VIRALIS is an herbal formula from GILAD- Health & Beauty Ltd. designed for the purpose of strengthening the immune system and supporting its function, thus enabling a healthy immune system that can properly deal with different pathogens and infectious diseases. The product is recommended for people who want to improve their ability to effectively fight pathogenic agents such as viruses and bacteria.
The formula contains herbs, concentrated extracts and essential oils. The herbs that make up the formula are long recognized for their biological activities on the different body systems and contains bio-active ingredients which are known for their anti-inflammatory for their powerful antioxidants effects, as well as for their ability to stimulate the immune system. The essential oils present in the formula have been shown to exhibit powerful anti-microbial activity against a variety of bacteria and fungi and are also known for their ability to protect the liver function. These biological activities are recorded on the WHO monographs and are corroborated by numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications.
The unique combination of herbal ingredients makes this formula an extremely powerful tool in boosting the immune system thus significantly shortening the time of recovery and the onset of symptoms associated with a healthy and strong immune system.
The main biological activities of VIRALIS related to its herbal components is listed below:
1. Uncaria tomentosa:
Major classes of compounds identified in Uncaria tomentosa include oxindole and indole alkaloids, pyroquinovic acid glycosides, organic acids, proanthocyanidins, sterols, and polyoxygenated triterpenes. Some of the conditions reported to be improved by Uncaria tomentosa include arthritis, viral infections and cancer (acting as a non-specific immunomodulation agent). The compounds found in this plant may also have a potential as immunomodulating adaptogens in cellular aging.
2. Ganoderma lucidum:
Over the past two decades, numerous studies have experimentally investigated the complex chemical composition and the potential pharmacological uses of the reishi mushroom. Triterpenoic acids, ganoderic acids and polysaccharides represent the major active constituents of this mushroom. The reported bioactivities of Ganoderma lucidum include potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects as well as immunomodulatory activity, which act by a mechanism to strengthen the immune system. In addition, hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activities were reported, as well as protective effect on the intestine and the liver.
3. Sambucus nigra:
Flavonoids represent the major characteristic constituents, mainly kaempferol, astragalin, quercetin, rutin, isoquercitrin and hyperoside. In addition, triterpenes, sterols and phenolic acids were also identified. The pharmacological activities of these components include potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects as well as antibacterial and antiviral activities. In addition, a recent study reported an anti- influenza activity (the common flu virus).
4. Curcuma longa:
Curcumin is the major active compound in the rhizome of turmeric (Curcuma longa). This plant has been extensively used in the traditional eastern medicine and exhibits a variety of therapeutic activities such as anti- antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as antiseptic activity. Recent reports highlight the anti-viral effects of curcumin including its mechanism of action.
5. Agaricus hortensis (variant of Agaricus bisporus):
This variant of the edible mushroom Agaricus bisporus is a potent source of dietary fibers, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins (namely thiamine, ascorbic acid and vitamin D2) and minerals (folates, ergothioneine etc.). Polysaccharides have also been identified. These bioactive substances exhibit a variety of pharmacological activities including antimicrobial activities against several bacteria and fungi. Experimental data shows anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the chemical components of this mushroom. Lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels have also been reported.
6. Angelica sinensis:
The main bioactive chemical components are flavonoids, phthalides, organic acids and polysaccharides. Terpenes (mainly β-cadinene and carvacrol) and coumarins have also been identified. The polysaccharides have been reported to act both as anti-viral agents as well as producing immune system enhanced activity. Angelica phytocomponents have also been reported to act as hepatoprotective agents.
7. Foeniculum vulgare:
The major constituent in the seed extract is the essential oil which contains mainly trans-anethole, fenchone, estragole, limonene and p-anisaldehyde. Various pharmacological activities of these compounds have been shown in experimental models. These activities include reducing pain sensation, fever and muscle spasms, lowering blood pressure (due to diuretic effect) and influencing the female hormonal system (estrogenic effect). In addition, potent antimicrobial effects and growth inhibition effect against a variety of bacteria have also been reported.
8. Glycyrrhiza glabra:
The roots of this plant contain several active compounds including flavonoids (such as glabridin, liquirtin, liquiritigenin, coumarin-GU-12 etc.) and saponins (such as glycyrrhizin). Numerous scientific publications highlight the bioactivities of these herbal compounds, including potent antibacterial activity against a variety of strains of bacteria as well as antiviral efficacy against various viruses. Anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating activities due to these phytocomponents have also been reported.
9. Citrus aurantium:
The main constituents identified in the flowers of C. aurantium are the flavonoids rutin, naringin and quercetin. Phenolic compounds such as gallic acid, pyrogallol, syringic acid and caffeic acid were also identified. In experimental models, these components exhibited potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, as well as cytotoxic effect against several cancer cell lines. In addition, anti-viral effect has also been reported.
10. Alpinia galanga:
The major groups of active constituents identified in this plant’s rhizome are phenylpropanoids (mainly 1’S-1’-acetoxychavicol acetate) and diterpenes. Experimental data indicates the antimicrobial activity of these ingredients against a variety of bacteria and fungi. In addition, anti-inflammatory, as well as hepatoprotective and hypoglycemic effects have been described.
11. Commiphora myrrha:
This tree contains resins, essential oils and a water-soluble gum. The major constituents of the essential oil are furanosesquiterpenes and the monoterpenes
α-, β- and γ−bisabolene. Experimental data support the efficacy of these compounds in lowering inflammation and fever (antipyretic) as well as reducing pain sensation (analgesic effect). Anticoagulant effect has also been reported.
12. Crocus sativus:
The main chemical constituents in the saffron are safranal, picrocrocin, crocins, β-pinene and 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol). Numerous scientific publications indicate a wide range of biological activities which include effects on the vascular system (by reducing serum cholesterol levels and preventing arteriosclerotic plaques), the central nervous system and the immune system. In addition, a recent study reported the ability of some of the herbal ingredients to act as antiviral agents acting both the entry of the virus to the cells as well as its replication.
13. Saccharum officinarum:
The major constituents in the sugarcane are mainly fatty acid and fatty alcohol, phytosterols and terpenoids. In addition, phenolic acids (such as hydroxycinnamic acid sinapic acid and caffeic acid), and flavones (such as apigenin, luteolin, and tricin) were also identified. These compounds were reported to exhibit several pharmacological activities in experimental models, which include reducing pain sensation, protection of the liver against toxicity, lowering of blood glucose levels, anti-inflammatory effect and diuretic effects.
14. Portulaca oleracea:
Many constituents have been isolated from this plant including terpenoids, polysaccharides, flavonoids (mainly kaempferol and apigenin), vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. These compounds possess a wide range of pharmacological activities which include potent antimicrobial activity (against a wide range of bacteria, fungi and viruses), anti-inflammatory effect and liver protective effect. Additionally, this herb is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in strengthening the immune function.
15. Turmeric oil (Curcuma longa):
Turmeric oil is a byproduct of Curcuma longa extraction of curcumin and is rich in active ingredients, mainly essential oils and curcuminoids. Hundreds of compounds have been identified including ar-turmerone, curlone, ar-curcumene, α-turmerone, α-zingiberene, β-caryophyllene, humulene oxide, 1,8-cineole, terpinolene etc.
The oil’s pharmaceutical activities have been widely described and include potent antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects. In addition, there are reports showing its anti-carcinogenic effect.
16. Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita):
The major constituents of this oil are menthol and menthone. Other monoterpenes present include isomenthone, 1,8-cineole, -pinene, -pinene, limonene, neomenthol and menthofuran. Experimental models have reported antimicrobial activity and growth inhibition of different strains of bacteria and fungi. Anti-viral activity has also been reported. Other studies report anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive activities as well as relaxing effect on smooth muscle contraction.
17. Ginger oil (Zingiber officinale):
The major phytochemicals composing the ginger essential oil are β-zingiberene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, geraniol, neral and β-sesquiphellandrene. It has been reported that these compounds exhibit potent antimicrobial activity and growth inhibition against several strains of bacteria and fungi. Other pharmacological activities include anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, antioxidant activity, immuno-modulatory effect and bronchodilatation effect.
18. Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia):
The main components of the essential oil are monoterpene alcohols such as linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, 1,8-cineole and camphor. Numerous experimental evidences indicate the various pharmacological effects of these herbal ingredients.
In experimental models, these compounds were shown to act as potent anti-inflammatory agents, as well as smooth muscle relaxants. Antimicrobial effect against a range of bacteria and fungi has also been reported. In clinical studies on humans, these compounds have been reported to reduce pain (analgesic effect) and to reduce depression and anxiety (anxiolytic activity).
19. Lemon oil (Citrus limon):
The major herbal components identified in the essential oil from C.limon are β-Pinene, limonene, linalool, α-terpineol, nerolidol and acetate geranyl. Experimental evidences indicate that these compounds exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. In addition, a potent antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria and fungi has also been reported.
20. Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis):
The main constituents of rosemary oil are camphor, 1,8-cineol, α-pinene, β-pinene borneol, camphene, β-caryophyllene and myrcene.
These compounds exhibit antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory effects, in addition to hepatoprotective and smooth muscle relaxation effects. Anti-microbial activity has also been reported.
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* WHO– World Health Organization
* EMEA– European Medicines Agency
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