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

up was 7, suggesting that 7 participants needed to take larch arabinogalactan to keep one additional participant healthy.  NNT is often favored as a measurement of effectiveness and accounts for placebo effect and the absolute risk of the condition being studied.  Lower NNT values indicate better results.  The NNT for the best general-population vitamin C studies evaluated in the Cochrane Review ranged from 14 to 1,747, suggesting that the benefit shown in the larch arabinogalactan study was between 2 and 250 times the benefit shown for vitamin C.

Arabinogalactan occurs naturally in various fruits and vegetables, and as such, has been safely consumed in the human diet for thousands of years.  It would take two pounds or more per day of the right fruits and vegetables to deliver the amount of arabinogalactan tested in the study.  The larch tree contains relatively high amounts of arabinogalactan, making it an ideal source.  Larch arabinogalactan also counts as dietary fiber.  Native Americans used preparations made from larch to treat wounds and ward off illness.

The new study adds to the evidence supporting larch arabinogalactan consumption in strengthening the immune system.  "We knew that taking larch arabinogalactan daily improved immune biomarkers, but now we know what that really means from a practical perspective, that taking larch arabinogalactan daily can help keep you healthy," said Dr. Dan Johnston , board-certified physician and public health expert based in Washington, D.C.  "This is exciting because there is now something supported by good clinical evidence that people can take when they feel well and want to stay that way as opposed
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