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About Herpes and Gigartina
HSV-1 and HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2) are the viruses that cause cold sores, canker sores, and genital herpes. Herpes viruses are spread by oral and genital contact and cause lifelong infections, with outbreaks of painful blisters.
Gigartina is a Red marine algae (seaweed) that contains large amounts of carrageenans (antiviral and herpes-suppressing polysaccharides).
Gigartina is primarily used to reduce the frequency and severity of HSV-1 and HSV-2 outbreaks. This use is supported by numerous clinical studies (see references below).
In our own experience and the experience of many of our customers, daily consumption of three to six grams of Gigartina has the following effects:
a significant reduction in the number of outbreaks
the outbreaks are milder and shorter in duration
Additional Health Information
Research suggests that Gigartina is antiviral against many other viruses, including HPV, influenza and the common cold. Gigartina is traditionally known for its tonic effects on the lungs, digestive tract and immune system.
We sustainably hand harvest our Gigartina from the wild and rugged Northern California coast. The ideal growing conditions here support some of the most luxuriously abundant seaweed beds in the world.
We carefully rinse the Gigartina and dry it on screens in the open air, which preserves maximum flavor, nutrition and bioactivity. It is then powdered and sold as bulk Gigartina Powder and as Red Marine Algae Capsules.
Red Marine Algae Capsules
Our vegetarian capsules contain pure food grade quality Gigartina; no additives or fillers are used. One to three capsules 3 times daily is a good average amount for nutritional or therapeutic purposes.
Sale prices (20% off)
Retail Sale Price $18.40 per bottle (regular price $23.00)
Wholesale Sale Price $16.00 per bottle (regular price $20.00)
Gigartina powder has a pleasant flavor and may be sprinkled on food, added to smoothies or simply mixed into a cup of water or juice.
1-2 teaspoons (3-6 grams) daily is a good average amount
for nutritional or therapeutic purposes.
Sale prices (20% off)
Retail Sale prices $39.20 for 1/2 lb. (regular price is $49.00)
$75.20 for 1 lb. (regular price is $94.00)
Wholesale Sale prices $32.00 for 1/2 lb. (regular price is $40.00)
$60.80 for 1 lb. (regular price is $76.00)
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