Back in 1982, our founder Ira Goldberg created Source Naturals as a way to help support every person’s potential for optimal health. His idea: to combine a range of nutrients, herbs, and nutraceuticals into a single formulation that supported to body’s natural wellness balance. Though common today, back then the concept was revolutionary – and the product was Wellness Formula.
For more than 25 years, millions have turned to Wellness to help support immune health – and recommended it to their friends and family. Why? Because it works.*
A Bio-Aligned Formula
Why is Wellness Formula so popular? Because it uniquely combines over 25 important vitamins, herbs, and nutraceuticals in a unique formula that supports key body systems critical for immune health. This advanced Bio-Aligned Formula goes beyond other immune products to deliver comprehensive immune, respiratory, and antioxidant defense support.*
And it’s won 12 Vity Awards for Best Immune Product from Vitamin Retailer Magazine with its reputation for strong immune support and customer satisfaction. That’s no small feat.
The human body is filled with its own natural intelligence. At any moment, trillions o biochemical reactions keep us moving forward. There’s no clearer demonstration of this intelligence than the immune system.
The immune system is almost miraculous in its ability to help optimize wellness. It’s a complex defense system that protects us from harmful microorganisms. It defends us against pathogens by recognizing the invaders and attacking them – that’s the immune response, and it’s comprised an innate immune system and an adaptive immune system.
The innate immune system is a set of cells and mechanisms that are always ready to go – they’re usually the body’s first line of defense against microorganisms. Physical barriers are part of this system: skin, GI tract, mucous membranes in the respiratory tract, and eyelashes. On a cellular level, white blood cells (leukocytes) identify threats and eliminate pathogens that may cause harm. Natural killer cells, mast cells, eosinophils, basophils, and phagocytic cells (macrophages, neutrophils, and dendritic cells), also support the innate immune system. Phagocytes (the word literally means “eating cell”) engulf invading microorganisms in order to eliminate them; the most efficient of these is the macrophage, also known as the “garbage collector” of the immune system. Natural killer cells help protect the body by destroying body cells that have been compromised.
The adaptive immune system is triggered in response to specific microorganisms – after being exposed to new invaders for the first time, it develops targeted weapons such as antibodies to fight those invaders should they return. This is the principle behind immunization. These specialized cells are T lymphocytes (T cells) and B lymphocytes (B cells). When pathogens are present, T cells activate to kill compromised body cells, and B cells start cranking out antibodies to neutralize the invaders.
Wellness Formula Supports Healthy Immune Function
Wellness Formula includes nutrients like vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin D, and zinc to support both the innate and adaptive systems.
· Vitamin A and beta-carotene support the body’s mucous membranes and the activities of T and B cells, natural killer cells, and neutrophils.*
· Vitamin D is important for the function of macrophages.*
· Zinc is found in specific proteins that play important roles in the production and functions of T cells, B cells, natural killer cells, neutrophils, and macrophages.
· Wellness Formula also contains garlic and propolis, which both have a long history of traditional use as immune system enhancers. Honey isn’t the only things that bees make; they also product a compound called propolis to protect their hive. Researchers have identified more than 300 compounds in propolis, the majority of which are forms of polyphenols – they’re compounds known to have antioxidant properties. Garlic and propolis are both reported to contain flavonoids, which are compounds also known to possess antioxidant properties.*
· Echinacea, elderberry, astragalus, and isatis leaf and root, which have also been traditionally used to support immunity, round out this comprehensive formula.*
In the Respiratory System: Cleansing Mucous Membranes
Our Nasal passages, sinuses, throat, and bronchial tubes are protected by mucous membranes, moist layers of epithelial cells that are the first barrier of immune defense. Maintaining healthy mucosal cells and cilia that help sweep away debris and potential invaders is a key part of that defense.*
One of the primary mucosal cleansers in Wellness Formula is Vitamin A, which is necessary for the maintenance of epithelial cells and cilia, as well as for the secretion of mucin (a constituent of mucus) in intestinal and other mucous membranes.*
For optimal wellness, mucus production and clearing must be balanced. Wellness Formula contains herbs to support clearing of excess mucus in the upper respiratory system. Research shows that the herbs mullein, horehound, and polygonatum support the body’s ability to clear mucus; along with the traditional herb pau d’arco, this formula is packed with ingredients that keep breathing easy.*
Supporting Healthy Stress Response
Emotional and physiological stresses have significant impact on the immune system. Wellness Formula includes eleutherococcus and astragalus, adaptogens (a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes) that help support the body’s overall stress response and fuel the immune system.
Supporting Antioxidant Defense
While carrying out their immune functions and destroying microbes, white blood cells also generate a large amount of free radicals, a highly reactive oxygen species that can damage the very cells that produce them. Free radicals are a normal byproduct of mitochondrial metabolism and also of oxidative stress. Antioxidants are molecules that reduce oxidative stress on cells by preventing free radicals from forming, or by removing them before they can cause damage.
Wellness Formula provides important free radical scavengers like vitamin C; concentrated in macrophages and neutrophils, it helps those cells keep fighting, protects them from the free radicals that they use to destroy invaders, and provides them with a built-in mechanism to combat oxidative stress. Selenium is needed for enzymes, such as glutathione peroxidase, which also protect white blood cells from free radicals. Copper and zinc are cofactors for superoxide dismutase, another enzyme that defends against free radicals (in this case, from the superoxide radical). Additional antioxidant support is provided by vitamin A, beta-carotene, grapeseed, and bioflavonoids.
Wellness Support Your Immune Defenses
The environment can be filled with dangers, but you’re not helpless – not as long as you can use Nature’s gifts to strengthen your immune system so that it can fight for you.
*Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.