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Aller-Leaf Liquid Phyto-Caps (Discontinued)
Promotes a healthy upper respiratory system*

60 Liquid-filled Capsules • 100% Vegetarian


Description of Formula

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND RESPIRATORY HEALTH

Most people realize that our very existence is shared with countless microbes of all sorts. Bacterium, viruses, and yeasts cover the surfaces of our world. We ingest these pathogens in our food and with our breath; they are everywhere. It stands to reason that our immune system is as active and complex as it is.*

The immune system is a multifaceted defense system that helps us co-exist with the natural order of pathogens. Our own well being depends on the function of the very complex immune response. White blood cells and polypeptides become active when the body recognizes an organism as foreign. The response involves ingesting and destroying (phagocytosis) foreign cells by white bloods cells and macrophages (specifically neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, and lymphocytes). In fact, it is the lymphatic fluid's delivery of these immune components that starts the inflammation associated with immune response. Lymph fluid also carries pro-inflammatory substances, such as interleukin, to the site of defense. In addition to all of this, mast cells and basophils release histamine, prostaglandins, and other pro-inflammatory substances, that help with the attack on unwanted pathogenic substances. This intricate and extremely effective defense system can be sluggish or it may become overactive or react to substances that are not necessarily pathogenic. Supporting the normal healthy function of immunity proves critical in order to maintain overall health and vitality.*

Plants have a unique ability to support and normalize function of the body. For the immune system, this is invaluable. Because it is so complex and is a delicate balance of many factors responding together, the complex nature of plants proves ideal. Botanicals can act amphoterically (according to what is needed). The result is an overall tonic effect that supports a healthy functioning immune system. This support is especially valuable for the respiratory system, which is subject to many environmental stresses such as pollen, dust, and growing toxic exposure. Immune support can go a long way in encouraging proper response to environmental stresses and pathogenic exposure. Aller-Leaf's component herbs help support immunologic balance. The herbs in Aller-Leaf also help to tonify the mucosal tissues and maintain normal respiratory function. Some of the plants support digestion and liver function. This is important as digestion and the liver directly support overall elimination of toxins. The lungs are also involved in the elimination of toxins, and benefit indirectly from the promotion of waste removal in other systems.*

Nettle leaf has been used since ancient times. The Greek physicians Dioscorides and Galen used Nettle leaf to support respiratory, urinary and reproductive health. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Eclectic physicians used this highly nutritious herb as an astringent and digestive aid and to support healthy skin. Although several studies have investigated the effects of Nettle and its constituents, the mechanism of action of Nettle leaf is still unknown. In vitro and ex vivo studies indicate that Nettle leaf extract inhibits prostaglandin and leukotriene synthesis and suppresses cytokine production. These substances are yet other inflammatory responses of the immune system; Nettle appears to help keep them within a healthy range.*

Turmeric root is a native to South East Asia and India, where it has long been consumed as a food and coloring agent. Historical use centered on its digestive properties. Turmeric contains a variety of curcuminoids, particularly curcumin. These are believed to account for the powerful antioxidant effects of Turmeric. The antioxidant effect generates a supportive effect to the liver. A properly functioning liver supports the immune system by breaking down immune complexes carrying ingested pathogens. Curcumin is shown to exhibit numerous effects on the inflammatory immune response, including a normalization of leukotriene formation and neutrophil response. It also appears to encourage the availability of natural cortisols, the body's own antiinflammatory hormones. These profound actions combine to help normalize the immune response and make it ideally suited to support a healthy respiratory system despite exposure to environmental stresses.*

Chinese Skullcap root was and is extensively used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its application covers a broad range of uses, including support to respiratory health. It has drawn extensive research interest, suggesting numerous mechanisms for normalizing the immune inflammatory response. These immuno-modulating properties appear to result from activity effecting prostaglandin and neutrophil responses. Like Turmeric, Chinese Skullcap also possesses powerful anti-oxidant activity.*

Eyebright herb is a traditional European herb used almost exclusively as support for healthy eyes. It is also observed to support the strength and function of respiratory mucous membranes. Its role here relates to its tannins, astringent constituents that bind proteins. This may explain its ability to help promote normal mucous production and healthy mucous membrane tissue. Eyebright has a strong affinity with upper respiratory tissue.*

Goldenseal root is a native American remedy for helping maintain normal respiratory mucosal function. Like Eyebright, Goldenseal contains tannins and other constituents that make it a tonic to mucous membrane tissue. The astringent tannins help normalize mucous membrane function, resulting in a reduction of mucous production and healthier tissue. Goldenseal additionally contains bitter glycosides that support healthy digestion. To round out the benefits, Goldenseal contains berberine and other alkaloids that are shown to activate macrophages and increase blood flow to the spleen (a storage site for lymphatic fluid). Thus, it is able to further support the overall goal of better immune function.*

Bayberry bark also contains tannins and has an astringent action. It is a traditional remedy for the upper respiratory tract.*

Yarrow flowers are traditionally considered astringent with an affinity for supporting the respiratory mucosa. Its constituents have recently shown evidence to interfere with production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and thromboxanes via 5lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase. While this is preliminary and in vitro observation, the long traditional use of Yarrow to support general respiratory health is a valid cause for adding Yarrow to this formula.*

Feverfew tops have a long history of use in supporting joint health and addressing temporary stress that manifests as headache. Extensive study has shown that Feverfew acts on immune cells to normalize their signals to other cells. This includes blocking release of precursors to prostaglandin production, inhibiting production of inflammation-promoting prostaglandins, and interfering with serotonin's proinflammatory effects. Feverlew also seems to prevent platelets from releasing chemical messengers that provoke inflammation. These actions may be particularly important for maintaining the normal structure and function of blood vessels in the brain, as well as for supporting a normalized immune response to stress.*

Note: The intention of this information is to represent the traditional use of the individual botanicals found in these formulas and to inform the reader of any evolving scientific inquiry relevant to the formula's ingredients.

Supplement Facts
Daily Serving Size: 2 capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Calories Per Serving: 20

Total Alcohol Free Extracts (per 2 caps)   552 mg
Validated Full Spectrum Profile
Turmeric root (Curcuma longa)   132 mg
   providing 15 mg curcumins
Proprietary Synergistic Extract Blend   420 mg
Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica)
Bayberry bark (Myrica cerifera)
Feverfew tops (Tanacetum parthenium)
Eyebright herb (Euphrasia officinalis)
Chinese Skullcap root (Scutellaria baicalensis)
Goldenseal rhizome (Hydrastis canadensis)
Yarrow flower (Achillea millefolium)
Other ingredients: Vegetable glycerin, vegetable cellulose (capsule)

Total Dry Herb Equivalency
2,700 mg

Suggested Use
Take 2 capsule 2-3 times daily between meals.
Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult with your doctor before using this product. Keep away from children. Use only as directed on label. Safety sealed for your protection. Keep bottle capped at all times and store in a cool, dry place. Natural separation may occur. This does not affect product quality.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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