Your immune system is like the body's army, fighting against invaders to keep you healthy. From time to time it needs help from a supplement that can strengthen its defences.
That's why we at KN Nutrition have developed Immune Pump, a sort of 'multi-vitamin' for your immune system, which includes vitamin C, vitamin D, echinacea, garlic, zinc and elderberry.
It's not a substitute for the regular vitamins that you take every day but it is an extra little 'boost' that can help keep your body in tip-top shape.
What Does It Do?
For starters, vitamin C helps to build resistance against respiratory infections like colds and flu. It is also known to reduce the duration and severity of these infections.
Another benefit is that it supports your immune system by promoting healthy cells and discouraging unhealthy cells, supporting the process of apoptosis (a normal, programmed type of cell death).
Vitamin D helps to boost immunity from invading organisms by increasing levels of antimicrobial peptides and protein that help to recognise and attack these invaders.
Echinacea has been used for centuries by Native Americans as a remedy against the common cold. It works in two ways, one is by stimulating production of white blood cells (the body's infection fighters) and the other way it helps is by destroying harmful bacteria already present in the body.
Garlic contains allicin, a compound that helps to reduce the effects of colds and flu by breaking down toxic compounds in the body before they attack healthy cells. It has also been shown to increase levels of glutathione peroxidase (an enzyme essential for protecting cells from free radicals) which can help protect against damage to healthy cells by toxins like cigarette smoke, pesticides and exhaust fumes.
Elderberry helps reduce the severity of flu-like symptoms including fever, coughing, sneezing and muscle aches. It contains antioxidant flavonoids that protect against damage caused by free radicals in the human body (unstable molecules that attack healthy cells).
Zinc is another mineral that is involved in the immune system. It helps to regulate the activity of white blood cells, fights infection by stimulating production of antibodies and interferon (a signalling molecule that helps repair damage caused by infection), it also supports wound healing.
All these ingredients come together in a synergistic blend that helps to boost the immune system and keep you healthy as a horse!