Being a leader in the natural health industry means partnering with those who share our deep commitment to superior quality, so of course we were tickled to hear that EpiCor®—a key ingredient in our Ultimate Flora Advanced Immunity formula—was awarded the 2010 Scientific Excellence Award at SupplySide West in Las Vegas last month. SupplySide is the largest event in the world for healthy, natural and innovative ingredients.
EpiCor is a unique combination of protein, fiber, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and other metabolites proven in studies to help boost resistance to seasonal health issues, support optimum respiratory health, and help the immune system cope with stress. It’s one of three proven natural ingredients in Ultimate Flora Advanced Immunity (along with a powerful probiotic and the potent antioxidant ResistAid™) that together help strengthen the body’s natural defenses and promote a balanced immune system during peak seasons throughout the year.
EpiCor received the recent honor due to several published studies showcasing its effectiveness against colds, flu and allergies. In studies published in the Journal of Alternative Medicine, Urologic Nursing, and Advances in Therapy, the powerful immunogen has been shown to help reduce symptoms after they appear, as well as help reduce the frequency and duration of symptoms.
So congrats, EpiCor! ReNew Life is proud to be among such extraordinary company. And don’t forget to stock up on Ultimate Flora Advanced Immunity to ensure a sniffle-free season!
We hear a lot about the importance of vitamin A, vitamin C, and those good-for-you B vitamins, but it’s not so often we hear about another vitamin that scientists believe may also play a crucial role in maintaining superior health throughout life. These days, however, new research into the remarkable health benefits of vitamin D is beginning to change all of that.
Vitamin D directly affects more than 200 genes in the body, and studies show that it plays a significant role in stimulating a healthy immune response. In fact, a new study conducted by a team of British and Canadian scientists links too little vitamin D in the diet with an increased risk of certain autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and type 1 diabetes, as well as a higher risk of certain cancers.
Researchers say it has to do with the way vitamin D binds with specific chromosomes, but the problem comes from a widespread lack of vitamin D in the diet. About one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient, which may increase their susceptibility to certain diseases. And as people spend less time outdoors (the body produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight), the problem is getting worse.
Because too little vitamin D can lead to a breakdown in overall health, many experts are now recommending steps to remedy the problem. Certain foods such as eggs and fatty fish contain vitamin D, and many fish oil supplements will include vitamin D to help make up for what’s lacking in the diet. Pregnant women and young children especially may benefit from a daily vitamin D supplement for preventative health, and spending at least 10 minutes in the sun each day is also recommended.