Vital Four by BioPure is a synergistic blend of Echinacea, Goldenseal, Myrrh, and Oregon Grape Root.
Vital Four narrows BioPures Viressence tincture down to four ingredients which may benefit diabetes patients as it regulates blood sugar metabolism while boosting the immune system. It also may work to support microbial, parasitic and viral defense.
Research & More Information:
Echinacea and Goldenseal are both well known as stimulants of the immune system and are often combined in supplements intended to fight colds, flus, and upper respiratory tract infections (15,16,17,18). Research has shown that each herb stimulates different types of antibodies in mice, which may be one reason they work well together (19). Goldenseal contains berberine, an important alkaloid which has been getting a lot of attention lately in relation to its ability to lower blood glucose levels and stimulate sensitivity to insulin in Type 2 diabetic patients (20). It is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent (21).
Oregon Grape Root comes from an evergreen shrub native to the American Northwest. It is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties (22,23,24). Like Goldenseal, one of the constituent alkaloids in Oregon Grape Root is berberine, and because Goldenseal is becoming harder to find due to overharvesting, Oregon Grape Root is coming into demand for its berberine content and its beneficial effects on glucose and lipid metabolism (22,25,26,27). The herb is classified as “bitter” and has been traditionally used to stimulate digestion and address a variety of intestinal and urinary tract disorders, and as a liver and gall bladder tonic (22). Oregon Grape Root has also shown effectiveness in helping to reduce inflammation and symptoms of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis (28,29).
Myrrh is one of history’s oldest and most important resins, being used for a wide variety of medicinal and spiritual purposes. Like Oregon Grape, Myrrh is classified as “bitter” and is believed to have antiseptic astringent qualities, useful in stimulating digestion, blood circulation, dispersion of swelling, and as an expectorant and decongestant (36). Modern research supports its anti-inflammatory properties (37), antibacterial, antifungal, and even anaesthetic activity (38).
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