Premium Immune Support: A potent blend of L-Lysine & 16 vitamins, minerals and herbs
At Natural Cure Labs, we rely on research to drive our formulation and product development process.
We have spent several months assembling the most optimal, effective, and potent combination of vitamins, herbs, minerals, and antioxidants expertly curated for our Premium Immune Support blend.
A breakdown of the Natural Cure Labs Premium Immune Support blend and their impact on fighting viruses, bacteria, microbial infections is below. As always, every statement is backed by published clinical research denoted by the reference number in parenthesis (#)
Vitamin C is an essential and foundational component of immune support. Research indicates that Vitamin C can reduce flu and cold symptoms in 85% of patients who take the supplement vs a control group. Vitamin C also improves components of the human immune system including antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities, lymphocyte proliferation, chemotaxis, and delayed-type hypersensitivity. Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the redox integrity of cells and protecting them during the inflammatory response from illness. (1) (9)
Vitamin B6 is closely linked with healthy immune function, and low levels have been associated with infection / immune compromise. Studies indicate large doses of Vitamin B6 do not produce benefits beyond those observed with moderate supplementation, so dosage for the Immune Support formula have been carefully selected for the greatest effect. (3)
Vitamin B12 plays an important role in immune system regulation. Studies indicate that antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) is supported by B12 and B12 might play an important role in cellular immunity, especially relative to CD8+ cells and the natural killer (NK) cell system (4)
Vitamin D has been shown as a powerful anti-viral in studies. One of which indicates that Vitamin D can inhibit HCV infectious virus production and be an effective treatment against Hepatitis (2)
Vitamin E has been clinically studied in vivo to enhance certain clinically relevant indexes of T-cell-mediated function. Vitamin E helps support the immune system, especially when under stress, andwhen combined with Vitamin C and A may participate in cancer prevention (5)
Selenium is known to influence the functioning of all components of the immune system and its ability to respond to infections and cancers (6). Selenium has been studied for its anti-viral properties and is necessary for optimal immune function (7)
More than three decades of Zinc research have indicated that Zinc is a crucial immune support element which supports the lymphocytic system, increases T and B cells, and can help combat immunodeficiency virus (8) (9)
L-Lysine has very promising clinical studies showing effectiveness against HSV / herpes simplex virus infections. In double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trials of L-Lysine, the L-Lysine treatment group had fewer outbreaks, diminished symptoms, and faster healing time than the control. L-Lysine clearly appears to be an effective agent for reduction of occurrence, severity and healing time for recurrent HSV infections. (10, 11)
Astragalus has been shown to inhibit HSV-1 in the lab with high efficacy and low cytotoxicity. (36) Astragalus has also been shown to help regulate the body's immune response and can help protect against infection of HSV-1 (37)
Garlic has been studied for its positive effect on boosting natural killer (NK) cells. Some garlic supplements also seem to possess hepatoprotective, immune-enhancing, anticancer and chemopreventive activities. (12, 13, 14)
Numerous studies have suggested that Korean red ginseng (also known as Asian ginseng or Panax ginseng) extract has various immune modulatory activities both in vivo and in vitro. In these studies ginseng extract rendered recipients more resistant against HSV vaginal infection and further systemic infection, including decreased clinical severity, increased survival rate, and accelerated viral clearance. These results suggest that the activities of local natural killer cells were promoted by ginseng extract consumption and that ginseng may be an attractive immune stimulator for helping hosts overcome HSV infection. (38) Gensing has been further studies with very positive results against numerous human pathogenic viruses such as respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus, influenza virus, human immunodeficiency virus, human herpes virus, hepatitis virus, norovirus, rotavirus, enterovirus, and coxsackievirus. (39, 40)
There is good evidence from in vitro studies that green tea catechins have a role in protection against disease. Green tea has been shown to have antiviral and antibacterial properties and anti-infective properties against human immunodeficiency virus, influenza A virus and the hepatitis C virus. Green tea has also been shown to significantly reduce viral infectivity for the herpes simplex virus (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21)
Oregano oil has been shown to dissolve the viral envelope of the Herpes Simplex Virus, binding the essential oil to viral proteins involved in host cell adsorption and penetrating the envelope. Oregano oil has also been shows to kill human norovirus. (22, 23, 24)
Extracts of 8 taxa of the genus Echinacea were found to have antiviral activity against Herpes simplex (HSV) virus Type I in vitro. Echinacea preparations are common oral treatment for colds and flu, but they are also indicated for infections and topical conditions such as candidiasis, strep throat, Staphylococcus infections, infected wounds, skin ulcers and burns. Lab test show Echinacea to have potent activity against herpes simplex virus and influenza virus and can reduce the recurrence rate of HSV virus. (25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)
Olive leaf extract has been shown in laboratory tests to prevent Herpes Simplex Virus from entering host cells. Olive leaf is also able to inhibit cell-to-cell membrane fusion suggesting interactions with viral envelope and acting as a natural antiviral therapy, and has been shown to kill viruses in the lab. (31, 32, 33, 34)
Research has shown that elderberry extract can inhibit the replication of Influenza virus, and may stimulate the immune response enough to prevent infection . (35, 41, 42)
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