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.

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

References:
1. Axelrod AE. Adv Exp Med Biol 1981;135:93-106. 2. Haase H and Rink L. Metallomics. 2014 Jul;6(7):1175-80. 3. Vig M and Kinet JP. Nat Immunol. 2009 Jan;10(1):21-7. 4. Tam M, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003 Oct;57(10):1193-7. 5. Droge W and Breitkreutz R. Proc Nutr Soc. 2000 Nov;59(4):595-600. 6. Prinz W, et al. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1977;47(3):248-57. 7. Vallance S. Br Med J. 1977;2(6084):437-8. 8. Kennes B, et al. Gerontology. 1983;29(5):305-10. 9. Panush RS, et al. Int J Vitam Nutr Res Suppl. 1982;23:35-47. 10. Levy R, et al. J Infect Dis. 1996;173(6):1502-5. 11. Anderson R, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 1980;33(1):71-6. 12. Prinz W, et al. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1980;50(3):294-300. 13. Feigen GA, et al. Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol. 1982;38(2):313-33. 14. Sasazuki S, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006;60(1):9-17.

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