Vivinal Ingredients And How They Work

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How The Ingredients In Vivinal Work

Myrrh:
(from http://www.albanmuller.com/anglais/catalogue/classiques/cata0312.html)

This site states that myrrh stimulates the nail area by activating local blood circulation and by favoring the hydration of keratin in the formation of the matrix and of the dermis under the nail, making nails more flexible. In addition, myrrh has anti-fungal activity. The site cites a 16-week double blind study on 20 people with nails that broke or split easily. In 10 cases, the nails grew faster; in 14 cases, the nails broke less; and in 3 cases, the nail rims' lesions healed.

Vitamin C:
Vitamin C may function in two ways to promote healthy nails. First, it stimulates the production of white blood cells, primarily neutrophils, which can endocytose bacteria and viruses. In this way, vitamin C supplements could help prevent and treat nail infections. (This information is taken from a book by Kronhausen and Demopoulos, M.D.) Secondly, vitamin C is a necessary cofactor in the formation of the most biologically stable configuration of collagen, a protein that is a major component of connective tissue, such as the skin, which is our first line of defense against bacteria and other foreign antigens.

Biotin:
From "Treatment of brittle fingernails with biotin" Floershemim GL. Z Hautkr: 1989 Jan 1564: 1 41-8. This article reports the results from a study on the effect of biotin on human dystrophic finger nails. 71 patients were treated with a daily oral dose of 2.5 mg of biotin. Out of the evaluated cases, 91% showed "definite improvement with firmer and harder finger nails after an average treatment of 5.5 +1- 2.3 months." "We conclude the biotin in most of the cases provides an effective therapy. ..for human patients with brittle nails." (from http://www.hankintatukku.com/medline/Biotin-5.html ) Biotin can be used in treatment of Candida infection: "From Candida, The Symptoms, The Causes, The Cure by Dr. Luc DeShepper: 'In order. ..to avoid the spreading to the bloodstream, and thus giving the opportunity for yeast cells to invade almost all the organs, the interruption of the vicious cycle is a must and a priority. Biotin is the weapon in our hand. Biotin taken in the amount of at least 3 mg will cut the transformation cycle from the yeast to fungus form. ..", (from http://www.flora-balance.com/Biotin.htm)

MSM:
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural source of sulfur, which helps the body form keratin, i.e. the extensive disulfide bonds between cysteine residues in keratin. Thus, MSN supplements are valuable for nail growth and regeneration. Stanley Jacob, MD and chemist Robert Herschler discovered MSN as a stable metabolite of and safe alternative to DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). The beneficial effects of MSN were further studied by Dr. Jacob. (From http:puremsm.com/research.htm)

Selenium:
Selenium activates an antioxidant enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which may protect the body from cancer. A recent double-blind study following over 1,300 people found that those given 200 mcg of yeast-based selenium per day for seven years had a 50% drop in the cancer death rate compared with the placebo group. Selenium is also needed to activate thyroid hormones.

Silicon (Silica complex):
Silicon is a trace mineral. The functions of silicon are not well understood, although silicon probably plays a role in making and maintaining strong connective tissue. Silicon is present in areas of bone that are undergoing mineralization, which indicates that this mineral might be important for strong, healthy bones, however the evidence for this has not been confirmed in humans.

Marine Protein Complex:
Cartilage, derived from shark and bovine (cow) sources, comprised of glycosaminoglycams and mucopolysaccharides, protein substances, calcium, sulfur, and collagen.

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus):
Anthocyanosides, the bioflavonoid complex in bilberries, are potent antioxidants. They support normal formation of connective tissue and strengthen capillaries in the body. Anthocyanosides may also improve capillary and venous blood flow.

Fo- Ti (Polygonum multiflorum):
The whole root has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, according to animal and human research, as well as to decrease hardening of the arteries, or arteriosclerosis. Other fo-ti research has investigated this herb's role in strong immune function, red blood cell formation, and antibacterial action.

Grape Skin Extract (Proanthocyanidins):
Proanthocyanidins-also called "OPC's" for oligomeric proanthocyanidins-are a class of nutrients belonging to the flavanoid family. Two of the main functions of proanthocyanidins are as antioxidants and in the stabilization of collagen and maintenance of elastin- two critical proteins in connective tissue, blood vessels, and muscle.


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