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KPV is a tri-peptide derived from a natural occurring hormone in the body called alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone that exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and immunomodulating benefits. KPV exerts its anti-inflammatory function inside cells, where it inactivates inflammatory pathways. KPV can enter the cell and interact directly with inflammatory signaling molecules. It enters the nucleus of the cell and once it’s there, it can inhibit the inflammatory substances and molecules. Research shows that KPV is effective in decreasing inflammation in the GI system by inhibiting proinflammatory cytokine mechanisms in both intestinal epithelial cells and immune cells. This makes KPV very effective in treatment for a variety of inflammatory bowel diseases, Chron's disease, and colitis.
KPV also expresses a strong anti-microbial and anti-fungal effect. Research has shown a strong killing effect on both Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and the Candida Albicans. KPV's effect of both decreasing inflammation in the GI system along with its strong anti-microbial and anti-fungal effects make it a perfect peptide treatment for healing and strengthening gastrointestinal system and immune system function.
Anti-inflammatory: Systemically and GI specific
Strengthen Immune System Function
Decrease Joint and Muscle Pain
Improved Gut Health
Improve Skin Health
Protect against Nerve Damage
Protects against Stroke
Decrease Intestinal Inflammation
Decreased Scar Formation
KPV is safe to use
Research shows that KPV has an excellent safety profile with no documented side effects.
KPV is an oral capsule that is administered one time daily on an empty stomach.
Research and References
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