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Immune

Product Name: Immune
Product Number: VNV287
Product Count: 60/CT
Product Form: Tablets
Sizes Available: 60 Tabs

Overview
Immunity Formula combines key vitamins, minerals, and herbs that support the body's immune system to promote overall health and wellness. The immune system is an intricate network of cells, organs, specialized tissues, and chemicals. The lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus gland, and tonsils all play a role, as do antibodies as well as specialized white blood cells known as natural killer cells (NK cells), T cells, and B cells (collectively known as lymphocytes).

Two types of immunity protect the body; innate and adaptive. Innate immunity provides the first barrier against microorganisms and is present at birth. The skin, mucus, and stomach acids are examples of innate immunity that keep unwanted germs, viruses, bacteria, and parasites from vulnerable tissues. Adaptive immunity is acquired throughout life, such as after immunizations or successfully fighting off an infection.

Symptoms of decreased immune function include frequent colds and flus, recurring parasitic infections, infections that escalate from mild to serious, as well as infections that are usually well controlled by a healthy immune system. Dietary and health factors also affect immune function. For instance, all forms of sugar interfere with the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria; studies suggest diets high in sucrose (table sugar) impair immune function. Alcohol intake, including single occurrences of moderate consumption, also interferes with a wide variety of immune defenses. Moreover, excessive thinness and obesity are associated with impaired immune responses.

Below is the list of ingredients in our Immunity Formula. The information listed here is abbreviated; for more detailed information (including cautions, interactions, and warnings), please refer to individual product sheets where available.

Vitamin A
Because Vitamin A helps cells reproduce normally, a Vitamin A deficiency impairs innate immunity by threatening regeneration of protective cells and organs damaged by infection. Vitamin A also plays a role in adaptive immunity because a deficiency diminishes the body's ability to produce anti-bodies which fight infection.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and cell protector, stimulates the immune system by both elevating and enhancing the activity of certain immune cells. A review of 20 double-blind studies concluded that Vitamin C, when taken at the onset of a cold, significantly reduces the duration of a cold.

Vitamin E
As an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body, Vitamin E also enhances some measures of immune-cell activity. A preliminary study recorded improved immune function when a combination of antioxidants Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E were taken together, specifically improving immune cell numbers.

Riboflavin
Riboflavin (also known as Vitamin B2) is needed to process amino acids and fats, activate Vitamin B6 and folic acid, and help convert carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the fuel the body runs on. In some instances, Riboflavin can also act as an antioxidant.

Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral to the human body. It is needed for bone, protein, and fatty acid formation, activating B vitamins, relaxing muscles, clotting blood, forming ATP, and making new cells.

Zinc
Zinc is an essential mineral and is needed to boost immunity among its many other functions. Zinc interferes with viral replication and therefore may interfere with the ability of viruses to enter cells of the body, may help immune cells to fight a cold, and may relieve cold symptoms.

Selenium
Selenium is an essential trace mineral which supports healthy immune function. One double-blind trial demonstrated that selenium, when taken with zinc, boosted immunity health by reducing infections. Studies suggest that trace minerals such as selenium may be the most important micronutrients for enhancing immunity and preventing infections.

Echinacea
Studies have found that echinacea stimulates the function of a variety of immune cells, particularly NK cells. Evidence from studies also suggests that echinacea speeds recovery from the common cold through immune stimulation (as opposed to killing the cold virus directly).

Astragalus
Complex polysaccharides present in astragalus appear to act as an immunomodulator. Immunomodulators possess the natural ability to increase the body's production of messenger cells that regulate the immune system. The overall effect is a more efficient immune system. Studies on astragalus indicate that it can prevent white blood cell numbers from falling in people given chemotherapy and radiotherapy and can elevate antibody levels in healthy people.

Garlic
Recently, garlic has demonstrated powerful immune-boosting qualities and has been shown to aid the process of phagocytosis in which white blood cells engulf (or eat) invaders.

Korean Ginseng
Panax ginseng, commonly known as Korean or Chinese ginseng, is a member of the Araliaceae family, which also includes the closely related American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and less similar Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), also known as eleuthero. Research suggests that ginseng supports the adrenal glands, thymus and spleen (thus boosting immunity).

Eleutherococcus senticosus (Eleuthero)
Common names for this herb include Siberian ginseng, Touch-me-not, and Devil's shrub. Eleuthero has been shown to improve athletic performance, stimulate the nervous system, enhance memory and concentration, as well as support immunity health.

Reishi Mushroom
Though used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for at least 2,000 years, only recently has reishi mushroom received much attention due to its apparent immune-enhancing activities. Studies have shown that reishi may transform many components of the immune system including NK cells. Moreover, one study concluded that reishi's effect on such immune-related cells as T and B cells yielded further evidence that reishi's value comes from it's ability to enhance immunity response.

Recommended Dosage
  • Take 2 capsules daily.
Cautions
  • If you are pregnant or lactating, consult your health care practitioner prior to taking this product.
  • For additional cautions, interactions, and warnings, please refer to individual product sheets where available.


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