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Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil or Tulsi) is an aromatic herb belonging to the family Lamiaceae.1

Jun 05, 24

Keeping informed on ingredients with clinical evidence to support immune system health has never been more important. One unique and naturally derived immunomodulator, Wellmune®, has demonstrated beneficial immune and health effects across multiple population groups.1

May 28, 24

Vitamin C, well known for its immune support action, forms a major part of most Australian diets, leading to presumptions that clients are meeting nutritional requirements. While this essential vitamin has a plethora of other health benefits, more Australians may be deficient than we realise with the re- emergence of scurvy in modern day populations.

Vitamin C (also known ascorbic acid, AA) is a hydrophilic molecule that is vital for optimal functioning. Humans cannot synthesise vitamin C endogenously as they do not make the enzyme L-gulono-1,4 lactone oxidase which is essential for the biosynthesis of vitamin C.1 Instead, dietary vitamin C must be obtained to ensure daily adequate intake.

May 28, 24

The recent resurgence of respiratory infections following the COVID-19 pandemic is a topic of great interest, with the prevalence of viral infections such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) on the rise around the globe.1 With COVID-19 still spreading rapidly in many countries,2 the collision of these viruses has been termed a ‘tripledemic’.3 The incidence of bacterial infections such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and group A Streptococcus have also been increasing.4

Whilst the mechanisms behind the rising incidence of these infections are unknown, current thought amongst experts are around the concepts of immunity debt versus immunity theft.

May 03, 24

CONSEQUENCES TO MICROBIAL DIVERSITY

With the declaration of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Australians implemented major restrictions to reduce the respiratory droplet and aerosol contact1 transmission of the novel severe-acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The pandemic prompted public health messaging advising Australians to minimise physical contact, maintain 1.5 metres distance from others, wear a face mask2 and wash and sanitise hands regularly,3 particularly after contact with others. As a predominantly respiratory infection, COVID-19 binds with alveolar and small intestinal epithelial angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors, drawing attention to the gut and respiratory microbiome.4

May 03, 24

The immune system is significantly complex in its physiology and functionality. Maintaining homeostasis involves an intricate interaction between the innate and adaptive immune systems, and the cells, receptors, molecules and chemical substances that comprise these systems.1

This complexity also extends to the impact of many factors on immune function, including diet and nutritional status, lifestyle, physical activity levels, age, stress, microbiome composition, and
physiological and genetic variability.2-4

May 01, 24

Bioflavonoids, also known as vitamin P due to their effect on vascular permeability,1 are a group of compounds that are found throughout many plants, fruits, vegetables, and leaves. Bioflavonoids belong to the polyphenol group of plant compounds2 which are an extensive group of phytochemicals produced by plants in response to stress as a plant defence mechanism.3 To date over 8,000 different polyphenols have been identified.3 Though polyphenols differ in chemical structure, all share the same structural feature of an aromatic ring and at least one hydroxyl group.3 (See Figure 1)

Apr 03, 24

N-Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), is an endogenously produced lipid1 found in the plasma membrane2 with concentrations increasing in response to tissue damage, inflammation, and nociceptive fibre stimulation.1 Dietary sources include egg yolks, soy lecithin, bovine and human milk, roasted coffee, apples, potatoes, lentils, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, peanuts, common beans, garden peas, and soybeans.3

Mar 06, 24

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