Feline ImmunoPro

Feline ImmunoPro

ImmunoPro is a highly palatable nutritional powder that is scientifically formulated to support an animal’s first line of defense – the innate immune system – in its daily flight against disease-producing organisms. The proprietary blend of potent immune-enhancing nutrients are known to improve the cat’s natural immune response, providing added protection from harmful diseases and giving them a longer and healthier life.

Proactive Nutritional Support for:

Optimum Immune Health

Disease Protection

Rapid Immune Response

Cellular Protection

Biologically-appropriate, high-quality, natural ingredients, such as:

APG 3, 6 Beta Glucan

Lactoferrin

Bovine Colostrum

Probiotics

N, N-Dimethylglycine

Zinc

Net Weight: 60 Grams

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Immune Support with ImmunoPro

The Innate Immune System – An Animal’s First Line of Defense

An animal’s first line of defense against foreign intruders like parasites, bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungus, mold and even cancer causing agents is their Innate Immune System. When the innate immune system is functioning properly…it recognizes these foreign intruders and dispatches “killer” T-cells to destroy them. Other members of the innate immune system that assist in this process include macrophages and neutrophils which engulf the intruders, digest, kill and remove them.

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These primary defense cells require an optimum level of protein along with certain vitamins and minerals to function properly. Some of the more important nutrients are vitamins A, C and E, the B vitamins and the minerals copper, zinc, manganese, iron, selenium and chromium.

Many things act to compromise the innate immune system. As pets age, nutrient absorption becomes compromised resulting in the slow decline of the immune system. This is one of the reasons senior pets are more prone to infections, why they recover more slowly and why they have a higher incidence of cancer.

Other factors leading to immune system failures are chronic disease, environmental and physical stress and most importantly failure to provide the nutrition needed to keep the immune system at peak performance levels.

The immune system and disease resistance are impaired by undernutrition, malnutrition and stress. Conversely, immune competence may be enhanced by optimum nutrition and lowered stress. With a strong immune system, your dog can achieve peak appearance, performance and health.

Every day our pets take trips to see a veterinarian for skin conditions, allergies, infections, autoimmune diseases and many different kinds of cancer. For each of these there is a primary cause; however, another disorder may be present – that of an underactive or overactive immune system.

How the Immune System Becomes Compromised

Poor breeding habits, environmental influences and the increased amount of stress placed on our pets accompanied by the lack of micro-nutrients vital to immune function can easily lead to a suppressed immune system and increased disease in all of our pets.

According to the Pet Insurance Industry – years ago 50% of all pets over ten developed some form of cancer. Today – 60% of all pets over 6 years of age are affected by cancer

3-immune-gapMany things can cause the immune system to become compromised (suppressed) such as:

  • Infants who do not receive colostrum
  • Infant immunity gaps
  • Infectious diseases like Parvo and Distemper
  • Overuse of steroids and antibiotics
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Modified live vaccination response
  • Protein, vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress

When the immune system becomes compromised it decreases an animal’s ability to combat disease, fight off infection or resist environmental insults such as pesticides, toxins and other pollutants.

Steroids suppress the immune system which can be beneficial at times. Unfortunately, the dog and cat can be more susceptible to further infection due to the under-functioning of the immune system.

Antibiotics also suppress the immune system, however; they often kill good as well as harmful gut bacteria. The bacteria of the gut (digestive system) are known to play an important role in the overall effectiveness of the immune system.

Autoimmune disease

Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system becomes overactive and begins responding to normal cells as if they were foreign. This results in the animal’s immune system destroying its own healthy cells. The standard treatment for autoimmune disease is with immune-suppressing drugs like steroids.

Immune Boosting Nutrients

Recently, the National Conference on Nutrition and Immunity stated the following: “Because nutrition and other factors are critical to the establishment and maintenance of a healthy functional immune system, the role of nutrition warrants closer scrutiny.”

This is science cautiously stating the obvious. The dog and the cat require nutrients in order for their bodies to function properly. This includes the immune system…

I have spoken frequently about the importance of protein quality and content in maintaining the body’s natural defenses. Protein deficiencies resulting from diet, prolonged disease or high levels of stress remove an animal’s ability to naturally fight off disease and protect it from a whole host of nasty characters.

In addition to protein, nutritional research has identified another important aspect of immune health – that of micronutrients such as: vitamins, minerals and related cofactors that support the immune system. It is not surprising that nutritional supplementation has become an important tool in defending both human and animal health.

Vitamin & Mineral Immune Enhancers

Vitamin A: The fat-soluble vitamin retinol is crucial for immune defense. The administration of Vitamin A to cortisone-treated animals appears to abolish the immunosuppressive effects of this steroid. Vitamin A enhances white blood cell function, enhances resistance to infection and carcinogens, and helps maintain skin and mucus membrane defenses to infection.

Carotenoids and beta-carotene: A precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene has its own unique immune-stimulating properties that vitamin A does not. Beta-carotene is a potent antioxidant. There are more than 600 other carotenoids found in nature. Many, such as lycopene and Zeaxanthin protect the eye and have potent anti-cancer properties.

B vitamins: The B vitamins often work together in concert and, as such, are called “B Complex.” Vitamin B6 is particularly important for immune function. Vitamin B12 is also central to immune processes because it governs cell division and growth. Without adequate B12, white blood cells can’t mature and multiply. Folic acid also plays a key role in immune system development and maintenance.

Vitamin C: As a powerful antioxidant Vitamin C is known as an antiviral and anticancer nutrient and an important immune system booster. White blood cells use vitamin C to combat infections. Both the dog and cat are capable of synthesizing Vitamin C however, in the face of prolonged stress, heavy exercise, inflammation or bacterial infections, levels of vitamin C are depleted and should be supplemented.

Vitamin E: Deficiency of this crucial immune booster is not uncommon particularly in older pets. As a fat-soluble vitamin, it is important to note that over-supplementation with vitamin E may be immunosuppressive.

Chromium: Normally thought of as a mineral associated with the regulation of blood sugar levels, recent research in animal models shows chromium can enhance the ability of white blood cells to respond to infection.

Copper: A recent study shows that a diet deficient in copper affects the human immune system, reducing the activity of some cells that attack invading bacteria. Further research is needed to see if copper supplementation can further enhance immune function.

Iron: Like vitamin E, the effect of iron on immunity is twofold. Iron deficiency paralyzes the immune response while excess iron can be harmful. The immune system keeps invading microbes in check by depriving them of iron via a specific immune defense substance called lactoferrin, made in the intestine and found in mothers’ milk.

Manganese: Supplementation of manganese has been shown to enhance natural killer cell and macrophage activity.

Selenium: Researchers now suspect that selenium deficiency may allow viruses to mutate into more dangerous pathogens. Selenium’s role as a partner for the key antioxidant glutathione also helps explain its protective effects.

Zinc: The role of zinc and its essentiality for optimum defense is well accepted. Numerous studies have shown that supplemental zinc can help bring a suppressed immune system back to normal. As with iron and vitamin E, excessive zinc supplementation may be immunosuppressive.

Non-vitamin mineral nutrients that support immune function:

Arginine: The amino acid arginine augments T-cell response and may be helpful in surgical recovery, cancer and immune deficiency diseases. As a caution, very high levels of arginine can compete with lysine, an amino acid that keeps certain viruses in check.

Coenzyme Q10: This energy-enhancing nutrient may work to promote immunity by powering the cellular batteries of microbe-devouring macrophages.

Dimethylglycine (DMG): DMG has known anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. DMG improves antibody response, enhances B & T cell function and macrophage activity. DMG also regulates cytokine and interferon production.

Phytonutrients: A wide variety of plant-derived substances have specific immune-enhancing capabilities. These include garlic, Echinacea, cat’s claw, astragalus, maitake mushroom and yeast-derived beta 1, 3 D-glucans. It should be noted that garlic has been identified as one of the potentially dangerous foods that should not be fed to the dog or cat.

Probiotics: Much of an animal’s immune system is located within the digestive tract of the dog and cat. Gut health relies on the balance of good and harmful bacteria that populate the intestinal tract. The two most prevalent good bacterial species found in the dog and cat include Lactobacillus species and to a lesser extent Bifidobacterium species.

Colostrum: Colostrum contains an array of immune support nutrients that help defend the newborn. This is known as passive immunity, the transfer of immune support antibodies and cofactors from mother to offspring. Nutritional components in colostrum also offer metabolic support to enable the newborn to meet the demands of rapid growth.

Colostrum is known to contain:

  1. Immunoglobulins (especially IGG antibodies)
  2. Thymic peptides that support thymus gland function (a key immune gland)
  3. Insulin-like growth factor that supports tissue repair and glucose metabolism
  4. Trace amounts of T3 (active thyroid hormone) and leptin
  5. Cytokines that signal immune activation
  6. Lactoferrin and various enzymes that support digestive immune function

Bovine lactoferrin is the subject of considerable scientific study regarding natural immune support and immune system regulation.

Arabinogalactan: Arabinogalactan supports the production of NK Killer Cells, T Cells and macrophages that form the basis of first line defense forces of the innate immune system that protect the dog and cat.

Beta Glucan: One ingredient that has overwhelmingly been proven to enhance the innate immune system is a natural Glucopolysaccharide (Beta glucan) that is derived from the cell wall of yeast. Beta Glucan has been shown to support macrophage, NK killer cell, and T-cell activity in their role of combating disease-causing organisms.
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Animal immune systems used to rely on this natural substance in order for their immune systems to function at peak effectiveness. Today, with our soil and processed foods being basically sterilized…the absence or lack of natural innate immune system enhancers have left our animals less capable of responding to disease organisms when challenged.

Research has shown that one type of Beta glucan (APG 3, 6) stands far above the rest because of its patented process of extracting the Beta glucan as long chain reactive particles. In fact, supplementing this specific Beta glucan back into the diet has been shown to restore the innate immune system to a level of peak effectiveness and has proven to have considerable health benefits in both dogs and cats.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Proprietary Immune Complex

  • Beta Glucan
  • Dimethylglycine
  • Colostrum
  • Lactoferrin

Immune Support Ingredients

  • L-Arginine
  • L-Histidine
  • DL-Methionine
  • Vitamin C
  • L-Glycine
  • L-Glutathione
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Lactobacillus
  • Bifidobacterium
  • Zinc
  • L-Carnosine
  • Echinacea
  • Vitamin B6

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