When it comes to protecting the body from the cold and flu or reducing recovery time once infected, there are many options available. However, the most efficacious solutions combine ingredients that have the following key features for optimal success. These are what you look for to keep yourself and loved ones healthy.
Protective & Restorative
- Antioxidants – neutralize free radical damage
- Auto-immune reduction – suppress inflammation
- Stress control – reduce cortisol
- Slow viral replication
- Breakdown protective outer shell of all pathogens
- Bind pathogens to impede cell access and fast-track removal
A good formulation will check all the boxes above. The great products go one step farther to include ingredient combinations that synergically enhance the impacts of the formulation as a whole. Liver Medic has done this with Immune ProPlus. Our product is effective for those suffering from the following:
- Flu / Virus
- Bacterial Infection
- Herpes / Cold Sores
Vit C, Zinc (orotate), Quercetin, Copper
Vitamin C is a critical antioxidant that is widely understood. Our formula states 200mg of vitamin C, but it is much higher as there is more vitamin C from our blend than just acerola extract. Our zinc is in the highest bioavailable form and its powerful in slowing down viral replication in our cells.
In order for zinc to disrupt the viral replication, it must get inside the cell. This is the one of the roles quercetin plays. Quercetin facilitates zinc absorption, helping it into the cells. As an added benefit – quercetin reduces inflammation in the body. Zinc does flush copper out of the body, which is why it is needed in any formula with zinc. Copper is well known for killing virus on contact and studies show it reduces recovery time.
L-Lysine, Prunella vulgaris, Olive Leaf, Tea Tree – Replication slow down
Bottom line – if the virus cannot multiply, the body can get rid of it and fast.
L-Lysine, Prunella vulgaris are two ingredients exceptional at controlling herpes. This makes them great candidates for the battle against viruses. Lysine is very difficult to get through diet and only highly bioavailable in supplemental form. It is presence in the body limits viral replication ability.
Similarly, Prunella vulgaris’s use has been documented as far back as the Roman Empire when soldiers successfully used it for their viral outbreaks. In a study back in 2000, researchers found it inhibited replication of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The common name for Prunella vulgaris is “Self-heal” and we are surprised we do not see this ingredient in far more formulations due to its effectiveness.
Olive leaf also inhibits viral replication, but in a slightly different way. It contains oleuropein, which is a phytochemical that neutralizes the enzymes critical in viral replication.
Tea tree is a very potent anti-viral. Researchers have identified multiple compounds contributing to this, but none so critically important than terpinen-4-ol. The impact of terpinen-4-ol has been shown to impair the ability of the virus to enter the cell to initiate replication.
All four of these anti-viral compounds collectively attack the virus in different ways.
Monolaurin – Protective Coating Breakdown
Monolaurin is in a class by itself in its ability to attack and breakdown the outer layer of pathogens. Most pathogens and especially viruses, have a protective fatty lipid encapsulation making it difficult for our immune system to penetrate. The lauric acid in monolaurin breaks down this protective coating and neutralizes the DNA or RNA contained within.
Elderberry – Respiratory Health
Elderberry is well-known for its cardiovascular protection, anti-infectious and anti-bacterial properties. This is in part due to the high amounts of vitamin A, B, C and other anti-oxidants. However, the standout antioxidant called anthocyanin, is a potent anti-viral and very helpful in respiratory health. This can be helpful in most secondary infections as well.
Ashwagandha & Royal Jelly – Stress and Inflammation
Stress and inflammation play a vital role in being able to fight off pathogens before they gain a foothold. Stress consumes B vitamins and other critical amino acids and antioxidants that are vital in the immune response. Inflammation creates free radical damage and redirects the immune system away from other protective tasks. Both stress and inflammation cause cortisol to be released, which is an immunosuppressant.
Ashwagandha & Royal Jelly both operate to reduce the impact of stress and inflammation in different, but synergistic ways. In lowering cortisol secretion and inflammation, they enable the immune system to operate more optimally to focus on potential harmful pathogens.
Wild Oregano - Antiviral
Much of the research behind the benefits of wild oregano comes from Dr. Cass Ingram. Research done by him, and others reveal the potent anti-viral impact of stripping the coating and neutralizing the genetic back bone of viruses.