Maitake PD-Fraction®, has been extensively researched as a general immune support as well as specifically immune-stimulating against cancer cells. Maitake mushrooms contain complex polysaccharides that enhance immune function. Beta-1, 3-Glucans increase host immune defense by activating the complement system, enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function, and inducing cellular immune responses. The Beta Glucans in ImmunoMax are derived from the cell wall of baker’s yeast which is then purified to contain no yeast proteins, therefore it is free of allergenic material. Astragalus membranaceus features extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Qi (chi) tonic. Practitioners of herbal medicine also employ astragalus as an immune adaptogen. Elderberry also called Sambucus nigra, has been used by herbalists for pain, inflammation, coughs, laryngitis, and cold and flu symptoms. Both in vitro and animal studies show that elderberry is anti-viral and reduces excessive sinus mucus excretion, making this plant an important ally in promoting sinus and upper respiratory tract health.
Various vitamins are included in ImmunoMax to support the immune response. Vitamin D (included in the chewables) is an immune system modulator that promotes healthy T-Cell and macrophage responses. Vitamin C (included in the chewables) may help reduce the duration of the common cold, especially in children. It also regulates histamine production and metabolism. In studies, low vitamin C was associated with higher histamine production and administration of vitamin C reduced blood histamine levels. Vitamin E (included in the chewables) is present in higher concentration in immune cells compared to other blood cells. Vitamin E supplementation has been found to enhance immune function especially in elderly individuals. Beta carotene is the precursor to vitamin A which plays an important role in immune system function and helps mucous membranes (especially in the lungs) resist invasion by microorganisms.
Zinc (as Zinc Bisglycinate Chelate TRAACS™) , an essential mineral, is found in almost every cell of the human body and stimulates the activity of approximately 100 enzymes. Zinc serves many functions in the body like immunity, gene expression, protein folding, enzyme function, and wound healing. Many research studies have shown that zinc induces improved immune response during infection, such as increasing CD4 T cells and T lymphocytes. Additionally zinc may reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms.
Selenium (Selenium glycinate (Albion™) demonstrates many benefits in the human body as an essential trace element. In addition to supporting thyroid function and immune cell counts, it is a precursor to synthesis of the powerful antioxidant glutathione.
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