Gaia Herbs’ Nettle Leaf is a concentrated extract of nettles grown on Gaia’s own certified organic farm. The herb has a long history of use for modulating the body’s inflammatory pathways and supporting upper respiratory health. Nettle leaf supports natural histamine response and promotes healthy mucous membranes.
Nettle leaf has long been used as an adjuvant remedy for the treatment of arthritis in Germany. The extract contains active compounds that reduce TNF-a and other inflammatory cytokines.1,2 Not only does nettle leaf lower TNF-a levels, but it has been demonstrated that it does so by potently inhibiting the genetic transcription factor that activates TNF-a and IL-1B in the synovial tissue that lines the joint.3
1. Teucher T, et al. [Cytokine secretion in whole blood of healthy subjects following oral administration of Urtica dioica L. plant extract]. Arzneimittelforschung 1996 Sep;46(9):906-10.
2. Obertreis B, et al. Ex-vivo in-vitro inhibition of lipopolysaccharide stimulated tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1 beta secretion in human whole blood by extractum urticae dioicae foliorum. Arzneimittelforschung 1996 Apr;46(4):389-94. Published erratum appears in Arzneimittelforschung 1996 Sep;46(9):936.
3. Riehemann K, et al. Plant extracts from stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), an antirheumatic remedy, inhibit the proinflammatory transcription factor NF-kappaB. FEBS Lett 1999 Jan 8;442(1):89-94.