you have read the news lately, you may have seen the latest research
from the University of Virginia's scientists' and presented at a
conference of a joint meeting between the American Society for
Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America1
that confirm that the most likely place to "catch" a cold from your own
home is the remote control and the refrigerator handle. Other hotspots:
doorknobs, bathroom faucets, phones, salt and pepper shakers, and
dishwasher handles were prime areas that retained germs long after the
infected person handled such items. Researchers found that cold
sufferers leave viruses there that can hang around for two days or
researchers didn't know was how often
people caught colds from these types of surfaces versus touching or
shaking hands with someone that was contaminated. They found that more
than 50 percent of the people who touched these surfaces contaminated
with cold viruses subsequently came down with the virus afterwards.
and scientists have long advised of the importance of frequently
washing hands and the use of hand sanitizers to help avoid spreading
germs. Clearly, this extends to keeping surface areas such as those
mentioned above clean and wiped down to help germs from
no matter how diligent one may be in keeping exposed areas clean, it is
almost impossible to create and live in a completely sanitized world.
Everyone needs, at least occasionally, to go to public areas such
as grocery stores, banks, gas stations, etc and risk being exposed to
viruses - sometimes quite frequently.
So how does one protect themselves short of extraordinary
sanitation measures? Doctors will tell you that the single best line of
defense are the common sense things like maintaining a healthy
lifestyle of proper diet and nutrition, sleep and exercise is your best
line of defense. And because
we are who we are, even the best intentioned person can often fall
short of those health goals in today's busy world. Adding nutritional
supplements like zinc and beta carotene is a logical addition to help
keep the immune system running at its very best.
is now been widely recognized in multiple studies that an essential
trace element is zinc. Zinc is active in a variety of cellular
functions, including signal transduction, transcription and replication2
(Vallee & Falchuk, 1993) and
strongly influences the immune system affecting both nonspecific and
acquired immunity3,4 (Fraker et al, 2000).
Research has begun to
clarify the molecular mechanisms underlying the action of zinc on the
immune function. It is clear that this trace element has a broad impact
on key immunity mediators, such as enzymes, thymic peptides (hormone-like
substances secreted by the thymus and playing a key role in regulation
of T Cell immunity) and cytokines (a small protein released by cells that
has a specific effect on the interactions between cells, on
communications between cells or on the behavior of cells. The cytokines
includes the interleukins, lymphokines and cell signal molecules, such
as tumor necrosis factor and the interferons, which trigger
inflammation and respond to infections.), explaining the critical
importance of zinc’s status on the regulation of lymphoid cell
activation, increase in its production and apoptosis (this means a form of cell death in which a programmed sequence of
events leads to the elimination of cells without releasing harmful
substances into the surrounding area).
Ongoing and future studies
regarding the immunological status of zinc deficiency ‘at risk’ groups
could lead to developing public health programs that give nutritional
doses of zinc supplements to children and the elderly, who are most
susceptible, to prevent attacks and changes of the immune system and
improve resistance to infections.5 Giving sufficient zinc
supplementation to more susceptible and at-risk individuals could
prevent harming the immune system and substantially improve their
chances of resisting infections.
such as A-Z
Immune Booster contains clinical supplemental amounts of Zinc and
Beta-Carotene, along with other important immune system boosters such
as blueberry powder, elderberry extract, and honeysuckle. These
all work together to create a powerful combination to help the immune
system perform at its very best!
Microbiology meeting: http://www.icaacidsa2008.org
2. Vallee BL & Falchuk KH (1993): The biochemical basis of zinc
physiology. Physiol. Rev. 73, 79– 118.
3. Fraker PJ, King L, Garvy B & Medina C (1993): Immunopathology of
zinc deficiency: a role for apoptosis. In Human Nutrition: a
Comprehensive Treatise, ed. D Klurfeld, pp 267 – 283. New York: Plenum
4. Fraker PJ, King LE, Laakko T & Vollmer TL (2000): The dynamic
link between the integrity of the immune system and zinc status. J.
Nutr. 130, 1399 – 1406.
5. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2002) 56, Suppl 3, S20 –