Any illness will put additional demands on your immune system. As will stress, inadequate sleep and even some prescription and non-prescription drugs. Indeed, research shows that over-use of antibiotics and cold-fighting medications weakens your immune system.
It can become a vicious circle – an illness weakens your immune system, which makes it more likely for you to develop resistant bacteria or become ill in the future.
So it makes sense to boost your immune system when you become ill – or have been ill.
The basis of a strong immune system
A strong immune system depends to a significant extent on the number of your white blood cells – especially Natural Killer cells, neutrophils and macrophages.
These white blood cells are like a permanently patrolling, rapid response guard that looks out for incoming enemies – in this case viral, bacterial and fungal threats.
How Immunoshield’s beta glucans prime the immune system
A natural compound, called 1-3, 1-6 beta glucans, ‘primes’ your innate immune system. It works by increasing the number and activity level of the white blood cells.
A heightened activity results in more effective innate immunity, which then fights actual threats.
These threats include flu or cold viruses, some respiratory tract infections, TB (tuberculosis), pneumonia, and bacterial infections like chlamydia, E. coli, salmonella or C. difficile.
WellmuneTM 1-3, 1-6 beta glucans
By far the best researched form of 1-3,1-6 beta glucans is WellmuneTM from Kerry Group, with over £120 million of clinical trial research behind it.
Beta glucans can be derived from the cell walls of certain plants like shiitake mushrooms, or, in the case of WellmuneTM, from a form of baker’s yeast. These are then purified so that they cannot cause any allergy reaction.
When the Canadian Military tested some 100 potential immune boosters (even against radiation), WellmuneTM came out as number 1 for effectiveness.
ImmunoShield, containing Wellmune beta glucans, is proven safe to use in the face of both an incipient problem – for example the onset of a sore throat – or on a continuous basis.
Safety is an important issue, because the immune system can be over-stimulated. That can lead to what is called a ‘cytokine storm’ – where the immune system turns on itself.
Echinacea, for example, has an undoubted immuno-modulatory effect, but some health writers have expressed concern that continuous or over-use of it could lead to this.
Beta glucans work in a completely different way, so they are completely safe on a continuous long-term basis.