What is immune power formula?
This is a high strength blend of immune enhancing compounds, containing specific immune enhancing and modulating mushroom extracts as well as some more classical immune supporting nutrients such as zinc and vitamin c, all packaged up with berry extracts for a synergistic effect.
This formula is particularly good for those looking to support normal immune function.
Below is a summary of some of the key ingredients in this formula:
One of four types of medicinal mushrooms found in this formula, cordyceps has been shown to help with the following:
- Benefitting immune cells and activating natural killer cells, a type of cell that acts quickly to destroy virus infected cells and stop them from spreading Combating the flu virus.
- Prevent the immune suppressing effects of stress because of its adaptogenic properties, meaning it can help offset some of the negative impacts of stress on the body.
This well-known medicinal mushroom has been shown to activate various types of immune cells, particularly in combination with shiitake. They both activate natural killer cell activity and other immune chemicals that ramp up immune response.
A specific extract from maitake called d-fraction has been well researched in its role as a natural substance to help with preventing cancer and even reducing tumor progression.
As well as providing some of the other benefits of the other mushrooms listed such as increasing natural killer cell formation and anti-cancer effects, shitake has also been shown to enhance secretory iga (siga) levels. Siga is a type of antibody in the gut that when low leaves us open to infection and overgrowths in the gut, particularly yeast/fungal overgrowths and also opportunistic bacterial overgrowths. Low siga has also been linked with increased intestinal permeability, increasing the risk of food sensitivities as well.
Reishi is one of the most well known medicinal mushrooms, again providing evidence of immune support & anti-cancer activity. It also has been shown to help prevent immune suppression induced by exercise as well as providing the strongest anti-inflammatory activity of all medical mushrooms tested.
For those suffering with allergies this particular mushroom seems to significantly help reduce hayfever symptoms. It is thought reishi helps to reduce histamine release from immune cells, thus reducing the chemicals that cause allergic symptoms.
This stands for active hexose correlated compound. It is basically an extract from a specific family of mushrooms and has been subjected to a large amount of research looking at its impact on the immune system.
Human trials have indicated an increased production of antibodies to the flu virus, suggesting its ability to help support immune function against a flu virus. Studies have also shown increased natural killer cell activity with ahcc potentially helping with infection resistance.
This fruit is a rich source of phytonutrients (natural plant chemicals) that assist with reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. Pomegranate appears to support immunity, with research papers indicating its ability to reduce the risk of infection as well as reducing inflammation.
This berry appears to have activity against viruses including the cold virus, appearing to reduce the duration of flu like symptoms when compared to placebo. In another study 28% individuals experienced complete resolution of symptoms within 48hours and 60% of people experienced only one or two mild symptoms compared to placebo where no one experienced a complete resolution and only 16% experienced only one to two mild symptoms.
Blueberries are a rich source of a phytonutrient known as anthocyanins which has long been associated with its anti-oxidant capabilities. This powerful phytochemical has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects as well.
Blueberries also support immunity via their ability to increase activity of natural killer cells that can help destroy viruses. This has been demonstrated with the use of blueberry powder such as that used in immune power formula.
Like the other berries listed this fruit is a great natural source of vitamin c and manganese. Both nutrients play a role in our immune health and natural anti-oxidant capabilities. Early research looking at the effects of ellagic acid a compound found in raspberries on cancer cells suggest they may also have anti-cancer properties as well.
This is a non-digestible carbohydrate found naturally in fruits and vegetables. It acts as a prebiotic, something that supports the growth of beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria are well established for their role in supporting immune health, with around 70-80% of our immune system found in or surrounding the gut. Inulin has been shown to stimulate the growth of specific bacteria that help to increase short chain fatty acids, something that can support the health of your intestinal barrier, helping to protect against invaders and the development of food sensitivities.
In addition to the natural sources of vitamin c found in the berry ingredients found in this formula there has also been a small amount of vitamin c added to the product as well.
Vitamin c supplementation is particularly useful for the immune system, especially those exposed to high levels of physical and/or mental stress.
Vitamin c is also very important for collagen synthesis, thus supporting improved recovery from exercise & injury as well as generally supporting the health of our skin, hair, nails, bone and connective tissue.
How to take immune power formula
We recommend using this formula once per day for general immune support and during acute situations such as when you are feeling unwell or run down we recommend 1 serving 2-4 times per day in around 200-250ml of water.
Be aware that the prebiotic (inulin) included in this product to support the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut can cause a little bloating/gas in some individuals, thus take a dosage appropriate to your bowel tolerance. If you are unable to tolerate this product even in small quantities it is likely you are suffering with some type of small bowel overgrowth and may benefit from some additional support from one of our trusted professionals.