Info: 60 Veg. Capsules
Proligna pine cone extract helps your immune system work smarter and more efficiently. But that's not all: it may also help reduce allergic response, aid with digestion (it helps metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), and can even help form connective tissue and maintain healthy skin.
A lot of natural products are billing themselves as immune system boosters these days, but few of them are really backed by both longstanding use and science, as this one is. Some competing product can even backfire -- indiscriminately stimulating immune response as a whole. This may work in the short term to fend off an actual attack of a cold or flu, but can also increase your allergic responses to harmless things and wear you out, in the long term.
The Proligna in ImmunExtra is a patented extract of Scotch pine cones, whose medicinal benefits were recognized by the ancient Greeks and contemporary Japanese, and have been the subjects of intense research, which has found that not only can it reduce the levels of IgE (the immune molecule associated with triggering an allergic response) among those with allergies, but it can also dramatically increase the production of mature dendritic immune cells -- the type which learns the difference between true pathogens versus harmless allergens or even the body's own cells, and which marshal the activities of the immune system's Th2 (allergy/asthma) and Th1 (specific disease fighting) responses, accordingly.
Allera Health Products markets this product using both the names Immune Extra and ImmunExtra. Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80056907.
Ingredients:Each capsule contains:
16 mg Scotch pine cone standardized extract (Pinus sylvestris) (7 mg PPC [poly-phenylpropanoid polysaccharide complex])
1 mg Zinc (zinc gluconate)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose.
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily with food, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications. Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 3 months.
Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medication. This product is not intended to replace any prescription medication. Flatulence and pruritus have been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use.
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