How it Works

Our body is our garden. The more we tend to it to keep it strong the healthier our bodies become. EpiCor supports  a strong immune system to help people live more healthy days. So, how exactly does EpiCor work to protect our garden?

Immune Armor, Antioxidant Power and Gut Health

Published human, animal and in vitro studies show that EpiCor helps reinforce the first and second lines of active defense, increases antioxidant protection in the body, and also may help support good gut health.

Immune Armor: First and Second lines of Defense

First Line of Defense. EpiCor strengthens a first line of active defense by helping increase secretory immunoglobin A (sIgA) in saliva.* sIgA is the primary antibody found in mucus, tears, saliva, mother’s milk and other areas.1 When pathogens get to your skin, eyes, mouth and other mucus membranes, sIgA is there to help by trapping bacteria before they cause harm.2 So, what happens when the first line gets breached? That is when a second line of defense comes in.

Second Line of Defense. EpiCor strengthens a second line of active defense by helping increase Natural Killer (NK) cell activity.* NK cells are a type of white blood cell circulating in our blood and organs that are fast and effective in seeking out and destroying infected cells at the initial occurrence.3 NK cells are called “natural killer” because they don’t need to be activated by other cells to differentiate “good” cells from “bad” cells.4 This makes them much quicker to respond to keep your body healthy.

Antioxidant Power

Antioxidants circulate in your blood and tissues and help protect from cellular oxidative damage, which may affect how your immune system works over time.5 EpiCor helps strengthen your immune defenses by increasing antioxidant power in as little as two hours.*

Gut Health

Most people don’t know that around 70% of your immune cells are actually found in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Fewer still know how important a role beneficial bacteria play in proper immune function. Prebiotics are foods that nourish the beneficial bacteria, like bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, in your GI tract. Prebiotics help the good bacteria grow and multiply so your gut stays healthy. EpiCor has been shown to act like a prebiotic in sophisticated digestive system models.*

Live More Healthy Days

So how does all that translate to helping consumers live more healthy days? Well, taking EpiCor daily helps to:

  • Support year-round respiratory health and sinuses

  • Build immune defenses to face daily challenges

  • Support good digestive health (shown in a gut simulator)

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1. Delacroix DL et al..” IgA subclasses in various secretions and in serum,”  Immunology 1982 Oct;47(2):383–385
2. Marcotte, H., Lavoie, M.C., “Oral Microbial Ecology and the Role of Salivary Immunoglobulin A,” Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, 1998 March; 62(1): 71–109. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC98907/>
3. Pediatr., J., “Natural killer cells and immune surveillance,” Jornal de Pediatria, 2008 Aug; Vol. 84 no.4 suppl.0
4. Vivier, E., Raulet, D.H., Moretta, A., Caligiuri, M.A., Zitvogel, L., Lanier, L.L., Yokoyama, W.M. & Ugolini, S.. "Innate or Adaptive Immunity? The Example of Natural Killer Cells". Science 2011; 331: 44–49. doi:10.1126/science.1198687
5.  Uttara, B., Singh, A.V., Zamboni, P., Mahajan, R. T., “Oxidative Stress and Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Review of Upstream and Downstream Antioxidant Therapeutic Options,” Current Neuropharmacology, 2009 March; 7(1): 65–74


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