Many people spend a great deal of time and money supplementing their diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. If you’re not optimizing your diet by eating the right foods in the right amounts for what you want to achieve all the supplementation in the world will not help you achieve your goals. The underlying problem of sub-optimal nutrition still exists. Health and disease are determined at the cellular level in the millions of cells that compose our body and its organs. Vitamins and other essential nutrients are needed for thousands of biochemical reactions in each cell. Chronic deficiency of these vitamins and other essential nutrients can lead to a malfunction of these cells and eventually contribute to a number of diseases. A proper, balanced diet in addition to optimum dietary supplementation of vitamins and other essential nutrients is the key to prevention and effective relief of chronic health conditions.
Healing can often occur naturally if the body receives the proper nutritional support. Supplementation with certain natural compounds from plant sources is a convenient way to balance and support the beneficial processes within our own bodies. Such is the case with VRL-X.
The Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 and 2
Herpes Simplex infection occurs after exposure to the virus through a break in the skin or through mucus membranes. There is strong evidence that the virus may be transmitted even when symptoms are not present. The virus spreads to nerve cells within the body and then to other mucosal skin surfaces. The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) can cause blister-like sores on the skin. There are two types of HSV: Type 1, in and around the mouth and Type 2, in the genital area. Some people seldom experience symptoms, while for others it can be an embarrassing, painful infection, which returns with annoying regularity. The virus remains dormant in the body after an active infection and recurrences of the symptoms can take place at a later time. Overexposure to sunlight, fever, stress, or certain foods and drugs may precipitate recurrences.
What is a virus and how does it affect homeostasis of the body?
A virus is an infectious agent that has either viral RNA or DNA as its genetic material. Viruses ‘hijack’ the body’s cellular machinery in order to live, grow and replicate. As viruses replicate, the cells in which they are growing are destroyed releasing millions of new virus particles and an array of cellular toxins. The damaging effects of viral replication continue to disrupt homeostasis in the body, often for long periods of time. VRL-X contains a unique blend of natural ingredients and synergistic antioxidants which have numerous, documented biological activities. Together, this unique chemistry functions to promote homeostasis in the body.
The key to health: achieving cellular homeostasis!
Homeostasis is a state of stability and balance in the body’s internal environment. This balance is achieved by cellular systems, i.e. the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, etc. and chemical mechanisms, i.e. inflammatory cascade, immune reaction, hormonal release, etc. that act in synchrony to control and regulate the body’s state of being. When homeostasis is disrupted by environmental or physical stresses, the proper functioning of the body’s systems may be compromised. The immune system is instrumental in maintaining homeostasis in the
body. It includes the cellular and molecular components of the body that function as a defense against invasion of the body by foreign organisms and infectious agents. Some of the major components of this intricate system include white blood cells, antibodies and chemical factors such as interleukins and leukotrienes. VRL-X is a unique and proprietary combination of selected ingredients that work together with your immune system to assist the body to achieve cellular homeostasis.
An article published in the November 23, 1998 issue of Physician’s Weekly, Highlights & Analysis of Medical News reported that researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax Canada isolated a compound in the Chinese herbal plant Prunella vulgaris that inhibits both HSV-1 and -2 in vitro. Drs. Spencer Lee and Song Lee, noting that boiled extract from the plant is a time-honored agent against the skin lesions in Asia, say “an anionic carbohydrate in the herb stops both viral growth and production of visible lesions when added to infected cells during early and
late stages of infection”. They suspect it works in part by competing for cell receptors and by unknown mechanisms after the virus penetrates the cell. It was effective against viral strains known to be resistant to acyclovir (Zovirax, Glaxo Wellcome), and wasn’t toxic to mammalian cells up to the highest concentration tested.
A study, which included the active ingredients in VRL-X, was done on a number of Chinese medicinal plants and their effects on the herpes virus. The results found that these actives were among the most effective against the virus that causes herpes. Researchers believe that these ingredients work in two ways: by stopping the herpes virus from multiplying within the infected cell and by preventing it from binding to healthy cells.
In 1992, French biologists found that all of the herpes viruses were inhibited or killed by extracts from one of the active ingredients in VRL-X. The researchers included twenty-eight references to the anti-viral action of this ingredient in their report. This ingredient seems to show itself as an immune system builder by directly stimulating phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter. It also contains natural flavonoids and esters that create a structural complex that infectious microorganisms may not readily develop a resistance to.
Research done by a virologist named Dr. Harold Renis, while at the well-known pharmaceutical company UpJohn and published by the American Society for Microbiology, found that an active component of VRL-X inhibited the growth of the herpes virus. The researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by this active compound for its broad killing power which include: an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses; an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane; the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication and its ability to stimulate phagocytosis. The research suggests that this may be a "true anti-viral" compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. Therefore, it appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics.
VRL-X also contains L-lysine. L-lysine is an amino acid with a pharmacological use much more specific than that of most other amino acids. Supplementation of L-lysine is one of the best options available for the relief of herpes simplex virus infections, especially oral forms. L-lysine competes with L-arginine for intestinal absorption and transport so when you supplement with L-lysine, this tilts the balance between L-lysine and L-arginine heavily in favor of L-lysine. This ameliorates herpes outbreaks because the herpes virus depends on the presence of L-arginine
for its replication.
Herpes viruses are especially prevalent in humans. In fact, over 100 million people in the U.S. alone are afflicted with conditions such as cold sores, shingles and genital herpes. In vitro and clinical studies of the ingredients found in VRLX have shown tremendous efficacy in preventing herpes virus replication and guarding against cell death caused by viral invasion.
Olympian Labs’ VRL-X is a 100% pure, vegetarian formulation that contains no animal bi-products and is available in easy-to swallow, kosher-certified capsules.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Lysine,
Olive Leaf Extract, Clove Flower
Powdered Extract (Syzygium
aromaticum), Bitter Melon (Momordica
charantia), Rosmarinic Acid, and Acerola
Extract (Malpighia glabra).
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Fiber), Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate, and Silica.