~ June 2004 - Fight Disease with These Safe, Powerful Immune Boosters for Children and Adults

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  • Featured Product - Optizinc - Zinc is a mineral essential for formation of superoxide dismutase, one of the body's most important free radical scavengers and one that cannot be directly supplemented. Zinc also promotes wound healing, immune function, taste sensitivity, protein synthesis, insulin production, and reproduction including organ development and sperm motility.

    Research indicates that even a slight zinc deficiency may lower one's immune function. If your diet has an excess of refined sugar, alcohol and fats, you are probably zinc deficient.

  • A Cadre of Immune Enhancing Supplements

    Beta Max 500 (beta glucan) - Beta glucan is an immune enhancer and antioxidant. It increases lymphocytes and macrophage production. Because it is anti-microbial, it is helpful in prevention and treatment of a wide range of bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections - including gum disease. Beta glucan protects against radiation exposure and UV damage from sun exposure. Reports document that Beta glucan can control rampant fever where anti-biotics failed.

    Life Extension Mix, Booster and Super Booster - Life Extension Mix is a multi-ingredient composition of extracts from vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other food concentrates that work together to protect cellular health. In addition, Life Extension Mix provides pharmaceutical potencies of the vitamins and minerals that have demonstrated significant benefits.

    Many people who use Life Extension Mix take additional nutrients such as ginkgo extract, selenium, vitamin E, etc. We have taken these nutrients and combined them into one softgel in Life Extension Booster to give you the optimal daily dose of these critical health promoting compounds.

    For added protection from the cumulative effects of free radical damage, Super Booster contains the proven antioxidants lutein, selenium and lycopene. The mineral selenium contributes to DNA repair, immune function, and cellular detoxification.

    Liquid Vitamin A - Vitamin A is a yellow, fat-soluble solid terpene alcohol obtained from carotene and occurring in such foods as green and yellow vegetables and egg yolks. It is essential for growth and protection from disease. Vitamin A and its analogs have also shown cancer cell differentiation enhancing properties and inhibitory effects on the proliferation of some cancer cell lines, especially leukemia and certain head and neck cancers.

    Monolaurin - Monolaurin is an exciting product because of its anti-viral properties that enable selective use of a non-toxic agent to humans. Monolaurin works directly on the envelopy coat of the virus by disrupting the conformation of the lipid bilayer, preventing adsorption (attachment) to host cells. It does not upset the gastrointestinal tract. No significant effect was noted in liver enzymes, leukocyte count, red cell count or hemoglobin levels in studies.

    Gamma E - If you take vitamin E, you're probably not getting its full benefits! All vitamin E supplements contain alpha tocopherol, but few contain gamma tocopherol. It doesn't matter whether you take natural or synthetic vitamin E, the form used is almost always alpha. There's nothing wrong with alpha tocopherol, but anything taken unbalanced with other related vitamins may not be best. To obtain optimal protection, you should take gamma tocopherol as well.

    Vitamin C - Along with ascorbic acid, vitamin C also comes in at least two other forms: chemically bonded to minerals as ascorbates, and as the fat-soluble ascorbyl palmitate. Both of these forms are nonacidic. Ascorbyl palmitate is a fat (lipid) soluble form of vitamin C that can reach tissue areas in which ascorbic acid cannot. Even though this form is purely synthetic and is not found in nature, it has been shown to be beneficial for protecting the lipid areas of the body from peroxidation.

    Colds and Viruses

    Beta Max 500 (beta glucan) - Beta glucan is an immune enhancer and antioxidant. It increases lymphocytes and macrophage production. Because it is anti-microbial, it is helpful in prevention and treatment of a wide range of bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections - including gum disease. Beta glucan protects against radiation exposure and UV damage from sun exposure. Reports document that Beta glucan can control rampant fever where anti-biotics failed.

    Elderberry - Elderberry is a powerful immune system stimulant and can relieve several cold and flu symptoms. It is an old and effective remedy for relieving coughs, treating sinus congestion, and reducing the pain and swelling of a sore throat. It is also beneficial for respiratory conditions and promotes the removal of waste products from the body. Elderberries are rich in vitamins A and C.

    Liquid Vitamin A - Concentrated Vitamin A therapy of 4 days of 8 drops hastens recovery from colds and flus. This therapy is great for symptomatic allergies - for example, when experiencing a stuffy nose or itchy eyes. Caution: take 8 drops for four days ONLY. Long term use of this concentration is potentially toxic. (Steven Langer, MD, author of Solved: The Riddle of Illness)

    Monolaurin - This is a powerful antiviral, tested successfully for herpes types I and II, as well as non-specific viral infections. It contains the monoester of the acid lauric acid. Monolaurin has had good results in studies of shingles, herpes virus and Epstein Bar virus.

    Zon Gan Ling - This Chinese formula is used for symptomatic relief of severe or advanced head cold or flu with symptoms such as headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, fever and chills. Clears heat, drains dampness, eliminates cold, releases muscles, relieves pain.

    Here is a list of other supplements that address a variety of immune system related issues . . .

  • Protocol: Immune Enhancement - The concept that appropriate nutrients can enhance the human immune response is known as nutritional immunology. The foundation of this field of study was laid in the early 1800s when physicians discovered that severe malnutrition led to thymic atrophy. For most of that century, the evidence of a relationship between malnutrition and the immune system was based on anatomical findings. With the discovery of vitamins, it became evident that essential nutrients played a critical role in maintaining immune function (Beisel 1996).

    Studies published in the 1980s and 1990s clearly show specific immune-enhancing effects of the proper use of nutritional supplements, proteins, hormones, and certain drugs. Micronutrients are now known to play a key role in many of the metabolic processes that promote survival from critical illnesses (Chandra 1983; Chandra et al. 1986). The paragraphs that follow discuss the correct balance of nutrients, nutrient supplements, proteins, and hormones and examine their role in enhancing the human immune system.

    Over the last 30 years, a large amount of literature supports repeatedly the connection between vitamin and mineral balance and immunity, resistance to infection, and allergy (High 1999). The most consistent nutrients linked to immune dysfunction have been low levels of vitamins A, C, E, and B6, copper, iron, and zinc (Johnson et al. 1992; Grimble 1997; Shankar et al. 1998; Ravaglia et al. 2000). Interestingly, many of these nutrients are linked to deficiency in the North American population. Kenneth H. Brown, a University of California at Davis nutrition professor, estimated that as much as half of the world population is at risk for zinc deficiency and 40% of children in low-income countries have stunted growth related to zinc deficiency. Infants, young children, and pregnant or nursing women are especially at high risk for zinc deficiency because they have increased needs for this essential nutrient.

    The trace element zinc has many roles in basic cellular function. These include DNA replication, RNA transcription, cell division, and cell activation. Zinc is a specific activator of T-cells, T-cell division, and other immune cells (Prasad et al. 1997). Zinc also functions as an antioxidant and stabilizes membranes. Zinc-deficient patients display reduced resistance to infection, and Scott et al. (2000) found that in the parasite-infected host (in this case mice), any zinc deficiency results in better survival of the parasite. Thus, zinc is known to play a pivotal role in the efficiency of the entire immune system. In our diet, zinc and protein are linked, so that protein deficiency of any kind will inevitably result in zinc deficiency. Zinc is present in high-protein foods such as meat, oysters, nuts, and seeds. Zinc's importance in many aspects of the immune system, from skin barrier to lymphocyte gene regulation, may be based on its importance in cellular function.

    Read the full Immune Enhancement protocol . . .

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