Understanding Immune Support: A Practical Perspective
Our bodies do not understand synthetic.
Our bodies, and our immune system in particular, are not accustomed to receiving nutrients in the form of synthetic isolates. Rather, we are living organisms, and thus a natural approach to immune support and daily, proactive defense makes perfect sense.
The “Vitamin C” Myth
Vitamin C is widely recognized for its cell protective and immune supportive effects. No argument there. However, taking megadoses of chemically isolated, ascorbic acid found in synthetic supplements may not be the best way to support immune health. Why? Because the body is accustomed to receiving its nutrients in food form. In fact, it limits the amount of vitamin C that can be absorbed and utilized on a daily basis to prevent metabolic imbalances. Furthermore, whole food sources of vitamin C have been shown to be more bioavailable than synthetic ascorbic acid and often contain compounds which can enhance the immune-supportive effects of vitamin C.
Just as immune support is far more complex than simply popping a synthetic Vitamin C supplement, so is a natural approach to immune support. While the benefits of many of Nature’s foods and botanicals are widely recognized, maximizing their effectiveness requires so much more than simply “including them” in the formulation. Specifically, it requires the infinite complexity of a whole-food complex.