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It could take the form of aching, stiff joints… or a nagging, sore back. It could also take the form of embarrassing gut trouble. That’s why any doctor will tell you that keeping the inflammatory process in balance is, perhaps, the most essential cornerstone of healthy aging.

Unfortunately, certain unavoidable factors—like stress, sleep loss or air pollution—may be sabotaging your best efforts at balancing your body’s normal inflammatory responses.1-4 The truth is, you need all the help you can get in this ongoing fight. And luckily, research shows that just a few key botanicals can offer you just that—delivering multi-pronged support for a long, healthy and pain-free life.

For example, research shows that ginger acts against a wide range of pro-inflammatory cytokines—including IL-1beta, IL-2, IL-12, TNF-alpha and interferon (IFN)-gamma.5 The flavonoid luteolin delivers similar benefits, with animal studies showing that oral supplementation inhibits TNF-alpha production and reduces swelling—while preparations of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) have been linked to as much as a 99 percent reduction of several inflammatory cytokines, including IL-1 beta and TNF-alpha.6-11

Holy basil leaf helps to suppress the production of the enzymes COX-2 and LOX-5—the latter is responsible for generating the leukotrienes linked to unhealthy cellular processes, as well as less than optimal lung, joint, skin and colon health. A special extract of bowellic acids (called 5-Loxin™) also is a powerful LOX-5 inhibitor.12-14 Meanwhile, the natural compounds tetrandrine and fangchinoline (both found in Stephania tetrandra) have been shown to suppress the activity of IL-6—one of the main causes of elevated C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, in the blood—by up to 86 percent.15

The green tea polyphenol EGCG is also well known to support a healthy immune system, which is why this powerful antioxidant is included with all the botanicals mentioned above as part of VRP’s all-natural daily formula, Advanced Inflammation Control.16

The right nutrients can also offer critical support for joint comfort. The amino acid DL-phenylalanine, for example, promotes joint comfort by blocking the breakdown of enkephalins, your body’s natural pain reducers—in fact, studies reveal as much as a 75 percent positive response rate to D,L-phenylalanine among those supplementing with it.17 Turmeric extract containing 95% cucuminoids, on the other hand, has been shown to modulate COX, LOX and iNOS; providing balanced function of each of these enzymes, which is important when supporting the body’s normal inflammatory responses.18-19

Clinical trials also show that Boswellia serrata supplementation delivers improvements in knee comfort, flexibility and walking distance—while the natural enzyme Nattokinase aids in breaking down fibrin deposits that can interfere with healthy circulation.20-21 You’ll find all of these beneficial nutraceuticals combined in VRP’s daily formula Back in Action™.

Finally, enzymes like serrapeptase, papain, bromelain, amylase and lipase offer a comprehensive, natural way to support the body’s normal inflammatory mechanisms, and deliver improvements in a number of measures—including swelling, normal clotting processes, circulation plus increasing nutrient and oxygen supply—to promote rapid and greater comfort.22 As part of the comprehensive enzyme blend, called UniZyme™, VRP has combined all of these proteolytic enzymes with the botanicals amla and rutin—which help to enhance connective tissue repair and renewal.23-26


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