Supporting our immune system can go a long way towards helping us stay healthy, especially when we are exposed to all the elements in our daily environments. It can help our innate immune system keep everything in balance and functioning properly, reducing the likelihood that any dormant issue will develop into a health problem.
Herbs have been used for millennia to help support and promote human health, particularly those that serve to strengthen or protect the organs that keep our immune system functioning properly. Reducing or managing stress is one of the key ways we can support our immune system, and adaptogens are uniquely qualified to help protect us from the detrimental effects of chronic stress.
Immune Vrl Pro™, one of our new immune support supplements, is formulated to support the body’s entire defense structure, including the skin, nerves, liver and respiratory system. It delivers traditional Chinese botanicals, including an Adaptogen Stress Blend of astragalus and eleuthero and an Herbal Blend of ginger and Chinese licorice, along with elder from the European tradition.
Adaptogen Stress Blend
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is known as a “superior herb” for its ability to tonify and support defensive Qi. It supports the health of lung and spleen, and it protects the liver – all essential for proper immune system function. Its compounds are being studied for their impact on the immune system, particularly its triterpene glycosides. It has been shown to support normal production and release of interferon, as well as normal production of T cells, NK cells, B-cells and antibodies. It also supports healthy maturation of dendritic cells that “present” invaders to other immune cells.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), one of the first herbs that qualified as an adaptogen, is also used to tonify Qi in the Chinese tradition. It stimulates the central nervous system, helps normalize the endocrine system, and has hepatoprotective and gastroprotective properties. It also supports NK cell activity.
As adaptogens, both of these herbs help our bodies adapt to stress, counteracting the negative physiological effects of stress, and they help to keep all of our body systems and organs in balance and functioning well. Chronic stress contributes to immune system dysregulation and a number of other effects that diminish our immune system’s ability to function properly.
Chinese licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis), one of the most widely used herbs in the Chinese tradition, also helps tonify Qi. It supports healthy lung and immune system function, and it enhances the transformation and transportation functions of the spleen and stomach, helping us to efficiently derive nutrients from food, especially important in times of poor appetite. Chinese licorice promotes normal interferon production, and its main constituent, glycyrrhizin, has been widely studied in Japan for its immune system support.
Ginger (Zingiber offinale) root, another popular herb in the Chinese tradition, helps adjust defensive Qi levels. Used widely as a kitchen spice, it helps protect the stomach and promotes proper digestion.
Used since ancient Greece and Rome, European elder (Sambucus nigra) is becoming increasingly popular for its immune stimulating qualities, verified by human studies. It is neuroprotective and cardioprotective, and it helps promote healthy antioxidant function.
Immune Vrl Pro™
This targeted natural supplement is designed as a tonic that can be taken short-term or long-term for enhanced immune system support.