Take Immunity Seriously...
Immune system. Everyone has one, but do you really know why it is essential?
Your immune system is a complex force that keeps you alive.
Its primary function is to prevent or limit infection. Your immune system is comprised of white blood cells called leukocytes that reside in the thymus, spleen, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. These cells look for threats from microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, toxins, and parasites. When a threat is found, innate immunity – starting with skin and mucous membranes – mount an immediate response.
Vaccines, exposure to illnesses, and the environment trigger the adaptive immune response. Adaptive immunity is acquired and strengthened by the presence of antibodies in the immune system. Antibodies form in response to illnesses, vaccinations, and factors like smoke and smog as we progress from childhood into adulthood. That is why we don’t get ill as quickly as children do and we recover more quickly when the body recognizes the pathogen.
Stress and sleep deprivation can adversely impact immunity. Unchecked chronic stress produces cortisol hormones that suppress the body’s immune response. This can lead to increased risk of colds, serious illness, allergies, gastrointestinal problems and autoimmune disease. Poor sleep impacts the body’s circadian rhythm and similarly disrupts the immune system.
Positive emotions and a healthy lifestyle boost immunity. Studies show expressed emotions like awe, joy, and wonder have a direct correlation with more robust levels of cytokines. Cytokines are molecules that work within cells to regulate and affect immune system response.
The immune system can be compromised. When the immune system malfunctions, immunodeficiency due to age, obesity, malnutrition or inherited disease can occur. In autoimmune conditions, the immune system erroneously attacks healthy cells.
Being too clean can be harmful to the immune system. Not all bacteria are bad. Good bacteria provide nutrients and defense against infection. When people become overzealous in keeping their living environments germ-free, the lack of pathogens may actually reduce the immune system’s effectiveness.
Now that we understand immunity and its importance to well being, is there a way to amp up your body’s natural response to fight that under-the-weather feeling?
Take a fermented mushroom extract, add select vitamins and minerals, and throw in an ancient herb called andrographis. The result is Immuno Complex®, a fantastic immunity booster that increases resistance and speeds up recovery from illness with a three-pillar approach.
AHCC®: Japan’s top-selling specialty dietary supplement, AHCC supports the immune system. This patented hybridized medicinal mushroom extract is backed by 20 human clinical studies and used in over 1000 medical clinics worldwide. Studies show AHCC:
- Offers anti-inflammatory results by balancing the immune system
- Reduces chemotherapy and drug side effects for cancer patients and survivors
- Protects healthy individuals during cold and flu season and in high-risk locations
AP-Bio™ Andrographis Extract: Known as the “King of Bitters” or kalmegh, andrographis paniculata is a shrub widely used for medicinal purposes throughout Asia for centuries. AP-Bio is a clinically tested and standardized extract derived from shrub leaves. This extract has shown 52.7 percent more effectiveness than a placebo in helping the body overcome immune challenges.
Select Immune-Fortifying Vitamins and Minerals: Lastly, Immuno Complex is fortified with highly absorbable forms of four essential vitamins and minerals to support healthy immune function. The components are:
- 400mg vitamin C utilizing Liposomal C for superior absorption
- 800 IU vitamin D in the preferred form of vitamin D3
- 24mg of zinc in the patented form of methionine-bound Opti-Zinc®
- 4mg of copper to protect against zinc-induced copper deficiency.
Give your immune system the upper hand with Immuno Complex!
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