Vidanga Supreme is the powdered berry of the plant Embelia Ribes. These berries have a long history of use going back over 2,000 years in both Unani and Ayurvedic medicine. It is also known as false black pepper and is native to Asia and India.
Literature shows potential key indications to be for Parasitic worms, as well as with methylation and hyper homocysteinemia issues.
Research shows the potential beneficial uses:
1) Anthelmintic (expels worms)- including ascarides (a common small intestine inhabiting worm) (1) and Tapeworms (syed). The worms can often be observed in the stool. In acute worm cases, Ayurvedic texts recommend a dose as high as 2-3 gms daily for children and 6-12 grams for adults for several days (3).
2) Hyperhomocysteinemia (4,5) -an animal study demonstrated that rats with hyperhomocysteinemia significantly decreased the levels of homocysteine, LDH, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL-C and VDL-C and increased the HDL-C levels in serum. The results were comparable to folic acid.
Clinically this is a fascinating study as at Supreme Nutrition Products we prefer to use herbs to isolated chemicals. It is unknown at this point whether it up regulates certain genes, or acts as a methyl donor to achieve this but we encourage you to try it in cases that need methylation support.
3) Antibacterial activity, including staph mutans, known to contribute to dental carries and plaque as well as other forms of staph (6). It is often added to oil pulling formulas due to the aforementioned effects. It should be looked at as a broad spectrum antimicrobial as it also has effects against certain fungi.
4) It has strong analgesic properties (7)
5) It has been used as a reversible contraceptive agent for both males and females (8,9). There is much research on this but do not recommend it for this purpose as a sole contraceptive agent. We do advise you though to not take it if you want to initiate a pregnancy in the near future.
6) Possesses anti-convulsant activity (10)
7) Antipsychotic activity (11)
Dosage: 1-2 capsules 3x/day
Do not take this supplement if pregnant, trying to get pregnant (males and females), or while breastfeeding.
1) Guru L V and D N Mishra: Effect of Embelia ribes (Burm) in patients infested by ascarides. Antiseptic 1965; 62: 273278
2) Syed Asadulla, Ramandang and Rajasekharan: Pharmacognosy of Embelia ribes Burm F: International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Chemistry 2011; 4: 1236-1251
3) Williamson, Elizabeth Major Herbs of Ayurveda, Elsevier Science Ltd 2002 129-133
4)Bhandari U, Ansari M N, Islam F, and Tripathi C D: The effect of aqueous extract of Embelia ribes Burm on serum homocysteine, lipids and oxidative enzymes in methionine induced hyperhomocysteinemia. Ind. J. Phamacol 2008; 40: 152-157.
5)Ansari M N, Bhandari U. Antihyperhomocysteinemic Activity of an Ethanol Extract from Embelia ribes in Albino Rats. Pharmaceutical Biology April 2008; 46(4):283-287
6) Chitra M, Shyamala Devi and Sukumar E: Antibacterial activity of embelin. Fitoterapia 2003; 74: 401-403.
7) Chitra M, Sukumar E, Suja V and Shyamala Devi CS, Antitumor, anti-inflammatory and analgesic property of embelin a plant product. Chemotherapy 1994; 40:109-122.
8)Krishnaswamy and Purushothaman: Antifertility properties of Embelia ribes. Ind.J.Exp.Biol 1980; 1359-1360
9)Singh I P, Bharate S B, Singh A & and Bhutani K K: Fate of Embelin in Pippalyadi Yoga, an Ayurvedic oral contraceptive: Structure of Embelin-borax complex and evaluation of anti-fertility activity. Indian Journal of Chemistry 2007; 46: 320-325
10.Mahendran S, Thippeswamy B S, veerapur V P and Badami S: Anticonvulsant activity of embelin isolated from Embelia ribes. Phytomedicine 2011; 15: 186-194.
11) Durg S1, B NK2, Vandal R2, Dhadde SB2, Thippeswamy BS2, Veerapur VP2, Badami S2. Antipsychotic activity of embelin isolated from Embelia ribes: A preliminary study. ) Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Jun;90:328-331.