Embria® Health Sciences confirmed that clinical study results involving the company’s immune health ingredient EpiCor are available in May’s Journal of Medicinal Food (open access and free to download to the public). The randomized, double blind and placebo-controlled crossover study concluded that EpiCor significantly increases NK cell activation and serum antioxidant levels within two hours. Other rapid changes included effects on T and natural killer (NK) cell circulation.
The study’s purpose was to observe EpiCor’s effects on immune cells in vivo, with specific focus on NK cell activation, antioxidant status and key immunomodulating agents (cytokines) in a short timeframe. Blood samples from 12 healthy adults were taken at baseline, and 1 and 2 hours after a 500 mg oral dose of either EpiCor or placebo. Results after 1 hour showed increased activation of NK cell populations and a rapid increase in interferon-γ, a key messenger molecule (cytokine) of the immune system. Effects noted at 2 hours included significant serum antioxidant increases.
“A well-functioning immune system requires constant modulation and activation of cells and proteins. The increased levels of some key biomarkers as shown in this study shed light on mechanisms of action that help explain the reduction in cold and flu symptoms seen in earlier clinical studies,” said Larry Robinson, Ph.D., study coauthor and vice president of scientific affairs for Embria. “The study’s outcome is exciting for the immune health category as it demonstrates that some of the effects of EpiCor can be seen in as little as two hours.”
To access the full study results, click here http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/jmf.2010.0174.
About Embria Health Sciences and EpiCor:
Embria Health Sciences combines science and nature to bring high-quality, research-based natural ingredients to the global human nutrition market. Embria’s flagship ingredient, EpiCor®, is an all-natural product that helps the body balance the immune system and is manufactured using a proprietary technology. EpiCor contains protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other metabolites that deliver nutritional benefits and support immune health. Clinical studies have found EpiCor’s immune-balancing properties provide year-round support by helping the body boost or suppress immune response as needed. EpiCor was the first immune health ingredient to receive the SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award, in recognition of the compelling clinical studies published in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Advances in Therapy and Urologic Nursing.