactan: While Arabinogalactan and its constituent parts are common in nature, the commercial extraction is taken from a Larch tree. It is a water soluble fiber and supports immune competence. Arabinogalactan is a long chain polysaccharides containing arabinose and galactose mono-saccharides. Arabinogalactan is actively fermented by intestinal micro-flora and is effective at increasing beneficial anaerobes such as those in Pet Flora.
PectaSol-C© (a registered trademark of EcoNugenics©, Inc) is modified citrus pectin composed of short non-branched carbohydrate chains derived from the peels of citrus fruit.
Zeolite (Clinoptololite): Formed when lava meets sea water. The negative charge naturally alkalizes the body by balancing pH and enhancing the body’s digestive processes which are more efficient when the rest of the body maintains its alkalinity.
Bromelain: is a protein-digesting enzyme, sourced from the pineapple fruit. This fascinating compound has traditionally been used as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent. Because it’s an enzyme, bromelain helps the body digest food and absorb nutrients more efficiently, as well as being extremely effective at healing issues in the gastrointestinal tract.
CO Q 10: Made in the USA by Kaneka, it is present in virtually all cell membranes and tissue in the body. Since it is a critical co-factor essential for the production of cellular energy. CO Q 10 positively affects all aspects of physiology, including immune function.
Ascorbyl Palmitate: A highly bioavailable, fat-soluble derivative of ascorbic acid. Ascorbyl palmitate possesses all the benefits of vitamin C, but unlike the water-soluble form, is able to be stored in the lipid cell membrane until the body is ready to put it to use.
Active-Aloe (200:1): window refractance dried): All the immunological activity of fresh aloe is concentrated in Active-Aloe. It is preserved by a unique low heat process, retaining all the fragile elements of the aloe plant. Most Aloes are heat processed, high heat (pasteurization and/or autoclave methods) break down the constituents in Aloe that are the most valuable for healing. Our Active Aloe is the leading aloe vera for purity and biological activity. Aloe Vera has so many uses and is so highly regarded.
Blue Green Algae: Known for its immune benefits. Alphanizomanon flos-aquae (AFA) improves macophage response without over-stimulating the immune system. Therefore, it is an incredibly valuable addition to any immune enhancing program. Note: Our AFA is continually checked for Microcystis and has no detectable levels of Microcystis.
Vitality Science Pet Flora: A proprietary collection of soil-based organisms, probiotics that suppress yeast and fungi, reduces acidity, and improves nutrient assimilation.
Bio Core Complete: BioCore® provides targeted solutions to a variety of digestive problems. From digestive discomforts to different dietary regimens, along with basic digestive support to the delivery of specific nutrients; BioCore® products and blends offer some of the most innovative enzyme blends on the market.
Lactoferrin is a naturally occurring protein that is found in milk and bodily fluids. It is a potent anti-microbial and modulator of the immune system.
Zinc-carnosine: Formed by chelating zinc to carnosine in a one-to-one ratio. This process of bonding ions and molecules makes the combination three times more potent than the individual components alone. By itself, zinc is already very beneficial for optimum digestive health. It is the second most abundant naturally-occurring mineral in the body necessary to numerous functions and biochemical reactions. L-carnosine, on the other hand, has strong antioxidant and tissue-healing properties. It also helps transport the zinc carnosine to problematic areas in the gastrointestinal tract where it can take effect. Together, these two components are known to be a force to reckon with – helping to improve the body’s cell function, digestion and immune system, among others.
Serrazimes: Serratiopeptidase, also known as serrapeptidase and serrapeptase, is a protease originally found in the gut of the silkworm. It is produced by the bacteria Serratia marcescens. This protease has been the subject of much research and its use has grown in Asia and Europe. Studies support serratiopeptidase’s benefit in supporting musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory health.
Vitamin K2 is necessary to convert a critical bone-building protein called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is a necessary protein that helps maintain calcium homeostasis in bone tissue. It works with osteoblast cells to build healthy bone tissue.
PQQ: Only known substance to cause mitochondria to increase in numbers. Working with Co Q10 to raise oxygen utilization, a key component to immune competence.
Liver Powder: Fresh from hormone-free Argentinean Beef Liver, from Argentinian natural grass fed cows. These cows have never been on feed lots and freely roam the Pampas. Plus it is a flavor well liked by cats and dogs.
Dionaea Muscipula/Venus Fly Trap: The prehistoric plant, Venus Fly Trap is a protein digesting plant that has unique enzymes to carry out a wide range of immune supporting functions. It is one of the fascinating secrets of the nutraceutical world to help promote a healthy immune system.
Yucca schidigera is a medicinal plant native to Mexico. The plant contains several physiologically active phytochemicals. It is a rich source of steroida saponins. Used by native Americans to support a healthy inflammatory response, and relieve pain.
Licorice: Soothing & Harmonizing Licorice Root is known as The Great Harmonizer because of its ability to make all other herbs work more effectively. Licorice is the second most prescribed herb in China. Rhizomes in Licorice have a high mucilage content which, when mixed with water or used in cough drops, soothes irritated mucous membranes.
Vital Pet Lipids:
Tuna Oil: Extracted from deep-sea tuna fish, rich in DHA (6%) and EPA (25%). Our Tuna Oil tests at 5 millionth of a gram of mercury per kilogram of oil, twentieth of the allowable limit.
Astaxanthin: A red carotenoid, a super critical extract of Haematococcus Pluvialis microalgae, meaning no use of toxic solvents.. The substance that gives color (red) to salmon, algae, and many fruits and vegetables. It is one of the most beneficial lipids known to science, containing antioxidant strength 550 times stronger than Vitamin E in singlet oxygen quenching.
Vitamin E (mixed Tocopherols) primarily controls lipid peroxidation and complements some of the functions of vitamin A.
DHA in vital lipids strongly supports healthy gum tissue
Tuna oil, high in DHA, increases immune cytokines in mother’s milk
A randomized trial of supplementation with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) rich tuna oil and its effects on the human milk cytokines interleukin 1 , interleukin 6, and tumor necrosis factor
Joanna S Hawkes, Dani-Louise Bryan, Maria Makrides, Mark A Neumann, and Robert A Gibson
Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75:754:60.
Astaxanthin reduces the negative effects of toxins and is a powerful antioxidant. Astaxanthin, a red-orange carotenoid pigment, is a powerful biological antioxidant that occurs naturally in a wide variety of living organisms. Astaxanthin has antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. It has beneficial effects on cancer, diabetes, the immune system, and ocular health, and other related aspects, including antihypertensive and neuroprotective potentials.
Suppressive effect of astaxanthin on lipid peroxidation induced in rats Nishigaki, I. et al., J. Clin. Biochem. Nutr., 16, 161, 1994
Astaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin, in Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health
Landrum, J.T., Bone, R.A., and Herrero, C., , Meskin, M.S.
Effect of astaxanthin on the hepatotoxicity, lipid peroxidation and antioxidative enzymes in the liver of CCl4-treated rats
Kang, J.O., Kim, S.J., and Kim, H.,
Exp. Clin. Pharmacol., 23, 79, 2001.
Carotenoid with Potential in Human Health and Nutrition
Ghazi Hussein, Ushio Sankawa, Hirozo Goto, Kinzo Matsumoto, and Hiroshi WatanabeJ.
Nat. Prod., 2006, 69 (3), pp 443-449
Krill oil improves liver function, blood sugar and cholesterol profiles.
Dietary Krill Oil Supplementation Reduces Hepatic Steatosis, Glycemia, and Hypercholesterolemia in High-Fat-Fed Mice
Sally Tandy, Rosanna W. S. Chung, Elaine Wat, Alvin Kamili, Kjetil Berge, Mikko Griinari and Jeffrey S. Cohn
J. Agric. Food Chem., 2009, 57 (19), pp 9339-9345
Vitamin E inhibits many types of cancers
Serum -Tocopherol and Subsequent Risk of Lung Cancer Among Male Smokers
Karen Woodson, Joseph A. Tangrea, Michael J. Barrett, Jarmo Virtamo, Philip R. Taylor, Demetrius Albanes
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 91, No. 20, 1738-1743, October 20, 1999
Alpha tocopherol is the predominate form in vitamin capsules but all the other forms are valuable. For example, higher Gamma tocopherol levels correlate with lower rates of heart disease and cancer
Gamma Tocopherol, the major form of vitamin E in the US diet, deserves more attention
Qing Jiang, Stephan Christen, Mark K Shigenaga and Bruce N Ames
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 74, No. 6, 714-722, December 2001
Gamma-tocopherol reduces kidney stress
Antioxidants: A Possible Role in Kidney Protection
Leszek Tylicki, Boleslaw Rutkowski, Walter H. Harl, Vol. 26, No. 5-6, 2003
Coenzyme Q10 is a potent compound that inhibits Cdt1-geminin interaction. This induces DNA re-replication and eventual cell death in some cancer-derived cell lines. (Kills cancerous cells.)
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2008 Feb;1780(2):203-13. Epub 2007 Sep 21.
Mizushina Y, Takeuchi T, Takakusagi Y, et. al. Laboratory of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Science, Kobe-Gakuin University, Nishi-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651-2180, Japan.
CoQ10 may be an effective chemopreventive agent against colon carcinogenesis.
Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2006 Oct-Dec;7(4):599-603.
Suppression of azoxymethane-induced colonic premalignant lesion formation by coenzyme Q10 in rats.
Sakano K, Takahashi M, Kitano M, et. al.
Cancer Prevention Basic Research Project, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan.
Arabinogalactan stimulates macrophage activity and therefore may be effective in preventing cancer
Immunomodulating activity of arabinogalactan and fucoidan in vitro.
J Med Food. 2005 Winter;8(4):446-53. Department of Biotechnology & Bioproducts Research Center, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
Many polysaccharides obtained from natural sources are considered to be biological response modifiers and have been shown to enhance various immune responses. These data suggest that arabinogalactan and fucoidan are activators of lymphocytes and macrophages. This property may contribute to their effectiveness in the immunoprevention of cancer.
Arabinogalatcan has no effect on blood sugar levels and is well accepted by consumers
J Am Diet Assoc. 2004 Apr;104(4):636-9. Marett R, Slavin JL.
Arabinogalactan proteins have a pronounced anti-microbial activity.
Antimicrobial activity of Andrographis paniculata and arabinogalactan proteins.
Fitoterapia. 2003 Dec;74(7-8):692-4.
Effect over time of in-vivo administration of the polysaccharide arabinogalactan on immune and hemopoietic cell lineages in murine spleen and bone marrow.
Phytomedicine. 2003 Mar;10(2-3):145-53.
Immunological activity of larch arabinogalactan and Echinacea: a preliminary, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Altern Med Rev. 2002 Apr;7(2):138-49. Kim LS, Waters RF, Burkholder PM. Research Department, Southwest College, Arizona
Arabinogalactan improves bowel chemistry.
Effects of dietary larch arabinogalactan on gastrointestinal and blood parameters in healthy human subjects. J Am Coll Nutr. 2001 Aug;20(4):279-85. Robinson RR, Feirtag J, Slavin JL. Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
Modified Citrus Pectin Inhibits cancer cell growth Nangia-Makker P, Hogan V, Honjo Y, Baccarini S, Tait L, Bresalier R, and Raz A.
Inhibition of human cancer cell growth and metastasis in nude mice by oral intake of modified citrus pectin.
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2002, 94(24):1854-62.
Promotes excretion of toxic elements in the urine
Eliaz I, Rode D.
The effect of modified citrus pectin on the urinary excretion of toxic elements.
Fifth Annual (2003) Conference of Environmental Health Scientists: Nutritional Toxicology and Metabolomics, University of California, Davis.
Bromelain has a variety of anti-inflammatory actions, including the reduction of tumors (a type of inflammation)
Therapeutic Application of Pineapple Protease
Bitange Nipa Tochi, et al
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition 7 (4): 513-520, 2008
Serrazimes are an analog of serrapeptase. Serrapeptase is one of the most effective natural anti-inflammatory agents, used to treat MS, pain of all kinds, cysts, arterial plaque, sinus infections and many other pathologies.
Rothschild, J. Clinical use of serrapeptase: an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents The American Chiropractor, 1991, p.17
Gerngross, H. Fabian, A. A reduction in postaoperative swelling. Objective measurement of swelling of the upper ankle joint in treatment with serrapeptase (German)
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Klein, G. Kullich, W. Short term treatment of painful osteoarthritis of the knee with oral enzymes
Clin. Drug Invest.2000. 19(1), 15-23
Venus Fly Trap: The enzymes and other compounds in this ancient plant have immuno-modulating effects
Wagner, H., Kreher, B., Jurcic, K. In vitro stimulation of human granulocytes and lymphocytes by picogram and femtogram quantities of cytostatic agents. Arzneim-Forsch. 1988; 38; 273-275
Licorice has anti-ulcer effects
Michael E. Baker, Licorice and enzymes other than 11Î²-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase: An evolutionary perspective
Steroids, Volume 59, Issue 2, February 1994, Pages 136-141
Inhibits the growth of cancer cells
Snait Tamir, Mark Eizenberg, Dalia Somjen, Naftali Stern, Rayah Shelach, Alvin Kaye and Jacob Vaya
Estrogenic and Antiproliferative Properties of Glabridin from Licorice in Human Breast Cancer Cells
Cancer Research 60, 5704-5709, October 15, 2000
Yucca contains saponins that have anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects.
PR Cheeke, S Piacente and W Oleszek
Anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects of yucca schidigera: A review
Journal of Inflammation 2006, 3:6 doi:10.1186/1476-9255-3-6