A consumer recently wrote with questions about Crila® asking “How many milligrams of crinum latifolium are in each capsule?” and asking about any studies done. Many of you probably want to know the same info. I’ll give you the bottom-line simple answers first, then a more detailed explanation.
It is important to understand that there are many varieties of Crinum latifolium L that can all look identical unless you are an ethno-botanist and/or have conducted the correct form of botanical authentication, such as DNA fingerprint analysis, on the raw plant matter (not on the finished product – this was the NY Attorney General’s misstep in testing several popular supplements available at retail chain stores).
Crila® is the only product available on the market made from this specific sub-species of Crinum; and is the only prostate herb and uterine herb crinum product for which clinical trials have been done. This includes a 2005 clinical trial on prostate health conducted by the Ministry of Health in Vietnam. There is a full list of studies on the Crila research section of our website. FDA regulations don’t allow us to provide the direct link to these clinical trials, but they are available free online at the Herb Research Foundation website.
Additionally, the University of Illinois Chicago has conducted nearly two years of testing on Crila®. During the first year, UIC confirmed that Crila® is Estrogen Free – an important consideration for men concerned about prostate health and women concerned about breast health. These results were published in the December 2014 issue of the American medical journal Menopause. Further UIC research being conducted under a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expected to be published before the end of this year. The World Bank in Vietnam is funding additional research on a new extraction from the specific Crila® plants for prostate health and lung health. These studies are now in protocol development, in conjunction with American medical doctors who are expert in global clinical trials. The World Bank made the decision to fund several million dollars for these studies after years of investigation of our plantations, FDA-registered factory, and assessment of anecdotal reports from doctors and hospitals about their results.
In the March 2015 issue of the Integrated Health Journal (cover photo Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD), Dr. Nadina Jose an expert in global clinical trials who is assisting Dr. Tram in Vietnam with the World Bank funded studies wrote, “It is not every day when a medicinal herb in a developing country gets World Bank funding for clinical trials. Science is key to substantiate the value of these promising plants. Expect to hear more about Crinum latifolium L var. crilae Tram & Khanh.”
It’s also important to understand the distinction between the use of the correct sub-species of Crinum, and the use of the whole leaf vs an extraction. Other varieties of Crinum plants are either useless to benefit prostate health, or actually contain components that the doctor who invented Crila® considers harmful to prostate health. Plus, whole leaf powders may contain certain components harmful to male sexual health. The unique Crila® plants contain specific alkaloids which are beneficial and our proprietary extraction removes components that may be harmful.
The contents of Crila® capsules are listed on the Package Insert tab on our website, which includes the weight chart for usage. It is important to follow the instructions and begin your Crila® regimen with a Load Phase (higher usage) depending on your weight for 60-90 days. Even if you begin to feel the benefits within a very short period of time, and for some men it is only a matter of days, it is important to remain on the Load Phase for the full 60-90 days (or it can take longer depending on the status of your prostate health) followed by the Maintenance Phase of a minimum of 2 capsules a day to maintain the benefits you achieved with the Load Phase. Don’t cut down just because you feel improvement, stay with it to lock in those benefits!
Also note that the Crila® products are virtually identical whether it’s Crila® for Prostate, Crila® for Menopause, or Crila® for Uterine Health – it’s all the same Crila®. The reason for different labels is strictly SEO, or Search Engine Oprimization, how consumers search for products on the internet. A man seeking support for prostate health is not looking for a menopause herb and vice versa. From time to time we run short of one label or another when a new article about Crila® comes out, and new consumers rush to order one label or another. Relax, it’s all the same Crila®. The two additional herbs added to the Uterine Health formula, lotus and kudzu are considered beneficial for overall longevity and immune support, and are not female-specific herbs. These are well-known as traditional medicinal herbs. Dr. Tram recommends men vary their intake between straight Crila® and our combination herb formula marketed under the Uterine Health label.
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