MMS Botanicals at NYBC

NYBC carries selected botanicals from the manufacturer “MMS Pro,” which has been a supplier of “phytomedicines” (=plant-derived remedies) for 80 years. We like the fact that this supplier subscribes to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), an industry-recognized standard for quality control, and that its botanicals have been used in numerous clinical trials. MMS Pro also posts on its website independent certificates of analysis for many of its products. (Certificates of analysis provide evidence of independent verification of the purity and potency of a botanical.)

Here are the MMS Pro botanicals currently stocked by NYBC. Please
read carefully the descriptions on the NYBC website.

Astragalus

Echinacea

Eleuthero – also known as Siberian Ginseng

Garlicin Pro

Gingko-D

Horsechestnut Pro

St John’s Wort – Perika Pro

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Gingko Biloba used for dementia and for Alzheimer’s Disease

The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Complementary Medicine website, reviews recent studies of gingko biloba for dementia, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. Here is an excerpt:

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Ginkgo is widely used in Europe for treating dementia. It use is primarily due to its ability to improve blood flow to the brain and because of its antioxidant properties. The evidence that ginkgo may improve thinking, learning, and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been highly promising.

Clinical studies suggest that ginkgo may provide the following benefits for people with AD:

Improvement in thinking, learning, and memory (cognitive function)
Improvement in activities of daily living
Improvement in social behavior
Fewer feelings of depression

Several studies have found that ginkgo may be as effective as leading AD medications in delaying the symptoms of dementia in people with this debilitating condition. In addition, ginkgo is sometimes used preventively because it may delay the onset of AD in someone who is at risk for this type of dementia (for example, family history).

Citation (one of several recent studies cited by UMMC): Mazza M, Capuano A, Bria P, Mazza S. Ginkgo biloba and donepezil [Aricept]: a comparison in the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia in a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind study. Eur J Neurol . 2006;13(9):981-5.

See also the NYBC entry on Gingko Biloba for additional information on use of this botanical for cognitive function.

Pro Greens and Green Defense: green foods plus select botanicals plus probiotics

NYBC stocks two supplements that provide an array of nutritious green foods and select botanicals (such as gingko biloba) combined with probiotics. ProGreens has the wider spectrum of greens, botanicals and probiotics, while Green Defense is the purchasing co-op’s basic greens + select botanicals + probiotics product. As you’d expect, they vary in price as well, with Green Defense being about half the price of Pro Greens. Both are one-month supplies, so we are talking about a daily expense of a little more than a dollar (for Pro Greens), or about 50 cents per day (for Green Defense).

ProGreens (NutriCology). This contains greens together with a wide spectrum of probiotics to support gastrointestinal health.  Used as directed, this is a 30-day supply.

Each serving (approximately 8.8 grams) contains:
Organic Wheat grass powder 350 mg
Organic Barley grass powder 350 mg
Organic Alfalfa grass powder 350 mg
Organic Oat grass powder 350 mg
Organic Spirulina 1,000 mg
Chlorella (cracked-cell) 350 mg
Dunaliella salina 40 mg
Dulse powder 30 mg
Licorice root powder 100 mg
Eleuthero Root Extract 130 mg
Pfaffia paniculata (Suma root powder) 60 mg
Astragalus root extract 60 mg
Echinacea purpurea leaf and stem extract 60 mg
Ginger root powder 5 mg
Soy Lecithin (99% oil-free) 2,000 mg
Wheat sprout powder (gluten-free) 350 mg
Acerola berry juice powder 200 mg
Beet juice powder 200 mg
Spinach powder (1.5% octacosanol) 150 mg
Royal jelly (5% 10-HDA) 150 mg
Bee pollen 150 mg
Flax Seed powder 500 mg
Apple pectin and fiber 500 mg

Total count non-dairy probiotic cultures: 5.0 billion
Lactobacillus group (L.rhamnosus A, L.rhamnosus B,
L.acidophilus, L.casei, L.bulgaricus) 3.5 billion
Bifidobacterium group (B.longum, B.breve) 1 billion
Streptococcus thermophilus 500 million
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) 500 mg
Milk Thistle extract (80% silymarin) 60 mg
Ginkgo biloba leaf extract 20 mg
Green tea extract (60% catechins) 20 mg
Grape pip extract (92% proanthocyanidins) 20 mg
Bilberry extract (25% anthocyanidins) 20 mg
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Green Defense (Jarrow). This is a mix of greens with a probiotic to support gastrointestinal health as well. Used as directed, it’s a 30-day supply.

Each single (6 g) scoop provides:
Grasses and Algaes – 980 mg
The following are organic:
Barley Grass Juice
Quinoa Grass
Spirulina
Oat Grass Juice
Wheat Grass Juice
[The remainder are not organic]
Vegetables – 1,430 mg
Spinach Juice Powder
Broccoli Juice Powder
Tomato Powder
Beet Powder
Botanicals – 320 mg
Tiger cane extract (Resveratrol source)
Quercetin
Milk Thistle Extract
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Green Tea Extract
Grape Seed Extract
Ginkgo biloba
Ginger Root
Fibers – 2,760 mg
FOS (Fructooligosaccharide)
Rice Bran Powder
Apple Fiber Powder
Probiotic Metabolites – 60 mg
Metabolin (Propionibacterium shermani)

Pro Greens and Green Defense can be added to juice or water. Drink immediately; best taken on an empty stomach. More than one scoop per day may be used if desired. Pregnant or lactating women considering taking more than one serving per day should consult their healthcare practitioner prior to use.

Gingko biloba and omega-3 fatty acids for cognitive health

In its annual bibliography of significant advances in dietary supplement research for 2006, the National Institutes of Health focused on two studies in the category of “cognitive health.” One, involving gingko biloba, found that a component of this botanical may have therapeutic potential for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This research on gingko provides further background information for of two large randomized controlled investigations that are now underway: the Gingko Evaluation of Memory study, and the GuidAge study.

A second study in the “cognitive health” category was a clinical trial that followed patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements, as compared to those taking placebo. A significant reduction in cognitive decline was found in those with very moderate dysfunction who took the omega-3.

This investigation also was undertaken in support of a wider investigation on Alzheimer’s and omega-3s, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health.