This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of EpiCor. All opinions are 100% mine.
We are trying something new! EpiCor! If you or your kids are struggling with gut health, fermented products containing EpiCor could be a great option!
Gut health can affect every part of your life and body, especially immune health. EpiCor is an ingredient in many products you probably already recognize (like Country Life Gut Connections, and Healthy Origins)!
What is EpiCor?
EpiCor whole food fermentate is a postbiotic ingredient made through a natural fermentation process. It is comprised of proteins, fibers, polyphenols, vitamins, amino acids, beta glucans and metabolites that altogether has been shown in clinical trials to support the gut and immune system. EpiCor is the most researched whole food fermentate.
Why are we trying Epicor?
We are trying EpiCor because we are a busy family living in stressful times and we want to give our bodies the best edge possible. We are trying EpiCor along with other lifestyle changes to support our gut health, mental clarity, and sleep habits.
What is a Whole Food Fermentate?
So why is it considered a “whole food” fermentate? EpiCor is minimally processed and refined. EpiCor is made using plant-based ingredients that go through fermentation processes to produce a whole product. It is not an extract, chemically synthesized or made from by-products. The whole fermentation broth is gently dried to preserve all the metabolites.
EpiCor is a safe and healthy addition for people with gluten-free diets, vegetarian or vegan diets, or kosher diets that want to support their gut and immune health.
What is EpiCor made of?
EpiCor whole food fermentate is a postbiotic ingredient made using yeast (“Saccharomyces cerevisiae”) that goes through a closely held trade secret fermentation and drying processes. This fermentation process makes a unique fingerprint of metabolites including proteins, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, polysaccharides, fiber, and other nutrients.
How did EpiCor come about?
EpiCor was inspired by a real-life health discovery. Read about that story at EpiCorHealth.com.
What’s our daily routine?
Since including EpiCor in our lives, we’ve also tried to create a healthy daily living routine that includes getting up early (no more sleeping until 10am!), starting the day with a healthy breakfast, and taking movement breaks after sedentary periods.
We are also doing our best to communicate better (we love to go around the table and ask what everyone’s best thing that day was), play more games that don’t involve video consoles (my 13 year old now routinely beats me at Rummy!), and taking a family walk before bedtime.
These steps in conjunction with EpiCor products are helping us lead healthier lives.
Where to purchase?
Epicor is available in several products. You can find out where to get your EpiCor here!
List of Research
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- Jensen, G. S., et al. An anti-inflammatory immunogen from yeast culture induces activation and alters chemokine receptor expression on human natural killer cells and B lymphocytes in vitro. Nutrition Research 2007, 27, 327-335. [Online reference: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257104459]
- Moyad, M. A., et al. Effects of a modified yeast supplement on cold/flu symptoms. Urol Nurs 2008, 28 (1), 50-5. [Online reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18335698]
- Jensen, G. S., et al. A double-blind placebo-controlled, randomized pilot study: consumption of a high-metabolite immunogen from yeast culture has beneficial effects on erythrocyte health and mucosal immune protection in healthy subjects. Open Nutr J 2008, 2, 68-75. [Online reference: https://www.embriahealth.com/media/cms/The_Open_Nutrition_Journal_F930A1A39680D.pdf]
- Honzel, D, et al. Comparison of chemical and cell-based antioxidant methods for evaluation of foods and natural products: generating multifaceted data by parallel testing using erythrocytes and polymorphonuclear cells. J Agric Food Chem 2008, 56 (18), 8319-25. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6498863]
- Moyad, M. A., et al. Immunogenic yeast-based fermentation product reduces allergic rhinitis-induced nasal congestion: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Adv Ther 2009, 26 (8), 795-804. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19672568]
- Moyad, M. A., et all. Immunogenic yeast-based fermentate for cold/flu-like symptoms in nonvaccinated individuals. J Altern Complement Med 2010, 16 (2), 213-8. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19672568]
- Jensen, G. S., et al. Antioxidant bioavailability and rapid immune-modulating effects after consumption of a single acute dose of a high-metabolite yeast immunogen: results of a placebo-controlled double-blinded crossover pilot study. J Med Food 2010, 14, 1002–1010. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19672568]
- Evans, M., et all. A dried yeast fermentate prevents and reduces inflammation in two separate experimental immune models. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2012, 2012, 7. [Online reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328167]
- Possemiers, S., et al. A dried yeast fermentate selectively modulates both the luminal and mucosal gut microbiota and protects against inflammation, as studied in an integrated in vitro approach. J Agric Food Chem 2013, 61 (39), 9380-9392. [Online reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24006902]
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- Jensen, G. S., et all. Anti-inflammatory properties of a dried fermentate in vitro and in vivo. J Med Food 2014, 18(3), 378-84. [Online reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25105458]
- Durcray, H.A.G., et al. Mitigation of heat stress-related complications by a yeast fermentate product. Jl Therm Bio 2016, 60,26–32. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27503713]
- Pinheiro, I., et al. .A yeast fermentate improves gastrointestinal discomfort and constipation by modulation of the gut microbiome: results from a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled pilot trial. BMC Complement Altern Med 2017, 17 (1), 441. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5584023/]
- Ducray, H.A.G., et al. Yeast fermentate prebiotic improves intestinal barrier integrity during heat stress by modulation of the gut microbiota in rats. J Appl Microbiol 2019, 127, 1192—1206. [Online reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31230390]