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Natural Tree Extract (Larch Arabinogalactan) Shown to Have Statistically Significant Effect in Protecting Immune Health
Date:1/29/2013

ALLENDALE, N.J., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Daily consumption of larch arabinogalactan, a natural extract from larch trees, delivered a statistically significant effect in protecting immune health, according to a 12-week randomized controlled study published in Current Medical and Research Opinion.  The study provides some of the strongest evidence to date supporting natural products for immune health, a $2.1 billion market some say is characterized by lofty claims not often supported by science.

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According to the Nutrition Business Journal, Americans spent $2.1 billion in 2011 on natural immune products, with products containing vitamin C or Echinacea making up the majority of sales.  However, some rigorous studies on the most popular products suggest little benefit in protecting immune health.  While a 2012 survey conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation found that 70 percent of respondents believed that taking vitamin C helped their immune systems, authors of the Cochrane Systematic Review, which evaluated 29 studies using vitamin C in immune health, concluded that "routine prophylaxis is not justified."

In the larch arabinogalactan study, 199 healthy participants aged 18-70 took either 4.5 grams of larch arabinogalactan daily or placebo for 12 weeks.  In the per protocol collective, people taking larch arabinogalactan group were 57 percent more likely to stay healthy on measured outcomes than those taking placebo.

The number-needed-to-treat (NNT) for the larch arabinogalactan gro
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