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What Are the Benefits of Supplements for Immune Health?

What is the Immune System?
The immune system is a complex network of cells that work together to protect the body from foreign molecules. Foreign molecules may include microbes, which are tiny living organisms like bacteria and fungi, which are not classified as living organisms. Microbes may lead to problems, and the strength of your immune system depends on its ability to distinguish between molecules that belong to your body and those that are foreign.

How Does the Immune System Work?
Physical barriers, such as the skin and mucous membranes that line openings to the body, protect us from a majority of foreign molecules. The immune system is triggered when foreign molecules evade those physical barriers. There are two parts of the immune system; the innate immune system, which provides an immediate response to molecules that have breached the physical barriers, and the adaptive immune system, which is activated by the first response.

The Adaptive Immune System
The innate immune system is non-specific; that is, it produces the same immune response for every foreign molecule. The adaptive immune system, however, is triggered when the initial immune response fails, and is highly specific to each foreign molecule. The adaptive immune response recognizes each foreign molecule and tailors its response specifically to those molecules, and to cells that are impacted by those molecules. Even more interesting is that the adaptive immune system “remembers” these specific responses, so that your body can respond faster the next time you encounter the same foreign molecule.  
The cells of the adaptive immune system are called lymphocytes, and they’re derived from stem cells in the bone marrow. The two major types of lymphocytes are B cells and T cells. B cells essentially act to recognize specific foreign molecules and help T cells respond appropriately.

Calcium 
In addition to supporting skeletal health and cardiovascular health, calcium also aids in the maintenance of immune function. Calcium is an essential mineral with a wide range of benefits, and Isotonix Calcium PLUS combines this ingredient with the immune-boosting benefits of vitamin C. Calcium is also contained in our Multivitamin, Multi-Mineral, and OPC-3 Beauty Blend.* 
Copper 
Copper is found in the Isotonix® Multivitamin, Multi-Mineral, and Acai Advanced Energy and Antioxidant Formula. It may have some antioxidant properties and supports normal immune function. Copper also supports normal red and white blood cell maturation, and white blood cells are a principal component of the adaptive immune system.* 
Zinc 
Zinc is an essential trace mineral, and may carry a wide range of health benefits. As found in the Isotonix Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral, zinc may support healing and the immune system, and may assist in cellular repair and energy production.* 
Iron 
Iron is a primary component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body. It has been found to help increase oxygen transport, which in turn, supports the immune system. Iron is found in our Multi-Mineral, and another form, Iron Phosphate, is found in the Multivitamin with Iron.* 
Selenium 
Selenium is an immune supporting nutrient found both in the Isotonix Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral. It supports the antioxidant effect of vitamin E, and as a component of the antioxidant enzyme known as glutathione peroxidase, plays a direct role in the body’s ability to protect against free radicals.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 
ⱡWellmune WGP is the registered trademark of Biothera, Inc. 
 
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Isotonix® Nutritional Supplements for Immune Health