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Maintaining Immune Health

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 3/25/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Maintaining Immune Health

Last week’s Tip focused on the important role of exercise in maintaining immune system health. The media is communicating nonstop how to minimize exposure to COVID-19 (social distancing, frequent hand washing, listening to health officials). I’ve also been asked if there are products that support immune health.
One group of natural products which may offer a benefit are adaptogenic herbs or adaptogens. Research has shown that adaptogens support immune health. Because of its many benefits, Ciwujia (Eleutherococcus senticosus), the active ingredient in Endurox EXCEL is called a "super" adaptogen. Ciwujia has demonstrated beneficial effects on endurance, which is the major reason many endurance athletes use it daily. Ciwujia also has a positive impact on immune health and immune response. Research studies have shown that Ciwujia:

  • Increases the production of antibodies and specialized immune cells essential for fighting infection
  • Decreases cortisol levels. Cortisol has an inhibiting effect on immune response
  • Relieves symptoms of acute respiratory infection
  • Demonstrates potent antiviral activity against RNA viruses in the laboratory
Keep in mind there’s no magic pill to cure or prevent COVID-19. However, by taking prudent steps with regard to exposure as well as to maintain immune system health, we may be able to reduce the devastating effects of this pandemic.

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