Pro Mune: Support for Healthy Immune Function
Pro Mune is a blend of ingredients to support a healthy immune system combined in one bottle to simplify your daily routine. Manufactured by Orthomolecular Products, Pro Mune is a targeted blend of nutrients designed to provide broad-spectrum support to the body’s immune reserves. The formula includes quercetin, a potent bioflavonoid that aids in supporting the immune system. Vitamin C and N-acetyl cysteine are potent antioxidants that promote respiratory function and help the function of quercetin. Vitamin D and zinc are essential micronutrients needed to create a robust immune reserve. This powerful combination works to promote healthy respiratory and immune function.
Quercetin is best known for its antioxidant activity in scavenging free radicals. Additionally, quercetin helps balance the level of cytokines and improves T-lymphocyte balance. Several mechanism studies highlight quercetin’s ability to provide immune system support while also stimulating the ciliary beat frequency of the nasal epithelium, aiding the excretion of respiratory mucus.1,2,3 Quercetin has been shown
to block how microbes enter the host cells and replicate within the body.3 Additionally, a human clinical trial found quercetin supplementation supported healthy respiratory function following a stressor (i.e., intense bout of exercise) compared to placebo.4
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant studied for many years for its immune-supporting effects. Vitamin C has been shown to protect critical immune cells from oxidative damage through its antioxidant functions.5 Data shows vitamin C is heavily concentrated in macrophages, supports lymphocyte activity, modulates cytokine release, improves endothelial function, restores mitochondrial function, and directly supports a challenged immune system. 3 Of particular interest, vitamin C has been shown to recycle oxidized quercetin back to its parent compound, which helps a robust immune response while increasing the efficacy of
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is the precursor of the master antioxidant, glutathione. NAC has been shown to support mucus clearance and normal respiratory function through its ability to cleave disulfide bonds in mucus.7,8 NAC is found to raise glutathione levels, which is vital to protecting quercetin’s biological activity and safe metabolism.3,9 Along with preserving the activity of quercetin, NAC supports all detoxification pathways and helps maintain immune balance by keeping glutathione levels.10,11
Zinc is essential for maintaining immune system integrity and healthy immune development.12,13,14 Supplementation with zinc supports essential immune functions such as natural killer cell activity and phagocytosis by macrophages and neutrophils.15 Furthermore, studies show that zinc can directly support the body during immune system challenges and help support healthy respiratory function.15,16
It has been shown that low vitamin D levels have immunologic implications with a significant decrease in immune function, affecting respiratory health.11,12,17 This is most likely because the vitamin D receptor is expressed by several immune cells, including monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, B and T cells.18 Supplementation with vitamin D has been shown to modulate NK cell activity to promote a healthy innate immune response.15,19 Along with these immune-supporting benefits, vitamin D has also been shown to support the respiratory system and epithelial tight junction integrity.15,19,20,21
- Two capsules per day or as recommended by your health care professional.
- Does Not Contain: Gluten, yeast, soy, corn, artificial flavors, and colors.
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