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Why you may need A.D.P.®: When modern researchers attempt to unlock Nature’s herbal secrets, they frequently turn to the spices and herbs that have been used for centuries to add zest to a wide range of foods. Interestingly, long before the advent of refrigeration it was recognized that herbs and culinary spices could slow food spoilage – natural antimicrobial principles were obviously at work. Food scientists have become increasingly interested in essential oils and aromatic plants. Attempts are being made to identify the active components of essential oils from spices, among them – the oil of oregano. So far, analysis has
revealed several phenolic compounds including Carvacrol, Thymol, Eugenol, 1,8 cineole, as well as Rosmarinic acid and other antioxidants. Of these compounds Carvacrol and Thymol are believed to have the greatest biological activity. A.D.P.® has been proven effective against yeast and parasites (Patent # 5,955,086). Further research looking at the mechanism of action is indicating that the active components of oil of oregano adversely affect the ability of various microbial organisms to reproduce.
Why your healthcare practitioner recommends A.D.P.® from Biotics Research: While people have relied on the health promoting properties of oregano oil for hundreds of years, Biotics Research Corporation was able to dramatically improve the delivery system of oil of oregano. Many commercially available oregano oil products vary hugely in potency, additionally tinctures and other liquid forms of the oil may be difficult for many people to take as it leaves much to be desired taste-wise. Furthermore, oil of oregano is mostly absorbed in one region of the small intestine, thus limiting the efficacy of a non-sustained release product in reaching the areas of the small and large intestine more likely to be affected. Each tablet of A.D.P.® supplies a standardized extract of oregano oil (50mg) in a sustained release mechanism as an emulsified form, thus ensuring the ease of dosing and maximizing delivery. A.D.P.® is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. As always, you can count on Biotics Research to provide you with superior nutritional supplements; the “Best of Science and Nature.
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Why you may need B6 Phosphate: Vitamin B6 is required for protein and essential fatty acid metabolism, for the liberation of glycogen stores, and for the production of various neurotransmitters. It is essential for the manufacture of the hemoglobin portion of red blood cells, and it is an important cofactor in over 60 different enzymatic reactions. Vitamin B6 deficiencies have been associated with a wide variety of issues ranging from joint pain and morning sickness of early pregnancy to fatigue and sensitivity to bright light. Low liver transamines and homocystinuria are two clinical findings which may indicate a need for additional B6 supplementation. Single B-vitamin deficiencies may not be the first thing that healthcare professionals consider when a patient presents with neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Prudent practitioners may evaluate their patients for B-vitamin deficiencies as they can initiate or exacerbate a plethora of health issues.
Why your healthcare practitioner recommends B6 Phosphate: B6 Phosphate from Biotics Research Corporation contains the pyridoxal 5-phosphate (P5P) of vitamin B6, the most biologically active form of the nutrient. Alcohol intake dramatically increases the need for vitamin B6, furthermore a wide variety of drugs are known to induce deficiencies including certain antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, diuretics, corticosteroids, tuberculosis medications, and some drugs marketed for rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking is detrimental to B6 stores as well. Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble nutrient that is particularly susceptible to processing. It has been estimated that as much as 70% of the nutrient may be lost by freezing vegetables, processing meat, and from the milling of grains. Therefore, those consuming a diet high is processed foods are not likely meeting their dietary requirements for vitamin B6. Each tablet of B6 Phosphate supplies 20 mg of B6 as P5P along with our proprietary vegetable culture base providing 20 mcg each of superoxide dismutase and catalase. As always, you can count on Biotics Research Corporation to offer superior nutritional products supplying “The Best of Science and Nature”.
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Why you may need ADHS®:
The word stress, coined over seventy years ago by Hans Selye, is one word which has become synonymous with the American lifestyle. Americans lead “stressed out” lives as a result of increased daily demands, including job and lifestyle pressures. Dysregulation of the stress system, or a maladaptive neuroendocrine response, has the potential to negatively impact endocrine, metabolic and immune function, leaving patients vulnerable to numerous unwanted health consequences. Additionally, stress increases the need for many nutrients. An extensive body of research provides significant insights into the benefits of providing targeted nutritional support for healthy adrenal function.
Why your healthcare practitioner recommends ADHS® from Biotics Research:
ADHS®, could be an acronym for ADrenal HyperSecretion. ADHS® is a comprehensive and effective adaptogenic formula, providing selective botanical extracts, with pertinent vitamins and minerals. ADHS® serves to replenish nutrients depleted by the stress response, thereby positively supporting adrenal function. ADHS® is frequently used in combination with other Biotics Research products, including Optimal EFAs®, Cytozyme PT/HPT™, Bio-Glycozyme Forte™ or GlucoBalance®. As always, you can count on Biotics Research Corporation to offer superior nutritional products supplying “The Best of Science and Nature”.
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by Dennis McInerney, BS
Preparing Your Body for Holiday Stress
Holiday stress will soon be knocking at the door. Thanksgiving is less than a month away and big box stores already have their Christmas displays in place. Stress is a natural part of life and moderate manageable stress can even make us strong. But, when stress intensifies, as it often does during the holiday season, it can have a powerful impact on nutrient demand. The major nutrients depleted during stress include vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc and copper.
Vitamin C is one of the first vitamins to be depleted by stress. Most mammals utilize a four enzyme system in the liver that enables them to manufacture their own Vitamin C. Unfortunately, humans are missing one of the four enzymes, and are unable to produce their own Vitamin C. Under stressful conditions, rats and goats increase their production of Vitamin C by three to seven times – in the tens of thousands of milligrams”.1 In contrast, the RDA/RDI for Vitamin C in humans is 60 mg. The RDA/RDI for Vitamin C is not sufficient to replenish diminished supply in times of excess stress. In a 2002 randomized controlled trial, treatment with high-dose Vitamin C (3,000 mg per day) normalized blood pressure, cortisol, and subjective response to acute psychological stress more rapidly than in controls receiving a placebo.2 Based on this study, one might want to consider supplementing with extra Vitamin C during the holiday season.
Chronic stress can also results in a lowering of serum concentrations of the B-complex vitamins, especially pantothenic. Animal and human evidence suggests that pantothenic acid is needed for adrenal function and might be involved in the adrenal response to stress.3
Minerals also get depleted during stress. Those rapidly depleted include zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper. The stress response utilizes each of these minerals at a very high rate for energy metabolism, enzyme activity and antioxidant production.
If you find yourself under more stress than usual during this holiday season consider supplementing with ADB5 Plus from Biotics Research. It provides a wide range of nutrients that support adrenal function, including those listed above.
- Peter Dingle PhD, The Stress Cycle, NOVA, Australia’s Holistic Journal, March 2012
- Brody S, Preut R, Schommer K, Schürmeyer TH., A randomized controlled trial of high dose ascorbic acid for reduction of blood pressure, cortisol, and subjective responses to psychological stress. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2002 Jan;159(3):319-24. Epub 2001 Nov 20.
- Gregory S. Kelly, ND, Pantothenic Acid Monograph, Alternative Medicine Review Volume 16, Number 3
by Abbas Qutab, PhD
OVERCOME HOLIDAY STRESS
When you’re in a state of stress, your body chemistry changes. Under stress, your circulating levels of adrenaline and cortisol increase. Your body breaks into your glycogen stores and dumps glucose into your bloodstream. This, in turn, stimulates insulin production and your body gears up for action…especially during the holidays!
These responses aren’t just triggered by stressful thoughts. A stressed body state can also be induced by consumption of caffeine, alcohol, holiday food, or when your blood sugar becomes too low, which oftentimes happens when people become stressed. It’s a vicious cycle.
What else happens? Your brain wave patterns change from relaxed “alpha” waves to frantic “beta” waves. Your focus becomes narrower. Your breathing changes and your muscles tighten. In order to maintain its state of stressful alertness, your body consumes B vitamins, magnesium, and zinc at an alarming rate. That’s because these nutrients are used by the enzymes that make adrenaline. A shortage of these nutrients affects our ability to methylate properly, which is why stress also raises your homocysteine level.
The impact of stress on your health is undeniable. It’s a major cause of accelerated aging, partly due to your body’s ability to repair and maintain itself. In addition, the excess cortisol literally damages your brain – interfering with memory recall and increasing toxic effects of beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The increase in homocysteine increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia. So, what can we do to stop this stress response specifically during the holidays?
As always, the best strategy begins with a low glycemic diet and supplement regimen such as Bio-Glycozyme Forte™ to control hypoglycemia. Here is the basis:
- Always have breakfast lunch and dinner, as well as a snack in the morning and in the afternoon.
- Be sure to get enough Bio-B Complex™, Mg-Zyme™, and Zn-Zyme™.
- Avoid all stimulants, including caffeine, refined sugar, and alcohol.
- Use supplements like ADHS® and De-Stress™ to deal with holiday stress.
- Dr. Paul Pearsall, author of The Pleasure Prescription, believes that many people are sick because they lack pleasure in their lives. Rather than waste your time trying to avoid holiday stress, plan some time for pleasure instead. During holiday season, get a massage, take a relaxing bath, soak in a hot tub, listen to beautiful holiday music, and take appropriate supplements, such as the ones mentioned above. Doing these things will counteract the harmful effects of holiday stress on your body and mind, and you will be able to enjoy the holiday season.
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Why you may need De-Stress™: Stress and anxiety have become common side-effects of modern day living, and are especially prevalent during this time of year. De-Stress™ is a patented, all natural, specially produced milk protein hydrolysate, concentrating a specific decapeptide that demonstrates significant anxiolytic activity, as evidenced by several double- blind, placebo controlled human trials. Additionally, the De-Stress™ natural decapeptide has been tested for three major side effects generally attributed to benzodiazepines (anxiety management, i.e. Valium); dependence, memory loss and tolerance. De-Stress™ is an easy, natural way to reduce your stress and anxiety levels and has been shown to be safe, as confirmed by the Irwin test showing a satisfactory safety panel. Why your healthcare practitioner recommends De-Stress™: De-Stress™ demonstrates anxiolytic activity. Double blind human studies have been performed using De-Stress™, measuring physical and psychological responses to stress. Included were measurements of cortisol, ACTH levels, and systolic blood pressure. In all cases, De-Stress™ fared favorably against controls in response to stress. Lastly, it should be noted that while De-Stress™ is a milk-derived product, it is a hydrolysate, therefore it can often be used successfully with patients with dairy sensitivities. Click here to download a Supplement FAQ of De-Stress™ from Biotics Research in a printable PDF.
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Why you may need BioDoph-7 Plus®: It is estimated that ~80% of the immune system is found in the gut, and the human body contains more bacteria living inside it than it has individual cells: 100
trillion microorganisms live in the gastrointestinal tract as compared with a mere 10 trillion human cells in the entire body. This means that there are 10X more cells of bacteria living in our intestines than what we possess in all of our bodily tissues put together. The majority of these bacterial strains are beneficial and are important for the development of the immune system. However, periods of stress or illness, fever, diarrhea, diet, the use of certain pharmaceuticals, and surgery can all cause an imbalance of these good bacteria and let bad or opportunistic bacteria and yeasts flourish – which negatively impacts health. Unfortunately, far too many people suffer from some degree of bowel dysbiosis, which can manifest as allergies, dermal irritation, fatigue, mood alterations, headaches, leaky gut, diarrhea, constipation, etc. Now further evidence suggests that obesity, diabetes and autoimmune conditions may be linked with altered gut microflora. Given the prevalence of people that experience one or more of these symptoms, probiotics have the potential to be the unsung hero of overall health support.
Why your healthcare practitioner recommends BioDoph-7 Plus® from Biotics Research:
The modern dilemma is that allergies and chronic health conditions are on the rise. Antibacterial soaps, washes, and wipes, chronic dehydration, mercury amalgams, total toxin load, drugs, and nutrient deficient diets have become a scourge on friendly bacteria. Documented research has indicated important benefits associated with the use of probiotic bacteria, including improved digestion, enzymatic activity, and overall modulating effects on the immune system. Formulated in collaboration with Dr. Gary Lasneski, BioDoph-7 Plus® contains a specific blend of 3 prebiotics and 7 probiotics to ensure optimal colonization with bacterial strains recognized for their bioactivity. Each capsule contains 20 billion viable organisms at the time of manufacture and consists of a proprietary blend of Inulin (from Chicory root), Arabinogalactans (from Larch), Marshmallow Root (extract), Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarius, and Streptococcus thermophilus.
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The pancreas possesses two major secretory glands, and consequently possesses dual functions, that of an exocrine and an endocrine gland. As an exocrine gland it serves to secrete the major digestive enzymes amylase, protease and lipase, which function to digest starches, proteins, and fats, respectively. In addition to these, the pancreas also secretes trypsin, chymotrypsin and carboxypeptidase.
Exocrine insufficiency is characterized by deficiency or absence of these three major pancreatic digestive enzymes. Deficiencies in one or all three of these enzymes prevent the normal break down and absorption of food, leading to maldigestion and nutrient malabsorption. The classic clinical manifestations of exocrine insufficiency are malnutrition, abdominal cramps, and steatorrhea. Additionally, pancreatic enzyme deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of intestinal infection. Adults with pancreatitis or other pancreatic deficiencies may present with weight loss, anorexia, greasy, bulky or foul-smelling stools (due to steatorrhea), abdominal distention, and flatus (gas). Supplementation in individuals with pancreatic exocrine deficiency or insufficiency may serve to relieve these maldigestion-related issues, and also to achieve a normal nutritional status. Because of its digestive nature, Bio-6-Plus™ may also act as a beneficial aide in the thinning of mucous. In a published randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with patient’s diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, significant efficacy was demonstrated with enzyme preparations in reducing fat excretion, decreasing stool frequency and improving stool consistency.
Bio-6-Plus™ supplies porcine derived raw pancreas concentrate, which provides 50,000 NF units of amylase, 9,300 NF units of lipase and 50,000 NF units of protease. It also supplies Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase from Biotics Research’s own proprietary tableting base.
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by Rachel Olivier, MS, ND, PhD
Hypochlorhydria is defined as a decrease in the secretions of hydrochloric acid and pepsin from the parietal cells of the stomach. Poor digestion notably increases with advancing age, as a consequence of the age related decline in digestive enzymes, along with a lower production of acid by the parietal cells of the stomach. In fact, low stomach acidity is found in greater than 50% of patients over the age of 60. Without an adequate supply of digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid production, food digestion is incomplete, which may initiate other problems such as allergies or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). In addition to digestion, the age-related decline in enzymes can also lead to deficits in vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, all of which may potentially adversely affect immune system functioning, and subsequently overall health.
According to Web MD, approximately 20% of the American population experiences symptoms of heartburn on a weekly basis. In addition to the discomfort involved, these people are at increased risk of for cancers of the throat and vocal cords. Symptoms associated with the lack of digestive enzymes include gas, bloating, heartburn and indigestion, inflammatory conditions, vitamin deficiencies, and malnutrition, all of which mimic the symptoms of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Even in the absence of symptoms many people can benefit by the use of digestive enzymes, as both digestion and nutrient utilization are enhanced. Additionally, numerous diseases have been linked to low gastric acidity, some of which include asthma, gastritis, Lupus erythematosus, osteoporosis, psoriasis, food allergies, eczema, pernicious anemia, and celiac disease.
Nutritionally oriented doctors often recommend digestive enzyme products in an effort to promote digestion and enhance nutrient absorption. Some factors that contribute to an inadequate production of digestive enzymes include the age-related lack of enzymes, use of antibiotics, consumption of refined foods, environmental toxins and overall poor health.
In addition to its digestive nature, gastric acid also plays a fundamental role in activating pancreatic proenzymes, such as chymotrypsinogen and trypsinogen, converting them to their active forms, chymotrypsin and trypsin, respectively. Along with peristalsis, gastric acid prevents the growth of excessive bacteria in the small intestines, thus also contributing to the prevention of the development of SIBO. A lack of digestive enzymes may result in inappropriately absorbed macromolecules as a result of incomplete digestion, resulting in food allergies, immune complex diseases, or toxic overload of the liver.
Biotics Research Corporation offers a number of products which may be utilized to aide in promoting stomach acidity and optimal digestion. These products include Hydrozyme™, HCl Plus™, Betaine Plus HP™, Bromelain Plus™ and Bromelain Plus CLA™. Hydrozyme™ and HCl Plus™ offer hydrochloride in the form of Betaine (beet) hydrochloride, while Bromelain Plus™ and Bromelain Plus CLA™ offer digestive capability in the form of bromelain, derived from pineapple. The product Betaine Plus HP™ provides a high potency (HP) source of betaine hydrochloride (700mg/tablet) for those patients requiring more comprehensive digestive support. For pancreatic support Bio-6 Plus™ may be utilized as a source of the pancreatic enzymes amylase, lipase and protease. Finally, Beta Plus™ provides bile from non-GMO animals, which may be utilized as an adjunct for biliary support.
by John Crescione, DC, DICS
While the mouth is actually first in line of the digestion process, the stomach is what most of us think about when we think digestion. Emotions, age, prescription drugs and the wrong foods can all interfere with the digestion process.
A quick review of the stomach reveals that stomach acid,or gastric acid is a digestive fluid, formed in the stomach and has pH of 1.5 to 3.5 and is composed of hydrochloric and large quantities of potassium(KCl) and sodium chloride (NaCl). The acid plays a key role in digestion of proteins, by activating digestive enzymes and making the eaten proteins more broken down so that digestive enzymes break down the amino acids.
Gastric acid is produced by cells lining the stomach,while stomach cells also produce bicarbonate, so that the stomach does not become too acidic. These cells also produce mucus, to prevent gastric acid from damaging the stomach. Cells in the beginning of the small intestine, or duodenum, produce large amounts of bicarbonate to negate any gastric acid that passes further down into the small intestine from the stomach.
There are 4 phases of stomach acid secretion. The basal phase in which a small amount of acid is always being secreted into the stomach.The cephalic phase in which 30 percent of the total gastric acid secretions is stimulated by anticipation of eating, as well as the smell or taste of food. The gastric phase in which fifty percent of the total acid is secreted. Secretion is stimulated by distension(stretching) of the stomach and by amino acids present in the food. Then finally,the intestinal phase where the remaining portion of acid is secreted when chyme enters the small intestine
Achlorhydria, the absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric secretions of the stomach, is generally thought of in the elderly. Clinical evidence is showing more and more issues with diminished or weakening Gasrtric acids in the middle age population as well as the elderly. This can potentially lead to problems as the antiseptic properties of the gastric acid and stomach lining are decreased meaning a greater risk of infections of the system,such as infection with Vibrio or Heliobacteri bacteria, as well as improper breakdown of foods entering the small intestine.
Acid Reflux (GERD) is generally thought of as a symptom of stress and improper digestion and too much gastric acid, when in reality it is usually a weakening of gastric acid.In Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and hypercalcemia, there are increased gastrin levels, leading to excess gastric acid production, which can cause gastric ulcers.
The clinician should always consider stomach acid, digestive enzymes,multi minerals and acidophilus in all conditions of the patients’ healthcare. Recommendations
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