With the cold-weather season upon us, it is important to keep the immune system in optimum shape. We are constantly exposed to microorganisms and other harmful substances. The immune system is a versatile and complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to counteract the effects of foreign invaders. A healthy immune system is also needed to promote normal cell growth. The immune system responds to and targets specific microorganisms and foreign molecules by producing antibodies and several types of cells called lymphocytes. Immune function may decline with age and is underdeveloped in children. Inadequate nutrition and stress are other causes of decreased immune function.  

Fizz Active-Immune is a great-tasting combination of immune-supporting ingredients, including beta-glucans, arabinogalactan, Echinacea purpurea root, elderberries, Korean ginseng root, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), zinc and potassium. Fizz Active-Immune’s unique effervescent technology makes it instantly and highly bioavailable.  

Beta-glucans are long-chain polysaccharides widely found in nature in sources like cereal grains (including oats and barley), as well as in yeast, bacteria, algae and mushrooms. Studies have shown that beta-glucans boost the immune system by stimulating macrophage functions, activating T-cells and modulating the induction of cytokines. 

Arabinogalactan is a water-soluble polysaccharide that stimulates natural killer cell and macrophage activity and supports the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Echinacea is reported to have immune system-stimulating effects. Echinacea increases phagocytosis and lymphocyte activity. Polysaccharides in echinacea seem to induce macrophages to produce interferon and other important immune system chemicals. Echinacea is also reported to inhibit fungal growth.   

Elderberries contain several flavonoids, including anthocyanidins, which are thought to have immuno-modulating effects. Korean ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that supports the body during times of stress. Korean ginseng appears to support immune function by stimulating natural-killer cell activity. Vitamin C is well-known for its role in maintaining healthy immune function. Vitamin C seems to increase phagocyte function, T-lymphocyte activity, white blood cell mobility, and may possibly increase interferon and antibody production.  

Zinc is responsible for the function of neutrophils, natural killer cells, and T- and B-lymphocytes. Even a mild zinc deficiency can adversely affect T-cell function and upset overall immune function.  

Potassium works with other nutrients to produce many beneficial physiological effects. This mineral is essential for the proper function of all cells, including immune cells.  

Rev up your immune system this cold weather season with Fizz Active-Immune. 

NSP products that compliment Fizz Active-Immune include Immune Stimulator  and Elderberry Defense.  

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Posted: 03/15/2009 at 05:38 PM
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