The immune system is an exceptionally complex network of cells throughout the body that prevents or limits infection from potentially harmful pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Although the immune system is one fully integrated system, it’s useful to think of it as having two parts: the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system.
Innate immune cells are the body’s first line of defence. They identify microbes and other potential threats, triggering a response to terminate them. Adaptive immune cells possess what’s known as ‘immune memory’: meaning when those cells see a pathogen that previously entered the body, they don’t just aim to expel the invader, they also make more copies of themselves to build a stronger line of defence going forward. This makes the body better equipped to fight off future reappearance.
In the case of a new virus, such as COVID-19, our bodies haven’t had a chance to develop immunity yet because we haven’t previously encountered it. This leaves us more susceptible. Scientists around the world are working on developing a vaccine, but at the time of writing we don’t yet have any immunisation against COVID-19. Vaccines are based on immune memory and expose our natural defences to a particular version of any virus, allowing us to enhance immune cell development if we get exposed. Just like a flu shot, it doesn’t make us bulletproof to colds, but it boosts our immune response to the specific strains of a flu that the vaccine was designed to protect us from.
A healthy immune system is better equipped to fight off infection. A sleep-deprived immune system doesn’t work as well and focusing on better sleep habits is a good way to strengthen it. The sweet spot for sleep is a minimum of seven to eight hours a night. Trying to stick to a regular bedtime routine and wake up schedule will regulate your body’s ‘clock’. Avoiding mobile phones and screens for an hour before bedtime to minimise blue light exposure will boost melatonin production which helps you drift off to sleep. Eating late at night and exercising right before bedtime won’t do much to help you get a good night’s sleep either. Try reading a book instead to gently power down your body.
Compulsive overthinking and worrying about the current disruption to everyday life risks adding to your stress levels, which can make us more susceptible to respiratory illness. Learning techniques for managing stress, like meditation, deep breathing or talking to a therapist are all positive ways to help your immune system stay strong.
By including many nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in our diet, we can boost our daily vitamin and mineral intake to keep our immune system strong. Choose colourful fruits and vegetables, such as dark leafy greens or bright purple aubergines, as they contain high levels of antioxidants. Garlic, ginger and dark chocolate are all great mood and immune boosters. avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine as this can inhibit your immune system and negatively affect sleep.
The unique LYMA formula contains eight multi-award-winning ingredients. Each ingredient is patented, peer-reviewed and actively dosed to deliver results.
The highly specialized 1,3 1,6 beta glucan is clinically proven to boost our innate, rapid fire immune system, priming white blood cells neutrophils and macrophages to engage with foreign pathogens. Unlike other yeast beta glucans, Wellmune™ is the only ingredient supported by over a dozen published, peer-reviewed clinical studies. Research validates Wellmune’s unique ability to help strengthen general immune health across all ages. Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, Director of Category Management Twinlab Corp. describes Wellmune™ as a “hero ingredient, given its deep portfolio of peer-reviewed, published human clinical research demonstrating efficacy for everyday immune support and upper respiratory health.”
Inflammation is also a key component of a well-functioning immune system. "Stressed people's immune cells become less sensitive to cortisol. They're unable to regulate the inflammatory response, and therefore, when they're exposed to a virus, they're more likely to develop a cold” said Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University said, (Cohen, 2004). LYMA includes the highly bioavailable HydroCurc™, a cold water dispersible (CWD), Curcuma longa. “What makes this ingredient unique is that it delivers a large amount of active curcuminoids (more than 85%), which disperse easily into as the stomach," said Chase Shryoc, Gencor.
The LYMA formula builds on the anti-inflammatory and immunity benefits of Wellmune™ and Hydrocurc™ with the stress reducing ingredient KSM-66 Ashwaganda™, a full spectrum extract, with the highest potency of the compounds found in natural ashwagandha roots. Primarily used to support healthy stress levels, KSM-66 Ashwaganda™ may also show promise in supporting healthy sleep cycles. Some studies also show that KSM-66 Ashwagandha™ may be used to promote physical performance, as well as support memory and cognitive function.
Our central neurological system is susceptible to inflammation during times of high stress. LYMA’s patented cognizin complex supports and optimises our wellbeing . Cognizin® is a leading nootropic without stimulants. Designed to support our mental energy, focus and attention. It provides fuel for the brain and a study carried out by The Brain Institute at The University of Utah revealed that Cognizin® can alleviate deficits of the central nervous system.
Oxidative stress is a significant contributing factor to immune responses within the body. The best way to protect ourselves from free radicals and oxidative damage to our internal cells is to flood our body’s defense system with antioxidants. LYMA’s Lycored Lycopene™ is a powerful antioxidant carotenoid formulated to protect our cells from oxidation and premature DNA damage.[i]
Vitamins and minerals are key for healthy bodily function and none is more important for immunity than vitamin D3. Despite its name, vitamin D3 is not a vitamin, but a prohormone and as is not widely present in our diets. Vitamin D3 deficiency is estimated to effect 50% of the UK population with approximately 20% exhibiting a profound shortfall. LYMA’s formula uses one of the most advanced forms of the vitamin; Vita-Algae D3™, recently launched and clinically dosed at 2,000i.u./day, to ensure a high percentile are protected from deficiency, but also to ensure cholecalciferol is optimized for musculoskeletal, bone and cardiovascular health.
K2Vital® is an essential nutrient to unlock better bone health, longevity and endurance. LYMA’S K2Vital® complex is formulated to support the positive uptake of calcium, ensuring that calcium reaches the bone mass and our muscles are able to remain strong and supple. [ii]
Cynatine® HNS, is the world’s first solubilised, active keratin. Keratin plays an important role in the body. It’s a hard protein and a major structural component of hair, skin and nails. Cynatine® HNS is a clinically proven form of natural keratin peptides, formulated to repair, protect and strengthen the body’s external defences (hair, skin and nails) damaged by inflammatory and immune responses and oxidation. [iii]
“By combining best-in-breed clinically proven and patented ingredients, LYMA has produced a world class product. Never before has so much validated science and patented technology been combined into one formula, in a combination that no diet or multi-vitamin could ever deliver. LYMA has changed the industry and will transform the lives of its consumers.”
Dr. Paul Clayton, PhD
Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour (Oxford)
Patented ingredients have special qualities worth protecting. Such qualities include protecting a unique technology, the purity of material, bioavailability and stability of an active, and clinical data completed. Generic ingredients tend to be those with average qualities and are unproven.
The term ‘clinically tested’ is often abused in today’s supplement industry. Any formula or ingredient can be double-blind, placebo clinically tested, but this is meaningless unless the outcomes have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. A clinical trial that hasn’t been peer-reviewed most likely means the study was ‘manipulated’ and therefore not to be trusted. All LYMA’s ingredients are backed by peer-reviewed research, published in medical journals.