You may not have heard about Wellmune®, but research shows this yeast beta glucan can help support the immune system. Wellmune can be found in a range of fortified foods, beverages and supplements to help you easily support your immune health. Here in the Fitat60 office, we have been trialling one such product, California Gold Nutrition, Immune Defense with Wellmune and we love it.
But what is this ingredient, and how does it work? After you understand the mechanism, you will know why Wellmune is one of the best immune-supporting ingredients you can have. It is a unique ingredient that takes advantage of the defensive position the body has evolved over many years to protect itself.
Encouraging more effective immune function
Wellmune is a proprietary yeast beta glucan that encourages your immune cells to react more efficiently. It does so without overstimulating the immune system.
After you consume Wellmune your immunity works as a wellness team, preparing your innate immune cells to be ready, just like athletic training before running into a sporting match. Immune cells will be more prepared to take action.
This is what happens, step by step:
- First, Wellmune makes contact with your gut.
- Cells in the gut absorb Wellmune and break it down into smaller pieces.
- Wellmune then binds to several types of white blood cells such as neutrophils and monocytes, priming them.
- Once primed by Wellmune, your white blood cells move faster and recognize and defend against microorganisms more effectively.
Is there a difference between boosting and supporting the immune system?
You may have noticed that we use the term immune support instead of an immune booster. Wellmune supports the immune system, which is better than boosting for a couple of reasons.
Boosting the immune system makes it respond faster, but it can also overstimulate these cells and throw your immunity off balance. Not controlling your own responses can cause dysregulation in many organs and tissues. This is a particular issue as we age.
Instead, Wellmune helps our immune cells respond to threats more efficiently, never overstimulating the immune system. Wellmune promotes immune health.
Strengthening from the inside out
Immune system support is holistic, which means it does not only speed up one process or two. It considers several mechanisms and components at the same time and in a synergistic manner. It compensates for the natural decline we all experience due to stress or aging.
Make sure that your immunity remains strong
Research shows Wellmune supports the immune cells, priming their functions and preparing them for a future challenge. That is how it helps strengthen immune function. It is recommended to maintain healthy habits to keep your immune system at its best. We are also putting together a guide for you to help build immunity – our 9 Bs to Better Immune Health.
In addition to great habits, we typically still need other ingredients and nutrients to maximize our immune system’s potential. According to scientific evidence, Wellmune yeast beta glucan can train innate immune cells to react more effectively and help reduce the incidence of URTI and colds.
This great video helps to demonstrate the power of Wellmune yeast beta glucan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is immune health so important?
The immune system is an essential barrier we have against disease. It is always functioning to prevent infection. It is important if you want to stay healthy. Caring for your immune system depends on your habits, genetics, and nutrition.
What is Wellmune?
It is a food, beverage and supplement ingredient based on yeast beta glucans, a natural polysaccharide that helps strengthen immune function. It is derived from yeast, gluten-free, non-allergenic, and completely safe.
What is the difference between Wellmune and other immune ingredients?
Wellmune is naturally derived from the cell wall of a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast. As such, it can be taken every day without a problem, and it is very safe. The most important difference is that Wellmune is supported by more than a dozen clinical studies and trials – which is unique because not many other ingredients are substantiated in this way. These studies demonstrate Wellmune promotes immune health as well as other lifestyle benefits that relate to having more healthy days.
Where can I find products enhanced with Wellmune?
You can find products enhanced with Wellmune in a variety of supplements, foods, and beverages. They can be bought online, in specialty food stores and mass markets. We have put together our Top 6 Wellmune Picks, for products easily available here in Australia.