Colostrum Concentrate Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother’s mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth. Colostrum provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that insures the health and vitality of the newborn.
L-Arginine Arginine is an essential amino acid to children, and relatively essential to adults.
IP-6 (Inositol hexaphosphate) IP-6, also known as phytate is found naturally within every body cell. IP-6 (Inositol Hexaphosphate) is a naturally occurring compound found primarily in grains and legumes. The health benefits of a diet high in fiber seem to be due to the high levels of IP-6 in the fiber. Purified IP-6 offers several advantages over dietary IP-6. IP-6 has a rapid absorption compared to dietary IP-6 ensures much superior bioavailability. IP6 is combined in a four-to-one ratio with inositol (a member of the B-vitamin group), which helps Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) to create IP3 more efficiently.
Beta - 1,3-D Glucan Beta-1, 3-D glucan are a polysaccharide extract, derived from cell walls of baker's yeast that may enhance production, mobilization and killing capacity of macrophages, neutrophils and other immune cells.
Agaricus (Agaricus blazei) Agaricus blazei investigations have focused on the role of mushroom polysaccharides as "biological response modifiers that can stimulate immune function. Experiments have shown that Agaricus blazei activates the alternative complement pathway, which is an important part of the body’s immune defense against foreign organisms.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa) A large, fleshy polypore comprised of multiple, overlapping layers of caps, attached to branching stems proliferating from a common base with white spores coming from white pores on the underside of the cap. The active components are found in the fruit bodies and the mycelium of this species. The Maitake mushroom contains high concentrations of 1,6 beta-D-glucans.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) Ganoderma lucidum is a woody textured mushroom with a shiny cap surface with active components found in the fruitbodies, spores and mycelia of this species. Reishi primarily acts as a biological response modifier (BRM). Most of the biological activity in this mushroom comes from triterpenes and polysaccharides. Zhou et al. (2002) isolated more than 100 polysaccharides and 119 triterpenes from Reishi. The triterpenes are reported to have adaptogenic, antihypertensive, and anti-allergenic effects.
Shiitake Shiitake mushroom is a legendary gourmet treat it is also one of the most thoroughly researched and documented medicinal mushrooms. Not only does Shiitake have excellent nutritive value; Shiitake also are the source of at least two important components with proven pharmacological effects: Lentinula edodes mycelium extract and Lentinin. These two components have demonstrated strong antitumor activity.
Astragalus extract The herb astragalus is used in Chinese medicine to tone and feed the immune system, with an emphasis on the lungs. Astragalus is used also for spleen deficiency and edema.
Pau D'Arco extract Pau d'Arco refers to both the name of the tree and the medicine made from its inner bark. The botanical names for the species most commonly used are Tabebuia heptaphylla and Tabebuia impetiginosa. Pau d'arco contains quinones (lapachol), bioflavonoids, lapachenole, carnosol, indoles, coenzyme Q, alkaloids (tecomine), steroidal saponins , and minerals (especially calcium, cobalt, and silicon). Lapachol and beta-lapachone (known collectively as naphthaquinones) are two primary active compounds in pau d'arco.
Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) The fruitbody and mycelia of Cordyceps have been shown to be potent immunopotentiators. Several studies have demonstrated the Cordyceps has a wide range of immunostimulating and immunomodulating activities (Koh et al, 1994; Kuo et al, 2005; Ng et al, 2005). In a clinical study of 36 patients with advanced breast and lung cancer, Cordyceps restored immunological function (Zhou & Lin, 1995). Cordyceps militaris species in nature is a parasite on the larvae of caterpillars of moth. Cordyceps mycelium commercially are cultured on organic whole oats.
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) The sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin, and, through a local chemical reaction followed by systemic absorption and subsequent metabolism, a prohormone called 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin is eventually converted into circulating vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble prohormone (a broken-open steroids called a secosteroid), converted by the liver and kidney to become the hormone 1,25-D (a physiologically active form of a protein bound vitamin D).
l-Alanine Alanine helps build up the immune system, producing immunoglobulins and antibodies. Alanine is a non essential amino acid, important for the metabolism of tryptophan and pyridoxine. Alanine helps regulate blood sugar and is necessary for the promotion of proper blood glucose levels from dietary protein. Alanine is involved in gluconeogenesis - the manufacture of glucose from alanine by the liver. Alanine comes from the breakdown of DNA or the dipeptides, anserine and carnosine, and the conversion of a compound in carbohydrate metabolism "pyruvate" or from the branched chain amino acids helped by Vitamin B-6.
Quercetin The plant pigment quercetin is a dominant flavonoid found in found mainly in citrus fruit. In the body quercetin has anti-inflammatory activity with direct inhibition of several initial processes of inflammation. Quercetin inhibits the production and release of histamine and other allergic substances.
Echinacea leaf extract (Echinacea purpure) Echinacea may be the most powerful natural antibiotic. Echinacea helps stimulate the body's resistance to infection, diseases, fever, blood poisoning, common colds, and flu. This is the "must-have" herb in your home. Echinacea works by cranking-up the immune system to ward off disease and infection. Echinacea may mimic the action of interferon, a natural chemical in the body that is capable of shielding cells from viral invasion. As an antiviral and antibacterial, Echinacea not only kills bacteria and viruses but strengthens immunity by increasing the number of white blood cells in the blood stream.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Elderberry is a tree that bears cream-colored flowers followed by dark purple berries in autumn. Elderberry trees are native to Europe and naturalized to the US, and has been commonly used to make elderberry wine and pies, and was once referred to as “nature’s medicine chest.”
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Goldenseal is a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native North America containing the isoquinoline alkaloids; hydrastine, berberine, berberastine, hydrastinine tetrahydroberberastine, canadine, and canalidine. Goldenseal is often combined with Echinacea and considered a natural antibiotic and used to strengthen the immune system. Goldenseal Root is an immune booster and an antibiotic that is taken at the onset of a cold to help prevent further symptoms. Called echinacea's partner, Goldenseal, is said to help stimulate the body's resistance to infection and is another "must have" herb for your home. In laboratory studies, the berberine in Goldenseal was thought to increase blood flow to the spleen and stimulate the activity of macrophages, the important immune system blood cells that engulf and digest invasive infection.
Coriolus (Coriolus versicolor) Coriolus versicolor (AKA turkey tail) belongs to the family Polyporaceae, are shelf fungus with woody fruiting bodies. Coriolus polysaccharides are the immuno-modulating properties of the 1-4, 1-3 proteoglycans extracted from the cell walls of Coriolus versicolor.