My Balance Emergency Immune Support
Every day, our body’s immune system is constantly battling out attacks from disease causing pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and many other organisms. Without it, our body would not be able to withstand the attacks from these organisms and would become susceptible to numerous infections and diseases.
Unfortunately, most people only remember their immune system when they are sick. It is at that moment that they realize their immune system has been compromised, and they start going helter-skelter in search of ways to strengthen it. But as the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Prevention is better than cure.”
If people can be proactive in such matters, by constantly strengthening their immune system, then may be, they wouldn’t have to succumb to attacks by pathogenic organisms easily. For this reason, it is crucial that you do what it takes to boost your immunity, which involves eating a healthy balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Apart from the lifestyle changes above, another great way to boost the immune system is by consumption of supplements, which are packed with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, or some natural phytochemicals that are scientifically proven to strengthen your immunity. My Balance’s Emergency Immune Support, is one product that stands out. Its nutrient make-up is top notch, as all components have scientific basis to support their inclusion. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, zinc, L-glutamine, elderberry fruit extract, echinacea powder, garlic powder, turmeric, and Lactobacillus acidophilus.
- Vitamin C
Almost everyone knows about the immune boosting properties of vitamin C. As a great antioxidant, it protects us from the harmful effects of oxidative stress, which happens when reactive molecules known as free radicals accumulate in our bodies. Also, vitamin C can help assist in the transport of neutrophils to the sites of infection.1 If you are not aware, neutrophils are some type of white blood cells which help the body to fight infection.
When it comes to published researches, vitamin C supplementation has been found to help in relieving upper respiratory tract infections such as common cold, and other conditions like pneumonia.1
- Vitamin E
The deficiency of vitamin E has been found to impair with the normal functioning of the immune system. As a great antioxidant, its presence can help in fighting the activities of free radicals in the body. Research has shown that supplementation with this vitamin can help in reducing markers of oxidative stress and boosting the body’s antioxidant defenses.2
- Vitamin B6
Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin B6 in the body have been associated with a weakened immune system, as a result, appropriate supplementation with this vitamin could be found beneficial in boosting the body’s defenses.3
This mineral is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. It functions in protecting the body from foreign pathogenic invaders and plays important roles in inflammatory response and immune cell development and communication. Thus, zinc supplementation can help improve an already weakened immune system.4
Glutamine is considered as the fuel for the immune system by many. A low blood concentration of this amino acid can impair with the proper functioning of immune cells. Studies have shown that this amino acid is an essential nutrient for cytokine production, lymphocyte proliferation, and neutrophil bacterial killing activities.5
- Elderberry fruit extract
This fruit is known to possess great antibacterial and antiviral properties.6 It is a great antioxidant and can help with flu and cold symptoms.7 Research has also shown that elderberry fruit extract can activate immune system by increasing inflammatory cytokine production.8
- Echinacea powder
This plant has been documented to be loaded with immune boosting antioxidants such as rosmarinic acid, flavonoids, and cichoric acid.9 Also, research has shown that the extracts from this plant could well serve as effective immunomodulators.10
- Garlic powder
Research has shown that garlic possesses immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects.11 Its content of organosulfur compounds have been attributed to most of its infection-fighting properties, especially on viruses.12
Curcumin, turmeric’s most active ingredient, have been found to possess great antioxidant properties that could neutralize the activities of free radicals in the body.13
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
Studies have shown that these bacteria have the potential to boost immune function and can improve the symptoms of flu and cold.14 Evidence also suggest that this bacteria, when used as a probiotic, can act as an immunomodulator by enhancing the body’s immune system.15