What is Cat’s Claw AV?
Cat’s claw extract is derived from the plant’s roots and vine bark, and has been shown to exhibit antiviral, antioxidant, and immune-modulating effects. Cat’s Claw AV contains a unique blend of cat’s claw, monolaurin, lemon balm extract, mint oil, vitamin D, and other compounds, to aid in the support of a healthy immune system. It is considered a liposomal formula, which means that it’s designed to bond easily with cell membranes to facilitate intracellular nutrient delivery.
What are the benefits of Cat’s Claw AV?
Cat’s Claw AV contains herbs and nutrients known for supporting a healthy inflammatory response and immune system. Research has shown that the cat’s claw plant may have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-modulating properties. Cat’s Claw AV also contains monolaurin, which may be helpful against harmful bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi, but has not been shown to result in antibacterial resistance, or have adverse effects on the gut microbiome. Other ingredients in Cat’s Claw AV include vitamin D3, which is well known for its role in supporting the immune system, as well as lemon balm extract, which contains oils that have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemon balm extract may also help encourage the action of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes mental calm, supporting a “rest and digest” healing state.
What is the recommended dose?
The recommended dose is two pumps per day.
When should I take it?
This supplement should be taken on an empty stomach, at bedtime.
Can it be taken with thyroid medications?
Cat’s Claw AV should be taken at least 30 to 60 minutes away from thyroid medications. The lemon balm in this formulation has previously been studied for its thyroid hormone-reducing properties in hyperthyroidism, so it has not been recommended in hypothyroidism. However, recent studies show that lemon balm may have thyroid modulating effects. Testing your thyroid hormone levels every 30-90 days to see if a medication adjustment is needed, is recommended.
How long can I take Cat’s Claw AV for?
Cat’s Claw AV can be taken for one to three months.
Are there any side effects that I should be aware of when taking Cat’s Claw AV?
Cat’s Claw AV may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, abdominal distention, constipation, epigastric pain, diarrhea, stomach upset, appetite stimulation, and/or dry mouth.
Consult with a physician before use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
DO NOT TAKE if taking the following medications: aluminum, anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs, antihypertensive drugs, atorvastatin, blood thinners, calcipotriene, calcium channel blockers, CNS depressants, cytochrome P450 3A4 substrates, digoxin, diltiazem, immunosuppressants, thiazide diuretics, thyroid hormone+, and/or verapamil.
+The lemon balm in this formulation has previously been studied for its thyroid hormone- reducing properties in hyperthyroidism, so it has not been recommended in hypothyroidism. However, recent studies show that lemon balm may have thyroid-modulating effects. (2)
- Natural Medicines Therapeutic Research Collaboration. https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/. Accessed March 1, 2022.
- Abdel-Aziz M. STUDY ON THE THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF MELISSA OFFICINALIS (LEMON BALM) ON MALE WISTAR ALBINO RATS WITH INDUCED-HYPOTHYROIDISM. Al-Azhar Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2018;57(1):1-17. doi:10.21608/ajps.2018.46618