Gaia Herbs - Daily WellBeing for Men - 60 Vegan Caps
Gaia Herbs Daily WellBeing for Men provides a convenient, once-daily blend of potent herbal extracts and plant-sourced vitamins and minerals to help men maintain the foundations of optimal vitality. Four unique herbal combinations, Inflammatory Response, Immune Health, Stress Management and Men’s Health, deliver support in the key areas of wellness. Daily WellBeing for Men helps you start each day with an important step on your wellness journey.
Daily WellBeing for Men Features:
- Immune health
- Stress management
- Inflammatory response
- Men's health
- Vegan liquid phyto-caps
- Gluten free
Adaptogens support the ability of an organism to cope with stress and thereby conserve energy. Ashwagandha rejuvenates and tonifies the entire system, especially the endocrine and immune systems.
In Ayurveda, Black Pepper is a very common herb. It is traditionally considered to be a hot, pungent herb that stimulates agni, or digestive fire, by supporting the secretion of fluids in the GI tract.
The study of the evolutionary development and diversification of a species, or of a particular feature of an organism and how those characteristics are expressed in the development of more complex organisms is called phylogenetics. The algae Padina pavonica in it's efforts to form a relationship with the sun, produce food through photosynthesis, and fixate it structure in its environment, figured out how to fix calcium into its outer structure in the midst of conditions that made this extremely difficult. It is through their understanding of how plants have made adaptations to survive in their environment that they look for answers to how they may do the same. Some of the constituents in Padina pavonica are being researched for their ability to support the structure and function of bone and connective tissue.
The thermogenic properties of Green Tea and its role in encouraging the healthy metabolism of sugars make it an excellent choice for the support of a weight management protocol. The antioxidant activity of Green Tea is well documented and attributed to the polyphenols known collectively as catechins; epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechingallate (EGCG) and epicatecatechingallate (ECG). The chemical structure of these antioxidants not only impedes the action of free radicals as oxidative stressors but prevents their formation. Many integrative health protocols for the support of the immune system involve using natural health supplements high in antioxidants, including Green Tea which has substantial in vitro clinical validation of its supportive role in reducing the effects of oxidative stress.
As a Rasayana and Adaptogen, Holy Basil maintains equilibrium among biochemicals associated with the stress system in the body. Ursolic, Rosmarinic acids and Eugenol have all shown antioxidant activity and support normal levels of inflammation. Further research is needed to fully determine the exact biochemical activity found in this plant.
In addition to the popular antioxidant Resveratrol, Japanese knotweed also contains a chemical known as emodin. Emodin has the ability to regulate bowel motility among other things. The Japanese used an alcohol extract of this plant as a natural laxative. Modern preparations from Japanese knotweed concentrated to maximize the resveratrol do not contain emodin. The phytochemical resveratrol has garnered considerable scientific attention for its potential to support healthy blood vessel function and promote heart health. A recent search for studies on Resveratrol through the national library of medicines database; PubMed, yielded over two thousand results.
This plant has many volatile oils. The main volatile oils that have been researched in this plant are Carvacrol, Thymol, Eugenol and 1, 8 cineole. The plant also contains appreciable amounts of Rosmarinic acid and other antioxidants. Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids. Oregano contains key constituents that function synergistically to support the body's natural resistance to microscopic invaders in the environment. Specifically, the volatile oils found in oregano, contain potent phenols, including carvacrol and thymol, which help to support a healthy microbial environment in the intestines and throughout the body. Oregano leaf also acts as an antioxidant and contains the flavonoid rosmarinic acid that appears to normalize the chemical cyclooxygenase 2 (Cox-2). Cox-2 is associated with inflammation in tissues. In vitro studies of Oregano oil, along with other essential oils such as Tea Tree oil, appears to have a particular affinity for Candida species as well as a variety of gram postitive and gram negative bacteria. The majority of research to date on Oregano has been done in vitro or in animals, therefore there is insufficient research to scientifically validate all of these actions in humans. Oregano has been shown to possess significant antioxidant capacity in various in vitro models and has thus been suggested to be potentially beneficial to human health, but again studies in humans are lacking.
Rhodiola rosea root supports the functioning of the adrenal glands and encourages a healthy response to physical, emotional and mental stress by normalizing cortisol levels and other stress-related hormones. If used regularly, it functions to support the body's natural resistance and adaptation to stressful influences. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated a positive effect of Rhodiola root extract and a healthy mood.
Rosemary is a very chemically complex plant, and one that is loaded with antioxidants. Most antioxidants support a healthy inflammatory response, and so this seems to be the case with Rosemary. To obtain high amounts of these antioxidants without having to use harsh solvents like acetone or hexane, Rosemary leaf is put through a supercritical carbon dioxide extraction process. This method helps to maintain the integrity of the base constituents of the oil and produces a highly concentrated finished product. Rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid, and labiatic acid, all constituents of the rosemary plant are commonly used as a natural preservatives in the food industry in place of BHT and BHA. It seems that the ancient people who used it to preserve their meats were on to something. Rosemary also encourages healthy digestion and supports liver health. Rosemary has also been used in conjunction with Feverfew in support for occasional headaches. Because of its potent antioxidant properties, Rosemary and its various constituents have been the focus of numerous scientific studies and clinical trials. See the resources and references for further information.
Saw Palmetto has been the focus of numerous clinical studies that have pointed toward its effectiveness in supporting proper function of the prostate. This is especially relevant for men over the age of 50, to help maintain normal function of the prostate.
Schisandra berries provide powerful antioxidant protection, particularly from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage. Regarded as a popular adaptogenic agent, schisandra berries are unique in that they hold a remarkable blend of five distinct flavor properties collectively serving to promote overall health and vitality. Namely, bitter, sweet, sour, salty and hot. Schisandra berries function to enhance the body's natural resistance and adaptation to stressful influences, support mental endurance and promote overall metabolic efficiency. Much of the clinical research has focused on the effects of Schisandra on liver function, especially its effect on the production of various liver detoxifying enzymes as well as the antioxidant activity of the extract. More research is needed to fully understand the exact biochemical activity of this tremendous plant.
The practice of Urtication, or flogging with nettles, is the process of deliberately applying stinging nettles to the skin in order to provoke inflammation. This use of a plant puts it into a class known as rubefacients (something that causes redness). This practice is sometimes referred to as counter irritation and was used long ago by country herbalists in England to help relieve pain in the joints and get folks back to work. Nettle leaf has a long history of use for modulating the body's inflammatory pathways and supporting upper respiratory health. Clinical evidence for use in allergic rhinitis comes from a 1990 study in "Planta Medica" conducted by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, which found that stinging nettle rated slightly higher for reducing hay fever symptoms than placebo. Nettle Root has been used to support healthy prostate function and there are human clinical studies supporting its use for this purpose.
Most of the clinical research has been conducted in-vitro and primarily on animal cells using the isolated constituents. Turmeric extracts have shown considerable pharmacological activity, but the exact modes of its actions are not yet fully understood. Most researchers agree that the basic mechanism of action within Turmeric is its potent antioxidant action. Curcuminoids seem to scavenge for damaging particles in the body known as "free-radicals".
Meet Your Herbs
Harvest Protocol Validation
Gaia Herbs harvest protocol validation process ensures the high quality of herbal ingredients, whether grown on site or purchased from outside suppliers. A Harvest Protocol form must be filled out, which details such things as condition of the plant material (fresh or dry); harvest and environmental conditions (harvest date, time, technique, weather conditions); cleaning process; drying processes, etc. and incorporates documentation of Certificates of Authenticity or 3rd party certifications.
Microscopy is a botanical identification technique that utilizes microscopes to identify samples or objects using structural features (cell types, mineral deposits, oil droplets) that cannot be seen with the unaided eye.
Organoleptic refers to any sensory properties of a product, involving appearance, taste, color, odor and feel. Botanical specialists and laboratory scientists, trained in the use of such properties, use organoleptic testing to validate the identity of the herbal ingredients
Gaia's Certified Organic, 250-acre farm (which includes an on-site, state-of-the-art validation laboratory and production facility) is also a "living laboratory", where Gaia studies, observes and learns from nature. Located in the southwestern Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (one of the most divers bioregions of North America), Gaia Farm grows over 5 million plants each year, supplying approximately 25% of the herbs Gaia uses in production.
Certified Organic Farmers
Starting close to home with Appalachian regional growers and expanding to bioregions around the world, Gaia works with Certified Organic growers that specialize in crops that Gaia does not grow on their own farm or that supplement their supply. These growers adhere to the same standards for organic cultivation that Gaia does at their farm. Certified Organic Farmers supply nearly 35% of the herbs that Gaia uses in the products.
Land Steward Harvesters
This term represents Gaia's network of ecologically sensitive wild crafters who gather native herbs in the wild and sell them directly to Gaia. Providing nearly 25% of the raw material each year, these individuals must steward the land upon which they harvest promoting ethical and sustainable practices.
Ecologically Harvested is a term that describes all herbs sold by Gaia Herbs that are not certified organic. Ecologically harvested herbs include herbs that are harvested in their natural habitat, (ie: wild harvested) according to specific guidelines for harvesting these herbs (ie: away from roads and industry, as well as guidelines to avoid overharvesting). The term, Ecologically Harvested, also includes herbs that are grown in managed woodland areas, and herbs that are grown by indigenous growers, such as Kava Kava. All ecologically harvested herbs pass pesticide and heavy metal testing as well as microbial testing, prior to release.
Gaia Validated Partner
These partners represent trusted wholesalers and brokers with connections to farmers and wild crafters around the world, beyond their own direct relationships. Gaia requires that these partners - and the individuals they represent, uphold the Gaia Principles of Purity in order to ensure the purity of these raw materials and have a positive effect on the planet and the communities where the herbs are sourced.
Many of the herbs trace to their own Certified Organic farms in North Carolina. Gaia is tracing any non-Gaia Farm-grown herbs to geographical regions within the US and to bioregions within other continental land masses-like Amazonia or Northern Africa-because those are more meaningful to endemic habitats where the herbs naturally occur or to places where they have been grown traditionally for centuries. For example, Kava Kava traces to the Pacific island archipelago region of Oceania and Maca traces to the Andean region of South America.
Why are some source names proprietary?
Over nearly 25 years in herbal manufacturing, Gaia Herbs has cultivated and developed key relationships with certain growers and ingredient suppliers that are proprietary in nature. As botanical supplements have gone more and more mainstream, it has become quite challenging for Gaia Herbs to source premium-quality certified organic and ecologically harvested raw botanical materials beyond what Gaia grows themselves. Gaia recognized when they developed MYH that this program could also be used by market competitors as a sort of "yellow pages directory" to their supply chain. To prevent much larger, much better financed companies from threatening the integrity of the supply chain, Gaia has had to keep certain vendors' names proprietary for the time being. This will change over time due to investments Gaia is making in building internal horticultural supply capacity for most of these ingredients. Gaia welcomes other botanical supplement manufacturers to match Gaia Herbs' transparency commitments, and they welcome the scrutiny of consumers and practitioners to assure that Gaia Herbs' degree of transparency remains unsurpassed.
HPLC stands for High Performance Liquid Chromatography. This technique is used to separate plant extracts into individual chemical constituents, which can then be used for identification purposes (qualitative analysis) or to measure the amount of chemical or chemicals present in the extract (quantitative analysis). HPLC is used to identify raw materials and determine biomarker concentrations.
The NeoGen Soleris instrument monitors total bacteria, yeast and mold, and E.coli analyses in an automated platform. Raw materials and finished products are processed and added to Soleris - specific vials that contain microbial growing medium. If the introduced sample contains microbes, they begin to grow and cause a color change in the growing medium solution. The instrument detects the change in color and assigns a "fail" to that sample. If no color change occurs, then the sample is assigned a "pass".
GC/MS stands for Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. At Gaia, the primary role of the GC/MS is the testing of all raw herbs for a wide array of pesticides. GC/MS utilizes a combination of gas phase and liquid phase separation of the raw herb extract. This method separates all chemical constituents and then analyzes them by the equally powerful Mass Spectrometer, which allows the lab to search for individual pesticides in the raw herb.
UV-VIS stands for Ultra Violet - Visible Spectroscopy, which is a process that uses light absorption in the visible range and adjacent ranges of the color spectrum to detect a class of phyto-chemicals of herbal materials. This technique is used for determining the concentration of biomarker(s) in extracts without chromatographic separation.
A biomarker is a chemical within a plant extract that is used to either identify a plant extract (i.e. a chemical or group of chemicals that are specific to that plant) or to gauge the medicinal quality of an herb (i.e the biomarker is known to be the biologically active ingredient or medicine).
Biomarker concentration refers to the amount of a biomarker present in a given quantity of raw material (herb) or extract.
This stands for Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. This machine is the centerpiece of Gaia's heavy metals testing. This powerful technique is capable of observing a wide range of metal at quantities as low as nanograms of metals in a sample. The ICP-MS allows Gaia to obtain precise and sensitive data for all materials in a high speed manner. The plasma vaporizes all the material and breaks it down to the atomic level. The mass spectrometer is then able to detect all atoms of interest.
How Gaia Herbs moves beyond "standardization"
The term "standardized" in botanical extracts refers to delivering a consistent, measurable concentration of a recognized phyto-constituent in a botanical dietary supplement product. This is necessary because the natural variability in herbal products-due to geographical, seasonal, horticultural, and post-harvest handling factors-causes natural variability in the quality and potency of finished herbal products. Herbs like Milk Thistle, St. John's Wort, and Echinacea are often standardized to guaranteed marker compound concentrations to provide the end consumer a therapeutically meaningful dose. However, "standardization" can also mean that herbal products provide these marker compounds at the expense of the natural array of phyto-chemistry that nature has co-evolved into the herb. This can occur with herbal products that have been overly refined, purified, or even "spiked" with marker compound. Gaia Herbs uses only safe, ingestible, non-GMO grain alcohol and water as solvents in liquid extract manufacturing. Gaia uses only low-temperature/low-pressure methods to concentrate herbal extracts to their desired marker concentration levels, ensuring that the full spectrum of available phyto-chemistry remains in a fluid state throughout the manufacturing process. This full-spectrum array is then validated using state-of-the-art laboratory analytical techniques like HPLC and GC/MS to ensure the finished product retains this composition.
About Gaia Herbs
Gaia's mission is to bring vitality to -and create a connection between -plants and people. Their goal is larger than simply producing high-quality, potent herbal products. As steward of coevolution -the knowledge that plants and people have evolved together on Earth, forming a symbiotic connection as a result- Gaia is committed to leading the way in fostering the connection between plant and people. Gaia believes they must do all that they can to preserve the Plant Intelligence within each herb. Gaia must "plant intelligence" for the future. And they must continue to learn from Nature and encourage the sharing of this knowledge with others.
How Gaia proceed forward in accordance with the virtues of harmony is as important as what they produce. At Gaia Herb, they hold themselves- and everything they produce- accountable to the virtues of purity, integrity, and potency. These are the pillars supporting their belief, their actions, and their commitment.
Each herb must be cultivated in accordance with nature's intent. In order to deliver herbal medicines of assured purity, Gaia adheres to a stringent set of principles-rules they uphold as a company at Gaia Farm, and that their Certified Organic Farmers, Land Steward Harvesters, and Validated Partners must also follow.
These basic tenets are the foundation of the Gaia Principles of Purity-processes and protocols beneficial to both plants and people:
- They strive to procure all seeds and plants from sources whose organic methods and plant quality can be verified.
- They adhere to strict Certified Organic cultivation practices and meticulous crop monitoring-and require the same of their Certified Organic Farmers.
- They actively promote growing, harvesting, wild crafting, and purchasing practices that protect land ecosystems and enable the indigenous communities that grow and gather for them to achieve a more sustainable life.
- For crops that they do not grow, Gaia purchases their raw material from forest trade communities, indigenous growers, harvesters, and Validated Partners with a firm conviction to promote social sustainability in local communities and indigenous cultures.
- They uphold ethical business practices, both locally and around the world, to expand their sphere of influence beyond the acreage of Gaia Farm.
As Gaia creates herbal medicines, they must ensure the fullest possible expression of each herb. As herbal ingredients move through the production process, they are committed to using the right extraction technology and ideal concentration methods to act in accordance with the physical properties of the herb. With every herb that they process in their GMP compliant facility they apply only Full Spectrum processing technology. Their full spectrum processing involves choosing the ideal extraction and concentration methods to maintain the integrity of each individual plant. They do not isolate or purify a single active plant compound all on its own, nor are chemical or synthetic compounds ever added to their extracts. Instead, they deliver the complete natural array of the plant's compounds as intended by Nature, in order to facilitate the optimal physiological cascade of benefits within the body.
- Right + Right Method
The structure and nature of every plant is unique. To preserve the integrity of these chemical constituents during extraction, Gaia must choose the right method for the right herb, every time.
For some herbs, the bioactive constituents are water-soluble, and can be extracted by dissolving them in water, like making tea. For others, they use organic hydroethanolic extraction that utilizes water in combination with pure, food-grade grain alcohol, carefully adjusting alcohol and water ratios to capture the plant's bioactive constituents while preserving the full chemical spectrum the plant has to offer.
When delivering a medicinal benefit requires capturing the fat-soluble constituents of an herb, they use herbs extracted by a supercritical extraction technique. This process uses compressed carbon dioxide (CO2)-one of the basic elements of our atmosphere, and the "oxygen" that plants breathe and absorb-to gently extract the bioactive constituents, with no stress or damage to the herb, and no chemical-solvent residue.
In some cases, they must use more than one extraction method to ensure that they have preserved and collected the most complete representation of the plant's vital constituents. Regardless of the method selected, they never add hexane, acetone, methylene chloride, or other harsh chemical solvents. Food-grade grain alcohol, purified water, and carbon dioxide are their only diluents for internally consumed products-and Certified Organic extra-virgin olive oil is their solvent of choice for herbal salves and oil products.
- Low + Low Method
Once the bioactive constituents of the herbs have been extracted, the extracts are then highly concentrated with Gaia's meticulous low + low method-low temperature in combination with low atmospheric pressure-to protect the fragile, subtle vital forces of each plant.
Preserving the full chemical makeup of what they worked so hard to capture requires a slow, careful concentration technique involving low temperature and low atmospheric pressure.
Their low + low method of concentration uses a low atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars (versus the Earth's standard sea level pressure of 1,013.25 millibars) that allows the water and alcohol to evaporate slowly (much more slowly than other conventional concentration methods), while a low temperature of 60°C (140°F, nearly 75° below water's boiling point of 212°F/100°C) prevents any volatile, subtle, natural compounds from being damaged. As it evaporates, the organic grain alcohol is recaptured and purified, creating a closed-loop system in which no alcohol evaporates into the environment.
Potency: Purity + Integrity = Potency
The result of an unwavering commitment to purity and integrity.
Plant Intelligence is nature's way of delivering vitality to people. This is true potency. But potency can only be assured when Gaia maintains the herb's entire chain of custody in order to guarantee that the highest levels of purity and integrity have been preserved.
Improper handling at any step can damage Plant Intelligence and compromise potency. Some companies grow or source their herbs in all the right places, only to use harsh chemical solvents for extraction or extremely high temperatures for concentration. Conversely, they may use the best extraction and concentration methods-but are limited by raw materials that are contaminated or compromised from poor cultivation, harvesting, or sourcing.
Potency is a result of Gaia's strict adherence to responsible practices with every herb they source, combined with the use of the right + right method of extraction and low + low method of concentration, plus careful maintenance of the purity and integrity of each individual plant.