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Has anyone else heard about XPC Diamond V? I was visiting with my brother-in-law this past weekend and he told me about an organic yeast-based animal feed supplement called XPC Diamond V that shows great promise in improving human health as well. He and some of his friends have purchased an inexpensive 50 lb. bag from a feed store and are taking it on a daily basis to boost their immune function. There is a more expensive food-grade version called EpiCor that is intended for human use, but from what I understand most people simply take the animal supplement. I would be curious if anyone else has heard about it or has had any experience with it.
While this food-based supplement is not specifically raw, it may be of benefit to those who seek optimum health. The main reason I follow a high raw diet is for the health benefits and increased vitality I experience. I have no desire to be 100% raw (Dr. Gabriel Cousens believes that the therapeutic threshold for eating raw is 80%), so a little supplementation like this certainly could easily be part of my eating patterns and overall health regimen.
XPC Diamond V is readily available and is relatively inexpensive. For example, a 3 lb. bag of Green Organic XPC Diamond V can be found on line for $39.95 here: https://www.mathieene... . They say it is "produced by fermenting selected liquid and cereal grain raw ingredients with bakers yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and drying the entire culture-media without destroying the yeast factors, B-vitamins and other fermentation products."
What follows is some background information about XPC Diamond V and a few of its possible benefits that I found on line (from these web sites: http://www.squidoo.co... , http://www.mindandmus... , and this link will open a .pdf file with an article by Dr. David G. Williams entitled "The Benefits of Eating Like a Horse:" www.kirks-graphics.com/pdf/eat-like-a-horse.pdf ). The information is too long for one post so it will be continued in a separate reply that follows.
Diamond V Mills located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, makes an animal feed supplement from a fermented yeast culture called XPC Diamond V. Very significant health benefits have now been associated with the ingestion of this product. From all indications, it appeared that the employees, who were being exposed regularly to dust from the yeast culture during its production, had been experiencing significant health benefits.
When Diamond V checked their health claim records, they found something very peculiar. The plant workers, who came into contact with the yeast products, weren’t getting sick. The support staff (accountants and the like), however, took sick leave at rates that were comparable to most companies across the country. After accounting for all the other possible factors, it appeared the improved health of those in the production plant could be traced to their repeated exposure to the fermented yeast culture dust in the production plant.
Researchers began to look at the effects yeast cultures might have on humans. Their findings were amazing. After more research and product development, the company came up with a more concentrated product for humans. Very significant health benefits have now been associated with the ingestion of this product.
The importance of natural killer (NK) cell activity is discussed in many internet articles. NK cells are your immune system's first line of defense against invading pathogens or cancer cells. Researchers found that NK cell activity increased four-fold following continued ingestion of the concentrated yeast culture. This increased efficiency allowed the immune system to perform at superior levels with fewer NK cells - sparing the body the stress and expenditure of having to produce more NK cells.
Also, improved the ratio of immune helper cells to suppressor cells. In the simplest terms, helper cells (CD4 cells) are crucial in coordinating the response of the immune system to pathogens. They activate other immune cells and stimulate the production of antibodies. Suppressor cells (CD8 cells), on the other hand, help maintain a balance so your immune system doesn't "over-react." They stop an attack. Individuals taking the yeast culture also exhibited higher levels of antibodies, indicating their immune systems were more effective.
A most important findings of all has to do with levels of what's called IgA. The increase in antibiotic-resistant respiratory diseases has become an ever-increasing, worldwide concern. It's not if we'll have a worldwide respiratory epidemic, it's just of matter of when. TB, SARS, and bird flu are just a few examples of serious threats beginning to emerge. Since this flu strain and other viruses and bacteria mutate, there is little hope any vaccine will afford protection. If one of these pathogens becomes virulent and able to pass from human to human, we're going to need more than just promises of a possible vaccine.
Immunoglobin A (IgA) is an antibody found in the mucosal lining of the respiratory and digestive tracts and an indicator of mucosal barrier strength. The research showed that the ingestion (even if through inhalation) of this fermented yeast culture was directly associated with astoundingly higher levels of IgA. This was obviously one of the determining factors as to whether one contracted an infectious disease or went years or decades without any infection whatsoever. This will be a deciding factor in who survives and who succumbs if we're ever hit with a virulent worldwide pandemic. Laboratory findings noted that the level of immune markers in individuals ingesting this product was much higher than seen in other humans. This, in turn, gave those people's immune systems significantly more ability to kill viruses, bacteria, and tumor cells.
Like many other natural products, yeast cultures are very complex - and there are unquestionably dozens of components that contribute to its efficacy. The compounds in the human product developed by Diamond V included some surprises:
Selenium, a powerful antioxidant. Insufficient selenium in the diet allows viruses to mutate, which helps explain why we see most of the flu viruses arising from areas within China.
Squalene, a steroid precursor normally found in only a few species of sharks and a few plants. It's one of the key immune-boosting components responsible for the marketing of shark liver oil.
Resveratrol, one of the true "anti-aging" compounds, which is normally found in grape skins and red wine. They've also found it contains all the primary minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, and several B vitamins, as well as other beneficial compounds normally found only in foods like blueberries and green tea. Ingestion of the yeast culture increases glutathione levels as well. There is a direct relationship between your glutathione levels and health and longevity. It's typical for glutathione levels to decrease as a person ages, but individuals who are able to maintain higher levels of glutathione live longer and healthier lives.
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Edited by David on Nov 17, 2009 2:24 PM
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The lab tests have also revealed that the yeast culture has over three times the antioxidant capacity of any known food. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of the product was shown to be 614, which is almost four times the highest ORAC-value food, black raspberries, which have a value of 164
Proven Safety... All of the studies conducted have revealed this cultured yeast product is non-toxic and safe. Extensive toxicology studies have been undertaken, and even at extremely high dosages there has never been any indication of any side effects. It has also been tested for pesticides (over 139 of the most common) and toxic residues - and it contains neither. Additional tests have been performed to determine if it interferes with over-the-counter or prescription medications - and it doesn't.
One concern for many people has to be the fact that the product is a yeast culture. Individuals bothered with systemic infections from the yeast Candida albicans are hesitant about including any yeast products in their diet. Yeast infections have been linked to numerous chronic health problems. It's important to remember, however, that this product is a dried, fermented yeast culture. As opposed to live yeast, this culture contains the fermented metabolites of a once-live colony of yeast, as well as the dead yeast itself and the residue of the medium it was grown on. It doesn't transfer live yeast organisms to your GI tract, but instead facilitates and increases the growth of the existing beneficial bacterial flora. Most everyone has Candida albicans and dozens of other potential pathogens living in their lower GI tract, few of those people experience any problems - because their level of beneficial bacteria is sufficient to keep the pathogens in check.
Research has shown that much of our immunity and ability to survive is stimulated by a limited exposure to a wide variety of these controlled pathogens. In effect, components of this product work as a "prebiotic" to feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. (Don't forget to keep taking your probiotics and fermented food to replenish the beneficial bacterial as well.) Beneficial bacteria produce secondary by-products or "metabolites" inhibit the growth of harmful viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens. The yeast culture also provides its own, very potent metabolites.
Very minute levels (one part per billion) of this product have been shown to totally inhibit the growth of E. coli, the bacteria associated with food poisoning. The combination of dead yeast and metabolites increases mass in the gastrointestinal tract, improving fiber and protein digestion by supplying a long list of various nutrients and enzymes.
Using this product on a regular, continuous basis, the strongest attributes is the fact it balances the immune system rather than stimulates.
Individuals who suffer from what are called autoimmune diseases can make their condition worse by taking anything that overstimulates their immune system. Their immune systems have lost their ability to distinguish normal healthy cells from pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) and will readily attack healthy cells.
For example, in type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the islet cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. In rheumatoid arthritis it attacks the joints. Other examples of autoimmune disease include multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and Graves disease.
This is a product you can (and should) take on a consistent basis to help keep your immune system balanced without overstimulation.
Since it's not a stimulant, it wouldn't be used as a "treatment" for some acute problem like a cold or flu. Instead, it's something that can be taken continuously to prevent a cold, flu, or other infection from happening in the first place. It's a maintenance-type product that has a long history of being safe and effective for long-term use.
There are reports of individuals obtaining relief from chronic allergies in just two to four weeks.
In animals, it speeds the recovery from surgery, and it could do the same in humans.
Any type of stress to the body weakens the immune system, and is often the triggering factor in the outbreak of cold sores or herpes. This includes mental stress, as well as physical stress like overindulgence in exercise.
Animal studies indicate XPC increases exercise tolerance - resulting in a decreased heart rate, lower respiration rate, and, decreased lactic acid build-up in the muscles. That build-up leads to fatigue and muscle failure in endurance exercise such as marathons. Combating the effects of stress is just another of many areas where this yeast culture product would be beneficial.
FEED vs. FOOD - a personal choice - remember, we, too, are animals!
From the company's point of view, a significant difference is that EpiCor is made in a food-grade facility, while the Diamond V products are made in a feed-grade plant. While that is certainly a matter of concern to the FDA, it doesn't matter to most health conscious people.
EpiCor has the FDA safety status of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). XPC doesn't, but then products for animals generally don't. The approval process is lengthy and expensive, and not necessary for animal feed.
Nevertheless, both are obviously safe, non-toxic, pesticide-free, and non-mutagenic. They both have the same reported shelf life: a minimum of 24 months from the date of manufacture.
Recommended dosages for XPC vary significantly depending on the size of the animal. For example, a racehorse might be given 14 grams a day, whereas an ostrich might be given only 3.5 grams a day. The company's literature obviously doesn't provide dosages for human use, but, if you use body weight as the determining factor, a guess-timate dosage for an adult human would be somewhere in the ballpark of 2 to 3 grams a day. A child's dosage would probably be anywhere from ½ to 1 gram a day.
At the time the company first noticed the effect the product had on humans, they carried out tests to see approximately how much was being taken in daily by the workers. Diamond V used the results of these tests to determine the dosage of EpiCor to be ½ gram per day.
Based on these dosage figures, a daily dose of EpiCor, from the least expensive supplier, would run about 66 cents.
One of the differences between Diamond V's various products is their concentration. The dosage of XPC that's equivalent to half a gram of EpiCor is about 3 grams. That higher daily dosage of XPC, at the highest price, would cost just over a few pennies a day.
Though the company will frown on the comparisons, the facts are there. And for several reasons they can't recommend humans use XPC. Remember, it wasn't EpiCor that bestowed all the end benefits on the employees at Diamond V Mills; it was the lesser-concentrated animal products. And those products have been used successfully on all types of animals for over 63 years without incident. Like it or not, we too are animals.
Buying this product in animal form for human use isn't Diamond V Mills' preferred way of selling the product. We really don't think it should be a worry for them, however.
I obviously am not recommending that anyone take or not take this supplement. I am just curious if anyone has had any experience with it. Let me know.
Edited by David on Nov 17, 2009 2:16 PM
Nutritional yeast supplementation has proven health benefits, whether taken by itself or found in products like Australia's Vegemite, Britain's Marmite, or as an added ingredient in Grape Nuts, a cereal that was first developed by Post himself in 1897. Many raw vegans use vegan nutritional yeast (despite the fact that it is not raw) to get vitamin B12, which is hard to come by otherwise. Yeast supplementation is a rich source of protein composed of essential and non-essential amino acids, B vitamins, and minerals. Whether or not the nutritional benefit of the Green Organic XPC's proprietary blend differs greatly from nutritional yeast, I don't know, but both seem to offer health benefits.
You can read more about the health benefits and history of yeast supplementation here: http://www.mothernatu... and here: http://www.bulkfoods....
A .pdf file with the nutritional analysis/profile of Green Organic XPC Diamond V from the the Diamond V company's web page for the product (which is: http://www.diamondv.c... ) can be downloaded here:
The above product profile also discusses recommended feeding rates for various animals including cats and dogs - but just not the human animal. From what others discuss on line relative to the animals listed, most figure the dosage for adults to be 2 to 3 grams per day.
Edited by David on Dec 5, 2009 11:23 AM
Here is a 14 page thread (on the http://imminst.org/... message board) in which people describe their experiences with using XPC:
Specifically, they discuss dosing of XPC relative to EpiCor, the version marketed for human consumption. They arrive at 2 grams of XPC per day to receive the same recommended dose as EpiCor.
Here are the details (found on this page: http://www.imminst.or... ):
"A few details that may help with your dosing. Diamond V XPC is not
Epicor. Diamond V XPC has all of the ingredients of Epicor as well
as chopped grains (unknown exact composition) and possibly a few
other things besides. None of it is silage or other sources of
indigestable fiber. What I have heard indicates that the concentration
factor is about 4x. To get 500mg of the same stuff in Epicor, you'll
need 2g of Diamond V XPC."
"2g is about 1/2 tsp, though you should check to see how close that is
by measuring a larger amount to whatever accuracy you can with the
scales you've got and dividing back. (24 tsp = 1 cup may be useful
for the conversion) And if you want a cheap and fairly accurate scale,
eBay has got hundreds of 0.1 gram accurate scales for under $20
Edited by David on Dec 5, 2009 9:47 AM