Chances are if you are here, you probably already know about IP-6. If you don't, or perhaps just want to know a bit more, here's some information put together by Bill Sardi, the renouned medical/health reporter, who has penned several very informative books. We'd encourage you to visit his website, http://www.knowledgeofhealth.com
to learn more about his research.
With advancing age the human body harbors parasites, accumulates cellular debris, fats, and metallic minerals. In the later years of life accumulated iron and calcium cause tissues in the body to rust and calcify. The liver stores iron. The gall bladder and kidneys develop calcium and irons stones. Heart valves and arteries calcify and become clogged with cholesterol. The brain, retina and heart amass lipofuscin (ly-po-fusk-in) pigments. Parasites such as H. pylori (bacteria), Candida albicans (yeast), hepatitis and herpes viruses thrive as the human body begins to store extra iron with advancing age.
The question is how to reverse all of these aging and disease factors. Alternative medicine practitioners often suggest detoxification, liver cleansing, or chelation therapy to remove these elements from tissues. But such efforts are often over-promoted, poorly researched, expensive or sometimes ineffective.
There is a simple, economical and effective way of ridding the body of all of these undesirable organisms, debris and metals with advancing age --- IP6 rice bran extract.
IP6 is inositol hexaphosphate (also called phytic acid), which is found in every cell of the human body, is one molecule of inositol and six of phosphate and is found naturally in whole grains (bran), seeds and nuts. IP6 is known as nature’s master mineral chelator (remover).
IP6 is another of the many natural molecules that both conventional and alternative health practitioners continue to overlook. Researchers from around the world indicate they are searching for metal chelating agents to prevent or treat disease but fail to employ IP6 rice bran extract which is safe and economical. Conventional medicine’s narrow use of patented drugs rather than natural remedies blinds many health practitioners from the use of natural remedies such as IP6.
IP6, extracted from rice bran, is available as a dietary supplement and natural chelator of metals from living tissues. As a dietary supplement, IP6 is documented as a cleanser of arteries, the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, gall bladder (stones), and many other tissues. Here is the evidence for your review.
IP6 cleanses heavy metals
IP6 attaches to heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium, as well as loose iron, copper and calcium. [J Agriculture Food Chemistry 47: 4714-17, 999] IP6 is a selective chelator -- it does not attach to potassium, sodium or magnesium, important electrolyte minerals required for heart rhythm. IP6 does not remove calcium from bones or iron from red blood cells. Once chelated (attached), these excess minerals are excreted via the urinary tract. [Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 35:495-508, 1995]
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IP6 cleanses the kidneys
Numerous scientific reports confirm that IP6 inhibits the formation of kidney stones and can be used to dissolve calcium stones in the kidneys once they are formed. [Scandinavian Journal Urology Nephrology 34: 162-64, 2000] IP6 is described as a “clear alternative in the treatment of calcium kidney stones.” [Anticancer Research 19:3717-22, 1999] Another study concludes that IP6 “may be a useful agent in the treatment of patients with kidney stones.” [Scand J Urology Nephrology 32:261-5, 1998]
While various studies confirm IP6’s ability to inhibit kidney stones, it goes unused by physicians. [Arch Esp Urology 52:305-10, 1999]
IP6 cleanses the heart
Researchers in Israel recently reported that methods are available to measure iron accumulation in the heart. Iron chelators such as IP6 would provide therapy for a heart weakened by excess iron. [Br J Haematology 125:545-51, 2004]
IP6 cleanses the arteries
One published report exclaimed that IP6 has an “extraordinary capacity” to inhibit calcifications throughout the body. [Anticancer Research 19:3717-22, 1999] IP6 can potentially remove calcium deposits from arteries. [International Journal Cardiology 33: 191-9, 1991] IP6 has been shown to significantly lower cholesterol in animals fed a cholesterol-enriched diet. [Anticancer Research 19:3699-702, 1999]
IP6 cleanses the liver
About a third of American adults have a condition called fatty liver. IP6 has been demonstrated to be a remedy for fatty liver. [Anticancer Research 19: 3695-98, 1999]
The liver is an organ that stores iron. Since iron is a growth factor for bacteria, fungi and virsuses, removal of iron from the liver may inhibit scarring caused by hepatitis. [Am J Gastroenterology 99: 286-91, 2004] Iron-restricted diets protect against liver damage in cases of chronic hepatitis C infection. [Hepatogastroenterology. 2002 49:529-31, 2002]
Removal of iron from the liver by periodic consumption of IP6 rice bran extract may be advantageous in liver disease.
IP6 cleanses the colon
Fiber is often promoted as a preventive measure against colon cancer. But not all types of fiber exhibit this protective property. Only the fiber found in whole grains (bran) that contains iron-binding IP6 prevents colon cancer. [Cancer 56: 717-18, 1985]
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IP6 cleanses the brain
Loose iron is involved in the onset and progression of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and Frederich’s ataxia. [Ann N Y Academy Sciences1012:306-25, 2004] Metal removal (chelation) is proposed as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by its ability to dissolve beta amyloid plaques in the brain. [Journal Alzheimer’s Disease 6:291-301, 2004]
Neuromelanin is a brain pigment that control iron which may be overwhelmed with advancing age. A preliminary study using an iron chelator among Alzheimer’s patients produced some encouraging results, but concerns over the side effects of chelating drugs have limited further research. [Lancet Neurology 3: 431-34, 2004] However, IP6 has been found to be non-toxic in comparison with pharmaceutical chelators. [Environmental Molecular Mutagenesis 38:347-56, 2001]
Researchers are now poised to utilize iron chelators to prevent or treat age-related brain disease, but appear confused on how to proceed because of the terrible side effects posed by the use of prescription metal chelators.
IP6 is an overlooked chelator in the treatment of brain disease. Rats fed a diet rich in IP6 exhibit much lower iron levels in brain tissue. [J Trace Elem Med Biology15:221-8, 2001] When IP6 is added back into the diet of IP6-depleted animals, IP6 levels in brain tissues rise by 100 times. [Life Science 71:1535-46, 2002]
IP6 cleanses the gall bladder
Gallstones are composed of cholesterol, and in the later years of iron and calcium.
[Gastroenterology 76: 548-55, 1979] Children with inherited iron disorders exhibit increased risk for gallstones. [Acta Radiologica 40: 440-43, 1999] Removal of calcium and iron from the gall bladder may dissolve gall stones.
IP6 cleanses tissues of aging debris
Lipofuscin (ly-poh-fusk-in) is an aging pigment that accumulates in the brain, heart, retina and other tissues throughout the body. Oxygen and loose iron promote the accumulation of cellular debris called lipofuscin while iron chelators diminish it. [Free Radical Biology Medicine 33:611-9, 2002] IP6 as a potent mineral chelator could potentially remove lipofuscin deposits from aged tissues.
IP6 is an antibiotic
Iron encourages the growth of various parasites (bacteria, protozoa, viruses, fungi/yeast). [Microbial Pathogenesis 36:263-71, 2004; Clinical Infectious Diseases 25: 888, 1997] E. coli is a common pathogenic bacterium found in contaminated foods and water. In one animal experiment, when animals were intentionally infected with E. coli bacteria and given iron, all the animals succumbed. All the infected animals not given iron survived, underlining the importance of iron in the severity of infection. [Immunology 15: 581, 1968] Iron binders like IP6 can potentially be used in the treatment and prevention of infection. [Iron and Your Health, 1991]
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IP6 offers additional health benefits
There are additional heath benefits which may ensue from supplementation with IP6 rice bran extract. IP6 promotes DNA repair. [Cell 102: 721-29, 2000] Excess iron may have a role in the development of diabetes and IP6 may play a role in reversing diabetes. [Diabetic Medicine 21:798-802, 2004] IP6 also prevents blood clots. [Anticancer Research 19:3689-93, 1999]
IP6 is misunderstood
Unfortunately dietitians have been taught that IP6 is an anti-nutrient, that because of its mineral chelating properties it deprives the body of essential nutrients. Dietitians often fail to distinguish growing children, who have high calcium and iron needs, from adults who begin to accumulate excessive minerals with advancing age. Females experience delayed accumulation of iron because of monthly menstruation and avoid calcium overload by donating this mineral to their offspring during pregnancy and lactation.
While nutritionists have been taught that IP6 in whole grains and seeds suppress the bioavailability of minerals, when IP6 was added to the diet of mice it did not affect their absorption of iron or calcium. [Journal Nutrition 114: 1192-98, 1984; Journal Nutrition 111: 841-47, 1981] Another study concluded that IP6 has no negative effects on mineral status and that adequate amounts in the diet are “remarkable and must be favorably considered.” [J Trace Element Med Biology15:221-8, 2001]
I take 4 supplements C,I, R-lipolic Acid and IP-6. All you need the rest you get from food. Semper Fi Bill
Thank you for the post, I was going to read through old posts to try to find out more information about it. One of the problems I'm trying to figure out with taking it, is that it is supposed to be taken on an empty stomach, and away from foods. I take it first thing in the morning. I also don't know what dosage to shoot for. The one I have is from Jarrow Formulas, 500 mg, and it says:
Take 1-6 capsules per day on an empty stomach. DO NOT take at the same time of day as minerals or medications. IP6 is an efficient meneral chelater and therefore should be taken only on an empty stomach.
Also, I remember a post from Newport about pork tapeworm cysts, and he said Bromelain for the calcified cysts, and IP6. I'm trying to find the post again.
BTW--my father and brother were in the Marine's, headed on a ship to the Korean War when they got word the war had ended--went to Japan instead. I found out things I never knew about his time in the Marine's, when my Veteran daughter (Afghanistan) was talking to him about it. It was pretty cool, she dedicated a flag to be flown in honor of her Grandpa at the base she was at in AF, and then brought it home for him as a gift.
I do alot of reading on the forums, old posts and new. There's always something more to learn. So, even if I'm not posting, doesn't mean I'm not paying attention.
In fact...I just had a lightbulb go off tonight, and I hadn't considered it before. Lyme has continued to show up on the biofeedback, computer testing (and the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever I knew I had 40 years ago from a tick)...Cat's Claw is supposed to help with Lyme arthritis, and I started taking it a few weeks ago for stiffness in my hips/lower back, as a test.
It is also supposed to help heal the gut, and with digestive issues.
It's an immune booster. That is what I hadn't taken into consideration before. It says that in people with auto-immune "diseases", that it is contraindicated. I've thought about the parasites/candida/bacterias etc taking over a body that has a weakened immune system...but I hadn't considered that if a body has an auto-immune disease
What I got, was just off the shelf at the drug store, but there's alot of good information on CZ if you search under "Samento". A specific, better quality type. I've found a couple of sources in my searches for where to buy it, and I want to give it a try.
I haven't had the stiffness in the hips that I had been having. We'll see if I notice a difference when I run out.
Celiac does run in families. I know my brother was told by MD's 25 years ago, that what he thought at the time might be scabies...was the rash from Celiac. Instead of giving up the gluten all this time, he's taken potent "blood disorder" pharma drugs that have done damage to his liver and thyroid. When I was diagnosed with the endoscopy/biopsy, he was adamant that no Dr had ever told him his rash was from Celiac..so he asked his Dr, and the Dr told him "of course it is, hasn't anyone ever told you that?"--they have, he just has chosen to not have to make the necessary changes and cut out the gluten.
Mom wasn't alive to test to see if it was from her side that we got it from...but I had dad do a blood test for it--and it came up "normal"....HOWEVER- just a few months ago, he did a saliva test for adrenal fatigue, and the ND had other things included in the test, including food allergies--his allergy to gliadin/gluten showed up 3x what mine is! He's just finding this out at the age of 78...also an allergy to eggs.
interesting that his blood test came up normal, and an allergy test is showing a mega reaction to gluten
it just proves to me that being tested is not as important as the results you get from trial and error experimentation
i say get tested to document your results, but do not rely on tests to find out what your body needs in order to feel better
if you want to feel better, talk to people who've eradicated the same symptoms that you have, to find out how how they got rid of them, buy a homeopathic repertory and find out what remedies match your symptoms, read anecdotal information about native herbs and experiment with the ones that have traditionally been used to eradicate similar conditions
but that requires risk taking behavior and the risk averse will continue to rely on procedural processes that are inherently limited
why anybody could have more confidence in a prescription issued on the basis of a test, more than how their body feels when they take an herb that matches their symptoms, is incomprehensible to me
it is good that your father is learning how to listen to his body
does he feel better now that he's quit eating eggs?