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Get The Immune Support You Need This Season!
Submitted by Quality of Life

It's that time of the year again and cold and flu season is among us. Don't let seasonal health issues ruin your fun! It's time for your immune system to get the support it needs to protect your body from any seasonal intruders.

Your immune system is your body's natural defense mechanism against infection and illnesses. Many of these illnesses and bacteria can be found anywhere from your home to your office. There are many ways to keep your immune system healthy!

A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Immune System
Providing your body with the right nutrients is an important factor to maintaining optimal immune system health. A diet packed with antioxidants and vitamins from foods, such as berries, kale, and onions can all help deflect infections.

Exercise is Key
It has been shown that people who exercise tend to have stronger white blood cells, which help fight off infections. Exercise has also been linked to releasing endorphins throughout the body, which induce feelings of relaxation and positive mood—causing you to feel less stress, thus improving your immune system's function.

Get a Good Night's Rest
The body uses sleep as a way to heal itself after a long day. Not getting enough sleep can bring your immune defenses down, causing you to be more prone to illnesses, such as catching a cold or getting the flu. Research has also shown a correlation between lack of sleep with conditions like obesity and diabetes.

Manage your Stress
Experiencing stress is a normal part of everyday life, but when stress begins to take a toll on your well-being your body can become defenseless. Chronic stress can lead to the release of stress hormones that can negatively affect the immune system— creating chronic inflammatory conditions or lowering the immunity of those who otherwise might have a healthy immune system.

Take a Nutritional Supplement
Adapting a healthy lifestyle isn' t the only thing you can do to keep your immune system at its best. Regularly taking nutritional supplements can also be a great way to boost your immune system. Supplements are great for a person who is constantly on-the-go and needs that extra support for their immune system. There are many immune support supplements on the market that claim to be beneficial, but few have the research that demonstrates their effectiveness.

Quality of Life's family of AHCC® products stand together as a team of clinically-researched immune support supplements. Backed by over 20 human clinical studies, the active ingredient AHCC® can provide immune support in times of need and to maintain a healthy immune system.

AHCC® has multiple formulas to cater to your immune health needs:
Kinoko® Gold—our everyday AHCC
Kinoko® Platinum—our most potent AHCC product

What is AHCC®?
A cultured extract of the hybridized medicinal mushroom mycelia, Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC)® is one of the world's most researched specialty immune supplements. Developed in Japan, AHCC® is supported by numerous human clinical studies, which were conducted at some of the finest research institutions worldwide, including Ivy League universities and major health centers—many of which have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Because of its superior supporting research, AHCC® is used by an estimated 1,000 clinics worldwide.

What Does the Research Say?
Research over the past two decades has uncovered that AHCC® is a biological response modifier, meaning it turns up the dial on the body's natural immune response. Since the immune system is responsible for protecting against external threats (bacterial, viral, and fungal infections) as well as internal threats (the unmitigated replication of cancer cells), AHCC® has a wide range of clinical uses.

Published human clinical studies have demonstrated that AHCC® works by regulating the activity of several types of white blood cells. In multiple studies on immunecompromised patients, AHCC® was shown to increase the activity of natural killer (NK) cells, which identify and destroy viruses, bacteria, and abnormal cells. Also in a double-blind placebo controlled study of 30 healthy adults, AHCC® increased the number and activity of dendritic cells (DC), which reside throughout the respiratory tract and fend off foreign invaders as they try to infiltrate the body.

Why Choose AHCC®?
AHCC® has shown to be effective in a variety of ways because it works by dramatically beefing up the number and activity of disease-fighting white blood cells, making the immune system better equipped to do its job. While conventional medical wisdom holds that basic "healthy lifestyle" recommendations (low-fat diet, plenty of antioxidants, regular exercise, etc.) are some of the best methods to boost immune system function, Quality of Life's AHCC® nutritional supplements can be an excellent way to take it a step further. Be sure to boost your immune system and protect yourself this season with a healthy diet, exercise, ample sleep, stress management techniques, and AHCC®!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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