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Angelica, the angel’s herb

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Angelica herb – A recent clinical study


From Svartifoss, Iceland

Angelica, the angel’s herb, has given a positive and critical conclusion, where the study was aimed to investigate the effect of SagaPro, a product derived from Angelica archangelica leaf on nocturia. The clinical study on an Icelandic natural product has shown it to be effective against “nocturia” in those with low or diminished bladder capacity. Nocturia is the medical definition of the frequent need to urinate at night. This problem is common among men with prostate enlargement as well as people of all ages with an overactive bladder.

The product, SagaPro, which is made from the herb “Angelica archangelica”, has been produced by SagaMedica in Iceland since 2005 and is very popular among nocturia sufferers. SagaPro has now been clinically studied and a peer-reviewed paper on the study which was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, July 2. 2012. See their report, from here.

Let’s face it, nothing is more annoying than being woken up mid-slumber because you have to go to the bathroom. While you may chastise yourself for drinking too much wine with dinner and want never to do that again, your urgency to pee may have more to do with your genes than how much you drank before bed.

A team of Japanese researchers looked at the urination patterns of mice. What they found was that bladder muscle cells are often regulated by circadian rhythms, which is our internal sleep/wake cycle that can be influenced by our genes. A person with a normal circadian rhythm pees less at night so their body has time to rest and restore without being disturbed. But mice with an abnormal circadian rhythm peed just as much during the day as they did at night, according to the research published in Nature Communications.

The researchers also found that a specific protein, Cx43, which is found in bladder muscle cells and largely controlled by our genes, can determine how much urine your bladder can hold and how often you have to pee. The mice with lower levels of the Cx43 protein had to pee more frequently during the night, leading some to believe that our genes could very well be responsible for those annoying, have-to-pee 2am awakenings. But there is a solution to this problem.

The solution can you find in Angelica; the angel’s herb.

Out of many medicinal herbs, Angelica archangelica is the one most deeply rooted in the Icelandic history. Iceland‘s founding fathers held this potent plant in high esteem and used it for various medicinal purposes. Through research, Icelandic natural products developer SagaMedica has discovered that the Vikings knew what they were doing with angelica. The company now offers a product line which addresses various health issues, ranging from frequent urination and dementia to cold and flu prevention. Thanks to the Angelica archangelica leaf.

Modern Research Explains Traditional Use of Angelica Herbs


Dr. Sigmundur Gudbjarnason

SagaMedica‘s director of research, Dr. Sigmundur Gudbjarnason, is a professor emeritus of biochemistry and former president of the University of Iceland. He has studied Icelandic flora extensively since 1992. As any good researcher would do, he initially started looking into the matter out of plain curiosity. Since Icelandic herbs hadn’t been widely studied in his particular field, Dr. Gudbjarnason was a skeptic at first. But by his research on Icelandic medicinal herbs for many years led then to the founding of SagaMedica in 2000.

However, the historical evidence was too compelling to ignore and he sought to explain it with scientific methods. It is probably no coincidence that Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, is named after angelica, or “hvönn”, as Icelanders call it. Other places named after angelica can be found throughout the country suggesting that Iceland’s settlers held the plant in high regard.

Written accounts of angelica use are also plentiful, including a 150-year old medical book, which is still in use today and details how angelica may be used for medicinal purposes. Iceland’s oldest law book, Grágás, written in the early 12th century, even has a law strictly forbidding the theft of angelica plants. Those who could not resist the temptation of snatching a few plants from their neighbour’s backyard faced the punishment of being outlawed.

For Viking Health
research even included a field trip to Greenland, where the settlement of Erik the Red was examined. It turned out that angelica found around Erik‘s farm was similar to angelica growing in Iceland, but unlike the one growing further north in Greenland. is opens up debate on whether Erik might have taken angelica with him from Iceland and planted it around his new home in Greenland. is also poses another interesting question; Did Erik’sson, Leif, bring Icelandic angelica with him on the epic voyage during which he discovered America?

Although the Vikings had, rather understandably, no possible means of proving the usefulness of the angelica plant, SagaMedica’s researchers have all but nailed it on the head. They have identified many bioactive compounds in angelica which are widely thought to serve a purpose in preventing disease.

SagaMedica currently produces four different products of Angelica herbs; SagaPro, SagaMemo, Voxis and SagaVita. These are used for frequent urination in men, memory improvement, for sore throats and cold prevention, respectively. SagaMedica is planning many new angelica herbs products and is working with other manufacturers in Iceland to bring natural products of excellent quality to foreign markets.

Angelica Through Your Mail Slot
supplements can be bought in Icelandic pharmacies, health stores, supermarkets and in the Duty Free store at Keflavik airport. Most of the angelica herbs can also be purchased online at SagaMedica Online Store.

SagaMedica ships its Angelica herbs products worldwide and they are designed and packed for easy delivery through your mail slot. Attaining and maintaining Viking health for everyday battles has never been easier.

Please see below a publicity video from SagaMedica about Angelica herbs products.


Please read the Press Release from SagaMedica, publish today about Angelica herbs:

Clinical study: Dietary supplement SagaPro reduces frequent urination

A recent clinical study on an Icelandic natural product has shown it to be effective against “nocturia” in those with low or diminished bladder capacity. Nocturia is the medical definition of the frequent need to urinate at night. This problem is common among men with prostate enlargement as well as people of all ages with an overactive bladder.

The product, SagaPro, which is made from the herb “Angelica archangelica”, has been produced by SagaMedica in Iceland since 2005 and is very popular among nocturia sufferers. SagaPro has now been clinically studied and a peer-reviewed paper on the study will be published in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology..

Increased nocturnal bladder volume
The study was performed in Iceland by Encode Ltd. and the whole process lasted one year. A total of sixty-nine participants, all of them men with “lower urinary tract symptoms”, which includes prostate enlargement, were required to keep a detailed record of their nocturnal restroom trips as well as the volume of urine before and after a period of 8 weeks while they took either SagaPro or a placebo.

Findings showed significant results among different subgroups. In that regard, SagaPro had a pronounced effect on bladder volume and urinary frequency, two factors which affect the duration and quality of sleep.

“The findings were interesting in many ways. For instance, we saw that SagaPro had a significant and positive effect on those who had a low or diminished nocturnal bladder capacity. This knowledge will help us design other studies on SagaPro in the future” says Dr. Steinthor Sigurdsson, Ph.D. and a researcher at SagaMedica.

Not just a prostate product
The study sheds a light on how SagaPro can help those with prostate enlargement which affects a majority of men over 60. As SagaPro affects the bladder it indirectly helps men with prostate enlargement whose main complaint tends to be increased urinary frequency. The presence of a bladder-relaxing flavonoid in SagaPro had previously suggested the product worked through a bladder-related mechanism. Successful use by women and young people with enuresis (bed-wetting) also hinted at this and now the clinical study confirms that SagaPro affects the bladder, thereby helping sufferers of frequent urination.

Helps international marketing
SagaPro is currently marketed in over 200 retail outlets in the US and Canada. Perla Bjork Egilsdottir is SagaMedica’s marketing manager: “The positive outcome of the clinical study will no doubt help us in further marketing SagaPro internationally. We expect the results to greatly increase our sales since the brand “SagaPro” has now been clinically verified for both safety and efficacy; not just the product’s individual ingredients,” she says.

Further studies
The clinical study on SagaPro is preceded by SagaMedica’s considerable research on the Angelica herb. This is the 6th peer-reviewed paper the company’s research team publishes since it was founded in 2000. The paper is entitled: „A parallel, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled study to investigate the effect of SagaPro on nocturia in men“. Authors are the MD‘s Gudmundur Geirsson and Hrefna Gudmundsdottir and the biochemists Steinthor Sigurdsson, Perla B. Egilsdottir and professor Sigmundur Gudbjarnason.

Previous studies published by the company research team looked at the herb’s potential benefits ranging from effects on a neurotransmitter to promote memory health to the potential uses of Angelica in the battle against cancer. Clinical studies on those properties are expected to follow in the future.

More information about SagaPro can be found on the company’s website:

For further information please contact:
Perla Björk Egilsdóttir,


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