Yamamoto® Research Imugen FORTE is a liquid food supplement based on juice and plant extracts, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C. Zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C contribute to the normal function of the immune system, while elderberry, echinacea, and astragalus help the body's natural defenses. The rosehip, with its antioxidant properties, adds a supporting and restorative action.
With the arrival of the cold season, we must deal with the spread of viruses and bacteria responsible for the classic cooling diseases such as flu, cold, throat ache that knock out adults and children. Causes of these seasonal ailments are mainly the sudden changes in temperature and the consequent tendency of staying in closed environments, to the detriment of the open air. To not get stuck in bed we would need an efficient, quick immune system that supports our defenses against pathogenic attacks. In addition to the increased tendency to get sick in winter, in this season our immune system can also become weakened and unresponsive for many reasons such as stress, an incorrect lifestyle, a lack of rest and sleep, an unbalanced, poor diet, medications, aging.
It is, therefore, key to act in advance using natural remedies with a recognized beneficial activity in reinforcing the immune system. Nature gives us various natural remedies validated by modern scientific research capable of strengthening our immune defenses both as a weapon of prevention and of contrast, favoring a faster and more efficient recovery.
Among these remedies, elderberry has always been used in Europeans medical traditions for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Scientific research also demonstrates its value as an excellent remedy against seasonal flu thanks to its rich presence of bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Elderberry has been officially recognized as "active and effective" (Health DM 27/03/14) to improve bronchial secretions fluidity, upper respiratory tract functionality, and natural defenses.
Rosehip is a thorny shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family, which grows spontaneously throughout Europe and its therapeutic qualities have been known since the time of the Ancient Romans and in the Middle Ages. Rosehip is known for its very high concentration of vitamin C (100 grams of its these berries have the same content of vitamin C of a kilo of oranges!). Its berries contain other vitamins such as A, E, K and some of the group B. It also contains folic acid, flavonoids, tannins, carotenoids and fatty acids (including oleic, palmitic, oleanolic, stearic and linoleic acids). Rosehip is also rich in mineral content, in particular, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, boron, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. The synergy between vitamin C and flavonoids - which promote the absorption of vitamin C itself - is particularly precious. Rosehip boasts anti-inflammatory properties, especially in case of problems in the respiratory system, such as cough and cold, but also pharyngitis and tonsillitis, acting as nasal mucous membranes anti-inflammatory; as well as of the eyes, in case of conjunctivitis. The rosehip, favors the proper functioning of the immune system, strengthening and stimulating it both in preventing seasonal ailments and in the healing phase, helping in restoring health and avoiding relapses. The anti-inflammatory action of rosehip's tannins also expands at the intestine level in case of diarrhea, thanks to their astringent and antibiotic properties.
Among the most effective and used natural remedies, there is certainly echinacea. A herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family, which includes nine species all with officinal characteristics, such as Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallida. Native to North America, its use among local native peoples dates back to the Cheyenne tribe who used chewed root for colds, decoction for joint and rheumatic problems, and as an external application in case of fever. Today, its immunostimulating properties are recognized by modern medicine and its use is widespread among adults and children against colds, sore throats, and various flu ailments, making it also a strong protective shield against cooling diseases. Its therapeutic qualities derive from the density of active ingredients stimulating the immune defenses such as flavonoids, derivatives of caffeic acid, polysaccharides, polyphenols, glycoproteins with immunostimulating activity, alkyl amides, polyenes, and essential oils.
Astragalus is certainly an appreciated traditional oriental herbal medicine that has found more and more space and application among modern supplements acting on the immune system. It is a plant that belongs to legumes, originally from northern China where has been used for thousands of years as a tonic for weakness and to increase resistance to diseases. Astragalus contains triterpene saponins, flavonoids, biogenic amines, and polysaccharides, as well as amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, chromium, coumarins, choline, betaine, sitosterol, triterpene glycosides and numerous acids (folic, nicotinic, chlorogenic, caffeic, linolenic) which make it a "multifunctional" remedy capable of acting at various levels on many organic system. Astragalus is today considered an excellent supplement for the immune system thanks to the wealth of powerful bioactive elements mainly used together with echinacea to prevent and fight colds and all seasonal ailments.