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.3/25/2020