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News Release - August 23, 2007
MitoPharm's Compound, Schisandrin B, Has Been Shown to Protect the Liver Against Chemical Toxin-Induced DamageThe Report Supports the Use of Schisandrin B as an Agent to Safeguard Liver Health Is Supported by Published Research and Is Corroborated by the Long History of Schisandra as a Liver Tonic
SEATTLE, WA--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Aug 23, 2007 -- MitoPharm Corporation, Inc. (Other OTC:MTPM.PK ), a biotechnology company, today announces that one of the beneficial effects of Schisandrin B, the precursor of (-) Schisandrin B, is the protection of liver tissues.
The long exposure of the body to toxic substances, such as alcohol, dietary contaminants, and environmental pollutants, can damage the liver tissues, eventually leading to liver diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Liver disease, while not as well known to the public as heart disease, is a significant national health problem due to the seriousness of its disorders and the numbers of people affected. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States, and studies suggest the death rates could triple during the next two decades.
Dr. Robert Ko, MitoPharm Corporation CSO, stated, "Schisandrin B, an active ingredient from Schisandra berry, has been shown to protect the liver against chemical toxin-induced damage. The investigation further uncovered a unique action mechanism of Schisandrin B in up-regulating the antioxidant defense in mitochondria, which are the powerhouse of the cells and, hence, indispensable for cell survival. By mopping up free radicals generated from the metabolism of toxic substances, the mitochondrial function is preserved, thereby preventing the cell death.
MitoPharm, Inc., www.mitopharm.com, is a biotechnology company that will operate in research & development, marketing, and sale of drugs, dietary supplements, and functional beverages. The initial products are based on a newly formulated compound, (-) Schisandrin B, that is the result of over 15 years of research and development by one of its founding shareholders, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Published scientific studies have confirmed that (-) Schisandrin B enhances the mitochondrial glutathione antioxidant status, a crucial factor in maintaining mitochondrial function and cell survival, plus it also induces the expression of heat shock proteins, another group of important molecules for cell protection. These biochemical actions differentiate (-) Schisandrin B from other existing, known compounds, either synthetic or naturally occurring, in its ability to protect organs including the heart, the liver, and the brain.
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