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Plants are by far the most sophisticated chemists on the planet. The diversity of chemicals plants naturally produce in response to their various environments is nothing short of mind-boggling.
From neurotoxins to immune-stimulators, from intoxicants to fertility aids, plants found ways to make them first. And looooooong before humans started playing with beakers and sills. Plants are the very foundation of modern medicine.
So let’s entertain the idea, for now, that perhaps the plants know a few things that we humans don’t.
In the modern western medical paradigm, we place a tremendous emphasis on single mechanisms – the miracle drug that can cure a complex condition.
So, when this paradigm looks at plants, it naturally searches for a single mechanism of action. Medical science wants to find the one and only one compound in a fantastically complex, rich chemical cocktail crafted by an organism that evolved over millions and millions of years (plants are much older than people).
This perspective admirably creates precision and effectiveness, reliability and repeatability. However, it also ignores something important. All these other compounds and cofactors are actually there for a reason. A plant’s chemical makeup is not an accident.
In many cases, plants contain a whole array of related compounds that attenuate and adjust the biological effect of the “active” chemical. Sometimes they help bioavailability. Sometimes they contain special enzymes that aid in processing. Many times, they mitigate side-effects – a stroke of chemical genius the pharmaceutical industry might take notice of.
The coca plant, for example, is an exceptionally nutritious and health-promoting plant used happily and peacefully for millennia. But extracted and purified into cocaine it becomes something entirely different, fraught disastrous side effects.
The point here is that all these chemicals can create what’s known as an “entourage effect,” that affects many more biological processes and aspects of health than can accurately be measured in a controlled setting. Because most scientific research relies on isolating variables, it is rather difficult to understand the multi-faceted ways these plants affect our total biology.
To bring this back to turmeric, scientific research looks for the power of the single mechanism of curcumin, not recognizing there is a whole family of related molecules called curcuminoids.
Purified curcumin is vastly more concentrated than raw turmeric, so naturally it shows a stronger effect. However, if we adjust and use a similar concentration of curcuminoids, you get more of the full-spectrum benefit from the plant.
This is why we use a turmeric extractinstead of simple curcumin. The extract concentrates allthe curcuminoids and their co-factors instead of a single isolated compound.
Another important point to consider is bioavailability. Raw turmeric on its own is not absorbed very well. Black pepper, however, helps it get into the body – and it is interesting to note that many cultures that use turmeric in their cooking also use lots of black pepper.
One study found that adding pepperine, the active chemical in black pepper improved turmeric’s bioavailability by 158%! 
And you may have noticed that our Inflamm-Arrest formula, which is also in our Omega-3 Health fish oil, does not include pepperine.
Utilizing the latest science on nutrient absorption, we developed a proprietary delivery technology called NuSorb. It’s patent-pending, so we unfortunately cannot discuss it in detail, but the results are incredible. Our own internal studies show that NuSorb increased bioavailability by 5X.
Again, our special NuSorb delivery technology increases bioavailability 500%!
And that’s not just curcumin…
That’s for turmeric extract standardized for curcuminoids. This gets you the maximum benefit of the entire anti-inflammatory, health-promoting entourage turmeric contains with dramatically increased bioavailability.
The best part is that this technology is not limited to turmeric. It can be applied to all kinds of botanical extracts. So we applied it to the rest of our Inflamm-Arrest formula, which includes ginger and boswellia (frankincense).
This gives you highly concentrated whole plant extracts of THREE of the worlds most anti-inflammatory and health-promoting plants in one of the most effective delivery mechanisms available.
This is where herbal medicine meets western science.
If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.
The usual solutions people turn to include:
For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.
Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.
In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.
Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”
It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:
“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”
The Infantry Battalion that I am fortunate enough to command - 3-187 Infantry, the Iron Rakkasans - conducts an event each Spring called the Iron Warrior Challenge (IWC).
The IWC can be a single event or a series of events designed to test Soldiers physically and mentally. The purpose of this event is to link the currently serving Soldiers with those who previously served in the unit, and to remember those that have gone before us and all they endured in the service of our Great Nation. The event was started by GEN (retired) David Petraeus when he commanded the Iron Rakkasans in the early 90s, and has continued on ever since.