Due to age, our immune systems declines. An imbalance between certain immune cell populations develops, involving a surplus of so called memory T cells that go after known invaders and a deficit of so called naïve T cells that attack new invaders. The final result is a less-vigilant defence system – or immune senescence, which contributes to the problems of aging.
Life Extension® researchers have designed an innovative formula to help rebalance the major arms of the aging immune system. Immune Senescence Protection Formula™ provides three potent ingredients, now including Pu-Erh tea extract.
Pu-Erh tea has been consumed as a medicinal tea in Asia for more than 1000 years. It is rich in bioactive molecules, including polyphenols and unique theabrownins that develop during the post-fermenatation process. Modern science has shown that Pu-Erh tea extract may support healthy bone marrow function, the site where our different immune cells originate, thereby helping to rebuild the peripheral immune components. Animal research reveals that Pu-Erh tea extract also supports immune balance by decreasing stimulatory immune cells as well as increasing natural killer (NK) cells and naïve T-cells.
Cistanche plant extracts are able to create a more balanced immune response by stimulating the development of naive T cells and supporting a lower amount of memory T cells. The activity of NK cells, another type of immune cells, is also enhanced by Cistanche, which results in a 15% life span increase in animal research. In a human study of standardized Cistanche, impressive gains in immune factors were noted after supplementation for 12 weeks, such as an increase in natural killer cell activity and an improvement in the ratio of CD4 to CD8 cells which is indicative of a healthy, youthful immune function.
The Reishi mushroom contains numerous bioactive components that may help reverse several factors of immune senescence. Reishi extracts strengthen the immune system’s first line of defense by boosting the function of innate immune cells. In addition, it’s unique triterpenes, polysaccharides and other constituents enhance the body’s hematopoietic stem cells, macrophages and other essential immune factors – supporting multiple aspects of longevity and immune function.
Immune Senescence Protection Formula™ provides comprehensive immune senescence protection and was created for year-round support of the aging immune system.