Although Vitamin C is essential for proper immune system function, there are other strategies to boost immunity that may be even more important as we learn more about the way COVID-19 acts upon the human body. Upon infection, this novel virus gains entrance into cells via the ACE2 receptor. Our body naturally defends against this mechanism via immunoglobulins also known as antibodies. They act as a critical part of the immune response by specifically recognizing and binding to particular antigens, such as viruses, and aiding in their destruction. The thymus gland is where the body harbors the highest levels of these immune boosting molecules. Employing the use of nutrients that naturally boost the immune system are critical to the function of both, humoral and cell mediated immunity which is imperative as we face this unprecedented pandemic.
A few select products from our superior line with these immune boosting nutrients are:
MycoPro 5 is a blend of five powerful medicinal mushrooms – Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane as well as the powerful anti-inflammatory herbs, magnolia bark and ginger.
Medicinal mushrooms have been utilized for thousands of years for their vast healing properties, which include their ability to augment the body’s immune system (support NK cells), support stress and fatigue, aid in digestion and gut health and support the neurological system.
Medicinal mushrooms provide a unique array of nutrients that include amino acids, beta glucans, triterpenoids and antioxidants, such as ergothioneine (ET) making this a product that can be used everyday to support overall health or one that can be used for target nutrition.
Chaga provides adaptive immune system support by activating B cells, which secrete protective antibodies and by supporting macrophages, our body’s antimicrobial warriors. Chaga have potent anti-oxidant properties such as polysaccharides and triterpinoids that have been shown to protect cells against oxidative stress. Chaga also uniquely helps with oxygen utilization especially during exercise.
The use of shiitake dates back to at least 100 AD in China. In Traditional Chinese Practice, shiitake was used to support a wide range of body functions. In vitro and animal research show shitake to be useful for helping to support the immune system, normal cellular growth and development, liver function, optimal blood circulation and supporting oral health. It promotes a normal response to stress as an “adaptogenic.”
Cordyceps have been found to be supportive in sexual function, kidney, lung and respiratory health. This mushroom contains a powerful compound called CDP, which is involved in the proper oxygenation of cells, making it an adjunct for athletic performance. It has also been shown to have the ability to disrupt the DNA and RNA synthesis of incoming pathogens, bacteria and viral infections playing a powerful role in immunity. This mushroom has also been found to be helpful with energy and stamina, as well as having anti-Candida properties.
Maitake provides immune-supporting beta glucans (naturally occurring polysaccharides), amino acids, proteins, enzymes and antioxidants that contribute to its many suggested health-promoting benefits. Such benefits include support for immune function, normal cellular development, healthy glucose levels and appropriate insulin response. Maitake may also help promote healthy blood pressure levels and weight management when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
Lion’s Mane is a unique medicinal mushroom as it has been shown to increase REM sleep and an important brain neuropeptide called Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF improves the function of neurons, encourages their growth, and strengthens and protects them against premature cell death. Lion’s Mane also stimulates nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF supports the protective covering surrounding our neurons, the myelin sheath, thereby supporting cognitive function and overall nervous system health.
Magnolia bark is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb known for its ability to reduce inflammation, as well as protect the liver and mitochondria from oxidative damage. The honokiol present in magnolia has also shown to be helpful with depressed mood and feelings of anxiety. Research has also demonstrated its benefits in some forms of cancer cells.
Ginger is a well studied herb, known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, which is responsible for much of its medicinal properties such as aiding in nausea, pain and digestion.