This IV drip contains powerful antioxidants, key amino acids, and trace minerals that support all aspects of your immune system. It can be used to boost your immune system so that you stay healthy, or it can be used to help recover from an acute illness so that you feel better faster.

For prevention, once a week is ideal. If you are recovering from an acute sickness, three days in a row will provide the fastest recovery.

Crucial ingredients included in the IV Immune drip are:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well known as an antioxidant and for supporting the immune system. More specifically, it has potent anti-viral effects, especially when taken frequently in high doses.

The cells of your immune system have some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the body.

This high concentration of vitamin C helps prevent cells from getting infected by stimulating antibody activity, improving communication between your immune cells, and by reducing a virus’s ability to replicate itself. Therefore, taking vitamin C in the early stages of an infection produces more powerful results.  Likewise, those with low vitamin C levels may have a greater

risk of infection.

Infections also cause severe oxidative stress in the body. Thus, in infections, there is an increased need for antioxidants like vitamin C to help counteract this inflammation and oxidative stress. High doses of vitamin C have also been shown to speed up recovery from acute viral infections and enhance energy production.

It is also worth noting that the anti-viral like effects of vitamin C are not specific to just one or two types of viruses. It can be used to support the immune system during any viral infection, including the common cold, influenza, shingles, chicken pox, herpes simplex, and viral pneumonia.

Zinc

Like vitamin C, zinc also acts like an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects. Zinc helps regulate the immune system and has anti-viral properties. It is required for the formation of white blood cells, a critical part of your immune system. Many people are familiar with using zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold in order to shorten the duration and less the severity of symptoms. The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of attention to the importance of zinc. A recent study showed how COVID-19 patients with zinc deficiency had more complications, including longer hospital stays and an increased risk of mortality.

Glutathione

Glutathione is considered the “master antioxidant” in the body. It is a sulfur-based sticky molecule that binds to toxins and free radicals in the body and helps eliminate them. By fighting free radicals, glutathione fights inflammation and helps protect the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell where energy is made). Glutathione boosts the functions of immune cells, up regulating the immune system’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial action.  It also helps the body regulate vitamin D levels and recycles other antioxidants like vitamin C and E, which are critical for immune function.

NAC

N-acetyl-cysteine, or NAC, is another powerful antioxidant. Like vitamin C and zinc, it too, enhances the immune system and decreases inflammation. It increases glutathione production (the “master antioxidant” in the body) and supports the body’s detoxification processes. NAC is particularly good for the respiratory system as it thins out thick sticky mucous and allows for proper drainage in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. NAC also helps keep your gut healthy, and your gut houses a large portion of your immune system.

Selenium

More potent than vitamin C and vitamin E, selenium is another important antioxidant that supports the immune system and decreases inflammation.  A recent study found that selenium levels were higher in patients who survived COVID-19.  This could be because selenium forces viruses to remain dormant. Therefore, when selenium levels are low, viruses can replicate.

Additionally, selenium is a great nutrient for muscle pain, especially muscle pain in fibromyalgia.  It is also a critical nutrient for people with low thyroid function; it helps the body convert inactive T4 hormone into the active T3 hormone. It has been found to reduce inflammation and thyroid peroxidase antibody levels, which is good news for anyone suffering with Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.

Lysine

Many people are familiar with using lysine for cold sore prevention.  Similar to selenium, lysine decreases inflammation and inhibits the ability of viruses to replicate. In addition, it assists your body in absorbing zinc and calcium, both of which strengthen immune system function. Studies have also shown that lysine helps to lower the stress hormone cortisol, which is important because high levels of cortisol suppress immune system function.

Calcium

Calcium is a nutrient we don’t often think of for the immune system, but it is vital. Calcium surrounds pathogens and marks them to be found and eliminated by phagocytes, immune cells that engulf and destroy foreign substances. Studies have shown that white blood cells, including neutrophils and macrophages, are more active and effective when the body has sufficient calcium. Multiple studies have shown that the majority of critically ill patients, 70% to 85%, are calcium deficient and this deficiency also increase their risk of death. Calcium has also been shown to help the body fight bacterial infections, including E-Coli and Salmonella, reducing both infection time and severity.

Please note that not all calcium is created equal and that taking the wrong form of calcium can be detrimental. Talk with your functional medicine provider about whether supplementation is necessary for you.

Engystol (add-on)

Engystol is a homeopathic anti-viral remedy for colds and flu. Homeopathic medicine are safe, gentle, and do no interact with other medications. Studies on Engystol show that it can reduce your risk of viral infection, and if you do get sick, it can lessen the severity of the symptoms as well as shorten the time you have it.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.