Immuno Ultra Boost

With all the hysteria over the flu, it’s no wonder we’re all looking to boost our immune systems. Not only will you reduce your risk for colds, but by strengthening your immune system, you can also ease allergies and increase energy.

With Immuno Ultra Boost immune support, you’ll get clinically proven immune boosters such as vitamin C, glutathione, selenium, and zinc. You’ll also receive a wide range of B vitamins for energy, including 5-MTHF, the active form of folic acid.

Combined with minerals for metabolic health, these immune supplements will give you the support you need for optimal wellness.

INGREDIENT LIST

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5-MTHF (the active form of folate)
5-MTHF (5-methylenetetrahydrofolate) is the active form of folate. When folate is consumed, it is converted into 5-MTHF.

It is 5-MTHF that is responsible for the vital roles folic acid/folate play in the body, namely DNA synthesis, new cell formation, amino acid metabolism, and healthy homocysteine and cholesterol levels, blood vessel dilation, and energy and stamina.

Nearly 10 percent of all people have an MTHF-reductase enzyme defect, which prevents them from properly converting folic acid into 5-MTHF. This can put them at increased risk for heart disease, fertility issues, and brain-related conditions.
B-Complex
Vitamin B complex refers to a broad group of separate, water-soluble nutrients: B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6, and B-12. We use a blend of these nutrients which serve as an excellent foundation.

Antibiotics such as sulfa drugs and tetracycline can interfere with the production and absorption of B vitamins. If you are taking these medications, you may need to increase your intake of these nutrients. Take B vitamins during the day, rather than at night, as they can be too stimulating.
B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) balances the adrenal system to enhance energy and stamina. It is also critical for body growth and red blood cell production. Plus, riboflavin has been shown to promote detoxification, support vision, and ease headaches and migraines.

Riboflavin deficiency is often marked by cracks around the side of the mouth, a purplish-red or magenta tongue and vertical cracks on the lips.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is needed by the body to properly metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It plays an important role in virtually every organ system and condition, most notably skin health, brain health, joint pain, and immunity.
B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 helps support healthy blood flow, maintains blood pressure, and even promotes optimum cholesterol levels. It also works to reduce homocysteine, a substance that increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

B6 can also ease many PMS symptoms, reduce sugar cravings, boost energy, and strengthen the immune system.
B12 (Cobalamin)
Vitamin B12 is necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. It also helps to maintain healthy homocysteine levels, and arterial function supports normal cholesterol levels and blood vessel dilation and is involved in DNA synthesis. It also plays a role in energy production.

Only bacteria are capable of synthesizing B12, and as such, it is found almost entirely in animal food products due to animal-bacteria symbiosis.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble nutrient. Humans cannot manufacture their vitamin C and must rely on food and supplements to obtain it.

Vitamin C is best known for its role in the synthesis of collagen, a connective tissue protein used as a structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. A deficiency of vitamin C leads to scurvy, which is characterized by insufficient collagen production.

It is also a powerful antioxidant, protecting against free radical damage, supporting immune health, and even promoting an antiviral effect.
Calcium Chloride
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body, with 99 percent of the body’s stores found in your bones and teeth. It also plays a critical role in regulating cellular processes and in transmitting neurologic signals.

Calcium chloride specifically is a form of calcium that is highly water-soluble and is particularly beneficial for heart health.
Glutathione
Glutathione is a potent free radical scavenger composed of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid). It is a powerful antioxidant and is essential for healthy detoxification and coronary artery support.
Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that plays many important roles in human health. It is important for bone health, synthesis of DNA and RNA, and hundreds of metabolic reactions.

Magnesium also assists in calcium absorption and prevents calcium-containing kidney stones from forming. It also improves energy production in the heart, dilates coronary arteries, supports blood pressure, reduces the risk of blood clotting, and even helps in the synthesis of glutathione, which plays a key role in detoxification.

The adult body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, with more than 60 percent of total body magnesium found in bone, and about 27 percent in muscle.
Selenium
Selenium is a trace mineral and a potent antioxidant. It helps regulate blood pressure and heart rhythm, supports a healthy immune system, and maintains healthy blood vessels structure. It is also beneficial for thyroid and prostate health.

High alcohol consumption and exposure to heavy metals such as cadmium, copper, and lead can lower selenium levels.
Zinc
Zinc is an essential mineral, meaning your body does not produce. It is critical for cellular metabolism and supporting the activity of 300 enzymes. It is also required for a proper sense of both taste and smell.

Your body cannot store zinc, which means that daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state within your body.

THE NITTY GRITTY

B vitamin deficiency has been associated with decreased immunity. Specifically, when B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxine) levels are low, your body’s ability to produce antibody-forming cells is decreased, thus lowering your ability to fight off disease.1 Additionally, B12 supports the growth of white blood cells, the cells of the immune system, while folic acid supports immune system maintenance.

Many minerals are needed for optimum immune health. Zinc in particular impacts the immune system at the cellular and molecular levels.2 In fact, there are three major ways in which this mineral affects immune response:

  1. Zinc impacts immune cell function.
  2. Your body and a pathogen both compete for zinc, known as “nutritional immunity.”
  3. Zinc is a second messenger in signal transduction, meaning once a molecule activates a certain receptor protein on a cell membrane (in this case, an immune cell), zinc comes in as a second messenger and transmits the signal into the cell. This, in turn, elicits a physiological response, such as an immune response.

Calcium is similar to zinc, in that it is also a second messenger to lymphocytes, a type of immune cell, three while magnesium’s immunity role centers around the suppression of inflammation and function of innate immune cells.4

Selenium plays a couple of roles in immunity. First, selenium deficiency has been linked to an increase in oxidative stress. Second, and arguably, more importantly, this trace mineral supports the production of glutathione.

Even the smallest changes in glutathione levels in cells can have significant effects on lymphocyte function.5 Additionally, people with immunodeficiency conditions have also been found to be deficient in glutathione.

Finally, no conversation about immunity is complete without discussing vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a profound role in the health of the immune system, stimulating the production and function of white blood cells.6-11 Also, research has demonstrated that supplemental vitamin C increases serum levels of antibodies,12-13 and promotes an antiviral effect in humans.14

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