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NUTRITIONAL APPROACHES SUPPORT THE BODY AGAINST VIRUSES

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD virus nutritional approaches

Fred Liers PhD virus nutritional approaches

“Flu season” is here. It’s hard to escape it—as evidenced by sick friends and coworkers—and maybe yourself or family members. Not to mention exhortations to get flu shots in the media and elsewhere.

Flu indeed dominates health news during the winter. This year it coincides with massive media coverage on the Ebola virus.

Are flu shots worth taking to protect against viral illness? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits the flu shot may not be effective this year.

In fact, the flu vaccine may offer offer little protection. There are simply too many influenza strains to cover. This year’s vaccine was in production when CDC realized the vaccine does not include the most virulent strain of the season.

What about protection against other viruses? There are thousands. Yet, there are many things you can do to ensure your body can defend itself.

From a perspective of natural healing, the best—and perhaps only—thing to do to combat viruses is establish good health and strong immunity, and then maintain them.

More specifically, natural nutritional approaches supporting the body against viruses include:

1) Establish solid foundational nutrition and optimal nutrients intake though diet and nutritional supplements

2) Build immunity by natural means, including specific immune-enhancing formulas.

3) Take appropriate natural antimicrobial (e.g., antiviral) supplements, including certain herbs, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients.

The list of approaches is not comprehensive. There exist other natural means supporting the body against viruses that are not specifically nutritional. For example, infrared saunas, hydrotherapy, and various forms of exercise support strong immunity and optimal health in the body. Many approaches are discussed in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program (see below) other than nutrition.

The Rejuvenation Program addresses various health-building practices, including preventing toxicity and detoxification (including related products like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula and Hepa Plus) that can powerfully support good health. However, this article primarily focuses on nutritional approaches supporting the body defending itself against viruses.

ESTABLISH POWERFUL NUTRITION SUPPORTING THE BODY AGAINST VIRUSES

Establishing and maintaining good nutrition is perhaps the highest priority item when seeking to build optimal health. The kind of health necessary to keep the body and its immune system strong when exposed to viruses.

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Hot herbal tea blends with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and lemon are helpful for winter flu and coughs.

THE HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

HPDI offers ideas and suggestions for establishing and maintaining good health and strong immunity that can help you fight viruses.

Many of the ideas and programs are found in detail in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. (You will hear a lot about that in this article.)

First and foremost, we believe health begins with diet and nutrition, including Foundational Supplements. This is the first part of the Rejuvenation Program.

HEALTHY DIET: WHOLE FOODS & SUPERFOODS

This article will not address diet in detail. However, the HPDI Rejuvenation Program generally emphasizes a balanced, varied diet, consisting of whole, high-density foods, including many vegetables and other plant foods. It favors organically grown and pesticide- and chemical-free foods. A certain level of raw foods is desirable.

The Rejuvenation Program is not prescriptive about what any given individual should eat. Individuals have different dietary needs depending on many factors, including age, level of exercise, blood type, metabolic type, food sensitivities, etc.

Certainly it is best to avoid consuming processed foods, refined foods, as well as high-sugar and other nutritionally depleted foods. In addition, the foods produced by industrial agriculture (i.e., foods containing synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified (GMO) foods are best avoided. In addition, ingredients like artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, as well as deleterious additives, fillers, excipients and other non-nutrients or anti-nutrients.

Important dietary recommendations in the Rejuvenation Program include consuming fresh vegetable juices and smoothies, high-density foods (like chia seeds), and relatively high levels of dietary nucleic acids (like those found in Rejuvenate! superfoods).

In summary, the HPDI Rejuvenation Program recommends:

– A Balanced Diet

– Organic and Wild-Crafted, Nutrient-Dense Whole Foods

– Fresh Juices & Smoothies made with Organic Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

– Dietary Nucleic Acids (RNA, DNA) from natural sources like chlorella

– Superfoods, especially Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (high-RNA formulas)

– Sufficient Dietary Fiber (also see Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula)

– Alkaline-Forming Diet (high in plant-based foods)

– Eating Right For Your Blood Type (O, A, B, or AB)

– Appropriate routines for individuals, including exercise, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, as well as relaxation/meditation/biofeedback.

IMPORTANCE OF FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

What distinguishes HPDI’s Rejuvenation Program from other health and wellness programs,  supplement systems, diets, or detoxification protocols is its emphasis on a complete system of nutritional supplements and a comprehensive approach to supporting optimal health and well-being.

MAJORITY OF PEOPLE NUTRITIONALLY DEFICIENT

Many people take a daily multivitamin or essential fats, for example. Yet, the fact remains most people do not obtain all the nutrition they require either from foods or from supplements. One reason is that many people do not know which supplements or group of supplements they should take that constitutes a complete nutritional supplement program. Or they may not know the deficiencies from which they suffer.

The majority of people are deficient in magnesium, iodine, vitamin D, Vitamin E, B vitamins, nucleic acids, and other critical nutrients. Only a minority of individuals realize they are deficient, and even fewer take advantage of the availability of supplements to correct deficiencies, including those related to diet and nutrition.

HPDI system of Foundational Supplements rests on four pillars: 1) Multivitamins, 2) Antioxidant/Vitamin C formulas, 3) Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) formulas, and 4) Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (providing therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids, which Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserts are nutrients essential for health).

HPDI offers multiple products in each category, all designed to provide high levels of essential nutrients. Among multivitamins, HPDI offers the Mighty Multi-Vite™ as a premier formula, but also offers products like Multi Two Tabs (which more economically provide similar levels of nutrients).

Likewise, HPDI offers Ultimate Protector and PRO-C™ as our premium antioxidant & Vitamin C formulas. Yet, we also offer Buffered-C (tablets) and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) capsules that offer economy and potency.

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HPDI Foundational Supplements are multivitamins, antioxidants/Vitamin C, essential fats, and Rejuvenate! superfoods.

Dietary nucleic acids are considered by many to be essential nutrients for health. HPDI currently offers three versions: Rejuvenate! PLUS, Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). Rejuvenate! superfoods are discussed in greater detail in Part Three and Part Four of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. (Note: Rejuvenate! PRO and Rejuvenate! Strawberry–Peach Protein Plus are not currently available.)

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Rejuvenate! superfoods vary in taste and ingredients, but all offer high levels of dietary nucleic acids.

These four types of foundational supplements provide a base for good health by giving the body the nutrients both required for establishing basic health and for supporting optimal health beyond a good diet. That is, they help ensure complete nutrient intake regardless of the type of diet a person consumes.

It is known that established government standards for nutrient intake are minimal at best (i.e., not optimal for human health). In addition, the principle of biochemical individuality shows that different persons require somewhat different levels of various nutrients. HPDI formulas are designed to offer maximal levels of essential nutrients safely and effectively. The intention behind the formulation of HPDI Foundational Supplements is supporting the optimal health of the invididual.

When individuals consumes the four basic foundational supplements, they gain a greater chance of meeting their unique nutritional needs. They also thereby provide the nutrients their body requires not only to sustain itself and create health, but also to defend itself by supporting optimal cell defense and immunity.

Learn more about the HPDI system of Foundational Supplements (http://www.integratedhealth.com/foundational-supplements/foundational-supplements.html).

BUILD STRONG IMMUNITY (AGAINST VIRUSES)

Building powerful immunity depends substantially on how well the body is nourished. That is, how completely the body receives the nutrition required to support its general good health and enable it to defend itself . But that is not all.

When it comes to defending the body against viruses, two specific types of formulas can play important roles beyond diet and foundational supplements. These are 1) immunity building formulas that include specific substances/nutrients known to support a robust immune system and 2) Formulas that include nutrients/herbs/substances acting as antivirals and antimicrobials in the body.

Many specific immune-building formulas/nutrients, as well as formulas acting as antivirals are included among HPDI’s Enhancement Formulas. These formulas include Immune-Assist™ (medicinal mushrooms), olive leaf extract, Cordyceps, Vitamin D3 Plus, Nascent Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, silver (SilverBiotics Polyvalent silver), and magnesium formulas. Some of these formulas are described in detail in Part Five of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program, as well as below.

Other immune-building foods/herbs and antiviral substances like echinacea and garlic are also part of the Rejuvenation Program. For example, echinacea is considered in Part Five, and garlic is discussed in Part Six as its own supporting protocol. Other supporting protocols include hydrotherapy and sauna therapy. Thus, most of HPDI’s immune-building and antiviral type formulas fall into either the category of Enhancement Formulas or Supporting Protocols. In a few cases, certain supplement formulas or recommended foods/herbs both build immunity and act directly as antivirals (e.g., garlic).

Note: there are other important nutrients like glutathione, quercetin, and certain liposomal forms of nutrients (e.g., vitamin C) that we won’t go cover in this article, but that can be useful for immunity against viruses. While this article is not intended to be comprehensive, our goal nevertheless is to provide resources that can help anyone seeking optimal health.

IMMUNE-BUILDING FORMULAS

As mentioned, immune-building formulas in the HPDI system usually fall into the category of Enhancement Formulas. Enhancement Formulas are the “next-level” of defense built upon the Foundational Supplements.

That is, after individuals have established high nutrient intake using foundational supplements, we typically recommend Enhancement Formulas next because of their unique capacities to support and build health.

While not all Enhancement Formulas specifically build immunity, most of them support health in ways that strengthen immunity. (Note: Another category of HPDI supplements is Specific Condition Formulas designed to address a specific problem or issue.)

While there are various immune-building formulas in the HPDI system, we focus on a select few in this article.

SELECTED ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

IMMUNE-ASSIST™

Medicinal mushroom are proven immune boosters. When various species are combined in a single formula, the product provides the benefits of each type of mushroom. HPDI offers several medicinal mushroom formulas, including Immune-Assist™.

Immune-Assist™ contains a combination of more than 200 different polysaccharides, derived from the enzymatic breakdown of complex organic plant material from six different species of medicinal mushrooms. These include Agaricus blazeiCordyceps sinensis hybrid, Lentinula edodes (shiitake), Grifola frondosa (maitake), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), and Coriolus versicolor. Immune-Assist™ contains 500 mg per vegetarian capsule and is made in America using only USDA-certified organic materials.

Immune-Assist™ is similar to other mushroom-based polysaccharides in that it is formulated through an enzymatically activated process whereby complex cross-linked polysaccharides from vegetable sources are converted to biologically active immunomodulators composed of simpler sugars (such as arabinose and xylose). However, Immune-Assist™ offers significant advantages.

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Immune-Assist includes Maitake, Cordyceps, Agaricus, Lenticula edodes, Coriolus versicolor, and Ganoderma lucidum.

While Immune-Assist™ contains simple polysaccharides, it also contains more complex polysaccharides, including cross-linked beta mannans and beta-glucans, and hetero-polysaccharides which combine both alpha-bound and beta-bound monosaccharides in the same molecule. These complex polysaccharide compounds are not found in earlier-generation, bran-based supplements like AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound). This is the reason Immune-Assist™ shows such a greater range of immuno-modulation bioactivity than AHCC and other bran-based supplements.

Immune-Assist™ contains not only arabinoxylane, but also lentinan, grifolan (Dr. Nanba’s original Maitake D-Fraction), PSK and PSP, and active hemicellulose correlated compound (AHCC). There is about three times more arabinoxylane per dose of Immune-Assist™ than there is in MGN3, and four times more AHCC than in the ImmPower brand of AHCC.

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Immune-Assist™ Daily Formula

Immune-Assist™ truly is a new and unique immune-boosting supplement. It has been tested in a number of different clinical trials. The results of one clinical trial indicate that mixed polysaccharides of medicinal mushrooms protect the hematopoietic (i.e., blood formation) function of bone marrow, induce the action of the digestive tract, boost the immunity of the cells, and increase the activity of the NK cells, LAK cells, and the ratio of Th to Ts cells.

Learn more about Immune-Assist™ (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/immune-assist-daily-formula.html)

Another useful mushroom that is contained in Immune-Assist™, but which is effective on its own or used in conjunction with other immune-supporting substances is Cordyceps sinensis. HPDI carries Pure Cordyceps Capsules that can be used to support powerful immunity and provide a wide range of other benefits.

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

About a year ago, Fred wrote an extensive blog article title “Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder” in which he described many benefits of olive leaf extract (including its antiviral effects), as well as some of my personal experience with this formula. Check out that article for an extensive discussion of the benefits of olive leaf extract.

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Olive leaf extract exhibits antimicrobial activity.

HPDI’s Olive Leaf Extract formula contains 500 mg of the highest-quality patented olive leaf extract in a vegetarian capsule. This unique patented olive leaf extract is not inactivated by a blood protein due to its precise molecular rotation.

Olive leaf extract has a long history of strengthing health when microorganisms may be present. In recent years, a drug company discovered that in vitro (test tube) an extract from olive leaf (calcium elenolate) was effective in helping to control a very broad range of organisms.

The problem with using it in the body was that once in the blood, a protein combined with it and caused it to be inactivated. An American company in 1995 found that if the active molecule in olive leaf extract was rotated around a specific axis by a precise amount, the blood protein no longer inactivated it.

Olive leaf extract products without this unique molecular rotation are minimally effective in the body because they are inactivated by a blood protein after a short period of time (approximately 15 minutes).

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HPDI’s Olive Leaf Extract provides molecular rotation for maximal effectiveness.

Many people report higher energy levels when using olive leaf extract. It has been shown to be extremely safe and non-toxic (even in large doses). See Olive Leaf Extract by Dr. Morton Walker for further information on its effectiveness and full range of applications.

Learn more about Olive Leaf Extract (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/olivex.html)

Read Fred’s blog article Olive Leaf Extract: Antimicrobial Health Builder (http://www.integratedhealthblog.com/olive-leaf-extract-antimicrobial/)

VITAMIN D3 PLUS

Every week it seems, new studies report more information on the importance of Vitamin D for health. Among its many benefits: immunity boosting effects. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the incidence of seasonal flu, for example. (See Vitamin D Abstracts in the resources section below.)

But it does so much more. That’s why we include it as an HPDI Enhancement Formula and have designed our own product that includes vitamins A and K2 (as MK-7) known to improve utilization of vitamin D in the body.

Vitamin D3 Plus is an advanced Vitamin D formula providing high-dose Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the natural form of Vitamin D produced in the body from sunlight and is the form best used for therapeutic purposes.

One softgel capsule of Vitamin D3 Plus provides 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 derived from highly purified and molecularly distilled fish liver oils. In addition, the product contains 1,000 IU of Vitamin A also derived from highly purified and molecularly distilled fish liver oils and 10 mcg of Vitamin K2 from menaquinone-7.

Vitamin D3 Plus includes synergistic nutrients known to enhance absorption and use of Vitamin D3 in the body. These nutrients include Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) (10 mcg), which which works together with Vitamin D to help boost bone density, improve cardiovascular health, and boost immunity.

Vitamin D3 Plus also provides 1,000 IU of Vitamin A, a nutrient known to work powerfully with Vitamin D to help create optimal health. As dosages of Vitamin D increase, ideally your dosage of Vitamin A also will increase, and vice versa. The formula also includes natural Vitamin E as an antioxidant.

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Vitamin D3 Plus includes vitamins A and K2 (as MK-7).

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin increasingly known as a nutrient essential for health and well-being. Recent studies show that almost all body systems benefit from adequate Vitamin D intake/production. Therefore, it is important that the body receive optimal amounts in order to build the best health.

In fact, recent studies indicate that 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 is an ideal amount for daily intake. What is notable about this amount is that the body does not gain the full benefits from Vitamin D until it reaches this “threshold” level of 5,000 IU While the body stores Vitamin D, it must first be given an adequate supply.

Vitamin D deficiency currently is a worldwide epidemic with more than one billion people at risk for diseases associated with low Vitamin D status. Vitamin D is proven safe and effective for a wide range of health conditions (see above and below). There are various reasons for this epidemic, including a significant portion of the world’s population living in northerly latitudes (where sunlight is inadequate during many months of the year), sun avoidance, time spent indoors, etc.

Vitamin D3 Plus provides only the Vitamin D3 form of Vitamin D. We avoid the use of Vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 has greater potential for toxicity, poorer absorption, and reduced effectiveness.

Learn more about Vitamin D3 Plus (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/vitamin-d3.html)

NASCENT IODINE

Nascent Iodine is the ideal form of iodine, rapidly absorbed and used by the body when taken as a nutritional supplement. Iodine is associated with a wide range of benefits, not limited to supporting thyroid function and regulating metabolism, boosting energy levels (when iodine is deficient), supporting and maintaining detoxification systems and processes, supporting immune system function, fighting infections (natural antiseptic), and many other healthy benefits. Because of its antiseptic properties, it also can be used effectively to purify water for drinking. One drop provides 400 micrograms of Nascent Iodine in a base of certified Biodynamic® grape alcohol.

Biochemically, Nascent Iodine  is consumable iodine in an atomic form rather than a molecular form. It is highly bioavailable as a pure atomic iodine supplement in an energized state. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whence it gradually loses energy over a 2–3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is used by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body. As noted, this particular form of iodine is unique and well known to offer beneficial effects unlike any other form of iodine.

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Nascent Iodine supports immunity, thyroid health, and provides many other benefits.

Partly due to the fact that iodine supports (and is required for) thyroid function, the uptake of adequate amounts of iodine helps the body produce substantial levels of energy for metabolic processes. It is notable that twenty-five percent of the iodide ions found in the human body are found in the thyroid gland.

It is estimated that more than 90% of Americans suffer from a deficiency of iodine. There are many causes for widespread deficiency among the population. Some significant factors include diets lacking in ocean fish or sea vegetables (e.g., seaweeds), high intake of bromine (which is added to commercial breads and baked goods), and vegetarian or vegan diets (see more below), all of which may contribute to lower than optimal levels of iodine.

Moreover, it is known that toxic halides, including chlorine, fluorine (e.g., fluoride in toothpaste), and bromine (e.g., in breads) compete for uptake with iodine in the body, thereby contributing to iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency can lead to the development of many adverse health conditions (and a wide variety of symptoms) because the entire body (i.e., all organ systems) depends upon iodine for the critical roles it plays energy production, healthy metabolism, and overall support of health.

The importance of iodine to the biological function of the body traditionally focused on the role of iodine in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones, and the regulation of metabolism.

However, as the understanding of this nutrient progresses, we have come to understand that the roles of iodine in the body far surpass those roles it has been believed to fulfill. Iodine is not only necessary for overall health, but also is a crucial component of detoxification processes critical for sustaining life and health.

Learn more about Nascent Iodine (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/nascent-iodine.html)

POLYVALENT SILVER

Colloidal silver is a proven antimicrobial. It is highly effective against a broad range of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. It can help you combat these microbes.

HPDI offers a Silver Biotics® product made using a patented method to produce nano-silver particles suspended in a medium of highly purified water. The Silver Biotics® particles have been defined as a metallic nano-silver particle with a thin coating of polyvalent silver oxide.

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Polyvalent silver supports and maintains health naturally.

The patented production method supercharges the silver particles using 10,000 volts AC, whereas other colloidal silver solutions are typically only charged with 100 volts DC. This supercharging results in 2 electrons being removed from the outer shell of the silver atom giving it a +2 ionic charge compared to a +1 ionic charge for other colloidal silvers.

Because the ionic charge is one of the primary mechanisms by which silver particles work, the Silver Biotics® particles are significantly more effective than conventionally produced colloidal silver.

The patented production method used in creating Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver produces a unique electron configuration that gives the silver particles the catalytic ability to recharge and regenerate themselves over and over again. This gives each silver particle in the Silver Biotics® solution the ability to be used multiple times as opposed to the one time use of the particles produced by most other colloidal silvers.

Research also shows that conventionally produced colloidal silvers have a bioavailability of 15–65%, whereas the Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver has a bioavailability of over 99%. The ability of the Silver Biotics® polyvalent silver particles to be used multiple times along with the high bioavailability means that the Silver Biotics® is significantly more effective than other colloidal silver products even at the lower concentration of 10 ppm.

The silver particle size range in Silver Biotics® is between 0.005 and 0.015 microns. The particles are suspended in a solution of double distilled water. Our manufacturer has chosen a safe FDA approved plastic container for the Silver Biotics®. Research studies have shown that glass containers cause the polyvalent silver particles to plate out or precipitate from solution and reduce the product’s effectiveness by about 50%.

Tests performed at multiple research laboratories have shown that Silver Biotics® is highly effective against a broad range of bacteria, fungi (including Candida albicans), and viruses. Because Silver Biotics® does not target specific mechanisms, receptor sites, or metabolic processes, it is unlikely that mutations of the microbes will produce resistant strains (as antibiotics often do)!

In addition to its antimicrobial properties, Silver Biotics® has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, there is powerful evidence that Silver Biotics® improves the state of the body’s immune system.

Silver Biotics® can be applied topically or taken internally. Also, it can be used as a topical disinfectant. Studies have demonstrated that it is highly non-toxic, even at high levels of ingestion (5g/kg of body weight). Furthermore, research studies by major research groups have shown that Silver Biotics® solutions are not cyto-toxic and do not kill friendly probiotic bacteria.

Learn more about Silver Biotics® Polyvalent Silver (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/silver-biotics-polyvalent-silver.html)

MAGNESIUM, ESPECIALLY MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE (MgCl2)

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for health. It offers so many benefits that it would be difficult describe them briefly. However, suffice it to say that magnesium supports immunity, energy (ATP) production, vascular health, and total body wellness. Yet, nearly everyone (greater than 90% of Americans) is deficient.

HPDI offers several types of magnesium supplements. We offer a full range of Ancient Minerals topical magnesium chloride products, including magnesium oil, as well as flakes and gel. We also offer Myo-Mag, a unique combination of magnesium, malic acid, and synergistic nutrients.

Topically applied magnesium chloride formulas are among the most effective at rapidly elevating magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium provides significant health benefits to the body, including immune-boosting effects.

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Magnesium-rich water provides the body with rapidly assimilable magnesium.

Magnesium is necessary for the production of energy (ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate) in the body. When the body receives adequate amounts of magnesium, it can produce the levels of energy required to sustain the body and enable it to thrive. It is precisely because energy (as ATP) is required for the health of human organism that the critical role magnesium plays in energy production is gaining increased recognition by individuals interested in nutrition and natural health. All organ systems depend on energy. A mineral nutrient (i.e., magnesium) that can increase cellular energy thereby has the capacity to improve the health of the entire human body (i.e., all organ systems) via providing the energy for sustaining them all.

Magnesium is critical for cell metabolism. It helps to transport other minerals across cell membranes and affects cell mechanisms controlling muscle and nerve cell activity.

Magnesium specifically is important for the metabolism of many biologically active nutrients and substances, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sodium, lead, cadmium, hydrochloric acid (HCl), acetylcholine, and nitric oxide (NO). It is required for more than 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes, cellular homeostasis, and activation of the B vitamin thiamin. It mediates the functions of the nervous and endocrine systems, supports proper muscle and nerve function, stabilizes heart rhythm, helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and supports normal blood pressure. As noted, magnesium is important in energy metabolism and the synthesis of proteins. The majority of magnesium within the nucleus of cells is closely connected with nucleic acids and mononucleotides. In fact, magnesium helps to maintain the structural integrity of DNA.

Unlike any other form of magnesium, magnesium chloride is a known infection fighter. As early as 1915, the French surgeon, professor of clinical surgery, and French Academy of Sciences member Dr. Pierre Delbet (1861–1957) used magnesium chloride solution to cleanse wounds in soldiers injured during the First World War. He had searched for an antiseptic that could disinfect wounds, but would not damage tissue (and thereby encourage mortification) as did other antiseptics then available. He reported that magnesium chloride was superior to traditional antiseptics not only in its effectiveness in treating wounds, but also because it did not harm body tissues.

Dr. Delbet discovered that magnesium chloride solution increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis (i.e., the destruction of pathogenic microbes) when applied externally (i.e., used transdermally). He performed numerousin vitro and in vivo studies using magnesium chloride solution. These experiments led to his discovery that magnesium chloride was a potent immune stimulant whether applied externally (i.e., transdermal application), injected intravenously, or taken by mouth (i.e., consumed orally). He termed this immunity boosting effect “cytophilaxis” (a cytophylactic is a substance that protects cells and encourages their healthy growth). In this regard, he observed increased phagocytosis (the engulfing of pathogens by white blood cells) by up to 300 percent. That is, white blood cells were three times more effective at destroying microbes than before administration of magnesium chloride.

The pioneering efforts of Dr. Delbet were followed in the 1940s by fellow French physician Dr. A. Neveu. Dr. Neveu confirmed the immuno-stimulant effects of magnesium chloride, and he successfully tested magnesium therapy for wide range of conditions. These conditions included colds and flu, throat infections of the tonsils and pharnyx, lung and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal inflammation (stomach flu), skin infections, septic wounds, and many common childhood conditions. More recently, other physicians such as Dr. Raul Vergini in Italy have confirmed the results reported earlier by Dr. Delbet and Dr. Neveu. Dr. Vergini reports excellent results using small quantities of orally administered magnesium chloride solution (2.5 percent magnesium chloride) both for proven applications developed by Dr. Delbert and Dr. Neveu, and for a broad range of other health conditions.

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Magnesium oil provides an ideal means to increase magnesium levels in the body.

Additional benefits of magnesium oil include greater energy, more relaxed muscles (and stronger connective tissues), better sleep, improved mental function, headaches reduced (or eliminated), arterial health, better reproductive function, and better hormonal balance for men and women (and reduced PMS). In addition, magnesium maintains the flexibility of cell membranes for improved intercellular communication, greater uptake of bioactive substances (e.g., micronutrients, neurotransmitters, and hormones), and detoxification of toxins and metabolic waste products. Magnesium oil also acts as an effective full body tonic. Dr. Sircus asserts that transdermal magnesium therapy is among the very best ways to improve human health.

Learn more about topically applied Ancient Minerals magnesium chloride (http://www.integratedhealth.com/hpdspec/magnesium-oil.html)

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Myo-Mag synergistic magnesium and malic acid formula.

Other useful minerals for supporting immunity include selenium and zinc. HPDI offers Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) and Double Zinc Plus to cover your needs for these important minerals.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a Foundational Supplement in the HPDI supplement system. That is, we consider it more fundamental than an Enhancement Formula, and so ideally everyone takes Vitamin C daily as part of a set of foundational supplements. I’m discussing it here because it plays a significant roles as immune-booster, and because the body may benefit from additional amounts of Vitamin C as a means of supporting health when fighting viral infection.

If you’re not already taking Vitamin C as part of your daily basic (i.e., foundational) supplements, then be sure either to add it to your supplement regimen or at least increase your intake during times you’re likely to be exposed to viruses.

Never forget the power of Vitamin C to benefit health, including support for strong immunity. Nobel prizewinner Dr. Linus Pauling documented the manifold benefits of this essential nutrient. If you read his research (in his books like How to Live Longer and Feel Better), you will see there is good reason why Vitamin C is classified a “vitamin” because without it we cannot survive.

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Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits, peppers, and certain berries.

Dr. Pauling extolled the efficacy of Vitamin C in his many books, including How to Live Longer and Feel Better. We highly recommend this highly accessible work (even it that’s the only one you read) as he wrote it for a general audience. Or peruse his landmark Vitamin C and the Common Cold for additional perspective.

We include Vitamin C in our HPDI Foundational Supplement system precisely because of its critical role for basic health, healing, and wellness. HPDI offers a range of Vitamin C products.

These formulas include our premier PRO-C™ super antioxidant formula and Ultimate Protector Nrf2 antioxidant formula. We also offer Buffered C tablets and powder, as well as ascorbic acid capsules.

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Ultimate Protector Nrf2 activator formula provides vitamin C, antioxidants, and Nrf2 activators.

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS

The HPDI Rejuvenation Program includes various other means for supporting the body, including the immune system, against viruses and for good health generally.

As noted, one of the Supporting Protocols is the Garlic Program. Yet, other subprograms discussed include hydrotherapy and saunas, massage, acupuncture, and yoga.

We include these because building strong immunity almost always involves more than just diet, nutritional supplements, and a positive outlook. Incorporating various forms of exercise, relaxation, mindfulness and meditation, and traditional healing arts are proven means to support good health. And help to support immunity in ways that can help fight the viruses and other microbes that take advantage of weak immunity and undermine our health.

CONCLUSION

There are many things individuals can do to support powerful immunity that can help protect the body against viruses. In fact, there are many additional nutrients we haven’t discussed here. Suffice it to say that there are many natural nutrients, herbs, and other substances that can effectively support immunity and wellness in the face of exposure to viruses.

SOURCES & RESOURCES

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

HPDI Foundational Supplements

Why You Need Foundational Supplements

Ultimate Protector and the Role of Foundational Supplements for Health

Foundational Supplements: Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

Vitamin C — An Amazing Nutrient by Dr. Hank Liers

Questions & Answers about Ultimate Protector

Review of Scientific Research on Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC)

HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

HPDI Rejuvenation Program

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BOOKS & READING

How to Live Longer and Feel Better by Dr. Linus Pauling

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Vitamin D3 for Health: A New Review Article by Dr. Michael Holick

Fred Liers PhD Vitamin D Health SupplementationA new review article on Vitamin by Dr. Michael F. Holick and Dr. Arash Hossein-Nezhad appears to confirm mounting evidence regarding the many health benefits of Vitamin D. Their article is “Vitamin D for Health: A Global Perspective.” It was published in the July 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

You may wish to view the entire article (click here for the full text of the article (.pdf format), as I will only present selected findings because the scope of their article is beyond what I can readily summarize.

We at HPDI recommend high dose Vitamin D supplements (up to 5,000 IU daily for adults), like our Vitamin D3 Plus formula, especially in winter and northern latitudes, where no amount of winter sunlight can generate adequate vitamin D levels in the body.

Ever more evidence continues accruing about the importance of Vitamin D, its health benefits when optimal amounts are made available to the body, and the detriments to health when the body fails to receive adequate amounts (or when a state of deficiency occurs).

Because the preponderance of scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the need for higher Vitamin D intakes, I feel it is important to highlight some of the authors’ findings in this study.

MAIN POINTS OF THE NEW VITAMIN D STUDY

Drs. Holick and Hossein-Nezhad emphasize several points:

1) Vitamin D deficiency is common and underdiagnosed.

2) An effective strategy to prevent Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is to obtain some sensible sun exposure, ingest foods that contain Vitamin D, and take a Vitamin D supplement.

3) Evidence from hundreds of recent studies suggests that Vitamin D is important for reducing the risk of type 1 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, cognitive decline, depression, pregnancy complications, autoimmunity, allergy, and frailty.

4) Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may influence fetal “imprinting” that may affect chronic disease susceptibility shortly after birth, as well as later in life.

5) The blood level of 25(OH)D is the best method to determine Vitamin D status.

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DEFINING SUFFICIENCY AND DEFICIENCY OF VITAMIN D3

The authors note that the US Endocrine Society recommends that serum 25(OH)D levels of 30 ng/mL be attained to avoid risks connected with an inadequate Vitamin D status.

The Endocrine Society consequently recommends Vitamin D deficiency be defined as a 25(OH)D level of 20 ng/mL or less, vitamin D insufficiency as 21 to 29 ng/mL, and vitamin D sufficiency as 30 ng/mL or greater for children and adults. It suggested that maintenance of a 25(OH)D level of 40 to 60 ng/mL is ideal, and that up to 100 ng/mL is safe.

Maintenance levels can easily be attained in adults by taking 5,000 IU daily. Children can achieve maintenance levels when taking much less, e.g., 400–1,000 IU daily.

SELECTED FINDINGS

WHO IS DEFICIENT IN VITAMIN D3?

20%–80% of US, Canadian, and European adults (men and women) are deficient in vitamin D. Serum 25(OH)D levels less than 20 ng/mL was almost one-third of the US population (32%). More than 70% of non-Hispanic African-American individuals and more than 40% of Mexican-American Hispanic individuals were at risk for a 25(OH)D level less than 20 ng/mL (742).

Among Canadians, serum 25(OH)D levels less than 30 ng/mL were evident in 57.5% of men and in 60.7% of women, rising to 73.5% in spring (among men) and 77.5% in winter (among women) (742). Vitamin D deficiencies are high among populations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and many other areas of the world.

In contrast, high circulating vitamin D levels are found among individuals from tribal groups in east Africa. Individuals from these tribes receive tropical sunlight on their skin daily and exhibit a mean circulating 25(OH)D level of 46 ng/mL (743).

Darker skinned people, of course, have natural sunscreen protection due to their increased melanin skin pigmentation. Consequently, they are 90% less efficient in producing vitamin D in their skin compared with light-skinned individuals. Dark skinned people living in northern latitudes, for example, exhibit far greater incidence of vitamin D deficiency.

Individuals with dark skin living in the north, must therefore be diligent with respect to obtaining sufficient vitamin D from a combination of sun exposure, diet, and vitamin D supplements.

SUNSCREENS AND AIR POLLUTION

The prevalent use of sunscreens also contributes to vitamin D deficiency. For example, the authors note that a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 applied properly can reduce the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D by 95%–99% (743).

An often neglected factor in vitamin D deficiency is air pollution. Increased ozone and nitrogen dioxide levels (known to compromise several health outcomes) absorbs UV-B radiation. Individuals living in urban areas or other centers with high levels of air pollution are therefore also at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.

Indoor living must be included on the list of lifestyle factors that cause vitamin D deficiency. Individuals living sedentary lives, mostly indoors and who avoid sun exposure (perhaps because they have been told to stay out of the sun) exhibit lower levels of vitamin D. As an example, institutionalized individuals constitute a well known risk group for deficiency (742).

MUSCULOSKELETAL CONSEQUENCES OF DEFICIENCY

The study authors find that current evidence from biochemical testing, observational studies, and randomized controlled trials suggest that serum 25(OH)D levels of at least 20 ng/mL are necessary for optimal bone and muscle function (with many experts regarding 30 ng/mL as the threshold for optimal bone health) and to minimize the risk of osteomalacia.

The study lists skeletal consequences of 25(OH)D insufficiency as including secondary hyperparathyroidism, increased bone turnover and bone loss, and increased risk of low-trauma fractures (727).

NON-SKELETAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D

The authors note that studies show decreased risk of many disorders, including certain types of cancer, mental disorders, infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as autoimmune disorders, associated with serum 25(OH)D levels greater than 28 to 32 ng/mL. They point out that it has been argued therefore that 25(OH)D levels should be in the range of 28–40 ng/mL to maximize nonskeletal benefits.

The authors also report vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of total mortality (735).

Receiving adequate maintenance levels of vitamin D is not difficult, especially when vitamin D3 supplements are readily available, and the fact the sunshine is abundant, at least during the summer months in most locations.

Given the vast health benefits of vitamin D intake, there is every reason for individuals to ensure that they get adequate levels, and therefore at least avoid deficiency. Ideally, everyone should strive for optimal amounts that help create and maintain good health.

EPIGENETICS

The authors report that evidence from hundreds of studies suggests that vitamin D is important for reducing the risk of a variety of chronic illnesses.

Indeed, Vitamin D receptors (VDR) have been identified in most tissues and cells. It has been observed that many genes may be directly or indirectly regulated by 1,25(OH)2D have provided a rationale for the nonskeletal health benefits of vitamin D.

For example, a study in healthy adults who received either 400 or 2000 IU/d of vitamin D3 for three months in winter reported that 291 genes were either up-regulated or down-regulated. That these genes affected as many as 80 different metabolic pathways (from immune modulation to enhanced antioxidant activity) emphasizes the importance of improving the world’s vitamin D status.

The authors find that the scientific observations that 1,25(OH)2D may also influence epigenetics fully supports the idea that there is no downside to increasing the vitamin D status of adults and children (748).

Thus, it has been shown that Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may adversely influence placental development and fetal programming. Also, it is known that Vitamin D deficiency in both parents may influence adverse pregnancy outcomes and susceptibility to developing disease in adult life and even into the next generation.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADEQUATE VITAMIN D3

Drs. Holick and Hossein-nezhad conclude that there is great potential for improving overall health and well-being by increasing serum 25(OH)D levels above 30 ng/mL. They recommend a strategy to prevent vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. They recommend sensible sun exposure, ingesting foods that contain vitamin D, and taking a vitamin D supplement.

SOURCES OF VITAMIN D3

FOODS IMPORTANT, BUT NOT ALWAYS ENOUGH

Foods can be important sources of vitamin D, but there are few food that naturally contain it. Two good sources are wild-caught salmon and UV-exposed mushrooms, as well as cod liver oil.

Yet, the authors note that an analysis of the vitamin D intake of children and adults in the US revealed that they not able to obtain the RDA for vitamin D from any dietary sources (746). Therefore, if you decide to increase your intake of foods containing vitamin D for the purposes of obtaining adequate vitamin D for health, remember that it can be difficult to obtain sufficient vitamin D from foods alone.

The authors do not dissuade individuals from consuming foods high in vitamin D. However, they suggest that combining dietary sources with sensible sun exposure and vitamin D supplements is the most practical means to attain adequate levels of vitamin D.

SENSIBLE SUN EXPOSURE

While foods (and vitamin D supplements) are essential sources of vitamin D, the most obvious source is sun exposure on skin. Individuals vary in the amount of sunshine they require, typically dependent upon skin tone at the time of expsosure. Individuals with fair skin need less time in the sun to generate adequate levels of vitamin D compared to individuals with darker skin.

The authors assert that an adult in a bathing suit exposed to one minimal erythemal dose (slight pinkness to the skin 24 hours after exposure) is the equivalent to taking approximately 20,000 IU (500 mg) of vitamin D orally (745). By this measure, they find that exposure of arms and legs to 0.5 minimal erythemal dose is equivalent to ingesting approximately 3,000 IU of vitamin D3.

Drs. Holick and Hossein-nezhad suggest that in order to produce adequate vitamin D without burning skin, individuals should expose arms and legs (abdomen and back whenever possible) to sunlight two to three times weekly for approximately 25%–50% of the time it would takes to develop a mild sunburn (i.e., the minimal erythemal dose) (745). Thus, if 30 minutes of midday sun in June will cause a mild sunburn, then just 10–15 minutes of exposure should be enough to produce sufficient vitamin D, according to this measure.

NATURAL SUN PROTECTION

if you plan to remain in the sun after the minimum time required to produce enough vitamin D, then they suggest sun protection. This protection can include wearing proper clothing, including a hat and/or long sleeves, and/or moving yourself into partial shade.

Additional options for sun protection include foods and superfoods. Taking chlorella or Rejuvenate! (original greens) protects skin amazingly well from sun exposure (and speeds healing time for sunburns). Natural astaxanthin is comparably effective to chlorella. I take 10 mg daily (as an extract of the microalga Haematococcus pluvialis), but for maximum protection against sun exposure, take 10–20 mg (i.e., use the higher amount if you are lighter-skinned).

When chlorella and/or astaxanthin is combined with foundational supplements, including a multivitamin, vitamin C and/or antioxidant formulas (like Ultimate Protector), and essential fats, then sun protection is far more complete. Indeed, the body’s antioxidant systems will be supported at optimal levels, and therefore can defend against many different types of free-radical damage, including damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light.

A diet naturally high in antioxidants therefore powerfully supports the skin’s capacity to protect itself. This is why chlorella and astaxanthin are so effective. Yet, consuming more leafy greens, carrots (and other vegetables with carotenoids), as well as red, purple, and other dark vegetables and fruits is a good idea for helping protect skin health, offers natural sun protection, and provides extra free-radical defense.

AVOID TOXIC COMMERCIAL SUNSCREENS

I do not recommend any commercial sunscreens due to the toxic ingredients many contain. However, you might experiment using natural oils with SPF. Carrot oil has an SPF of 38–40. Wheatgerm oil offers an SPF of 20. Even avocado oil has an SPF of 4–15. Coconut and olive oils both offer an SPF of 2–8.

As noted, it is important to consider using natural sunscreens only after the minimum time required to produce adequate vitamin D in the body. In any case, the by-word is “sensible” because staying in the sun beyond the minimum daily time required to produce enough vitamin D is not recommended (unless you protect your skin, e.g., using clothing or natural sun protective substances).

natural oils with spf sunscreens

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS

The authors find that vitamin D can be administered daily, weekly, monthly, or every four months to sustain an adequate serum 25(OH)D concentration (746). When taken less often, they recommend significantly higher amounts. They also indicate that for every 100 IU of vitamin D ingested, the blood level of 25(OH)D increases by approximately 0.6 to 1 ng/mL.

I recommend healthy adults take 5,000 IU daily (or several times per week) in the winter. An ideal formula is HPDI’s Vitamin D3 Plus formula, which also provides vitamin A and vitamin K2, which are needed for optimal assimilation and utilization of Vitamin D3.

In the spring and fall, you may be able to reduce your supplemental vitamin D dosage depending on the amount of sun exposure you receive and your dietary intake of vitamin D. In the summer, you may not require any supplemental vitamin D3, if you get sufficient safe sun exposure on a regular basis.

Children require a smaller amount of vitamin D supplementation. The authors recommend 600 IU–1,000 IU per day for kids. This can be accomplished by giving them 1 or 2 small Vitamin D3 Plus softgels weekly.

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VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS VERY SAFE AT RECOMMENDED LEVELS

Drs. Holick and Hossein-nezhad emphasize the safety of vitamin D even at very high doses, but also remain clear that exceedingly high doses should be avoided. For example, they state that to prevent deficiency in adults, administration of 50,000 IU every two weeks is effective (746).

While 50,000 IU is large single dose, even larger doses of vitamin D (e.g., up to 300,000 IU administered as a bolus) safely have been used initially to reverse extreme deficiency status. Repeated high doses in bolus form have been used in six to twelve month intervals. Nevertheless, they assert that “a steady-state serum 25(OH)D concentration is likely to be maintained by more frequent, lower doses of vitamin D” (746).

GROUPS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR VITAMIN D3

PREGNANT & LACTATING WOMEN REQUIRE MORE VITAMIN D3

Certain groups of individuals require greater amounts of vitamin D. Pregnant and lactating women have higher needs. Human breast milk contains very little vitamin D. Studies show that lactating women must take 4,000–6,000 IU daily to ensure that adequate vitamin D transfers into breast milk to satisfy an infant’s requirements (746).

OBESE INDIVIDUALS

Obese individuals require 2–5 times more vitamin D to treat and prevent vitamin D deficiency because fat can sequester vitamin D (747). This applies to adults and children. Given the dramatic rise in obesity rates in the US and the world, it is little wonder that vitamin D deficiency has become so widespread.

The trend in recent years to avoid sun exposure because of fears of skin damage does not serve the obese population. Sensible sun exposure along with improved diet and use of vitamin D supplements can reverse deficiency among the obese.

While obese persons ideally would focus on losing some weight in order to maximize their long-term health, it is imperative in the immediate term that they obtain sufficient amounts of vitamin D. This would help them avoid deficiency and remain healthy until they are no longer obese, and therefore can gain the benefits of vitamin D without having to obtain significantly higher amounts from diet, sunshine, and/or supplements.

THE ELDERLY

The study authors also point out that the elderly population is at higher risk for clinical complications related to low 25(OH) D levels. With increasing age, the cutaneous production of vitamin D after exposure to solar UV-B radiation decreases due to atrophic skin changes, with a reduced amount of the vitamin D precursor 7-DHC (743).

For example, a comparison of the amount of previtamin D3 produced in skin from individuals aged eight to eighteen with the amounts produced in skin from individuals aged 77–82 reveals that aging can decrease skin’s capacity to produce previtamin D3 by more than two-fold (743). This means that sun exposure ultimately provides less vitamin D for older people.

It would appear that dietary adjustments to include more foods providing vitamin D is important for the elderly. However, vitamin D supplements are probably the most effective means for elderly individuals to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D.

CONCLUSION: VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENTS IMPORTANT

In sum, vitamin D supplementation, preferably with vitamin D3 (and supporting nutrients like vitamin K2 and vitamin A), offers an important means for healthy adults and children to obtain sufficient vitamin D year-round. This is particularly the case in winter and in northern latitudes, where no amount of sunshine on skin can generate enough vitamin D to meet daily requirements.

For at risk individuals, including pregnant and lactating women, the obese, and the elderly, vitamin D supplements (as well as foods rich in vitamin D and sensible sun exposure) can help sustain optimal vitamin D levels, and prevent or reverse deficiency.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Article Abstract (mayoclinicproceedings.org)

“Vitamin D for Health: A Global Perspective” (full text .pdf)

HPDI Product Pages

VITAMIN D3 PLUS (HPDI website)

Vitamin D3 Plus Brochure (.pdf 1.3m)

Article Abstracts
Vitamin D Abstracts (HPDI website)

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