Immune Support

tickVitamin
tickMineral
tickHerbal
tickSupports the immune system
tickAids health
tickBoosts energy
tickAntioxidant
How does it work?
Immune Support contains a blend of vitamins and minerals designed to strengthen and protect immune function, especially during times of physical or mental stress.

Per 2 capsules:
Vitamin C (Calcium ascorbinate): 1000 milligrams
Cranberry extract (10% anthocyanosides): 250 milligrams
Zinc (from Gluconate, containing 25 milligrams of elemental zinc): 179 milligrams
DMG (Dimethylglycine): 150 milligrams
Selenium (sodium selenate): 100 micrograms
How does it work?
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. One of many antioxidants, vitamin C may block some of the damage caused by free radicals, which can contribute to the development of various health problems. Antioxidants also help reduce the damage to the body caused by toxic chemicals and pollutants such as cigarette smoke. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. That's why it's important to include plenty of vitamin C in your daily diet. Large amounts of vitamin C are used by the body during any kind of healing process, whether it's from an infection, disease, injury, or surgery. In these cases extra vitamin C may be needed.

Since 1971, 21 studies have been carried out to establish whether vitamin C affects the common cold. In each of the 21 studies, vitamin C reduced the duration of episodes and the severity of the symptoms of the common cold by an average of 23% [1]. In one of them most recent trials, a group using vitamin C had significantly fewer colds (37 vs 50), fewer days challenged virally (85 vs 178), and a shorter duration of severe symptoms (1.8 vs 3.1 days). In other words, vitamin C users are less likely to get a cold. And if they do, they'll recover faster than people who don't use the supplement.

Cranberry extract
The medicinal properties of cranberry have been recognized for centuries. Native Americans used raw cranberries as a wound dressing. Cranberries have also been used in their raw and cooked state to treat a number of conditions including appetite loss and digestive problems. Cranberries are high in antioxidants, and contain substances called proanthocyanidins (which give cranberries their rich colour). Antioxidants can neutralise the extra free radicals caused by regular exercise, and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause [8].

Zinc
Zinc is an essential trace mineral, which means that it must be obtained from your diet since the body cannot make enough. Zinc plays an important role in the immune system, which could explain why it helps to protect against infections such as colds. Like vitamin C, Zinc also has some antioxidant properties, which means that it helps protect cells in the body from the potential damage caused by free radicals. People who are zinc deficient tend to be more susceptible to a variety of infections. Zinc supplementation enhances immune system activity and protects against a range of infections including colds and upper respiratory infections (such as bronchitis). Several important studies show that zinc reduces the intensity of the symptoms associated with a cold (particularly a cough) and the length of time that a cold lingers [3].


DMG
Dimethylglycine or DMG is an amino acid found naturally in animal and plant cells. Studies show that it speeds up the removal of lactic acid from your body. This allows for faster recovery, fewer aches and pains, and improved training performance. Soviet scientific literature also shows increased oxygen utilisation by muscle, improvements in explosive speed, and protection against damage to the connective tissue surrounding joints. One of the most exciting uses for DMG was discovered by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina. In a well-controlled study, DMG increased antibody production by more than 400%. The findings were later confirmed at Clemson University in a series of animal experiments [7]. DMG stimulated both branches of the immune system to the extent that they produced a three to five-fold increase in protective antibodies. In short, DMG is a highly effective supplement for anyone wanting a stronger immune system and better health

Selenium
Selenium is needed for your immune system to function properly and for the production of prostaglandins (substances that affect blood pressure and inflammation). There are many studies to show the importance of selenium for proper immune function [9]. Selenium helps to generate white blood cells, enhancing your body's ability to fight illness and infection, especially when you're exercising regularly.
How do I use it?
On non-training days, take 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast. On training days, take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 after training.
What results can I expect?
Most coaches and nutritionists believe that too much intense training can weaken your immune system. It also makes it more likely that you'll develop the overtraining syndrome. Immune Support will strengthen and protect immune function, especially during times of physical or mental stress. This reduces the risk of an illness or infection interfering with your training.

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2. Van Straten, M., & Josling, P. (2002). Preventing the common cold with a vitamin C supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey. Advances in Therapy, 19, 151-159
3. Berger, M.M., Spertini, F., Shenkin, A., Wardle, C., Wiesner, L., Schindler, C., & Chiolero, R.L. (1998). Trace element supplementation modulates pulmonary infection rates after major burns: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 68, 365-371
4. Garland, M.L., & Hagmeyer, K.O. (1998). The role of zinc lozenges in treatment of the common cold. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 32, 63-69
5. Hinton, P.S., Giordano, C., Brownlie, T., & Haas, J.D. (2000). Iron supplementation improves endurance after training in iron-depleted, nonanemic women. Journal of Applied Physiology, 88, 1103-1111
6. Lee, C.Y., & Man-Fan Wan, J. (2000). Vitamin E supplementation improves cell-mediated immunity and oxidative stress of Asian men and women. Journal of Nutrition, 130, 2932-2937
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