Why the Excitement for Immune Patrol?
Improving and maintaining the integrity of our immune system is literally on top of everyone’s mind—and the best way to ensure a healthy and long life is to maintain the strength and integrity of your immune system. How much stress we endure, how well we sleep, the amount of exercise we get, what we are environmentally exposed to, the foods we eat, and certainly what supplemental nutrients we consume, are all important factors for building up our immune system.
The human immune system is a highly sophisticated biological defense system and when working effectively it is what protects us from a wide range of health concerns. The immune system is able to identify and eliminate potentially harmful substances that enter into the body by recognizing “self” from “non-self”—in other words, determining the difference between cells that are a natural part of the human body vs those substances that are foreign invaders with the potential to harm the body. This capability depends on both innate and adaptive immunity mechanisms that govern the functioning of several cell types and the co-action between them—considered crucial for an effective, productive immune response.
Based on a great deal of research and valid science, Immune Patrol™ was formulated by Curt Hendrix, Chief Scientific Officer for Akeso Health Sciences. Curt is a research chemist and nutritional scientist with an advanced degree in Clinical Nutrition. He has been a principal investigator for multiple scientific studies funded by the National Institutes of Health examining the health benefits of naturally occurring ingredients. The advanced Immune Patrol™ formula provides an exceptional combination of clinically researched nutrients that work at the cellular level to support the independent body systems that profoundly affect immune health.
Immune Patrol™ is an advanced 24/7 defense formula that positively impacts immune system and upper respiratory health:
- Contains key vitamins, minerals, and plant nutrients that have been scientifically studied to synergistically work together
- All ingredients are delivered in the correct nutrient forms at clinically researched optimum amounts per daily serving
- Formulated with only highly concentrated, standardized extracts of key botanicals (rather than the often used lesser quality or generic powders)
Immune Patrol provides systemic health benefits:
- Plays a critical role in the body including modulation of innate and adaptive immune responses able to keep immune system strong year-round
- Works at the cellular level to support interdependent body systems that affect immune health
- Promotes healthy upper respiratory function
- Provides potent adaptogens known for supporting immune & respiratory health, vitality and increased energy
- Improves glucose metabolism, helping to support blood sugar levels already within the normal range because blood sugar can compromise immune function
- Provides antioxidants, including anthocyanins and flavonols, as well as vitamins and phenolic compounds
Summary of Ingredient Benefits
Elderberry (sambucus nigra) Extract
The health benefits of elderberry are backed by extensive scientific research and clinical studies—it is one of the most widely used immune-support plants in the world and considered one of the essentials. Elderberry reinforces the body’s defenses, strengthens an immune system response, provides antioxidant support, and directly supporting upper respiratory health and general wellness.
While the mechanisms underlying the positive effects of elderberry extract are not completely understood, elderberry is clinically recognized for having high nutritive value and as being an excellent source of phenolic acids, flavonols, and is anthocyanins rich, which accounts for its powerful antioxidant effects.
Special Note: Because of elderberry extract’s strong scientific backing for immune support, the world-wide demand for elderberry has soared. As a result, international elderberry extract sources have suddenly appeared selling adulterated, fraudulent material. At Akeso Health Sciences we know our sources and we do third-party testing on every batch of Immune Patrol released into the marketplace ensuring both identity and highest potency.*
Andrographis paniculata — known as the “king of the bitters” in traditional Ayurvedic medicine
Immune Patrol contains AP-Bio® Andrographis and is backed by double-blind placebo controlled clinical studies for upper respiratory health. It is standardized to contain greater than 30% andrographolides, maintains a reliable and sustainable supply chain, and is non-GMO project verified. According to recently conducted systematic reviews, specific Andrographis standardized extracts appear both effective and safe for upper respiratory health compared with a placebo.*
Known more commonly as simply Eleuthero or Siberian ginseng, this treasured botanical has been shown to modify immune responses and is mainly used for its immune-stimulant activities. A placebo-controlled study investigating the effects of a specific eleuthero extract on healthy volunteers found that compared to a placebo, there was significantly more immunocompetent cells; the increase in absolute numbers of T lymphocytes was particularly prominent. In addition to the immune numbers, the activation state of these cells was also enhanced.*
Special Note: Clinical studies examining the combination of Andrographis and Eleuthero [eleutherococcus] show that these two ingredients work more effectively together than alone.
Vitamin A has been established as critical to the development, the maintenance, and the boosting of the human immune system. Vitamin A affects innate immunity through its role in maintaining the integrity mucous layers and epithelial tissues. It enhances antigen non-specific immunity in mucous layers of the respiratory tract and intestine by promoting the secretion of mucin. Vitamin A also contributes to the functional formation and aiding in the differentiation of epithelial cells.*
There is a long list of benefits that make Vitamin C critical to our health. Unfortunately, vitamin C is not made by the body and therefore it must be consumed. Further, vitamin C deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies, and yet it plays a critical role in immunity. Known as a well-known antioxidant with immune-modulating effects, vitamin C aids in immune defense via effects on both the innate and adaptive immune systems. The suggested daily intake of vitamin C is 100 to 200 mg per day for adults, which is about 100 times higher than the requirements for other vitamins.*
We have since learned that vitamin D plays a critical role in innate immunity. For example, vitamin D has been shown to improve the physical barrier functioning of epithelial cells and to enhance immune cell capacity for phagocytosis [a type of white blood cell that use phagocytosis to engulf bacteria, foreign particles, and dying cells to protect the body].*
Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, has been deemed by medical experts to be indispensable to human health. Much of the research has revealed the effects that biotin has on adaptive immunity and how it affects immune cell expression. Biotin also improves blood glucose management in the body. The role of biotin in mitigating the impact of sugar may help to combat the detrimental effects of sugar on the immune system.*
Chromium is critical for avoiding immune deficits, partly through promoting a healthy metabolic system. Chromium has clear effects on several aspects of the immune system by altering the production of several immune cells including T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, macrophages, cytokines. Chromium also helps regulate blood glucose important because sugar can harm the immune system, and chromium has the ability to lower the amount of sugar in the blood.*
Zinc is considered an essential micronutrient and is essential for immune system function. Unfortunately, zinc deficiency affects around 2 billion people worldwide and is very common in older adults. Zinc plays a role in both innate and adaptive immunity affecting immune cell functioning and is an important co-factor for the stabilization of cell membranes, which plays a role supporting a healthy inflammatory response. Zinc also shows capabilities for improving glycemic control, which is known to be important for healthy immunity.*
Why the Excitement for Immune Patrol? It’s because we have done it right.