Optimum Immune Supplement

MasterVitamins™ provides seven essential nutrients to help sustain your immune system during any health crisis. Face it! Americans are vulnerable and don’t know it. Most Americans have never had key vitamin and mineral levels checked needed to support their immune system. Over 40% of ALL Americans, 70% of Latino Americans, and 80% of African-Americans are vitamin D deficient. MasterVitamins™ is packed with seven essential vitamins and minerals to help adult people gain a balanced immune system and is offered as a foundational product for the everyday consumer, whether it is the elderly, or the busy professional on the go, MasterVitamins™ is excellent for you!

What is Immune Support?

During flu season or times of illness, people often seek foods or vitamin supplements that are believed to boost immunity. Vitamin C and foods like citrus fruits, chicken soup, and tea with honey are popular examples. Yet the design of our immune system is complex and influenced by an ideal balance of many factors, not just diet, and especially not by anyone specific food or nutrient. However, a balanced diet consisting of a range of vitamins and minerals, combined with healthy lifestyle factors like adequate sleep and exercise and low stress, most effectively primes the body to fight infection and disease.

The Role of Vitamin Supplements and Immune Health

A deficiency of single nutrients can alter the body’s immune response. Animal studies have found that deficiencies including zinc, folic acid, and vitamins C and D can alter immune responses. These nutrients help the immune system in several ways: working as an antioxidant to protect healthy cells, supporting the growth and activity of immune cells, and producing antibodies. Epidemiological studies find that those who are poorly nourished are at greater risk of bacterial, viral, and other infections.

What Is Our Immune System?

On a daily basis, we are constantly exposed to potentially harmful microbes of all sorts. Our immune system, a network of intricate stages and pathways in the body, protects us against these harmful microbes as well as certain diseases. It recognizes foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and parasites and takes immediate action. Humans possess two types of immunity: innate and adaptive.

Innate immunity is the first-line defense from pathogens that try to enter our bodies, achieved through protective barriers. These barriers include skin, mucus, stomach acid, sweat, and the immune system cells that attack all foreign cells entering the body.

Adaptive or acquired immunity is a system that learns to recognize a pathogen. It is regulated by cells and organs in our body like the spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. When a foreign substance enters the body, these cells and organs create antibodies and lead to the multiplication of immune cells (including different types of white blood cells) that are specific to that harmful substance and attack and destroy it. Our immune system then adapts by remembering the foreign substance so that if it enters again, these antibodies and cells are even more efficient and quick to destroy it

What factors can depress our immune system?

Older age: As we age, our internal organs may become less efficient; immune-related organs like the thymus or bone marrow produce less immune cells needed to fight off infections. Aging is sometimes associated with micronutrient deficiencies, which may worsen a declining immune function.
Environmental toxins (smoke and other particles contributing to air pollution, excessive alcohol): These substances can impair or suppress the normal activity of immune cells.
Excess weight: Obesity is associated with low-grade chronic inflammation. Fat tissue produces adipocytokines that can promote inflammatory processes. Research is early, but obesity has also been identified as an independent risk factor for the influenza virus, possibly due to the impaired function of T-cells, a type of white blood cell.
Poor diet: Malnutrition or a diet lacking in one or more nutrients can impair the production and activity of immune cells and antibodies.
Chronic diseases: Autoimmune and immunodeficiency disorders attack and potentially disable immune cells.
Chronic mental stress: Stress released hormones like cortisol that suppress inflammation (inflammation is initially needed to activate immune cells) and the action of white blood cells.
Lack of sleep and rest: Sleep is a time of restoration for the body during which a type of cytokine is released that fights infection; too little sleep lowers the amount of these cytokines and other immune cells.

For more information go to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health