You may think that only your joints are affected by inflammation, but inflammation actually affects all of your major organ systems and therefore affects everyone. Because inflammation management is linked to whole-body health, a supplement that promotes a healthy inflammation response may be fundamental to your entire wellbeing.
Extensive research conducted within the last two decades has indicated that phytochemicals present in herbs and spices can safely and effectively promote a healthy inflammation response.*Defense contains a concentrated blend of 6 time-honored herbs--including ginger, bromelian, turmeric, boswellia, quercetin&rutin--which have been part of the human diet for thousands of years.
The herbs found in Defense are gently extracted and highly concentrated to preserve their potency and stability. Defenses CO2 supercritical extraction process is prion and hexane free and does not contain synthetic additives or chemical solvents. Defense is naturally gluten free.
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In several studies these boswellic acids have been found to have anti-inflammatory activity. It acts to modulate the pro-inflammatory enzyme 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX). 5-LOX is the first enzyme released in the cytokine metabolic pathway.*
Bromelain is a group of enzymes extracted from the stem and fruit of the pineapple. The mechanism by which it works seems to be related to its constituents' ability to inhibit platelet aggregation and it may be able to alter leukocyte response and activation.*
Curcumin (Turmeric) Extract
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that appears to stimulate the body to naturally produce more histamine-lowering cortisone.Research shows curcumin acts as a scavenger of nitric oxide and inhibitsCOX-2, a pro-inflammatory substance. *
Studies suggest that Ginger inhibits the synthesis of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, by inhibiting both the cyclo-oxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase enzymes. It also has antioxidant properties and contains protease enzymes, which may add to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Quercetin & Rutin
Quercetin and rutin are closely related antioxidants that naturally occur in many plants. Preliminary research indicates that quercetin may be effective in reducing inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory agents such as histamine, leukotrienes and prostaglandins, and it may slow COX-2 production.
Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation or injury. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved, inflammation has different names when it appears in different parts of the body. Most allergy and asthma sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways), but inflammation is also behind arthritis (inflammation of the joints), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and so on.
The human body's immune system triggers inflammation to help fight off infection and to heal injury. The body creates small proteins (called "cytokines") to promote inflammation.
But sometimes this cycle of inflammation goes out of control, and the excessive inflammation has been shown to lead to many prevalent diseases and disorders.
Train Harder and Recover Faster
Most athletes know all too well the double-edged sword of post-exercise inflammation, the body's method of mending and strengthening muscles. Ideally, inflammation lets you train hard and bounce back quickly, but if your body is out of balance, inflammation may become chronic, compromising recovery from workouts and increasing your risk for injury. Defense helps mitigate this negative chain of events by supporting your body’s response to inflammation, which can help you build strength and endurance.*
Stabilizing Inflammation for Healthy Aging
Aging is not the simple result of the passage of time. It is actually something our own bodies create, a side effect of the essential inflammatory system. While there is no "cure" for the natural process of aging, controlling low-level inflammation is now believed to have the potential to slow down the natural aging process.
A Comprehensive Strategy for Joint and Bone Health
Stabilizing your body's inflammatory process is important for maintaining healthy joint function and bone health. When your inflammatory response is out of balance, your bones and soft tissues may be compromised.
The amino sugar glucosamine is used by the body to form and repair the cartilage that cushions and protects your joints. A comprehensive approach to joint health demands the presence of building blocks for new cartilage (glucosamine) and a healthy inflammation
Emerging evidence suggests that inflammation exerts a significant effect on bone metabolism by stimulating production of RANKL (Receptor Activator for Nuclear Factor κ B Ligand), a molecule which activates osteoclasts, the cells responsible for the breakdown of bone.*