The multiple Benefits of IP6?
BONE HEALTH — IP6 Health is rich in the bone building nutrients; calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Recent research indicates that the relatively unknown IP6 may be the secret to strong bones.
IMMUNE FUNCTION — IP6 Health has been shown to enhance immune function by boosting the activity of natural killer cells and maintaining normal cell growth.*
HEART HEALTH — IP6 has been shown to reduce inflammation, bind excess iron, reduce platelet aggregation and support normal cholesterol levels.*
And . . . IP6 supports healthy glucose levels, healthy kidney function and to top it off is a very potent antioxidant.*
IP6 Health is a patented combination of one molecule of inositol and one molecule of IP6. Inositol is the "I" in IP6 and therefore IP6 Health has twice as many molecules of insositol than pure IP6 has on its own.
As the "little brother" of IP6, inositol is not as potent as IP6. However the two molecules complement each other's actions and are more potent as a "team." In fact, a U.S. patent for immune enhancement was awarded for thie very special combination.
With the research reported by NBC, it begs the question, "What would the the potential be of the more powerful, yet safe, combination of IP6 and inositol?"
Inositol safety was mentioned in the video. A few other inositol safety facts worth mentioning are; 1st: Inositol is a B vitamin.. 2nd: Inositol is considered to pose no health risks and is normally added to infant formulas, which very much illustrates inositol’s safety and importance nutritionally.
A History of IP6:
Dating back to the early 1960s it was discovered that the black population of South Africa had a 90% lower risk of colon cancer than the white population. However this was only the case for the first generation of black city dwellers and not blacks that had lived in the cities for several generations. What was unique about this first generation living in the city? Researchers discovered that the new city inhabitants often continued to eat a traditional rural diet, which consisted primarily of corn or maize- approx 600 grams a day. Researchers reasoned that because corn is rich in fiber, that the fiber was preventing the colon cancer. This study provided “proof”, or so they thought about the benefit of fiber and helped to lay the foundation for the hypothesis that dietary fiber was the protector of the colon.
Was Fiber or IP6 Providing the Protection?
In the 1970s however there was conflicting research. The Finnish people consumed half as much fiber as the Danes, yet their colon cancer incidence was half that of the people of Denmark. Obviously there were flaws with the fiber protecting the colon hypothesis. Then in the 1980s researchers questioned whether it was the IP6 or phytate in the Finnish diet that was protecting them. The Finnish people were consuming a lot more breakfast cereals, which are high in IP6 and as a result the Finns were getting 20 to 30% more IP6 than the Danes, despite eating half as much fiber as the Danes. When it comes to IP6 content there is a great deal of variance between fiber sources. Incidentally the IP6 percentage is very high in South African maize, as it is approx 6% by weight. South African blacks were in fact consuming over 40 grams of IP6 daily. Was it the fiber in the corn or the IP6 in the corn that was protecting them?
Dr. A.K. Shamsuddin, a Professor of pathology who specialized in colon cancer at the University of Maryland decided to investigate the Finnish paradox. Professor Shamsuddin, who is on the “Who’s Who” list of American Inventors for inventing a screening test for colon cancer, fed IP6 in varying doses to rats and then sped up their rate of cell division. The result was clearly dose dependant, the more IP6, the fewer the tumors.
Because inositol and IP6 occur naturally in all of our cells, researchers reasoned that these nutrients would impact several areas of our health. For the last 2 decades scientists, many of whom are internationally recognized, have been uncovering the many benefits.
Being safe and with so many potential health benefits it is hard to argue against IP6 supplementation. Instead of asking why take IP6, it is more a question of why wouldn’t a person want to take IP6?