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Ultimate Probiotic Formula

15 Billion Probiotic Cells Daily
13 Beneficial Cultures with HSOs
Supports Normal Intestinal Function & Regularity

Whole Food Dietary Supplement

  • Delivers 15 billion probiotic cells daily
  • Formulated with 13 beneficial cultures, with HSOs
  • Includes S. boulardii to nourish and support ahealthy intestinal wall, the front line for the body’sdefense system†
  • Provides probiotic synergy and compatibility –Bacillus subtilis for promotion of Bifidobacteriumand Lactobacillus beneficial bacteria growth
  • Supports normal absorption and assimilation ofnutrients†
  • Promotes healthy bacteria counts and pH levels in the gut†
  • Helps maintain a healthy intestinal bacterial balance†
  • Maintains intestinal comfort and health†
  • May help alleviate occasional gas, bloating ortraveler’s diarrhea†
  • Helps maintain a healthy, balanced immune system†
  • Thrives in the toughest digestive environmentsundeterred by stomach and bile acids†
  • Creates an inhospitable environment for antagonistic orundesirable microorganisms†
  • Supports normal digestion of dairy products†
  • BioProtect® Packaging System for optimum ingredientfreshness and potency

The Digestive Health Connection

All organs and systems rely on the health of the digestive tract. Proper digestion is essential for the body to absorb and utilize the nutrients it needs. In addition, 75% of the cells necessary for the immune system to function effectively are connected to the gastrointestinal tract.

Probiotics: Critical For Good Health

Probiotics (“Pro”=Positive, “Biotic”=Life) are living microflora that play a critical role in maintaining good health. Present in many live foods but destroyed by heat processing, live probiotic cultures populate the intestinal tract where they play a positive role in digestive and immune health.†

Broad Spectrum Protection

Primal Defense® ULTRA is the ultimate broad-spectrum probiotic formula, made to provide 15 billion live cells per daily amount and 13 species of beneficial cultures including soil-based probiotics called Homeostatic® Soil Organisms (HSOs). Primal Defense® ULTRA nourishes and supports healthy intestinal epithelium lining integrity, the front line for the body’s defense system, and promotes healthy intestinal comfort and function.†

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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Supplement Facts

Serving Size 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container 90
Amount Per Serving % DV
Iron 1.80 mg10%
Proprietary HSO Probiotic Blend 410.00 mg**
 Lactobacillus casei **
 Lactobacillus acidophilus **
 Bifidobacterium bifidum **
 Lactobacillus rhamnosus **
 Bifidobacterium longum **
 Barley Grass **
 Lactobacillus plantarum **
 Lactobacillus paracasei **
 Lactobacillus salivarius **
 Bifidobacterium lactis **
 Bifidobacterium breve (HA 129) **
 Oat Grass **
 Lactobacillus brevis **
 Bacillus subtilis **
Ionic Plant Based Minerals 290.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Product Directions / Additional Info

Adults begin with 1 capsule per day with 8oz. of water or juice and gradually increase to 1 capsule 3 times per day. Best taken on an empty stomach. Not intended for children.

Other Ingredients: Vegetable capsule, Rice maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate (Vegetable Source)

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Preservatives

Storage Instructions: Store in a cool, dry place.

Warning: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

As with any dietary supplement consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you use are pregnant, nursing or under medical supervision.

Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing.

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Herbal Defense Against the Common Cold

Herbal Defense Against the Common Cold
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Larch arabinogalactan increased the body’s potential to defend against infection

A special fiber from the bark of the larch tree, called arabinogalactan, may be another weapon in the arsenal against the common cold, according to a study that found that people who supplemented with arabinogalactan got fewer colds.

The study, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, included 199 people who reported getting colds frequently-at least three times in six months. They were assigned to receive either 4.5 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of larch arabinogalactan powder per day or placebo and were monitored for 12 weeks.

Larch arabinogalactan users have fewer colds

Arabinogalactan appeared to make a small difference: 60% of the people in the supplement group got a cold during the study compared to 74% in the placebo group and the arabinogalactan users had more cold-symptom-free days (77 days) compared to placebo (74 days). The duration and severity of symptoms was the same in both groups.

The study's authors comment that "larch arabinogalactan increased the body's potential to defend against common cold infection," noting that both groups had fewer colds than expected during the study, suggesting that the protective effect of arabinogalactan may have been more pronounced if the rate of colds had been higher.

Arabinogalactan and immunity

While scientists still don't know exactly how larch arabinogalactan works, studies done in test tubes have found that it can increase the activity of specific immune cells and increase antibody production. It is also known to act as a prebiotic, increasing populations of friendly bacteria in the large intestine. These bacteria help keep the immune system working properly, and studies have shown that increasing the number of friendly bacteria in the gut can reduce susceptibility to some infections, including colds.

Build your defenses against colds

Larch arabinogalactan may help your immune system better fight off cold viruses, but viruses are very clever and you might improve your odds staying healthy if you use multiple weapons to keep them at bay:

  • Gargle & rinse. A daily practice of gargling with plain water can keep your risk of colds down, and a traditional "neti pot" (sterilize before using) or any nasal saline rinse can help flush out bacteria or virus from your sinuses.
  • Rest. Lack of sleep and too much stress can wear down your defenses and increase your susceptibility.
  • Limit sugar. The higher your blood sugar level, the slower your immune cells work. Avoid spikes in blood sugar levels by eating high-fiber complex carbohydrates instead of sugars and refined grains.
  • Take vitamin C. Although we don't know for sure whether it is preventive, studies have found that taking vitamin C during a cold may reduce its duration and severity. You need at least 1,000 to 2,000 mg per day to have an effect.
  • Take a cold rinse. Popular wisdom has it that cold water makes you stronger, and researchers have found it might be true: immune cells are more active after dunking briefly in cold water. Try taking a 30 to 60 second cold shower after your regular hot shower.

(Curr Med Res Opin 2013;29:1-8)

Maureen Williams, ND, completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been in private practice since 1995. With an abiding commitment to access to care, she has worked in free clinics in the US and Canada, and in rural clinics in Guatemala and Honduras where she has studied traditional herbal medicine. She currently lives and practices in Victoria, BC, and lectures and writes extensively for both professional and community audiences on topics including family nutrition, menopause, anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, and easing stress. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.

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