Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What is EM-X Gold?

What is EM-X Gold? This question has been on everyone's mind for quite some time. In 2010 Dr. Higa made some drastic changes to the EM-X formula.  The old formula, which many people considered amazing, was a fermented liquid made from fermenting EM-1, Rice Bran, Papaya, Kelp, and molasses. There was a long fermentation process and the product was micro-filtered down below 5 microns to filter out the microbes. EM-X was introduced to the market in the mid-1990's and had been fairly well-researched in various countries through various universities. Several of these original studies were published in journals and are still available on PubMed. Research was being done on Parkinson's, cancer treatments, and several on radiation exposure. For some unknown reason, Dr. Higa decided to completely change the formula and EM Rearch Organization in Okinawa, Japan (EMRO Japan) released a new formula called EM-X Gold in 2010.

The next generation in EM Technology--EM-X Gold
The new EM-X Gold is no longer made with rice bran, papaya or kelp. Earlier this year (2015), EMRO Japan presented new information on the product that shed some light on what it was and how it worked. To sum it up very simply, EM-X Gold acts is a highly complex prebiotic and synbiotic, boosting the effects of probiotic microbes, such as Pro EM-1 through tiny particles produced during a unique fermentation process developed by EMRO and Dr. Higa.

EM-X Yeast ExtractIn our previous blog posts we've covered what prebiotics are. We now introduce the next level of prebiotics and the term "synbiotics". Synbiotics, are simply the combination of the a prebiotic and a probiotic. Traditional prebiotics are defined as "a non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria..." Essentially, prebiotics are lumped into the same category as fiber.
(Gibson GR, Roberfroid MB. Dietary modulation of the human colonic microbiota. Introducing the concept of prebiotics. J Nutr 1995;125:1401–12.)

However, EM-X Gold goes beyond the average prebiotic, which are usually fructooligosaccharides or FOS. EM-X Gold contains substances that are not only digestible, but are also small enough to go through cell walls and nourish cells and stimulate the immune system in addition to increasing the effectiveness of probiotic microbes. EM-X Gold is made through a unique fermentation process. This unique co-culturing technique makes a wide variety of active components. Thus, EM-X GOLD contains more than 600 beneficial components such as lipopolysaccharide, nucleic acid and physiologically active substances. These metabolites (compounds produced by microbes' metabolic processes) include short chain amino acids (peptides), enzymes (which are specialized proteins) are low molecular weight, meaning they are extremely small (on the "nano" level!). For example, the largest metabolites in EM-X Gold are 1/10th the size of the enzymes in pineapple. Some are 1/1000th the size! Therefore, EM-X GOLD is extremely easy to digest and is quickly absorbed by digestive organs. 

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