How The Ingredients In Vivinal Work
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 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.
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 (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 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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