- Activates Immune function
- Stimulates White Blood Cell Activity
- Activate T-Lymphocytes, Macrophages, and Natural Killer Cells
- Possess antibacterial and antiviral activity
- Inhibits growth and spread of bacteria
- Reduces number of sick days with the Flu
- Reduces symptoms of the common cold and sinusitis
PHYTOBIOTIC™ is a unique herbal formula designed to enhance immune activity against a broad spectrum of viral, bacterial, and fungal organisms.
Can PHYTOBIOTIC™ Help Prevent the Flu?
The best way to prevent the flu is to keep your immune system strong. Remember that only 5-20% of Americans get the Flu, which means that 80-95% of Americans do NOT get the Flu every year. You can help your body do its job by keeping it well hydrated, eating healthy foods, avoiding sugary foods and getting lots of sleep. Avoid white flour and white sugar because as little as 100 grams of sugar can reduce your immune resistance by as much as 50% and last for 5 hours. Eat more immune boosting foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic and onions. Getting less than 7½ hours of sleep weakens your immune system too, so make sure you get plenty of sleep during the winter months.
Last year’s Flu Shot not effective
Last year’s Flu Vaccine did not protect against the viral strains that caused most of the flu cases. Additionally, the CDC reported that only 11% of the 95,000 suspected flu cases reported in the 2007-2008 flu season were actually caused by the flu. The other 89% were caused by the common cold virus.
What does Dr. Hansen Recommend?
Because you can’t always know what you’re fighting, Dr. Hansen recommends PHYTOBIOTIC™ to treat the symptoms of the Flu, colds, coughs, and sore throats.* This broad spectrum herbal anti-biotic is exceptionally effective.
PHYTOBIOTIC™ contains Echinacea, which has been shown to possess antiviral activity against several viruses including influenza; Andrographis, which has been shown in a double blind placebo controlled study to significantly reduce symptoms of the common cold and sinusitis, as well as time off work; Astragalus for its immune enhancing and anti-cancer properties; Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), which has been found to be effective against multiple strains of Influenza A and B viruses and works by blocking the release and spread of the influenza virus within the body, like the prescription drug Oseltamivir (Tamiflu); and Goldenseal, for its potent broad spectrum anti-bacterial activity. This formulation is phenomenal. My patients love it because it works. They keep plenty of PHYTOBIOTIC™ on hand for the whole family to take during the winter and when they have to fly on planes.
Clinically shown to work fast!
In a double blind clinical trial on patients infected with the influenza virus, 90% of the group taking Elderberry extract recovered completely from the fever, chills, body aches, and cough twice as fast as the group receiving the placebo (within 3 days rather than 7).
Key Herbs in PHYTOBIOTIC
Elderberry disarms viruses by binding to them and preventing them from getting into the body. Flavonoids found in the berries are thought to coat the virus and inhibit the action of an enzyme called neuraminidase that otherwise would break down the cell wall membrane and allow the virus to spread. Elderberry also enhances immunity by increasing the production of special white blood cells that fight viruses and acts as a potent antioxidant.
Sources: J Int Med Res. 2004 Mar-Apr;32(2):132-40.Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections; J Altern Complement Med.1995 Winter;1(4):361-9. Inhibition of several strains of influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of influenza B Panama.
Echinacea angustifolia (Purple Coneflower) is a perennial herb native to North America. American Indians used Echinacea more than any other herb for the treatment of various illnesses. They used the root internally and externally for everything from infections to snake bites. Echinacea contains polysaccharides that inhibit the enzyme Hyaluronidase, found in snake venom and secreted by viruses to break down the ground substance that holds body cells together, allowing snake venom and microorganisms to penetrate within the tissues where they can do their damage.
Echinacea also contains a wide array of other active immune stimulating components. Inulin activates part of the immune system known as the alternate complement pathway, which enhances the movement of white blood cells into the area to destroy bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Echinacea polysaccharides activate T-Lymphocytes, Macrophages, and Natural Killer Cells. Echinacea has been shown to possess antiviral activity against several viruses including influenza, Epstein-Barr virus & herpes virus and has been shown to prevent colds, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, Candida albicans and other infections.
Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus) is one of the most popular herbs in China. It has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to tonify the vital force of the body. Astragalus has been shown to increase Macrophage phagocytosis (the engulfing or “eating” of solid material, e.g. bacteria, allergens, and immune complexes) within six hours of treatment and last for more than 72 hours. It has also been shown to increase Interleukin-2 activity ten fold.
Astragalus extract stimulates T-Cells in healthy animals and restores immune function in cancer patients. It has been found to significantly improve the long-term survival rate in patients with cancer of the uterus and breasts treated by irradiation plus Astragalus extract. Clinical trials have also demonstrated a significantly increased survival rate in lung cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and Astragalus compared to those patients treated with chemotherapy alone.
Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract exhibits a broad spectrum of antibiotic activity. It has shown activity against bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, including Staphylococcus, Streptomyces, Chlamydia, Corynebacterium diptheria, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typlhi, Vibrio cholerae, Diplococcus pneumoniae, Pseudomonas, Shigella dysenteriae, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia, and Candida albicans. The berberine in Goldenseal appears to inhibit the adhesion of bacteria to host cells and prevent their growth. Berberine has been shown to be 3 times more effective at lowering fevers than aspirin in rats. However, aspirin suppresses the fever via inhibiting prostaglandins, while PHYTOBIOTIC™ berberine appears to lower fever by enhancing the immune system.
Andrographis paniculata is used in China as an official medicine for inflammation, colds, fevers, laryngitis and diarrhea. In a recent double blind placebo controlled study performed in Sweden, 85 mg taken three times daily for five days significantly reduced symptoms of the common cold and sinusitis, as well as time off work. Andrographolide has been found to be as effective as cisplatin (a conventional chemotherapeutic agent) against three prostate cancer cell line in invitro studies.
As a dietary supplement, take two capsules, two to three times daily, as needed, or as directed by your health care provider.
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* These structure/function claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease