Chewable Immune support for children
The modern world is tough on kids. Smog and air pollution invade their developing respiratory systems. Toxins show up in the water they drink, and agricultural chemicals saturate many of the foods they eat. As these pollutants enter the body they draw energy and biological resources away from the immune system, leaving children vulnerable to illness. Colds and stomach problems are usually followed by bouts with the flu and other illnesses that just don’t seem to go away. An effective immunity booster like Elderberry Immune can strengthen your child’s ability to fight off pathogens that cause illness. This combination can help keep their immune systems strong or help rebuild weakened immune systems. Here are the ingredients it contains:
Elderberry stimulates the body to eliminate toxins. In this way, elderberries prevent weakening of the immune and respiratory systems by preventing conditions of stagnation in which bacteria thrive. Elderberries increase perspiration, allowing toxins to be expelled through the skin. These berries also act as a mild laxative and diuretic, clearing any stagnant conditions of the colon or kidneys. Elderberries help to move excess mucus from the lungs and sinuses, keeping the passages clear and strong. Elderberry also has astringent properties that help reduce inflammation due to respiratory infection, flu and wounds. Elderberry may be particularly helpful in respiratory, inner-ear, sinus and throat problems.
Astragalus is a great immune booster from the Orient. In China it is used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections as well as to improve circulation. Research indicates that astragalus enhances the production of immunoglobulin, stimulates macrophages, and helps to activate T cells and NK cells. Astragalus is especially good for children because of its mild adaptogenic qualities. It is especially helpful for warding off infections during cold winter weather.
Scientific research and clinical studies have established Echinacea as one of the most promising immunity boosters in nature. The reason many people find this herb so useful is that it has the ability to help the body fight off colds, flu, strep throat, bronchitis and other infections. If taken when the first symptoms of a cold or flu appear, Echinacea can stop them from progressing further. Echinacea builds up weakened immune systems and is extremely safe to use. It is able to stimulate the immune system because the polysaccharides in the herb resemble bacteria. The immune system responds as if it is being invaded by something dangerous and begins to prepare for an attack. Consequently, the immune system is put on “red alert” and is better prepared to fight off the real invaders.
Echinacea also contains a natural antibiotic called echinacoside. As a result, this popular herb fights and prevents infections in a way comparable to that of penicillin. Researchers at the University of Munich discovered that Echinacea increases the infection fighting T-cells in the body by over 30% compared to other immune-stimulating substances.
This excellent mushroom was first used in China and Japan. It was believed to lengthen life. Modern research shows that the constituents in reishi have the ability to fight microbes, relieve bronchitis, arthritis and pain, and to fight cancer.
Recent research shows that Maitake mushroom has the ability to boost immune activity, increase the activation of natural killer cells and activate macrophages. This mushroom acts as a tonic to the whole body, improving overall health.
This essential vitamin performs a variety of functions in the body, but when it comes to immunity vitamin C functions as an antioxidant, protecting cells from free radical damage and limiting the formation of carcinogens. Vitamin C can also regenerate other antioxidants in the body, such as vitamin E. Vitamin C and other antioxidants may help prevent or delay heart disease and some cancers. Vitamin C’s antihistamine effect may shorten the duration of colds and reduce the severity of symptoms in people who take regular supplements.
During warm summer days when we are outdoors, our skin converts cholesterol to Vitamin D3. However, during winter months or in the absence of sunlight exposure we don’t get enough vitamin D. In fact, lack of vitamin D3 is the most common vitamin deficiency in modern civilization.
Vitamin D3 is the most active form of this vitamin and not only helps to fend off illness, it also helps prevent many chronic and degenerative diseases, including cancer. Vitamin D3 is a “must” for strengthening immunity, as well as helping to build healthy bones and teeth.
Zinc is the most common trace mineral in the body, as it is found in every single cell. Zinc has antioxidant properties and helps to protect cells from free-radicals. Zinc has been used for centuries to help heal wounds and it plays an important role in immunity, reproduction, growth, taste, vision, smell, blood clotting and proper insulin and thyroid function. Zinc has antiviral properties and is often used both topically and internally to help prevent and treat herpes infections.
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This is a proprietary blend of herbal extracts that work synergistically to strengthen immunity. It provides basic nutrition to boost the effectiveness of the other ingredients and promote general health in children.
For best results children should take one or two Elderberry Immune soft chews once or twice a day with meals. Parents should always supervise the administration of dietary supplements to young children.
A Handbook of Native American Herbs by Alma R. Hutchens (Boston, Massachusetts: Shambhala, 1992)
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve (New York, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1971)
“Astragalus” by Steven R. Johnson in Nature’s Field (July/August 1995)
Herbal Extracts: A Basic Guide to Health by Dr. A.B. Howard (Berkley, Michigan: The Blue Goose Press, 1983)
Medicinal Plants and their Uses by Hans Fluck and Dr. Rita Jaspersen-Schib (London, England: W. Foursham & Co. LTD, 1988