Gigartina Red Marine Algae by Vibrant Health
Vibrant Health Gigartina Red Marine Algae 250 mg - 60 Capsules
Strains of Vibrant Health Gigartina Red Marine Algae are the best source of supplemental sulfated polysaccharides known to Vibrant Health. Vibrant Health Gigartina Red Marine Algae have been developed in joint venture with SeaTech Bioproducts. It is the result of a rigorous search among red macro-algae for those with the most sulfated polysaccharides. The product Vibrant Health Gigartina Red Marine Algae offers contains five species of RMA from the family Gigartinaceae. Analysis verifies a very high content of sulfated polysaccharides per gram of algae powder. Four capsules deliver one gram of the algae without the use of any excipients.
Vibrant Health Gigartina Red Marine Algae is simply encapsulated powder of the leaves of five strains of algae from the family Gigartinaceae. They were chosen to provide a convenient source of sulfated polysaccharides from food in much the same way that one would eat spinach in order to improve iron nutrition. If anything is to be proved by the testimonials, it is only that customers love this product.
Polysaccharides and Sterols
The immune support benefits of RMA are presumed to be locked in their content of sulfated polysaccharides as explained above. In addition, red macro algae are known to contain a high level of plant sterols and sterolins. These fatty alcohols and alcohol-sugar complexes are now known to stimulate the human immune response even though only a small fraction (2%-4%) of plant sterols are ever absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It is possible then that Gigartina RMA provides a two-pronged stimulus to the immune response.
Immune Support from the Sea
We know that sufficient rest together with a healthful diet and exercise can do much to maintain a robust immune system. Sulfated polysaccharides from the sea can help.
Is There Anything Else That Can Be Done?
Botanical science has discovered and identified a substantial number of substances and compounds from plants that can improve functions of the human immune response. They have probably been playing that supporting role as part of the human diet for millennia. One specialized group of immune enhancing substances is the sulfated polysaccharides, sulfur containing complex sugars found most notably in a select group of sea plants..
What Do They Do?
Sulfated polysaccharides can make up a significant portion of the biomass of certain large leaf algae in the sea. More than 25 strains of Red Marine Algae (RMA) are known to contain significant amounts of sulfated polysaccharides. Difficulty lies in finding the species of RMA that are the richest sources, for the ability to support and strengthen immune response varies greatly related to the content of sulfated polysaccharides. The more, the better.
Sulfated polysaccharides are complex sugars that contain sulfur. Carrageenan and other gel-like substances are members of this family of polysaccharides. Research has isolated and identified a number of sulfated polysaccharides from sea plants that improve immune function. In addition, several RMAs of the family Gigartinaceae have been identified as the richest sources of sulfated polysaccharides.
What is Known
Several years of study have shown that just a few species of RMA provide sulfated polysaccharides. Researchers have witnessed how these algae promote an effective cell-mediated immune response. The effects are most noticeable in relation to certain influenza and herpes viruses.
About Vibrant Health
Vibrant Health is a brand of products to assist the healing of illness and the establishment of optimum health. Both natural pharmaceuticals (nutraceuticals) and products for general health improvement can be found within the line.
Nutritional science and biochemistry have taken us far beyond the simpler concept of nutritional supplementation by vitamins and minerals alone. Product development at Vibrant Health is based on scientific discoveries that lead us to combine recognized nutrients with more recently identified natural therapeutic factors from plants, animals, earth and laboratory into truly effective dietary supplements and concentrated foods.
Vibrant Health Motivation
Vibrant Health was founded in order to provide trustworthy, high-quality nutritional supplements that deliver the benefits claimed. We anticipate that if our quality products work, then our consumers will appreciate our efforts, and we will survive to develop additional, helpful products. After all, our purpose is to do our best to deliver robust health to the consumer or patient.
The Science of Vibrant Health
Vibrant Health is a brand for those seeking vibrant health. Our promise is to design and market the most nutritionally valuable food supplements we can for the benefit of all men, women, and children. Delivering on that promise is a serious endeavor, and we work diligently toward that end for you.
Vibrant Health's products provide supplemental nutrition that can support human biochemistry. Since the human body appears to carry a certain infinite wisdom, the establishment of optimum health often follows appropriate dietary improvements. The steady decline in trace nutrient value of our fresh foods — as evidenced in the U.S. Deaprtment of Agriculture's analyses of our food supply — has, in the opinion of Vibrant Health, established a mandate for supplemental nutrition. We believe supplemental nutrition is no longer an option, it is a necessity if one hopes to achieve robust and vibrant health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a "green food"?
A: A green food, in our estimation, is more than just anything that is green. Yes, it is important that the food be a green plant, but the concept of a “green food” in the dietary supplement industry carries with it the understanding that it is not only green, but also nutrient dense. At the top of the list of such foods are parsley, and the cereal grasses. Each of these foods is decidedly NOT succulent, meaning they are not pumped up with water or sugars or starches or fats. You can think of them as the power packed, lean athletes of the plant kingdom. Relative to the amount of calories present in the plants, there is a much greater biomass of trace nutrients than in any other food we know of at this time. If you dry such green foods, and then powder them, opening cells to full digestion, or take away the small amount of cellulose through juicing in order to release the nutrients, the beneficial impact on biochemistry can be significant.
Q: What is a "super food"?
A: The term “super food” has become muddied recently with the introduction of individual exotic plants such as Amla and Goji berries, for example, many of which are touted as super foods by themselves. The claim is based on their content of unique polyphenols or broad range of nutrients (as in the case of Amla) that give them better nutrient density than foods commonly eaten. However, as marketing has its way, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, broccoli, onions and cauliflower, among others, are now having the term “super food” attached to them, some more deservedly than others.
Given that Vibrant Health introduced the first “super food,” Green Vibrance, to the retail market in 1992, we probably have – or at least had – the authority to define the term. Our interpretation is that a super food aggressively presents the human body with a broad range of nutrients at meaningful potencies but along with the fewest number of calories possible. In other words, a super food MUST be extremely nutrient dense. But in order to make good on its promise of being “super,” those nutrients must make it into the body, and be utilized. Therefore, a comprehensive super food must also do all it can to rehabilitate or enhance digestive capabilities in the consumer, and improve circulation so that those nutrients can ultimately be delivered to every cell of the body. In addition, our modern, more hygienic environment, infused as it is with man-made toxic elements (e.g. dioxins, PCBs, lead, cadmium, pesticides, etc.), requires both improvement to our immune systems, and support for liver function. If immunity is strong, and the liver is efficiently removing waste substances and toxins, one’s health can be advanced to a “super” level. These are, indeed, the core functions of Green Vibrance.
Q: What are the benefits for athletes in adding green foods to their regimen?
A: Endurance, strength and faster recovery. As each cell is provided the trace nutrients it needs to function at optimal efficiency (a primary goal of Green Vibrance for instance), cells will have no trouble producing energy on demand, thereby boosting both strength and endurance. It follows that cellular wastes, generated during a workout, will be more efficiently expelled from the cell, and that tissue repair will be more speedily accomplished.
Q: How do you recommend athletes add green foods to their diet effectively?
A: Simply mixing them into water or a smoothie or a favorite juice is sufficient. In the case of Green Vibrance, more probiotics will survive the digestive process if the product is taken 30 to 45 minutes AFTER a meal. At that stage of digestion, food from the preceding meal has diluted stomach acid, raising pH to a level that will not degrade the probiotics in Green Vibrance.
Q: Does Green Vibrance contain any phytates or lectins? These are found in grains and I cannot consume them.
A: Whole grains can indeed be looked upon as the primary source for phytates. Lectins are more abundant in beans. Phytates are famous for inhibiting absorption of minerals, while lectins interfere with protein digestion, and slow the breakdown of carbohydrate. Both come from the mature seed of the plant.
Green Vibrance DOES NOT contain any component derived from any mature grain or bean other than 200 mg of de- oiled flaxseed and pure, anti-nutrient free phospholipids (lecithin) from soybeans. No ingredient within Green Vibrance is known to be a source of either phytates or lectins. Cereal grasses from wheat, oat or barley are just that: grasses. They are the immature plant that sprouts from the ground looking very much like a ramrod straight, unmowed the lawn before harvest. These immature plants are extremely nutrient dense just prior to the jointing phase, and are still many, many weeks away from developing their seed heads. Therefore, since Green Vibrance contains cereal grass juice powders and neither any grains from a mature plant’s seed head nor any bean extracts or powders or substances of any kind, Green Vibrance is not known to contain any phytates or lectins.
One primary goal of Green Vibrance is to deliver concentrated nutrition and improve the consumer's digestive capabilities. The formula was specifically designed so that it would not contain either phytates or lectins, substances that interfere with digestion and nutrient absorption. On the contrary, it contains a host of (rather costly) ingredients whose roles are to enhance digestive capabilities, making nutrient absorption more rapid and efficient.
Vibrant Health People
Mark Timon, Founder, Formulator, MS Clinical Nutrition
Mark Timon is the founder of and formulator for Vibrant Health, a sophisticated line of nutritional supplements based in the northwest corner of Connecticut. He entered the nutrition industry February 5, 1971, and designed over 450 nutritional supplements for other companies before founding Vibrant Health in 1987.
His formulations are noteworthy for their completeness and synergistic balance. They are based on rigorous research and study, in combination with his experience in Clinical Nutrition.
Mr. Timon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, and a Masters degree in Biology, Emphasis in Clinical Nutrition, from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport. Connecticut.
Ted Parker, President
Ted Parker joined Vibrant Health as Director of Sales in 2002 and in 2005, Ted became VP of Sales & Marketing, where he headed up the company’s marketing initiatives as well as sales. His educational approach has led to high levels of awareness, understanding and passion for Vibrant Health Offerings.
Creating products with its sole focus on the health and well being of the end consumer has rewarded Vibrant Health with the number one selling green food and the number one selling brand of powdered food supplements with little advertising.
Before joining Vibrant Health, Ted spent 7 years learning his craft with Xerox Corporation. Ted left Xerox as a Product Manager in 1998 to join Register.com as their National Sales Manager. After two years of record growth, Ted accepted an offer from Scholastic Corporation to become National Sales Manager for their fledgling Educational Data and Market Research Division, Quality Education Data (QED). Ted and Paige (his Wife) started Mohegan Naturals in 2000, (a Gourmet/Natural Market in New York).
Paige Parker, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Paige Parker joined Vibrant Health as one of the Principal Owners and Vice President in 2007. She is responsible for overseeing the operational, financial and legal affairs of the corporation, the management and maintenance of NEG’s assets, the hiring and supervision of, and administering benefits for all other NEG staff. Paige provides leadership to assist staff in functioning as a team and leadership in maintaining a productive, cost-effective, safe and legal workplace. She guides and advises the NEG Management and its directors.
Paige holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management and graduated Cum Laude from Mercy College in New York. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.
Paige began her early years in business as Regional Sales Manager for a National Health Club Chain overseeing operations in over 20 Fitness Centers throughout New York City and Tri-State Area. She joined CitiBank in 1998 and was quickly promoted to AVP. She started her own business in 2001 and became President of Mohegan Naturals, (a Gourmet/Natural Market in New York).
David Eisenberg, Director of Product Development
David Eisenberg has been in the Natural Products Industry for more than 10 years holding sales, business development and product development positions. From 1995 to 2002 Mr. Eisenberg was responsible for generating and managing combined revenue of over $10,000,000.00 in sales of private label Essential Fatty Acid products. Currently at Vibrant Health Mr. Eisenberg is responsible for ingredient research, procurement, product development, product management.
Ralph Huntington, Director of IT
Following a successful career in video and audio engineering in New York City, Ralph moved into the information technology field in the early 90s, helping to establish several Internet service companies and data centers before joining Vibrant Health in 2004 as IT director. Among his accomplishments, he has developed custom web-based portal software for monitoring sales and for production management. Ralph has attended Siena College, The New School, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently resides in upstate New York, and enjoys acting in amateur theater during his free time.