Your immune system is a complicated and extraordinary one that helps keep you healthy and strong while protecting your body from everyday stressors.
Spread throughout your body, your immune system is a vast network of cells, organs, proteins and tissues that are always on the lookout for everyday and seasonal threats. Once your immune system encounters one, it naturally generates what’s called an immune response.
An incredible fact about your immune system is its ability to distinguish your tissues from foreign invaders. It also recognizes dead and faulty cells by clearing them away.
The bottom line… without an immune system, your body would be vulnerable to these foreign bodies and external stressors.
Knowing how critical your immune system is to your overall health and well-being, what can you do to help it function optimally?
Simple Lifestyle Habits for an Optimally Functioning Immune System
Developing healthy habits is important to support your immune system and help it defend against those external stressors while lowering your risk of further issues.
While there are many habits you can develop to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I would like to emphasize the following factors that are foundational in promoting a strong immune system and overall health plan:
- Managing stress — Emotional stress has a larger effect on your physical well-being than you may realize. Avoiding excessive stress is a key foundational health strategy as it can play a role in compromising your immune system.
- Maintaining your gut microbiome — Your gut microbiota is the key to your immune system and digestive health. Fermented food and fiber are vital to repopulating your gut with beneficial bacteria and providing the necessary nutrients for them to thrive. Avoiding processed food and excess sugar is essential to maintaining a healthy gut.
- Exercising — Evidence from research underscores the benefits of exercise to your immune health. Seek to raise your heart and breathing rate for 30 minutes each day in addition to moving out of your chair frequently. Your body requires both exercise and movement to stay healthy.
- Getting quality sleep — The quality and quantity of your sleep have a regulatory effect on your immune system. Developing good sleep habits requires just a little effort. Getting adequate and quality sleep helps give your body time to recover and recharge.
- Nourishing your body with vitamin D3 — Getting an adequate supply of this essential vitamin is an important factor in supporting your immune health.
Why It’s Smart to Have a Plan B
Even if you do your best to adopt the above foundational habits, at times your immune system could still face challenges.
That’s why it’s important to have a backup plan, a Plan B.
Free radicals are unstable, destructive molecules that lack electrons. And while they form naturally as a result of normal metabolic processes, like breathing, they can increase due to things like stress, poor diet and environmental stressors.
In short, free radicals have the ability to damage your cells and keep your immune system from functioning optimally.
So what can you do to better protect your immune system against free radicals and cell damage? Well, your body already produces antioxidants to neutralize free radicals; however, as you grow older, the levels of antioxidants drop significantly.
It is estimated that by age 40, your antioxidant level is at 50%, and by the ages of 60 to 70, it is down to around 5% to 10%. So your next steps would be to supplement with antioxidants and other nutrients to give your immune system the support it needs.
That’s where our powerful Herbal Immune Support formula comes in.
Packed with the following immune-supporting whole herbs, extracts and vitamin ingredients, Herbal Immune Support is the effective backup plan you need:
- Vitamin C from Organic Acerola
- Vitamin D3 as Cholecalciferol
- Yarrow Flower and Boneset Leaf Powders
- Peppermint Leaf Powder and Elder Flower Extract
- Oregano Leaf Oil Powder and Bee Propolis Powder
- Olive Leaf Extract and Dimethylglycine HCL (DMG)
Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient and how it plays a part in supporting your immune health.*
One of the Richest Sources of Vitamin C
Providing about 1,644 mg of vitamin C per cup, one of the most vitamin C-rich fruits available is the acerola, or Barbados cherry. For reference, a medium-size orange contains about 70 mg of vitamin C.
It’s a bit of an understatement to say acerola is by far one of the richest natural forms of vitamin C in the world.
As a potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps keep free radicals in check and is vital in supporting proper immune function.*
For the highest quality, the Acerola Fruit Extract included in our Herbal Immune Support formula is Certified Organic.
Super Immune-Supporting Vitamin D3
It’s been recognized for years that vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth.* Without it, bones can become thin, brittle or irregular.
Vitamin D also plays an important role in helping your immune system function properly. It can have distinctive effects on both your innate and adaptive immune systems.*
Your innate immune system is your first line of defense and comes into play immediately or within hours of stressor detection. Once activated, vitamin D binds to innate system cells, helping to ward off the stressors.*
If a stressor manages to dodge the innate immune system, the second line of defense kicks in with your adaptive immune system. Your adaptive immune system involves your T regulatory helper and suppressor cells, and natural killer cells.
Vitamin D helps support and calm the adaptive immune system as it binds to the cells of the system.*
In Herbal Immune Support, we made sure to include the superior form of vitamin D in vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), and not the synthetic vitamin D2 often found in popular supplements.
Home to the Largest Part of Your Immune System, Your Digestive System Needs Attention
Yarrow is an aromatic perennial plant from the aster or Asteraceae (Compositae) family, a close relative of chamomile and chrysanthemum.
Its scientific name, Achillea millefolium, was coined from the Greek hero, Achilles, who loved using it, as well as for its many small, feather-like leaves (millefolium means "a thousand leaves").
Yarrow contains flavonoids, or plant-based compounds, that increase saliva and stomach acid, helping to support digestion.*
Your digestive system, which is generally split into two halves – the upper gastrointestinal tract (mouth, esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower gastrointestinal tract (small intestine and large intestine) – is home to the largest part of your body’s immune system.
So, having a healthy digestive system is an important defense against external stressors that find their way into your body.
Yarrow also works to help your blood vessels, especially the smaller veins, and helps support normal blood pressure levels.*
Herbal Immune Support includes 200 mg of Yarrow Flower Powder for its added benefits.
Boneset Leaf Powder – A Potent Herb for Immune Support*
Native to eastern U.S. and Canada, boneset is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae, or daisy, family.
You may also recognize this herb by the many names it has been given, including:
- Thoroughwort and vegetable antimony
- Feverwort and agueweed
- Indian sage and wild sage
- Eupatorium and crossword
- Thoroughstem and thoroughwax
- Wild Isaac and wood boneset
- Teasel and tearal
Boneset has been shown to potentially support your overall immune system.*
Animal studies have also revealed that boneset consists of numerous compounds, such as rutin and flavonoids, that work together to maintain normal blood vessel function.*
We include 200 mg of Boneset Leaf Powder in Herbal Immune Support for supporting a healthy immune system.*
An Ancient Herb With Incredible Properties
Not just a popular candy flavor, peppermint and the effects of its fresh leaves have been known since ancient times. Dried peppermint leaves have even been found in several Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC.
Peppermint comes from the mint plant (there are about 25 different species of mint) and is actually a natural hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint.
Peppermint’s aromatic fragrance has come to symbolize hospitality in many cultures. In addition to its properties, mint leaves were rubbed on tables to welcome guests in Greece, and mint tea is still customarily offered to arriving guests in the Middle East.
Most of the human research on peppermint thus far indicates this herb has great value in supporting gastrointestinal health.* And as you’re already aware, your digestive system is home to the largest part of your body’s immune system.
Our Herbal Immune Support formula includes 195 mg of Peppermint Leaf Powder.
Supports Blood Health and Immune System*
Elder flowers, the flowers of the elder tree that gives us elderberries, contain beneficial compounds including:
- Flavonoids — mostly flavones and flavanols with antioxidant properties*
- Minerals — primarily potassium
- Phenolic compounds — including chlorogenic acids for blood health support*
- Triterpenoids – with oleanolic acids for normal inflammatory response support*
With its bioflavonoids and other health-rich properties, elder flowers help support blood health and optimize the functioning of your immune system.*
Our Herbal Immune Support formula contains 160 mg of Elder Flower Extract that works synergistically with the other ingredients to help support your overall immune health.*
Perennial Herb With Impressive Antioxidant Activity*
Oregano oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of oregano (Origanum vulgare), a hardy perennial herb, and a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family.
Although it grows in many areas around the world, it’s native to Europe, Asia and North Africa.
Oregano oil is high in phenols, which are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects.* Two of the most abundant phenols in oregano oil are thymol and carvacrol.
Thymol is an herb with antioxidant activity that helps enhance your immune system, as well as offering potential protection against toxins and tissue damage.*
With its impressive array of health-promoting properties, carvacrol is one of the most active components of oregano oil.*
With other phenols like terpenes, rosmarinic acid, naringin and beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), thymol and carvacrol work together as potent antioxidants in Herbal Immune Support to help support your immune system and overall health.*
Powerful Antioxidant Compound Created by Bees
Another key ingredient in our Herbal Immune Support formula is Bee Propolis.
Propolis is used by bees to close openings in their beehives, which is why it is also referred to as "bee glue."
The materials for propolis are usually taken from leaves, bark, flower buds and other plant parts. These are then combined with bee saliva, wax and pollen, and then adhered to the hive holes.
Propolis is composed of numerous active compounds, including flavonoids, aromatic acids, diterpenoid acids, triterpenoids and phenols.
With their powerful antioxidant properties and more, these compounds are deemed to be the key why propolis may offer extraordinary health benefits, including potential immune system support.*
The Protective Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract
The leaves of the olive tree have been used since ancient times, and research has suggested that olive leaf extracts contain healthful components, including antioxidant properties.
One renowned study included 20 sets of identical twins. One member of each twin pair was given tablets containing olive leaf extract (in two dosage levels), while the other didn’t receive any supplements but did get lifestyle advice on maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
After eight weeks, the study found supplement users on the higher dose received greater blood pressure support allowing them to maintain healthy levels already in the normal range.
In contrast, the twins who didn’t receive supplements showed no significant impact on the maintenance of their blood pressure levels.
Other studies have also suggested that the antioxidants in olive leaf extract may help play a protective role.*
By including Olive Leaf Extract in high-quality Herbal Immune Support, we’ve added another level of protection and overall support for your immune health.*
Rounding Out Our Herbal Immune Support with DMG
Dimethylglycine HCl (DMG) is a derivative of the amino acid glycine. It is found naturally in plant and animal cells, and in certain foods such as beans, cereal grains and liver.
It’s also found in your body in very small amounts and only for a very limited time.
As DMG has shown potential in both human and animal studies for immune system support, we’ve added it to round out our robust Herbal Immune Support formula.*
Your Plan B Power-Packed into a Vegan Capsule
The whole herbs, extracts and vitamin ingredients in Herbal Immune Support were carefully selected for their ability to support a stressed immune system.*
These premium ingredients are free of major allergens and do not include any unnecessary additives or fillers.
Power-packed into a vegan capsule, Herbal Immune Support is just what you need to support your immune system against everyday and seasonal stressors.*
Order Herbal Immune Support today for extraordinary support and protection for your immune system.*