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Melrose Essential C+ Immune is more than your standard vitamin C powder. It combines ascorbic acid with native Australian Kakadu Plum plus other beneficial nutrients and is designed to further support healthy immune function and reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient and what I love about them.
Australian Kakadu Plum
Australian Kakadu Plum is one of nature’s best sources of vitamin C with 100 times that of oranges and antioxidants five times stronger than blueberries. Wild harvested by local indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, it’s processed quickly to ensure optimal nutrient value and is a beautiful way to help boost your daily intake. Vitamin C has been extensively studied for its immune-boosting properties as it’s a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from potentially harmful free radicals.
Zinc is essential for virtually all elements of immune function as it’s required for the optimal development and workings of white blood cells, cytokine production, and phagocytosis – a Pac-man-like process where cells engulf harmful bacteria and foreign material. Due to its antioxidant nature, zinc also acts similarly to vitamin C and offsets reactive oxygen species that would otherwise damage immune cells. Zinc is well known for its role in skin health and healing – your frontline in the fight against germs. Adequate zinc intake is vital to decrease your susceptibility to infection.
Olive leaf extract
Derived from an olive plant, olive leaf extract contains the active ingredient oleuropein, an incredibly strong antioxidant that supports your natural immune response. As it’s antimicrobial in nature, it inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Interestingly, olive leaf extract can directly attack infected cells and stop viral replication by interfering with the amino acid production that’s otherwise essential for virus proliferation.
Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating immunity. By priming our innate immune system and triggering an antimicrobial response it acts to protect the body from infection. When exposed to disease-causing pathogens, adequate vitamin D enables you to quickly fight them off before they cause illness. Vitamin D is also anti-inflammatory in nature and helps dampen immune responses through inhibiting the adaptive immune system. While vitamin D is famous for its role in bone health and mood support, one of its most important roles is immunity. An appropriate immune response is heavily dependent on vitamin D.
Beta-glucan from yeast
An immune modulator, beta glucan acts to raise your immune response to deal with infection. Melrose Essential C+ Immune uses beta glucan derived from yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), which is considered to be the best form of beta glucan for overall immune health, as it stimulates the innate immune cells to eat and destroy germs Alternate sources such as oats and barely do not seem to have the same immune-boosting properties.
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