Genestra AFA-Gen 90 Vegetable Capsules
Genestra AFA-Gen- 90 vegetable capsules
• Blue Green Algae formulation • A source of niacin for the maintenance of good health. • Ideal for vegans • Convenient capsule format increases patient compliance
AFA-Gen has naturally occuring niacin for the maintenance of good health, and to help the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. AFA-Gen is also a source of 27 naturally occuring essential minerals, 12 vitamins, 10 amino acids and 32 fatty acids. It is not irradiated and does not use any GMO’s. The medicinal ingredient, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is certified kosher and certified organic.
Additional product info: Niacin is a factor in the maintenance of good health and helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins (1).
A study examined the short-term effects of consumption of a moderate amount (1.5 grams) of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), on the immune system. Using a crossover, placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind design, 21 volunteers were studied, including 5 long-term AFA consumers. Consumption of a moderate amount (1.5 grams) of the blue-green algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae results in rapid changes in immune cell trafficking. Two hours after AFA consumption, a generalized mobilization of lymphocytes and monocytes, but not polymorph nucleated cells, was observed. This included increases in CD3+, CD4+, and CD8+ T cell subsets and CD19+ B cells. In addition, the relative proportions and absolute numbers of natural killer (NK) cells were reduced after AFA consumption. A mild but significant reduction in phagocytic activity was observed for polymorph nucleated cells. Consumption of AFA leads to rapid changes in immune cell trafficking, but not direct activation of lymphocytes. Thus, AFA increases the immune surveillance without directly stimulating the immune system (2).
References: 1 NHPD Monograph on Niacin. December 2009. 2 Jensen, GS., Ginsberg, DI., Huerta, P., Citton, M. and Drapeau, C. Consumption of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae Has Rapid Effects on the Circulation and Function of Immune Cells in Humans. Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association. January 2000. 2(3) :50-58.
Other ingredients: Hypromellose, cellulose, magnesium stearate