In a healthy body, an invading antigen is met by antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that destroy harmful substances. However, some people have immune systems that don’t work as well as they should. These immune systems can’t produce effective antibodies to prevent illness and as a result an individual may keep getting sick.
There are many reasons that the immune system becomes compromised and doesn’t work as efficiently as it should such as poor nutrition, chronic stress, ageing, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
There are many supplements on the market that offer a safe and natural approach to increasing the function of the immune system so that a person is able to fight invading bacteria and/or viruses and put a stop to recurring infections.
BioCeuticals ArmaForce has been scientifically formulated to provide relief of symptoms and decrease the duration of upper respiratory tract infections and colds and supplies nutritional support for healthy immune function.
Powerful Ingredients include:
Andrographis is frequently used for preventing and treating the common cold and flu (influenza). It has the ability to reduce all symptoms of the common cold, including nasal congestion and nasal secretion, earache, headache, cough, fever, and fatigue. Andrographis is also effective at reducing inflammation in both the tonsils and pharynx and studies suggest that andrographis is as effective as acetaminophen (antibiotics) for this and is also effective in the treatment of sinus infections.
Olive Leaf Oleuropein is the active and therapeutic ingredient in the leaves of the olive tree that make it antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic. It also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting characteristics. Olive leaf helps to enhance the functioning of the immune system and aid in the management of viral infections, especially when fever is present. Olive leaf compounds enhance the body’s efforts to fight invading organisms via two different processes. Firstly, they appear to stimulate phagocytosis (the process in which immune system cells engulf and destroy invading organisms), and secondly, by interfering with the ability of bacteria and viruses to replicate themselves and cause infection.
Echinacea helps the body to rid itself of microbial infections. It is effective against both bacterial and viral attacks. It can be used for any infection anywhere in the body and is especially useful for infections of the upper respiratory tract such as laryngitis, tonsillitis, and for catarrhal conditions of the nose and sinuses.
Echinacea can be used for both acute and chronic infections/illnesses and works on promoting the health of the immune system by boosting and balancing it. It stimulates the lymphatic system, promoting drainage and elimination of toxins, and helps to prevent and fight potential infections.
It also contains copper, iron, iodine, vitamins A, C, and E, and potassium which are all important nutrients to help boost the immune system.
Vitamin C One of the most important functions of vitamin C is to support and energize the body’s immune system. Immune cells have active vitamin C transporter molecules embedded in them. For example, during times of inflammation or infection, those transporters ramp up their activity to provide sufficient vitamin C to the cells’ inner workings in order to help the body fight infection.
Vitamin C can not only reduce the duration and severity of the common cold but can reduce the incidence of developing a cold as well.
Zinc is found in cells throughout the body and helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. A deficiency in this vital mineral can lead to reduced antibody production and compromised cellular function of the immune system. Therefore individuals are more vulnerable to infection.
Zinc helps in decreasing the severity and duration of the common cold and influenza. It reduces a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which aggravate the body during colds or other infections and also has the ability to stimulate white blood cell activity. This makes Zinc ideal for reducing colds and infections. It helps in protecting against infectious disorders of the upper respiratory tract including pneumonia.
Eagle Echinacea Royal is another exceptional product for those prone to infections and it contains, amongst other ingredients like the ones listed above:
Withania, a herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as a rejuvenating and general tonic to support overall health. It is used to relieve general debility, especially during convalescence.
Astragalus is a plant with a very long history as an immune system booster and disease fighter. A very popular herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which it’s been used as an adaptogen for thousands of years — meaning it helps the body fight off stress and disease.
Astragalus contains three components that allow the plant to have such a positive impact on human health. These are saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. Saponins are known for their ability to improve the immune system to the point they help to prevent cancer. Flavanoids, also found in astragalus, provide health benefits through cell signalling. They show antioxidative qualities, control and scavenge off free radicals, and can help prevent cancer and immunodeficiency viruses. Polysaccharides are known to have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities.
Astragalus is used in TCM as a general tonic and as a qi (vital energy) tonic.
Shiitake mushroom is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help the immune system to function optimally. The mushroom has the ability to significantly increase the number of natural killer T-cells which help the body to fight infection. Shiitake mushroom also reduces inflammatory proteins known as c-reactive protein (CRP) and macrophage inflammatory protein. This means that not only does shiitake help enhance the immune system, but it also reduces the inflammation that the immune system produces.
Shiitake helps to reverse some of the age-related decline in immune function and is high in selenium, iron, dietary fibre, protein and vitamin C.
Reishi mushroom is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to reduce symptoms of mucous congestion and catarrh. It has the ability to dispel phlegm, and to relieve cough and wheezing and it also has the ability to tonify the lungs. Reishi mushroom acts as a tonic for convalescence and fatigue.
Blackmores Echinacea ACE & Zinc is a daily supplement for regular use that combines echinacea with antioxidant nutrients to support the immune system, another choice for everyday wellness.
By supporting your immune system with appropriate, good quality supplements, eating a good diet, getting enough rest and relaxation and reducing stress, you are well on your way to better health and reducing the occurrence of those nasty infections.
Please note: Practitioner products are only available through recommendation from your doctor or naturopath