Immune System Support
Like all fats, coconut oil is a blend of fatty acids, and contains an unusual blend of both short and medium chain fatty acids. It is this unusual composition that may offer health benefits. Although coconut oil contains 92% saturated fat -- the highest amount of saturated fat in any fat source -- the saturated fat from coconut is mostly in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently than other saturated fats. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a MCT also found in human breast milk. Lauric acid makes up about 50% of coconut oil and can inhibit the growth of microbes, such as bacteria, yeast, and fungi. The MCTs in coconut oil also have potential benefits for the brain, heart, and body composition.
Zinc is an essential mineral for many areas of general health. Besides assisting other minerals in supporting bone and nervous system health, zinc's benefits to the immune system are becoming more widely known. Zinc lozenges are a fast growing immune support product, but many national brands include artificial sweeteners and colors. Our natural lemon flavored zinc lozenges provide a tasty way to enhance immune function through the use of zinc.
Mushrooms have been valued for their medicinal properties for five millennia, and the ability of mushrooms to modulate immune functions has been scientifically researched for about 50 years. Numerous studies have shown that mushrooms posses potent immunostimulating properties. And unlike many immune support ingredients, mushrooms are ideal for everyday immune support. The beta-glucans from mushrooms bind to receptors on immune cells such as macrophages. The beta-glucans are recognized by the immune system as “foreign” molecules thus stimulating and activating the immune system by their presence. The different structures of the various beta-glucans have different affinities to different receptor sites, and thus generate...Full Details
The immune system is a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect and defend the body against foreign and harmful pathogens including bacteria, parasites and fungi. A healthy immune system provides protection against internal and external stressors. Providing the body with additional vitamins, herbs and antioxidants can strengthen our immune response.