The market is overrun by products claiming to support your immune system. They are called by many names, immune boosters, immune modulators, transfer factors, etc... The list goes on and on. How do you compare immune system support products?
Many offer no real peer reviewed evidence to back their claims.
What is peer reviewed evidence
These are medical journals that document and review scientific studies conducted at medical institutions, universities, hospitals, etc... The list is huge. These journals cover studies conducted on everything, food, disease, genetics, etc...
If you are a doctor or scientist, professor, etc... this is where you submit the results of you research work for publication. It allows your peers to review your work, and if they want to conduct a re-test of your work to verify the results for themselves. The publications and their staff are independent from the individuals who conducted the studies. It is also called evidence-based research. Thousands of studies are submitted each year, not many are accepted. Those that are accepted for publication become the "cream of the crop."
The article contains a complete description of what tests were performed, what equipment was used, the material used, what the results were, etc... Everything from A to Z. This allows another researcher to properly compare immune support products, to duplicate the test to verify the results documented in the publication. It adds to unquestionable creditability to the research by allowing other researchers to duplicate the results over and over again.
Recently, test were conducted at the University of Louisville at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on immune response of various immune support products.
The test revealed which immune support products provided the best results and which ones did not. Many products claim to help our immune system do not even provide proof of their actual claim. Others use a single test result to make the claim, usually the rate of increase of Natural Killer Cells, which is a single component of the immune system. This theory is flawed because it is only looking at one response characteristic. The immune system is a complex system comprising of many components.
A proper test to establish effective immune support would be to compare a wide variety of immune system component response. This is what the University of Louisville employed on a wide variety of immune system support products.
These tests were on the following;
Phagocytosis is the body process of consuming and ingesting bacteria or other foreign material/invaders by phagocytes. Phagocytes are one of the first lines of defense for our body. They are the white blood cells of the immune system who's primary function is to destroy diseased cells or foreign invaders in our body.
To see phagocytosis in action please review this video.
Splenocytes are spleen cells. Also called lymphocytes, granulocytes, or other immune cells their purpose is to regulate immune response. This includes the all important CD4 and CD8.
Cytokines can be the communication system between cells that can effect the behavior of cells for the purposes of immune response. Cytokines include;
They may cause inflammation and they also respond to infections. They also help regulate the immune system. The faster Cytokines are created the more effective the immune system is at responding to a threat upon it.
Antibody is a product of the immune system that acts a a maker, a homing beacon if you will, that helps the immune system recognize and attack infections and other invaders. Just like cytokines, the quicker the response of antibodies to an infection or invader the more effective the immune system response will be.
The graph below shows the results of the tests conducted at the University of Louisville on the wide variety of immune support products.
This chart reflects the results on a side-by-side competitive basis, the ability of the various products to increase the number of immune cells that are attacking and destroying invaders. This is an ongoing study that will test as many products as possible for immune response. The graph will be periodically updated as more results become available.
These results will help to eliminate any confusion in the market place related to the claim of immune system support by the various products tested. The dosages used in this test were exactly the same for all products.
As the results show, there is a big difference among immune system support products.
Some products have almost no scientific support, while others like the high-quality Beta-glucan product used in this study, have decades of documented peer reviewed supportive research.
The most revealing aspect of this test was the material used as the negative control. It was saline solution, i.e. salt water. As we can see, most of the products provided about the same immune response as the salt water control, whereas the high quality Beta-Glucan product provided almost a doubling of immune response.
Transfer Point Gucan 300 offers customers a comprehensive assay detailing both purity and potency. No one in the industry has ever matched their purity and potency, regardless of claims. Many competitors are unwilling to provide you with such information, calling it proprietary. As a consumer, paying for a product based upon specific claims of purity and potency, you are entitled to know what you have bought.
Two companies were tested at up to 160 times the dose of Transfer Point stand alone Beta 1, 3-D Glucan. They are shown at or near the negative control (30.6%).
Numerous assays have confirmed to date that “loading” or putting 2-3 times the amount of powder into a single dose does next to nothing. If fact, Transfer Point tested up to 64:1 and that level failed in every instance to double the biological effective of the compounds tested. Other tests conducted on various Beta glucan products provide further proof which one is the best. Click here for more information.
Transfer Point Glucan 300 was tested for the synsisthis of 14 cytokines, i.e. immune system messenger molecules, including the inflammatory cytokines. Glucan 300 showed zero (0) to nearly non-detectable levels of the inflammatory cytokines. Immune supplements may actually be harmful when used too often or if the individual already has issue with disease that does not manage well with excessive inflammation.
Transfer Point Glucan 300 produced significant levels of Interleukin-2 (IL-2). IL-2 is a considered a key player in the immune system and produces many positive results on the overall immune system and its ability to respond to invaders and/or infections.
The cornerstone of good health is a properly functioning immune system. Transfer Point Glucan 300 immune support products are considered the most effective immune support products available today.
Glucan 300 has been rated the #1 immune support through independent tests released from the University of Louisville. The University of Louisville tested Transfer Point Glucan 300 against many of the most popular immune system support products available on the market today, not just products claiming to contain Beta glucan.
Scientifically proven to maintain and enhance your immune system through verified, independent testing.
Glucan 300 has been verified to be the most effective overall immune system support supplement in an independent study conducted at the University of Louisville and published in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association (JANA).
 An Evaluation of the Immunological Activities of Commercially Available B1,3-Glucans.