Herpes zoster is the medical name for shingles. Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a member of the herpes family and the same virus that causes chicken pox. The characteristic symptom is a rash of painful blisters. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body.
Shingles is caused by reactivation in the adult years of the chicken pox virus that occurred during childhood. The virus can be reactivated when the body's immunity to the virus breaks down. This may happen due to normal aging, or the body's immune system may become weakened due to stress from illness, physical or emotional stress, fatigue, poor nutrition, certain medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other factors.
Shingles is an infection of the nerve endings in the skin, the painful condition known as shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus. This is the same virus responsible for chicken pox. After a child recovers from chicken pox, the virus stays in the body, lying dormant in the spinal cord. It is activated, usually many years later, when the immune system is weakened by stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, infections, AIDS or such cancers as leukemia. The first sign that the reactivated virus has spread to nerve endings is a burning or tingling pain, most often in the trunk area around the ribs and waist. Itchy blisters form and crust over, eventually falling off. Blisters can be so painful that anything coming into contact with the skin, even clothing, feels intolerable. Headaches, fever and fatigue also beset shingles sufferers; pain may linger after blisters are gone. Shingles is typically treated with antiviral drugs, but anti-inflammatory and antiviral herbs, vitamins and natural immune boosters can also aid healing and reduce pain.
Treatment of the symptoms of shingles through compresses and pain relievers is usually recommended by health care providers. Lubricating eyedrops or antibiotic eye drops may also be prescribed.
What you can do as soon as you feel any tingling pain that might herald shingles, or as soon as blisters appear, see your health care provider, as antiviral drugs must be taken early on. Keep the blistered areas clean, use herbal compresses for both relief and cleansing, and gently pat dry. Try, as hard as it may be, to refrain from scratching the blisters. Wear light, well-ventilated cotton clothing with as little underneath as possible. Make sure your diet is healthy. Avoid sugar and refined flours. Herbal salves and teas can ease pain and hasten healing. Herbal amino acid and vitamin supplements (especially vitamin E) also support immunity and help to prevent lingering pain.
The use of antiviral medications may be recommended by your health care provider if your condition is diagnosed with 72 hours after its appearance. The medication most commonly prescribed is acyclovir. Famcyclovir and Valacyclovir may also be prescribed. Occasionally, corticosteroids (Prednisone) may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Pain relievers are sometimes also used to reduce pain.
Bio-Immunozyme Forte is a broad-spectrum product containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, as well as neonatal bovine gland and organ components known to support immune function.
Bio-C-Plus 1000 is 1000 milligrams of mixed ascorbates (vitamin C) per tablet. This is a product that you would consider if you want a mixed ascorbate tablet that contains a higher level of vitamin C that is buffered.
L-Lysine HCI (Amino Acid) by Bitoics - supplies L-lysine, an essential amino acid, having documented immuno-supportive properties. 500 mg per capsule. Use with Parkinson's, herpes (cold sores), shingles, tissue repair, impaired calcium metabolism, lead and other heavy metal body burdens. 1-2 capsules, 3 times a day with meals.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Optimal EFAs - supplies a unique blend of the highest quality fish, flaxseed and borage oils, providing a balanced blend of omega-3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids in optimal ratios. See Essentail Fatty Acid Supplements
UltraVir-X contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and natural mixed carotenoids, copper and zinc in a proprietary mixture of Maitake mushroom, wheat grass, rutin and several herbs with known antiviral properties. The suggested dose is two capsules, twice per day on an empty stomach. UltraVir-X is extremely effective with chronic, subacute viral infections. The inclusion of UltraVir-X into treatment programs for Hepatitis A, B and C has made a significant difference in our resolution rates. Each capsule supplies: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 75 mg, Vitamin A (emulsified palmitate) 1500 I.U., Natural mixed carotenoids 1000 I.U., Copper (gluconate) 0.3 mg, Zinc (gluconate) 2 mg, UltraVir-X base 440 mg (UltraVir-X Base a proprietary blend of the following constituents: Maitake mushroom, wheatgrass, rutin, Astragalus membranaceous, Bupleurum falcatum, Forsythia suspensa, propolis, Stillingia sylvatice, Phyllanthus amarus, Harnamells virginiana and hesperidin.) Warning: Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Dosage Recommendations: Take 2 capsules, 3 times daily after meals.
Zinc: Zinc Supreme by Designs for Health is made with chelated minerals by Albion Advanced Nutrition, the leader in mineral technology. The zinc is zinc bis-glycinate chelate and the molybdenum is bis-glycinate chelate. They are ideal chelates with a 2:1 molar ratio of two amino acids of glycine chemically bonded in liquid to one mineral ion of zinc or molybdenum for optimal absorption. The minerals and B vitamins in Zinc Supreme are very well tolerated and very well absorbed. Zn-Zyme Forte
Vitamin A: 25,000-50,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Bio-Ae-Mulsion or Bio-Ae-Mulsion Forte
B-12 Lozenges (Vitamin)
B-12 Lozenges (Vitamin) by Nutri-West
B-12 Lozenges (Vitamin)
An easily assimilated form of Vitamin B-12 (with complementary folic acid) that dissolves under the tongue. Vitamin B-12 functions in red blood cell formation, nervous system function, and RNA and DNA synthesis.
Slow Dissolving B-12 Lozenge Tablet Each Slow Dissolving Lozenge Supplies: Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin) 1,000mcg, Folic Acid 400mcg, Tissue Concentrates (not extracts) of bovine source from Stomach 10mg, Liver 10mg, and Natural Spearmint Flavor.
1-2 tablets per day
No known contraindications.
K-34 Vitamin B12
K-34 Vitamin B12 by Apex Energetics, 1oz liquid
This product is a highly absorbable sublingual solution of Vitamin B-12, which allows it to avoid the GI tract and the liver.
Apex Energetics Vitamin B12 is a sublingual B12. Some people do have trouble absorbing B12 from food. A typical pattern is macrocytic anemia meaning the blood cells get large but don't have adequate quantities of hemoglobin. One common symptom is fatigue. Recommended dosage is 1 dropperful per day or as directed by your healthcare provider.
This product is a highly absorbable sublingual solution of Vitamin B-12, which allows it to avoid the GI tract and the liver. This decreases the possibility of conversion to other metabolites. Consider using this product whenever B-12 augmentation is required.
Servings: Take 10 drops under the tongue, 3 times a day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
RECOMMENDATION: One (1) lozenge each day as a dietary supplement or as otherwise directed by a healthcare professional. Contains: 60 Lozenges
B12-2000™ Lozenges are a naturally flavored B12 lozenge that also contain synergistic levels of both vitamin B6 and folate, all of which are key cofactors needed to reduce homocysteine levels. B12-2000™ Lozenges are an oral B12 supplement designed to dissolve in the patient’s mouth. Do not chew them. Studies have demonstrated that, if allowed to dissolve in the mouth, oral forms of vitamin B12 are extremely effective. This allows the nutrients to by pass digestion and enter directly into the blood stream, similar to injections but without the needle. Biotics Research Corporation leads the industry in product quality and effectiveness bringing “The Best of Science and Nature” to the consumer.
D3 5000 by Metagenics
D3 5000 features 5000 IU of vitamin D3--the most bioavailable form of vitamin D.
Supports bone and immune health?
Provides high dose vitamin D3 (5000 IU) to quickly replenish vitamin D status?
Solubilized in oil for better absorption in the digestive tract?
Available in easy-to-swallow softgels
Supports bone, cardiovascular, immune, and neurological health
Provides high dose vitamin D3 (5000 IU) to quickly replenish vitamin D status
Solubilized in oil for better absorption in the digestive tract
Available in easy-to-swallow softgels
Caution: If pregnant or nursing, taking other nutritional supplements or medication, consult your healthcare practitioner before use. This product contains vitamin D at a level that exceeds the adult tolerable upper intake level, the maximum daily intake unlikely to result in adverse effects in the most sensitive individuals.* Keep out of the reach of children.
Notice: It is highly recommended that serum 25- and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D be monitored every 60-90 days while consuming this product to ensure that levels remain in an acceptable range.
* Level established by the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Bio-Ae-Mulsion Forte is an oil-in-water emulsion. Vitamin A oil has been dispersed into microscopic particles to aid absorption and assimilation.
WARNING: FOR ADULTS ONLY. Use only as recommended unless otherwise directed by a healthcare professional. Excessive consumption of vitamin A has been shown to cause serious health problems.
RECOMMENDATION: One (1) drop each day as a dietary supplement or as otherwise directed by a healthcare professional.
Contains: 1 Fluid oz. (750 drops);
Bio-C Plus 1000
Bio-C Plus 1000 by Biotics Research, 100 Tabs
Bio-C Plus 1000 by Biotics Research provides high dose vitamin C as mixed mineral ascorbates combined with bioflavonoids, SOD and catalase. Mixed ascorbates are less likely to cause digestive distress than regular ascorbic acid at this level. Use Bio-C Plus 1000 wherever the need for vitamin C is determined.
A few indications for Vitamin C include: general immune support, detoxification of copper, menopausal symptoms, heart disease, oxidative stress, stronger bones, support against cold and flu viruses, and adrenal dysfunction.
Vitamin C is also a thermal regulator. Body temperatures change far less in extreme heat or cold with adequate levels of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is depleted by sugar, stress, aspirin, coffee, alcohol, aging, smoking, analgesics, antibiotics, anti-depressants, anti-coagulants, steroids, baking soda and high fevers.
Supplement Facts Each tablet contains: Vitamin C (as calcium and magnesium ascorbates) 850mg Calcium (from calcium ascorbate) 50mg Magnesium (from magnesium ascorbate) 32mg Citrus Bioflavonoids (citrus fruit) 100mg Superoxide dismutase (from vegetable culture*) 15mcg Catalase (from vegetable culture*) 15mcg Other Ingredients: stearic acid (vegetable source), modified cellulose gum, food glaze magnesium stearate (vegetable source). *Vegetable culture - specially grown, biologically active vegetable culture containing naturally associated phytochemicals including polyphenolic compounds with SOD and catalase, dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve associated enzyme factors.
Recommended Use: Adults: Take one tablet per day or more as recommended by your healthcare professional.
Warning: Keep out of the reach of children.
Bio-Immunozyme Forte by Biotics Research - A broad-spectrum product containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, as well as neonatal bovine glandular and organ components known to support immune function. Product is in a base of SOD, catalase, echinacea, methyl-donors and chlorophyll. Use with both chronic and acute-phase immune insufficiency.
Bio-Immunozyme Forte is a unique, broad-spectrum formula which may be used in lieu of a general multiple vitamin. It consists of a variety of nutrients and factors which support immune function. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids have been well documented in their support of healthy immune function via the immunological activity of leukocytes, interferon, and inflammatory reactions to promote resistance to infection. Neonatal thymus gland concentrate is one of many nutritive elements which support neutrophil production and cell mediated immunity. Cell mediated immunity is crucial in the body’s resistance to yeasts, fungi, parasites, bacteria, and most importantly, viruses, because it is a frontline defense that does not require antibody production. Zinc, an essential cofactor for over 70 enzymes, is of vital importance for the highly proliferating cells of the immune system, particularly monocyte and macrophage function, as well as affecting the number and activity of neutrophil granulocytes and natural killer (NK) cells. Vitamin A maintains a distinct action on cellular immunity. In addition to its role in the support of mucosal surfaces, it also aids in maintaining lymphatic tissues, and in antibody production, particularly that of secretory IgA. Another antioxidant with marked effect on immuno-activity is vitamin E, which in addition to its protective effects on gastric mucosa, has been shown to improve immune responsiveness, as evidenced by a decrease in lipid-peroxidation, ie. PGE2. Other ingredients in Bio-Immunozyme Forte™ include: L-Lysine, Echinacea, Capsicum annum, Chlorophyllins, methyl donors and Lactobacillus acidophilus (DDS-1). As always, you can count on Biotics Research Corporation to offer superior nutritional products supplying "The Best of Science and Nature".
Biomega 3 by Biotics Research (Marine Lipid) by Biotics
Biomega-3(TM) is a necessary dietary nutrients that impact most physiological functions, including supporting healthy inflammatory responses and relieving minor pain due to overexertion. The highest quality, all natural (not modified by distillation processes) fish oil supplying omega-3 fatty acids, Biomega-3 fish oil surpasses all national and international standards for environmental pollutants, including dioxins, PCBs, pesticides and heavy metals.
Biomega-3(TM) provides essential omega 3 fatty acids, or healthy fats, that are required for a number of bodily processes. The body cannot manufacture omega 3 fatty acids from other nutrients, hence the 'essential' distinction. In addition to their well known role in promoting heart health, omega 3 fatty acids serve a number of basic biological roles; they are crucial for the structure and function of cellular membranes, they play a role in cellular and neurological signaling, they act as hormone precursors, and they aide in the regulation of nutrient uptake and excretion at the cellular level. These fatty acids are also the key in reducing inflammation, supporting normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, regulating brain and neurological function, and regulating gene expression. Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency has been associated with a wide variety of health complaints including obesity, ADD, ADHD, and similar spectrum disorders, inflammatory arthritis, adrenal and/or thyroid hypofunction, skin issues, including eczema, psoriasis, and generalized dermatitis, cardiovascular issues, cognitive breakdown, and autoimmune disorders.
Note: Biotics Research uses only small, deep, cold water fish such as anchovies and sardines to avoid toxins that are found in accumulation in larger fish
This product is a highly absorbable liquid solution of Vitamin B-12, which allows it to avoid the GI tract and the liver, decreasing the possibility of conversion to other metabolites. Consider using this product whenever B-12 augmentation is required. In addition, this formula has 1000 mcg (1mg) of methylcobalamin per serving, which is 3x the potency of K34.
Servings: Take 10 drops under the tongue, 3 times a day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Two (2) capsules taken two (2) times each day as a dietary supplement or as otherwise directed by a healthcare professional.
Contains: 120 Capsules
UltraVirX by Biotics Research
UltraVir-X is extremely effective with chronic, subacute viral infections. The inclusion of UltraVir-X into treatment programs for Hepatitis A, B and C has been succesful in many programs.
Contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and natural mixed carotenoids, copper and zinc in a proprietary mixture of Maitake mushroom, wheat grass, rutin and several herbs with known antiviral properties. The suggested dose is two capsules, twice per day on an empty stomach. UltraVir-X is extremely effective with chronic, subacute viral infections. The inclusion of UltraVir-X into treatment programs for Hepatitis A, B and C has made a significant difference in our resolution rates.
One (1) to three (3) capsules taken twice daily as a dietary supplement or as otherwise directed by a health care professional.
**Each capsule supplies: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 75 mg Vitamin A (emulsified palmitate) 1500 I.U. Natural mixed carotenoids 1000 I.U. Copper (gluconate) 0.3 mg Zinc (gluconate) 2 mg UltraVir-X base* 440 mg *UltraVir-X Base a proprietary blend of the following constituents: Maitake mushroom, wheatgrass, rutin, Astragalus membranaceous, Bupleurum falcatum, Forsythia suspensa, propolis, Stillingia sylvatice, Phyllanthus amarus, Harnamells virginiana and hesperidin.
WARNING: Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
ZN Zyme Forte
Zn-Zyme Forte (Water-Soluble Zinc)
Organically combined zinc. ZN-Zyme contains 15 milligrams of zinc per tablet and ZN-Zyme Forte contains 25 milligrams of zinc per tablet. Consider with immune insufficiency, loss of sense of taste or smell, for wounds that heal slowly, acne, reduced sex drive, prostate hypertrophy, chronic yeast infections, macular degeneration, hair loss, dandruff, premature graying of the hair, white spots on the fingernails and as a synergist to vitamin B-6, chromium and magnesium. 100 tablets
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