Vitamin C promotes immune defenses by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune systems. It supports the body’s innate resistance to pathogens and provides antioxidant protection to support cellular health and promote normal inflammatory levels in the body.
Curcumin exerts its effect on the innate immune response to promote normal inflammatory levels. Curcumin supports the body’s innate resistance to pathogens and has a favorable effect on the health of the gut microbiome.
L-Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant and promotes cellular defense and repair mechanisms. Glutathione is also crucial for supporting normal liver detoxification.
Pterostilbene is resveratrol’s more metabolically stable structural analog, and it has a strong ability to support the body’s innate resistance to pathogens. Resveratrol is a natural plant polyphenol with many different health benefits, including its positive effects on immunity.
Melatonin supports sleep and also exerts its effect on the innate immune response to promote normal inflammatory levels.
Astragalus Root is called an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress. It does through its influence on the HPA axis. Mental and emotional stress is directly linked to immune function and overall health of the physical body. Astragalus root influences the immune system in other ways. It contains antioxidants that protect cells against damage, and it also supports normal inflammatory levels in the body.
Maitake’s immune-supporting properties come from beta-glucan, a complex polysaccharide that promotes various immune reactions in the body. Maitake mushrooms may also be useful to support normal blood pressure, healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, promote the body’s innate resistance to pathogens, and help maintain blood sugar levels within the normal range.
Reishi is known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” and is one of the most respected and admired shrooms in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine. Reishi is more of a functional mushroom than a culinary one. Reishi contains over 100 different polysaccharides that support immune function. Reishi also contains 119 different triterpene compounds, which have been shown to have immune-promoting effects on all immune cells (macrophages, lymphocytes, and natural killer cells).
Shiitake are prized for their rich, savory taste and diverse health benefits. They’re high in beta-glucan polysaccharides with a 1-3 beta-glucan linkage and a special beta-1,6-D glucopyranoside branching. These are known to support immune health and a normal inflammatory response. Shiitake mushrooms contain several compounds, including oxalic acid, lentinan, centinamycins A and B, and eritadenine, which promote the body’s innate resistance to pathogens (ie: bacteria and viruses).
Turkey Tail is a superstar for immune support. The bioactive components of this shroom include two polysaccharopeptides (PSK and PSP), which are involved in immune support and healthy inflammatory response.