Glandular tissue can be a rich source ofenzymes and other factors that promotespecific gland-related metabolism andphysiological function. PancreasGlandular supports digestion, bloodglucose within normal levels, andpotentially the immune system.
Clinical evidence established manyyears ago that oral glandular therapywith appropriately processed materialmay have important benefits. In theearly 1900s, William Berkeleydiscovered a chemical process formaking a pancreatic extract whichproved to be of great value insupporting blood glucose within normallevels. The benefit of the oral ingestionof this simple extract of whole pancreaswas largely forgotten after othermethods and substances becamepopular, starting in the 1920s.
In 1906, John Beard, Professor ofEmbryology at the University ofEdinburgh, proposed that the pancreaticproteolytic enzymes represent the body's main immune system weapon. Asmall number of researchers havecontinued to investigate this theory,including Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, whodid a retrospective review of 1306patients who had been treated over a20-year period by an unconventionalpractitioner using enzyme therapy alongwith adjunctive dietary and nutritionalsupport. In 1999, Dr. Gonzalezpublished a 2-year, unblinded, 1-treatment arm, 10-patient, pilotprospective case study, involving theuse of porcine lyophilized pancreas incapsule form, as well as other measures.
Recent evidence demonstrates thatorally ingested pancreatic proteolyticenzymes are acid stable, pass intact intothe small intestine, absorb through theintestinal mucosa into the bloodstreamand recycle back to the pancreas.
Allergy Research Group glandularproducts are produced from governmentinspected, range-grazed animals raisedin New Zealand, without the use ofpesticides, hormones and antibiotics.They are totally free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) anda number of other diseases that do notoccur in New Zealand. All glandularsare subject to in-process as well asfinished product testing. These testsinclude microbial contamination toassure acceptable total bacteria countsand absence of pathogenic bacteria.
The proper preparation of theglandulars is essential to insure thevalue of the product. Properlyprocessed glandular material iseffective because the biologically activecomponents such as enzymes, solubleproteins, natural lipid factors, vitamins,minerals and hormone precursors arenot eliminated or destroyed. Ourglandulars are lyophilized (freeze-dried), which means the glands are quickly frozen at the time of collectionand subjected to a high vacuum toremove moisture by direct vaporizationfrom the frozen state. The process bywhich the gland is collected andconverted to dry powder is the key tominimize degradation and maintain thelevels of active components of thetissue. OurPancreas OrganicGlandulars contain excellent levels ofnaturally-occurring digestive factors,amylase, protease and lipase, as well asprecursors to these enzymes, which arenot presently assayable. The fats are notremoved in the process because theycontain important soluble vitamins,minerals and cofactors. Additionally,removal of fat by one of the availablemethods, for example, alcoholextraction, would degrade the material.