Wellmune® (50 mg)
Wellmune® is a natural yeast beta glucan derived from a proprietary strain of yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae . Wellmune® works to support immune cells, which are part of the body’s natural defenses. When Wellmune® is ingested immune cells in the gastrointestinal tract take it up and transport it to the immune organs throughout the body. While there, immune cells, called macrophages, digest the Wellmune® into smaller fragments and slowly release them over a number of days. As they are released, the fragments bind to specific receptors (CR3) on neutrophils, which are the most abundant immune cells in the body.
Wellmune® supports the activity of the neutrophils and prime them for their normal activity in the body, including promoting immune health. It also supports the activity of phagocytic cells, which engulf and destroy foreign bodies, thus promoting immune health. Clinical studies have shown that Wellmune® promotes a healthy immune system. The molecular structure of Wellmune WGP, with its beta 1,3/1,6 branch points, is responsible for its unique biological activity.
Vitamin C (60 mg)
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid,is a vitamin mostly found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Foods that are rich in vitamin C include peppers, citrus fruits and juices, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, broccoli, spinach and strawberries. It is important to note that cooking and heat destroy vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is best known for its antioxidant properties. The capacity of vitamin C to support the immune system seems to be common knowledge. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. Therefore, vitamin C must be acquired through diet and supplementation.
Zinc (7.5 mg)
Zinc is largely found in fortified cereals, red meats, eggs, poultry and certain seafood, including oysters. Zinc is an essential trace mineral that supports approximately 300 different enzyme reactions. Thus, zinc plays a part in almost all biochemical pathways and physiological processes. More than 90 percent of the body’s zinc is stored in the bones and muscles, but zinc is also found in virtually all body tissues. It has been claimed that zinc supports the immune system. Because zinc is involved in such a great number of enzymatic processes it has been found to support a large range of functions, including energy production and cognitive function.
Bromelain (167 mg)
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the stems of pineapples. It is distinct from the bromelain found in the pineapple fruit. Bromelain is used as a meat tenderizer in one application but has other mechanisms that support various aspects of health. As a mixture of proteases, bromelain has been used by Europeans for many years for its support of normal inflammatory response. Its components work to help support the body’s normal inflammatory response and healing process. One study provided support of bromelain for promoting overall general well-being, along with support of comfort and physical function. There is also support for its role in promoting healthy cells. In some instances, Bromelain works to support the body’s normal digestion of protein but, when taken on an empty stomach, it is not used as a digestive enzyme but supports systemic functions throughout the body.