By: Crystal Shelton
The immune system is the body’s line of defense against harmful substances. Through its varied mechanisms and work of immune cells, it works to attack and keep out those foreign and problematic organisms that can cause sickness and disease. Based on a number of clinical studies, the ingredient called Wellmune WGP® could help give your immune system an added boost!
What is Wellmune?
Wellmune is a natural yeast beta glucan derived from a proprietary strain of yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It works to support immune cells, which are part of the body’s natural defenses. Beta glucans are naturally found in foods such as baker’s yeast, shiitake mushrooms, and cereal grains, like barley, oats, rye, and wheat. Wellmune is a yeast beta 1,3/1,6 glucan. Using a proprietary process, Wellmune is extracted from the cell wall of a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast. Highly purified, Wellmune is naturally gluten-free.
How does Wellmune work?
When Wellmune is ingested, immune cells in the gastrointestinal tract take it up and transport it to the immune organs throughout the body. While there, the immune cells called macrophages digest the Wellmune into smaller fragments and slowly release them over a number of days. As they are released, the fragments bind to specific receptors (CR3) on neutrophils which are the most abundant immune cells in the body.
Wellmune supports the activity of the neutrophils and prime them for their normal activity in the body, including promoting immune health. It also supports the activity of phagocytic cells, which engulf and destroy foreign bodies, thus promoting immune health. Clinical studies have shown Wellmune’s benefits for immune health in the categories of upper respiratory health, cold and flu, allergies and compromised immune systems from exercise and stress. There have been a total of nine clinical studies on Wellmune that show Wellmune promotes a healthy immune system. The molecular structure of Wellmune WGP, with its beta 1,3/1,6 branch points, is responsible for its unique biological activity.