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Garden of Life's Primal Defense and Perfect Food FAQ's

1. What is the difference between Primal Defense and other probiotics?

Even if they manage to get through the destructive stomach acids, most probiotic supplements can have a hard time implanting in colons that are pH imbalanced or have too many harmful bacteria. HSOs are designed to implant in any colonic environment. The Microflora Delivery System makes sure that the probiotics colonize throughout the digestive tract where they can work their magic. The probiotics contained in Primal Defense are grown and incorporated into a living whole food substrate using the Poten-Zyme process. This puts the bacteria into their home, if you will, allowing them to thrive on their long journey through the GI tract. Most probiotics on the market today will grow bacteria and then, in a centrifuge, separate them from their substrate. We believe the substrate is as important as the probiotics themselves.

Many probiotics have included fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) in their product. FOS is an indigestible sugar that may cause digestive disturbances in certain individuals. Primal Defense contains no FOS. Since temperature can begin to degrade these probiotics, imagine what the warm body will do! The HSOs are dormant in the caplet and activated by fluids. Primal Defense requires no refrigeration. Many probiotics on the market measure their potency in colony forming units (CFU). In Primal Defense, it's not the quantity of probiotics, it's the quality.

The probiotics in Primal Defense are hardy and are designed to resist heat, cold, stomach acid, chlorine, fluorine, ascorbic acid and bile. The efficacy of a probiotic should be based upon the ability of the product to "on ferment" foods. If you want to test the viability of a probiotic product, simply drop a few caplets in 2-4 ounces of milk and leave at room temperature for 24-48 hours. If the probiotic is viable, the milk will change to a thick yogurt-like consistency. This measures the ability of a probiotic to produce enzymes and break down or pre-digest food. If a probiotic cannot pass this simple test, do you think it will be capable of doing it's job in your body?
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2. What are the ingredients in the new Primal Defense formula?

There are three critical nutrients found in Primal Defense:

  • Beneficial soil bacteria
  • Phytosterols and Sterolins
  • Cereal grass juices.
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3. What do each of these ingredients do?

Beneficial Soil Bacteria:

A lack of beneficial bacteria and inadequate diet are the main causes of sluggish bowels which results in poor waste elimination. Over a period of time, this can lead to "intestinal toxemia", or a poisoning of the body from built-up waste material seeping into the rest of the body (leaky-gut syndrome).

Phytosterols and Sterolins:

The immune system cannot function without optimal levels of these plant lipids. A diet rich in these plant fats has been shown to significantly increase the immune response in many suffering from autoimmune and low immune illnesses.

Cereal Grass Juices:

These are the immature shoots of grass before they become mature grains. Even people sensitive to grains can usually tolerate these because they contain no gluten or long starch chains. Grasses offer unique digestive enzymes, vitamins, and minerals not found in other foods.
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4. Since I eat sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables per day, is Garden of Life's Primal Defense necessary?

YES. Due to the high levels of sterilizing pesticides and herbicides that are used in our soil today, most of the soil bacteria is killed off. The problem lies in the fact that the good, as well as bad, bacteria is eradicated in this process.
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5. What if I eat plenty of organically grown vegetables?

Garden of Life's Primal Defense is still necessary for optimum digestive functioning. Sterols are found only in freshly harvested plants and are completely dissipated within 6-8 hours of harvesting. Therefore, even organically grown fruits and vegetables are not sufficient.
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6. What can Garden of Life's Primal Defense do for my auto-immune disorder?

Phytosterols and sterolins are responsible for many immune system functions. When a person has an auto-immune disease or any form of inflammatory condition, the body produces an abnormal amount of Interleuken 6, the chemical associated with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Likewise, persons with stress and illness conditions will have an abundance of cortisol (the stress hormone). Sterolins have been shown to lower cortisol levels and block the production of Interleuken 6. Additionally, sterolins increase the amount of DHEA which is an important immune system aid that becomes depleted during immune/inflammatory illness.
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7. Is Garden of Life's Primal Defense researched?

In over 130 double-blind clinical studies, sterolins have been proven to block the production of Interleuken 6 and modulate the function of T-cells which specialize in fighting viruses and harmful bacteria within a host cell.
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8. What kind of diseases may be helped by Garden of Life's Primal Defense?

Actually, nearly all illnesses have an inflammatory component which means that all patients could potentially benefit from using this product. Specific remarkable results have been shown with persons suffering from the following:

Auto-Immune Disorders
BPH (enlarged prostate)
Cholesterol (proven to lower LDL levels)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Pain
Crohn's Disease
Digestive Disorders
Intestinal Toxemia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Leaky-Gut Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Skin Disorders
Urticaria (Hives)
Viral Conditions

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9. Can Garden of Life's Primal Defense help with skin conditions?

Yes. Primal Defense has been shown to alleviate symptoms of Urticaria (or chronic hives) in many patients. As you probably know your skin is the first protective barrier against external invasion; however, internal distress many times can manifest itself through skin disorders. Often, the skin disorder is no more than a sign that something has gone haywire internally. Primal DefenseTM can then alleviate the skin problems by internally rebuilding the immune system.
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10. Is Garden of Life's Primal Defense safe for children?

YES. The dosage is estimated at one caplet per 50 lbs of body weight as maintenance and four times that amount is regarded as a therapeutic dosage; however, this product is completely natural and non-toxic at any dose; however caution is advised when first using Primal Defense due to the large increase in intestinal absorption which can overwhelm the body and cause one to feel ill.
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11. What are some of the conditions and symptoms associated with digestive distress?

Intestinal Toxemia, a poisoning of the body from built-up waste material seeping into the body from the gut lining, manifests itself in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:

Crohn's disease
circulatory problems
eye, ear, nose and throat conditions
gastrointestinal upset
heart irregularities
high blood pressure
high cholesterol
hormonal problems
irritable bowel syndrome
lower back pain
skin problems
ulcerative colitis

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12. What exactly is Garden of Life's Primal Defense?

Primal Defense is a combination of beneficial microorganisms from both soil and plant sources. It is designed to replenish and fortify the body's gastrointestinal tract.
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13. Are there a lot of microorganisms in the intestinal tract?

There are between 2-4 pounds of bacteria in one's intestinal tract. Scientists estimate that there are more bacterial cells in your gastrointestinal tract than the entire number of cells in the rest of your body. There are two types of bacteria in our intestinal tracts: there is beneficial bacteria and pathogenic or harmful bacteria. The ratio of beneficial to harmful bacteria is perhaps the most crucial element in our health today. Researchers estimate that the average intestinal tract of a healthy individual should be approximately 85% beneficial and 15% pathogenic. While that 15% pathogenic is still in your body, it is benign when it is in the presence of the 85% beneficial bacteria. The real problem here is that the average individual, consuming the standard American diet, has the exact opposite ratio, which is 15% beneficial and 85% pathogenic.
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14. What types of illnesses or symptoms might be associated with having the wrong kind of bacterial balance in one's intestines?

They can be anywhere from minor problems such as gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, to being a contributing factor in major autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, ALS, which is Lou Gehrig's disease, asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and even things such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
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15. What is the Poten-Zyme process?

The Poten-Zyme process is an ancient bio fermentation process using beneficial microorganisms (probiotics) and their enzymes to gently break down foods into their most basic elements. Poten-Zyme neutralizes nutrient inhibitors found in foods such as grains, seeds and legumes. Many people with sensitive digestive systems have a tough time obtaining nutrition from these sometimes difficult to digest foods. Poten-Zyme solves that problem. Poten-Zyme creates and liberates valuable compounds within the foods including: enzymes, antioxidants, beta glucans, phytosterols and many others. Poten-Zyme enhances the nutritional value of the food while making it much easier to digest.
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16. What is UltraZorbe?

UltraZorbe caplets utilize a proprietary technology which requires no heat and fully preserves the delicate enzymes and probiotics contained in the product. UltraZorbe caplets are designed to provide rapid disintegration and dissolution to completely deliver the nutrients in a timely fashion. Just drop a few caplets in water and see for yourself.
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17. What is the Microrflora Delivery System?

MDS is the process that makes the probiotics dormant. This protects the probiotics and delivers them directly to the GI tract where they multiply and flourish.
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18. Why not take vitamins and supplements instead of Garden of Life's Perfect Food?

Whole foods contain hundreds and possibly thousands of yet to be discovered nutrients that cannot be isolated. Many of these nutrients provide amazing health benefits. With foods and food concentrates, containing whole nutritional complexes, the body can choose its needs for assimilation and excrete what it does not need; this is called selective absorption. On the other hand, with isolated and/or synthetic vitamins, there is no choice, the body must handle the chemical in some manner and can suffer consequences of bio-chemical imbalances and toxic overdose.
(New Hope for Incurable Diseases, E. Cheraskin & W.M. Ringsdorf Jr., 1971) Vitamins and minerals are devoid of living nutrients such as enzymes. Have you ever seen anyone plant vitamin pills in the ground and grow a vitamin bush? The nutrient dense enzyme rich "live foods" contained in Perfect Food provide vitamins and minerals as nature intended, with all of the co-factors and synergistic compounds.
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19. Why is Goat's milk protein superior to cow's milk or vegetarian sources of protein?

Goats are the healthiest domestic animal known to man, goat's milk digests in 20 min. vs. 3 hrs for cow's milk, goat's milk is the closest food (molecular structure and function) to mother's milk next to sheep milk and the fat particles in goat milk are 5 times smaller than those in cow's milk.
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