At any given moment (like right now) your immune system is working tirelessly to keep you healthy.
Your immune system is like an internal army, protecting you from all sorts of invaders, both big and small. And though we often just refer to it as our “immune system”, it’s not quite that simple.
Your immune system is incredibly complex, with more moving pieces than an IKEA factory. Like any system, it works best when everything is in peak performance.
Which is why things like a good night’s sleep, eating well and exercising regularly can help strengthen our immune system. But did you know there are other ways you can help support your immune system?
In addition to healthy practices, there are also nutrients that can help strengthen your immune system, and keep you in top performance. (All found in your daily dose of Athletic Greens, pretty great right?)
Let’s take a closer look…
Zinc (combined with Vitamin C)
It’s very likely you’ve heard of the first two immune-boosting supplements on our list.
Zinc has been used as a supplement since ancient times. And when we say ancient…that’s not an exaggeration.
Zinc tablets have recently been discovered on Roman shipwrecks!
That’s because Zinc is a wonder mineral responsible for many functions in the body, ranging from energy, to wound healing, and even muscle recovery.
It’s also widely known as an immune boosting superstar for the way it helps immune cells to grow and function effectively.
But, it’s important to know not all zinc is created equal.
Luckily, your daily dose of Athletic Greens contains Zinc Citrate, which is an easy-to-digest form of Zinc. This superior version of Zinc helps strengthen your immune system while avoiding potential stomach issues that can come with other forms of zinc.
And that’s just the beginning.
When Zinc Citrate is combined with Vitamin C & Citrus Bioflavonoids (also included in your greens), together they can stimulate white blood cell production. Since white blood cells are the front-line soldiers for your immune system, this helps your body fight off infections.
Prebiotics and Probiotics – Your Gut Health Support
Did you know that your gut health plays a huge role when it comes to your immune system?
That’s why your Athletic Greens contains both Probiotics and Prebiotics.
Two of the most well researched strains of Probiotics are Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Bifidum.
These friendly strains of bacteria can take up residence in your gut and help prevent other, less desirable strains taking hold.
Research has also shown that Lactobacillus Acidophilus can support your immune system by out-competing pathogens like Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Candida albicans and Helicobacter pylori (Bernet et al., 1994).
And, in case you’re wondering, Prebiotics are essentially the “food” for these amazing Probiotics. Prebiotics encourage the growth and presence of Probiotics in your gut.
Of course, just like we saw with Zinc, there are many inferior versions of Prebiotics. However, we use inulin (not to be confused with insulin) as our Prebiotic.
Inulin isn’t aggravating like other forms of supplemental fiber (Boeckner, Schnepf and Tungland, 2001). It doesn’t become bulky or hold excess water in the intestines, making it gentler on sensitive digestive systems.
Bifidobacterium Bifidum: Combatting gut pathogens
Various strains of B. bifidum offer antibacterial activity against pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori. (Chenoll et al., 2010)
Reishi and Shiitake Mushrooms
Not only are mushrooms delicious, but they also have surprising immune-boosting benefits.
We’re going to focus on the 2 mushrooms that are included in your Athletic Greens: Reishi and Shiitake.
Reishi mushroom was known to ancient peoples as “the mushroom of immortality”, and for good reason.
Reishi inhibits inflammation pathways and regulates immune cells. It increases the size, activity and effectiveness of white blood cells (Ji et al., 2011) and can help stabilize both under and overactive immune states (such as auto-immunity).
And this is just one of the mushrooms in your greens formula.
Shiitake is most famous for its immune system benefits. Like Reishi, Shiitake can also help regulate overactive immune responses (as in autoimmunity) and boost the function of your immune cells.
Shiitake can also enhance macrophage activity, which is a specific type of white blood cell that hunts and eliminates pathogens in the body.
Finally, Shiitake also contains unique polysaccharides (long chains of sugar molecules) called beta glucans.
Beta Glucans can have many positive effects on the immune system (Chan, Chan and Sze, 2009). And may help decrease inflammation and protect against the effects of stress, environmental toxins and radiation.
Good immune health is all about teamwork. Although your immune system can do a pretty amazing job by itself, the right ingredients can work together with your body to help boost the effectiveness of your immune system.