HOW THE IMMUNE SYSTEM WORKS
The immune system is the body’s first line of defense in maintaining health, preventing illness, and hastening recovery. A weakened immune system leaves us vulnerable to enemies of good health. Research suggests that supplementing the immune system can be effective in increasing the body’s ability to resist negative influences.
Free radicals are organic atoms or molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer cellular ring. Since electrons have a tendency to exist in pairs, free radicals become unstable and latch on to electrons from other atoms and molecules in your body. This cycle creates a biological chain reaction that can damage cell membranes, accelerate the aging process, and contribute to certain ailments. Stress, lack of sleep, a poor diet, UV radiation, exercise, and pollution can all contribute to the formation of free radicals.
These unstable atoms can lead to a physiological imbalance in your body called oxidative stress. When this occurs, your body is unable to counter the damaging effects caused by these rogue molecules. This can be demonstrated by cutting an apple in half. As the fruit is exposed to air, it starts to turn brown. On a cellular level, the oxygen in the air is interacting with the cell wall of the apple’s tissues, creating free radicals.
Antioxidants are molecules capable of preventing free radicals from damaging healthy, functioning cells. By donating an electron to these unstable molecules, antioxidants help terminate this chain reaction before crucial damage occurs. Though your body inherently creates some antioxidants, these life-protecting phytonutrients are generally found in richly pigmented fruits and vegetables. Our sole focus is on developing the right mix and blend of nutrients and organic ingredients that support a healthy immune system that effectively combats free radicals and fortifies the immune system when exposed to toxins that weaken it.