We have never had such heightened awareness of the role of our immune system, as we do today. Traditionally, the winter months are the time of the year we have to focus more on health and wellness. As the seasons change, it becomes clear that we should be concerned about the illnesses that surround us, especially as symptoms arise in our family members and coworkers and beyond. This entire year has served as a constant reminder of how important our immune response is and the importance of nutrients for immunity. Read on to learn how our innate and adaptive immune response can be strengthened with the right dietary supplements. They contain ingredients such as herbs, vitamins, and medicinal mushrooms.
Out of Control — or Not
External influences can have a profound effect on our stress levels and our ability to get a good nights’ rest. Consequently, they’re often out of our control. The good news is, that there are several lifestyle factors that we can directly impact:
- our bodies need quality fuel and food
- regular activity
- quality sleep
- and believe it or not, a positive attitude
This combination keeps our bodies ready for whatever comes our way. It’s important to know that things we do every day, both our good and bad habits, as well as our lifestyle choices, all have consequences. Optimizing immune health is a complex task requiring many steps.
Innate and Adaptive
Additionally, the immune system has direct nutritional needs that help keep it running like a fine-tuned machine and help it maintain balance in the face of high physiologic demand. It involves both pro-inflammatory activities (such as those that result in a fever) and anti-inflammatory actions. Pro-inflammatory responses are directly related to warrior cells and the chemistry they promote. Further anti-inflammatory biochemistry helps to balance out the effects of an upregulated immune system as it takes on pathogens. Our bodies, and all of its systems, are very effective at attacking and disarming foreign invaders. Each component brings different strengths to the table. Our innate and our adaptive immunity are protectors that keep harmful pathogens and invaders from damaging or affecting the state of health of our body.
What About Supplements?
So then comes the question, where do supplements fit into the picture? Today, there are many individual nutrients in the spotlight and have become some of the most popularly used and asked about ingredients. We’ll share some important functions of each of these below. The body naturally manages the balancing act between distinct faces of immunity. Therefore it follows to look for formula-based products to support multiple aspects of the immune response. The thoughtful combination of multiple ingredients in a supplement formula provides a balanced approach. Innate and adaptive immune system rejoice! Consequently, this enables them to be used daily for ongoing health maintenance, or on a short-term basis when the immune system needs an extra boost. Broad response formulas by Irwin Naturals are a good place to start. Look for our special endcap offer in-store in November:
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Nutrients for Immunity
Echinacea has long been used as an antioxidant, and seasonal support herb and its gentle nature make it a good choice. Consider the broad immune support formula, Immuno-Shield, containing echinacea, olive leaf, astragalus, probiotics, and vitamins.
Elderberry normalizes and promotes the production of cytokines. Another great benefit is its effective free radical scavenging properties. Look for the elderberry formula which includes vitamin C, zinc, selenium, and vitamin D3 and more.
Vitamin C supports various functions in innate and adaptive immunity. Combine C with Olive Leaf extract, Rose Hip Fruit and Echinacea Purpurea extract in our proprietary gel capsules.
Vitamin D research shows a deficiency of Vitamin D is detrimental to seasonal wellness.
Vitamin A is known to aid in a healthy inflammatory response, because of its critical role in enhancing immune function.
Medicinal Mushrooms provide chemical compounds such as polysaccharides and Beta-glucan to support wellness. In the exclusive dietary supplement find organic medicinal mushrooms Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Agaricus Blazei combined with herbs, vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D3.
Zinc ensures the proper functioning of our senses (taste and smell). Deficiencies of zinc can cause a weakened response in the face of challenges.
NAC (N-Acetyl-cysteine) is a sulfur-containing molecule that provides the amino acid Cysteine which is the precursor to our body’s super-antioxidant Glutathione. Glutathione provides cell protection and other benefits. NAC also has properties that support our respiratory health.
Probiotics support and boost the health of the gut microbiome. Probiotics are responsible for upwards of 70% of our immune response.
Consider our immune support supplement blends containing natural ingredients such as these. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, microbes, and medicinal mushrooms combine in formulas delivered in easy to swallow gel capsules.
While each of these ingredients is available individually, from a variety of high-quality companies, nevertheless we do have one luxury today that we did not have years ago. Blended nutrients for immunity make our supplements easier to choose and less confusing to take. One-time seasonal focus with reaction to specific symptoms is rapidly giving way to a new era of proactive & year-round focus as our health has become a top priority. Innate and adaptive immune responses now have the defensive fuel they need.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.