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November 14, 2017

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Metabolic Syndrome is considered the leading cause of Heart Disease, the number one killer in the United States.

Three of our Therapeutic Food Supplements are designed with intelligent ingredients that are shown in research to support and help reverse both heart disease and the different conditions associated with metabolic syndrome: Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic, Weight-less Systemic Booster, and Organic Chlorella.

  • Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic– 1 heaping tbl twice daily before two largest meals.
  • Weight-less:  NO. 4 Systemic Booster– 2 capsules one-half hour before meals. A must do before a high carb meal or snack.
  • Organic Chlorella– 4 tablets taken with meals.

Food Science

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder affecting approximately one-quarter of the American population. It is in fact considered a worldwide epidemic (NIH: NHLBI, 2015).

The risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome are:  Abdominal obesity, Atherogenic dyslipidemia, Raised blood pressure, Insulin resistance, Pro-inflammatory state, and Pro-thrombotic state (McCullough 2011, Grundy 2004).
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The Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic contains powerful soluble and insoluble fibers and pedigreed strains of probiotics.

Multitude research articles strongly indicate that as dietary fiber goes up the risk of Metabolic Syndrome goes down (Grooms, 2013).

A healthy gut microbiome supports the maintenance of a healthy GI tract membrane barrier function.  Cani et al. (2008) found that bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) levels set the tone of insulin sensitivity and the onset of obesity and diabetes.  An increased gut permeability allowed for the passage of LPS through the gut wall into the systemic circulation.  Thus, lowering plasma LPS concentration could be a potent strategy for the control of metabolic diseases.

Cani et al. (2007, 2007a, 2008, 2009) demonstrated that adding soluble fibers to our daily diet, such as inulin and oat bran beta glucan (containing oligofructose chains found in the Beta Glucan Synbiotic), stimulates the growth of Bifidobacteria sp., which caused a reduction in gut permeability, thereby reducing the levels of LPS systemically, which initiates weight loss, and reduction of metabolic disorders.
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Weight-less is a smart metabolic booster formula – the mix supports weight loss and effectively boosting energy levels.  Weight-less contains wild brown seaweed extracts from kelp and bladderwrack as well as 7-Keto DHEA.  Brown seaweeds are shown in research to lower the glycemic load of complex and simple carbohydrates for better insulin management, as well as offer a power-filled phenolic activity for antioxidant and anti-inflammation effect (Roy et al., 2011). The 7-Keto has been used for many years to turn on fat burning mechanism and offer an effective and safe way to lose weight (Bobyleva et al., 1997).

Together, Weight-less promotes a sustained energy level throughout the day as it modulates carbohydrate digestion and absorption for better weight management and metabolic health (Gabbia et al., 2017; Catarino et al., 2017).
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Organic Chlorella– New studies show that Chlorella supports reduction of body fat, improves fat and glucose metabolism, decrease weight, and reduce the risk factors involved with Metabolic Disease.

Mizoguchi et al. (2008) in their research, Nutrigenomic studies of effects of Chlorella on subjects with high-risk factors for lifestyle-related disease, demonstrated that Chlorella intake, in 17 subjects with high risk factors for lifestyle-related disease (obesity, diabetes or hyperlipidemia) and 17 healthy subjects, results in noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, total blood serum cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels.

Their research confirmed that Chlorella intake brings about improvements in both fat metabolism and glucose metabolism.  The expression of genes involved in the insulin signaling pathway were also affected by Chlorella vulgaris intake, especially those related to glucose uptake in tissue, providing support for the observation that Chlorella lowers blood glucose levels.

Vecina et al.’s (2014), Chlorella modulates insulin signaling pathway and prevents high-fat-diet- induces insulin resistance in mice, research goal was to evaluate the prophylactic effect Chlorella vulgaris on body weight, lipid profile, blood glucose and insulin signaling in liver, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue of diet-induced obese mice.

Their conclusion was that C. vulgaris supplementation (Chlorella) could be considered as an adjunctive therapy to decrease weight and improve glycemic status and reducing hs-CRP as well as improving liver function in patients with NAFLD.


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  • Cani et al. (2009). Changes in gut microbiota control inflammation in obese mice through a mechanism involving GLP-2 driven improvement of gut permeability. Gut; 58(8): 1091-1103
  • Cani et al. (2008). Changes in gut microbiota control metabolic endotoxemia-induced inflammation in high-fat induced obesity and diabetes in mice, Diabetes; 57:1470-8.
    Cani et al. (2007). Metabolic endotoxemia initiates obesity and insulin resistance. Diabetes; 56:1761-72.
  • Cani et al. (2007a). Selective increases of Bifidobacteria in gut microflora improve high-fat-diet-induced diabetes in mice through a mechanism associated with endotoxaemia. Diabetologia; 50: 2374-83.
  • Catarino, M. D., Silva, A., & Cardoso, S. M. (2017). Fucaceae: A source of bioactive phlorotannins. International journal of molecular sciences, 18(6), 1327. Article
  • Gabbia, D., Dall’Acqua, S., Di Gangi, I. M., Bogialli, S., Caputi, V., Albertoni, L., … & De Martin, S. (2017). The Phytocomplex from Fucus vesiculosus and Ascophyllum nodosum Controls Postprandial Plasma Glucose Levels: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study in a Mouse Model of NASH. Marine drugs, 15(2), 41. DOI:10.3390/md15020041
  • Grooms et al. (2013). Dietary Fiber Intake and Cardiometablic Risk among US Adults: NHANES 1999-2010. Am J Med; 126(12): 1059-1067.
  • Grundy, S. M. (2004). Obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 89(6), 2595-2600.
  • Mizoguchi et al. (2008). Nutrigenomic studies of effects of Chlorella on subjects with high-risk factors for lifestyle-related disease.  J Med Food; 11(3): 395-404.
  • Roy, M. C., Anguenot, R., Fillion, C., Beaulieu, M., Bérubé, J., & Richard, D. (2011). Effect of a commercially-available algal phlorotannins extract on digestive enzymes and carbohydrate absorption in vivo. Food research international, 44(9), 3026-3029.
  • Vecina et al. (2014). Chlorella modulate insulin signaling pathway and prevents high-fat diet–induced insulin resistance in mice. Life Sci; 95(1): 45-52.
  • Whaley-Connell, A., McCullough, P. A., & Sowers, J. R. (2011). The role of oxidative stress in the metabolic syndrome. Reviews in cardiovascular medicine, 12(1), 21-29.

Sincerely yours,


We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.Green Facts:

Globe_Home 3Choosing a healthy diet: Research studies link the emerging global pattern of metabolic syndrome and weight gain to the prevalence of Westernized diet of daily meats, dairy, eggs, simple and processed carbohydrates, and too much sugar (Chai et al., 2017; Azadbakht & Esmaillzadeh, 2009; Lutsey et al., 2008). Although there are conflicting views on dietary guidelines, many scientists and health organizations agree that a focus on whole food plant-based diet is the healthiest guideline for metabolic syndrome and weight loss (Yokoyama et al., 2017; Satija et al., 2017; Kahleova et al., 2017; Hever et al., 2017; Turner et al., 2017; UN Report, 2016; Wang et al., 2015; Tilman & Clark, 2014; WHO/FAO, 2003).*

The Plates, Pyramids, Planet report, compiled in collaboration with the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) at the University of Oxford, concludes that a plant-based diet has many advantages for health and the environment (UN Report, 2016).*

The type and nature of carbohydrates that improve our metabolic health (obesity, cardiovascular, and diabetes) are comprised of whole plants with fiber (Wright et al., 2017). Whereas low carbs diets with high fat content is shown to increase metabolic syndrome (Lamont et al., 2017; UN Report, 2016).*

A diet that is 80-90% whole food plant-based is highly recommeded by many health organizations and medical universities around the world.


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The Original Synbiotic is a daily probiotic for the whole family.

The Original probiotics are researched pedigreed strains of lactic acid bacteria that support the development of a healthy GI tract microbiome.

A healthy gut microbiome is dependent on strong and proven probiotics, such as the Original strains. The Original Synbiotic provides a powerful symbiotic combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus (ATCC 4356), Streptococcus thermophilus (ATCC 19258), Lactobacillus plantarum (ATCC 8014), Lactobacillus rhamnosus (ATCC 7469) and Bifidobacterium longum (ATCC 15707).

Our chosen probiotics are foundational ATCC strains shown in research to work together with human cells to perform many functions in the body. For example, these probiotic strains help the digestive system, support and balance the immune system, and enhance our nervous system by producing neurotransmitters. They reinforce the GI barrier function to protect us from xenobiotics and pathogens, even binding heavy metals. Moreover, they neutralize carcinogens such as those caused by heterocyclic amines found in blackened meat and elements such as nitrosamines in sausage. By acidifying the epithelial membrane, they enable the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium more readily. And lastly, our chosen strains also support the important task of daily regularity (Syngia et al., 2016; Hardy et al., 2013; Figueroa‐González et al., 2011; Ng et al., 2009).

The Original Synbiotic suggested daily dose: one tsp daily.

Of the many beneficial functions needed to be performed by our probiotic friends, colonizing the GI tract membrane and thereby protecting from our body from pathogens and xenobiotics, is very important. Check out these studies on colonization (Toscano et al., 2017; Underwood et al., 2015; Panigrahi et al., 2008; De Champs et al., 2003; Sarem- Damerdji et al., 1995).

See the Original Synbiotic Monograph.


  • De Champs, C., Maroncle, N., Balestrino, Damien., Rich, C., Forestier, C. (2003). Persistence of Colonization of Intestinal Mucosa by A Probiotic Strain, Lactobacillus casei subsp rhamnosus Lcr35, after Oran Consumption. J Com Microbiol; 41(3): 1270-1273.
  • Figueroa‐González, I., Quijano, G., Ramírez, G., & Cruz‐Guerrero, A. (2011). Probiotics and prebiotics—perspectives and challenges. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 91(8), 1341-1348.
  • Hardy, H., Harris, J., Lyon, E., Beal, J., & Foey, A. D. (2013). Probiotics, prebiotics and immunomodulation of gut mucosal defences: homeostasis and immunopathology. Nutrients, 5(6), 1869-1912.
  • Ng, S. C., Hart, A. L., Kamm, M. A., Stagg, A. J., & Knight, S. C. (2009). Mechanisms of action of probiotics: recent advances. Inflammatory bowel diseases, 15(2), 300-310.
  • Panigrahi, P., Pradhan, L., Mohapatra, S.S., Misra, P.R., Johnson, J.A., Chaudhry, R., Taylor, S., Hanse, N.I., Gewolb, I.H. (2008). Long-term colonization of a Lactobacillus plantarum synbiotic preparation in the neonatal gut. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr; 47(1):45-53.
  • Sarem-Damerdji, L., Sarem, F., Marchal, L., Micolas, J.P. (1995). In vitro colonization ability of human colon mucosa by exogenous Lactobacillus strains. FEMS Microbiology Letters; 131(2):133-137.
  • Syngai, G. G., Gopi, R., Bharali, R., Dey, S., Lakshmanan, G. A., & Ahmed, G. (2016). Probiotics-the versatile functional food ingredients. Journal of food science and technology, 53(2), 921-933. doi:  10.1007/s13197-015-2011-0
  • Toscano, M., De Grandi, R., Stronati, L., De Vecchi, E., & Drago, L. (2017). Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium longum BB536 on the healthy gut microbiota composition at phyla and species level: A preliminary study. World journal of gastroenterology, 23(15), 2696.
  • Underwood, M. A., German, J. B., Lebrilla, C. B., & Mills, D. A. (2015). Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis: champion colonizer of the infant gut. Pediatric research, 77, 229.

Sincerely yours,


We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

Globe_Home 3In today’s world the level of assault on our bodies from pollution, pathogens, and stress is so high that we need powerful food supplements.  Our bodies, after all, know exactly what and how to utilize food for therapeutic purposes.

At BioImmersion, we created the Therapeutic Food Supplement line with a new medical framework in mind: the power and intelligence of food. Our Therapeutic Foods are indeed potent food supplements that behave intelligenly in the body – repairing, healing, protecting and preventing.


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Stull’s (2016) review, Blueberries’ Impact on Insulin Resistance and Glucose Intolerance, highlighted a multitude of in vivo and in vitro studies that demonstrated another of blueberries important attributes — the anti-diabetic effects of blueberries and berry extracts in insulin-resistant rodent, human, and cell culture models.

The scientific evidence in support of the anti-diabetic health benefits of blueberries and blueberry extract is encouraging. Epidemiological studies reported that consumption of foods rich in anthocyanins, especially from blueberries, were associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and of peripheral insulin resistance.

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as T2DM.  Although the prediabetes stage is when corrective actions need to be implemented to prevent the possible development of T2DM, many studies find blueberries to have an anti-diabetic effect. See the references below.

Dinstel et al. (2013) found the blueberries in Alaska to have the highest anthocyanins content. See Green Facts below. Our Phyto Power utilizes Alaskan blueberries’ potent levels of plant phenols.

Phyto Power is comprised of several species of wildcrafted blueberries, Rose hip, and Dandelion, including their leaves, stems, roots, and flowers. Growing wild and strong in remote areas of Alaska, these berries and plants are handpicked at the peak of their phytonutrient potential. For centuries, indigenous tribes of Alaskan Natives have used these power-filled berries and plants for their daily nourishment as well as ceremonial and medicinal purposes

Learn how to use Phyto Power in our research and description tabs.


  • Dinstel R.R., Cascio J., & Koukel S. (2013). The antioxidant level of Alaska’s wild berries: high, higher and highest. Int J Circumpolar Health, 72. DOI: 10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21188
  • Haffner, S.M. (1996). The insulin resistance syndrome revisited. Diabetes Care,19:275-277. doi: 10.2337/diacare.19.3.275.
  • Jennings, A., Welch, A. A., Spector, T., Macgregor, A., & Cassidy, A. (2014). Intakes of anthocyanins and flavones are associated with biomarkers of insulin resistance and inflammation in women. The Journal of nutrition, 144(2), 202-208.
  • Muraki, I., Imamura, F., Manson, J. E., Hu, F. B., Willett, W. C., van Dam, R. M., & Sun, Q. (2013). Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from three prospective longitudinal cohort studies. Bmj, 347, f5001.
  • Stull, A. J. (2016). Blueberries’ Impact on Insulin Resistance and Glucose Intolerance. Antioxidants, 5(4), 44. doi:  10.3390/antiox5040044
  • Wedick N.M., Pan A., Cassidy A., Rimm E.B., Sampson L., Rosner B., Willett W., Hu F.B., Sun Q., van Dam R.M. (2012). Dietary flavonoid intakes and risk of type 2 diabetes in US men and women.  Am. J. Clin. Nutr, 95:925–933. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.028894.

Sincerely yours,


We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

Globe_Home 3Dinstel et al. (2013) found the antioxidant levels of Alaska’s wild berries to be extremely high, ranging from 3 to 5 times higher in ORAC values than cultivated berries from 48 other states. For example, cultivated blueberries have an ORAC scale of 30. Alaska wild dwarf blueberries measure 85. When the berries were dehydrated, per gram the ORAC values increased.*

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Dear Friends
Phyto Power High Rez
Phyto Power is comprised of several species of wildcrafted blueberries, Rose hip, and Dandelion, including their leaves, stems, roots, and flowers. Growing wild and strong in remote areas of Alaska, these berries and plants are handpicked at the peak of their phytonutrient potential. For centuries, indigenous tribes of Alaskan Natives have used these power-filled berries and plants for their daily nourishment as well as ceremonial and medicinal purposes.

  • Three species of Rosehip, wildcrafted, whole fruit and seeds (100% w/w), refractory dried, three Rosa species, 200mg per capsule.
  • Four species of Dandelion, wildcrafted, aerial parts (90% w/w), root (10% w/w) with flower, refractory dried, four Taraxacum species, 200mg per capsule.
  • Four species of Blueberry, wildcrafted, fruit (>90% w/w), leaves and stem (<5% w/w), refractory dried, four Vaccinium species, 100mg per capsule.

Food Science

Alaskan wildcrafted berries and plants supply ample antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial factors (Grace et al., 2014; Youself et al., 2013).

Phyto Power is indeed powerful. In fact, Dinstel et al. (2013) found the antioxidant levels of Alaska’s wild berries to be extremely high, ranging from 3 to 5 times higher in ORAC values than cultivated berries from 48 other states. For example, cultivated blueberries have an ORAC scale of 30. Alaska wild dwarf blueberries measure 85. When the berries were dehydrated, per gram the ORAC values increased.

The Alaskan red Rose hip fruit and seeds, blue-purple Blueberries with twigs and leaves, and the Dandelion’s green leaves, stems, roots and yellow flowers are filled with potent phytonutrients. These vibrant and nutritious phytochemicals protect and enhance the health of both plants and humans (Joseph, Nadeau, & Underwood, 2003). James Duke’s (2000) substantial USDA phytochemical database illustrates the mechanism of the world of plants in the support and maintenance of our health (p. 2).

Scientific evidence links the lack of sufficient nutrients and colorful phytochemicals in our daily diets to the rise of chronic inflammation, one of the causes of metabolic syndrome, which includes cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes, as well as various cancers (Joseph, 2003; Ridker et al., 2000, 2003; Kristo et al., 2016, Ovadje et al., 2016, respectively). For this reason, García-Lafuente et al. (2009) conclude that flavonoids from berries and plants behave as anti-inflammatory agents in our body, calling for more research on the implication of these effects as protection against cancer and cardiovascular issues.

The effect of Blueberries, Rose hip, and Dandelion on Metabolic Syndrome’s risk markers is well documented and researched (Choi et al., 2010; Basu et al., 2012). For example, Andersson et al. (2011) demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, crossover study* with 31 obese individuals that daily consumption of rose hip (drink) significantly decreased plasma cholesterol and systolic blood pressure, effectting the risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In 2012, Andersson et al. conducted a study with lean and obese mice that were fed high-fat diet and a dietary supplement of rose hip powder. The supplement of rose hip prevented and reversed the increase in body weight. Andersson et al. (2012) concluded that rose hip supports the prevention of diabetic state in the mouse and that downregulation of the hepatic lipogenic program is one of the mechanisms underlying this antidiabetic effect.

Choi et al.’s (2010) demonstrated that supplementing rabbits that are fed with high cholesterol diets with dandelion leaf and root positively changed plasma antioxidant enzyme activities and lipid profiles, offering “hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects.”

These research findings are not new amongst scientists. Johnson et al. (1994) discovered that plants and their biologically active constituents contribute protective and anti-carcinogenic effects (Table 1, p. 193). These ‘dietary phytoprotectants’ in foods (p. 194) have continually shown in research to impart an important anti-inflammatory effect (Vendrame et al., 2015; Joseph et al., 2014), act as powerful anti-oxidants (Jedrejek et al., 2017; Skrovankova et al., 2015), and offer protection and inhibition of certain cancers (Zhan et al., 2016; Yang & Li, 2015; Li et al., 2009; Seeram, 2008; Sigstedt et al., 2008).

Although the exact mechanisms and reasons (the why) of these promising effects are still in the process of discovery, the findings suggest a regular habit of dietary supplementation with these plants and berries.

Blueberries, Rose hip, and Dandelion demonstrate in research a potential effect on different cancers. For example, blueberries are shown to inhibit growth and metastatic potential (Adams et al., 2010; Liu et al., 2013), and manage gastrointestinal tract cancers (Bishayee et al., 2016). Rose hip has shown to effect human brain cell proliferation (Cagle et al., 2012) and offer antiproliferation effect on Caco-2 human colon cancer (Jiménez et al., 2016). Dandelion was found to induce apoptosis in drug-resistant human melanoma cells (Chatterjee et al., 2011; see also Jeon et al., 2008 and Hu et al., 2003 for further reading on dandelion).

The Rose hip has a rich phytochemical profile shown to also support many different mechanisms in the human body. For example, the red berry of Rose hip is known for its antioxidant protection (Widen et al., 2012), supporting weight loss by a possible mechanism of decreasing abdominal visceral fat (Nagatomo et al., 2015). Andersson et al. (2011) examined the Rose hip antidiabetic effect, as well as the effect of Rose hip on risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in obese persons (Andersson et al., 2012). Rose hip is also found to support the liver (Nagatomo et al., 2013; Sadeghi et al., 2016), and offer relief from joint pain (Christensen et al., 2008; Willich et al., 2010; Winther et al., 2005).

For further study of the Rosa canina see Chrubasik et al. for a systemic review and clinical efficacy of the Rose hip (2008; 2006, respectively).

Dandelion is shown to have a great antioxidant activity (Hu et al., 2003), exhibiting diverse biological activities that promote energy, weight loss, and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome (Jedrejek et al., 2017; González-Castejón et al., 2012; Jeon et al., 2008). Ovadje et al. (2016) conclude that dandelion root extract effects colorectal cancer proliferation which may occur through the activation of ‘multiple death signalling pathways,’ and a selective induction of apoptosis and autophagy in human pancreatic cancer cells (2012; 2012a). Signstedt (2008) found similar results with extract of Taraxacum officinale on the growth and invasion of breast and prostate cancer cells, while Yang et al. (2015) demonstrated that Dandelion extract protects human skin fibroblasts from uvb damage.

For further study of the Taraxacum (Dandelion), see Schütz, Carle, & Schieber (2006) for a systemic review on its phytochemical and pharmacological profile.

Blueberries are rich with anthocyanins and a wide variety of phytochemicals that have been shown to effect neuro-generation (Albarracin et al., 2012). Studies are showing that a neuro-generative effect also occurs with Parkinson (Chao et al., 2012; Gao et al., 2012; Strathearn et al., 2014). Blueberries regenerate neuronal aging (Shukitt-Hale, 2012), and support memory (Krikorian et al., 2010). For more on nerve regeneration, see the Research tab of Blueberry Extract.

A daily consumption of blueberries is shown to support a lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness (Johnson et al., 2015), increase natural killer cell counts (McAnulty et al., 2014), down-regulate hepatic lipogentic program (Andersson et al., 2011), and impact insulin resistance and glucose intolerance (Stull, 2016). Zhan et al. (2016) discovered the importance of blueberries on the migration, invasion, proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Yang et al. has shown in 2001 the inhibition of carcinogenesis by dietary polyphenolic compounds.

These impressive findings support dietary supplementation with berries as a healthy approach to various Metabolic Syndrome concerns, including cancer (Vendrame et al., 2015; Seeram, N.P., 2008; Seeram et al., 2006, respectively).

The hormetic mechanism of phyto-nutrients is an exciting area of research. Scientists have discovered that small amounts of phytochemicals offer much more than nutrients. Phytochemicals offer a hormetic mechanism; a stimulation of many pathways in our body that prevents, repairs, or reverses aging and disease (Lee et al., 2014; Davinelli et al., 2012). The concept of hormesis is defined as an adoptive response of cells and organism to low dosages of phytochemicals. This adoptive response stimulates a beneficial effect in the body (Mattson, 2008, 2008a). Calabrese et al. conducted many studies on hormetic phytochemicals and vitagenes in aging and longevity, including the effect of antioxidants such as polyphenols on neuro-generation (2012, 2011, 2009). The vitagene network of genes involved in the process of repair and maintenance is thought of as the longevity assurance processes (Rattan, 2004, 1998).

Phyto Power as a dietary supplement offers a regular serving of several species of Blueberries, Rose hip, and Dandelion, including the leaves, stems, flower, and root.

See the Research tab for additional bibliography to further understand the research, findings, application and use of Blueberries, Rose hip, and Dandelion. Visit Resources on the tool bar to find helpful protocols (Library) and summaries (News).

*Double blind, crossover study: in a double blind study A study the participants and those in contract with them (assistants) are blind to the details of the study. A crossover is when at one point in the study the participants switch from taking an active substance (such as rose hip in the Andersson study) to a placebo or vice versa.


Adams, L.S., Phung, S. Yee, N., Sheeram, N.P., Li, L., & Chen, S. (2010). Blueberry phytochemicals inhibit growth and metastatic potential of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells through modulation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway. Cancer Res, 70(9), 3594-605. DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-3565

Albarracin, S.L., Stab, B., Casas, Z., Sutachan, J.J., Samudio, I., Gonzalez, J….Barreto, G.E. (2012). Effects of natural antioxidants in neurodegenerative disease. Nutr Neurosci, 15, 1–9. DOI:10.1179/1476830511Y.0000000028

Andersson, U., Berger, K., Hogberg, A., Landin-Olsson, M., & Holm, C. (2012). Effects of rose hip intake on risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over investigation in obese persons. Eur J Clin Nutr, 66, 585–590. DOI:10.1038/ejcn.2011.203

Andersson, U., Henriksson, E., Strom, K., Alenfall, J., Goransson, O., Holm, C. (2011). Rose hip exerts antidiabetic effects via a mechanism involving downregulation of the hepatic lipogenic program. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab, 300, E111–121. DOI:10.1152/ajpendo.00268.2010

Basu, A., &  Lyons,  T.J. (2012). Strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries in the metabolic syndrome: clinical perspectives. J Agric Food Chem, 60: 5687-92. DOI:10.1021/jf203488k

Bishayee, A., Haskell, Y., Do, C., Siveen, K.S., Mohandas, N., Sethi, & G., Stoner, G.D. (2016). Potential Benefits of Edible Berries in the Management of Aerodigestive and Gastrointestinal Tract Cancers: Preclinical and Clinical Evidence. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 56(10), 1753-75. DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2014.982243

Cagle, P., Idassi, O., Carpenter, J., Minor, R., Goktepe, I., & Martin, P. (2012). Effect of Rosehip (Rosa canina) extracts on human brain tumor cell proliferation and apoptosis. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 3(5), 13. . DOI:10.4236/jct.2012.35069

Calabrese, V., Cornelius, C., Dinkova-Kostova, A.T., Iavicoli, I., Di Paola, R., Koverech, A. … Calabrese, E.J. (2012). Cellular stress responses, hormetic phytochemicals and vitagenes in aging and longevity. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1822(5), 753-83. DOI:10.1016/j.bbadis.2011.11.002

Calabrese, V., Cornelius, C., Cuzzocrea, S., Iavicoli, I., Rizzarell,i E., Calabrese, E.J. (2011). Hormesis, cellular stress response and vitagenes as critical determinants in aging and longevity. Mol Aspects Med, 32(4-6):279-304. DOI:10.1016/j.mam.2011.10.007

Calabrese, V., Cornelius, C., Mancuso, C., Barone, E., Calafato, S., Bates, T., Rizzarelli, E., Kostova, A.T. (2009). Vitagenes, dietary antioxidants and neuroprotection in neurodegenerative diseases. Front Biosci, 14, 376-397. Abstract

Chao, J., Leung, Y., Wang, M., & Chang, R.C. (2012). Nutraceuticals and their preventive or potential therapeutic value in Parkinson’s disease. Nutr Rev, 70, 373–86. DOI:10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00484.x.

Chatterjee, S.J., Ovadje, P. Mousa, M., Hamm, C., & Pandey, S. (2011). The efficacy of dandelion root extract in inducing apoptosis in drug-resistant human melanoma cells. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 129045. DOI:10.1155/2011/129045

Choi, U.K., Lee, O.H., Yim, J.H., Ch,o C.W., Rhee, Y.K., Lim, S.I., & Kim, Y.C. (2010). Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Root and Leaf on Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits. Int Mol Sci, 11(1), 67-78. doi:10.3390/ijms11010067.

Christensen, R., Bartels, E.M., Altman, R.D., Astrup, A., Bliddal, H. (2008). Does the hip powder of Rosa canina (rosehip) reduce pain in osteoarthritis patients?–a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 16, 965–972. DOI:10.1016/j.joca.2008.03.001

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We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners.  There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.Green Facts:

Globe_Home 3Understanding the concept of hormesis and its relationship to plant phytonutrients opens the door to a whole new medical paradigm for reducing chronic oxidative stress.  Chronic oxidative stress increases cancer, metabolic and neurodegenerative disease risk.

See Callbrese et al. (2010) illuminating paper on this most important concept:

Cellular Stress Responses, The Hormesis Paradigm, and Vitagenes: Novel Targets for Therapeutic Intervention in Neurodegenerative Disorders.


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We are proud to have the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic qualify for the American Heart Association and the FDA “Heart Healthy” seal of approval: improving lipid serum levels.*

The special heat-shearing technology used to liberate the beta-glucans from the oat is patented (US Patent # 6,060,519), and considered by the FDA as a gluten free ingredient (99.98% gluten free).*

The food ingredients in the Beta Glucan formula are chosen carefully for their highest phytonutrient potential. The proprietary mix contains: Organic matrix USDA patented hydrocolloidal beta glucan oat bran (75%), organic whole red beetroot (15%), and organic inulin from chicory fiber (10%).  Advances in microbiome research and technology allow us to grow our hardy and viable pedigreed Original probiotic strains. Our high potency Original probiotics, along with the B-Glucans, Beetroot, and Inulin offer heart healthy properties, GI support with plant fibers and probiotics, weight-management, regularity, and a boost in energy.*

Oats and oat beta glucan have enjoyed a rich cultural historicity and extensive research on heart health  (Andersson & Hellstrand, 2012). From Shaper & Jones (1959) analysis of healthy dietary habits, to the Cornell China study in 1998, and the NIH report in 2015, dietary fibers, whole plant-based foods, and exercise are shown to be essential for a healthy heart. Oats and oat beta glucan are found to reduce serum LDL cholesterol (Ho et al., 2016; Zhu et al., 2015; Whitehead et al., 2014; Wolever et al., 2010), improve liver function (Chang et al., 2013), and promote bowel regularity (Clemens, 2012; Mobley et al., 2014).*

Red beetroot offer a rich source of phyto-nutrients, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets provide a source of dietary nitrate, shown in research to have important implication for heart health (Kapil et al., 2014). Beet’s nutrients are found to prevent oxidation of LDLs, lower triglycerides, and balance blood pressure (Clifford et al., 2015; Eggenbeen et al., 2016; Hobbs et al., 2013). As a multifunctional food, beets also stimulate Phase II liver detox (Vulić et al., 2014), as well as perform a host of other health benefits, including the production of energy for exercise (Murphy et al., 2012), promotion of joint health (Pietrzkowski et al., 2010), Antioxidant (Georgiev et al., 2010), and support for individuals who undergo oncological treatments (Kapadia et al., 2013, 2011; Das et al., 2013).*

The Beta Glucan formula is comprised of our Original probiotics proprietary blend: L. acidophilus, B. longum, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, S. thermophilus. Our Original strains of lactic acid bacteria are pedigreed and certified, based on ATCC prototypical strains and confirmed routinely by 16sRNA sequencing to provide highest quality probiotic material. Our strains are hardy, strong, and effective.*

The Original strains are mixed into a proprietary blend of 33 billion cfu/tbl, plus a bonus of 50 billion more probiotic organism added at the time of manufacturing to boost and ensure a high potency. If taken only as a probiotic formula, 1-2 teaspoons will provide a daily dosage of up to 25 billion cfu.

Probiotics are found in research to positively support heart health (Kassaian et al., 2017; Sáez-Lara et al., 2016; DiRienzo, 2014; Delzenne et al., 2011; Saini et al., 2010), with many researchers positing the connection between heart and gut health (Serino et al., 2014; Huang et al., 2013). The Beta Glucan was formulated to nourish both heart and gut into health.*

Inulin from organic chicory root supplies food for probiotic organisms. Probiotic organisms need soluble fiber like inulin to grow and multiply. See Slavin (2013) on fiber as prebiotics, and Dehghan et al. (2013) on inulin and cardiovascular support.*

Together with probiotic, inulin is also found in research to help tighten cell junctions, which is thought to aid against leaky gut syndrome (Cani et al., 2007, 2007a, 2008, 2009).*

The Beta Glucan formula is utilized for bowel regulation. Plant and oat fibers are shown to increase bowel regularity (Schmier et al., 2014).*

The Beta Glucan is multifunctional due to its oat beta glucans, red beetroot, inulin from chicory, and strong probiotic organism. Each ingredient is shown in research to offer heart healthy food, boost energy, and support the GI tract, liver and kidneys, promoting regularity and GI comfort.

Take a look at the references below to engage in learning more about the many health applications scientists have discovered over the years. These shows a fraction of the research findings on oat beta glucan, probiotics, red beetroot, and inulin.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information and citations of research are for informational purposes only. Please be sure to consult your health care provider before taking this or any other product.


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Article by Dohrea Bardell, PhD.

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