Standardized Cistanche provides powerful support against immune senescence. One characteristic feature of this age related deterioration of the body´s defense system is an imbalance of certain immune cell populations.
Scientists have discovered that echinacosides, a compound found in Cistanche plant extracts, are able to create a more balanced immune response. Echinacosides stimulate the development of naive T cells and lead to a lower amount of memory T cells. The activity of natural killer (NK) cells, another type of immune cells, is also enhanced by Cistanche, which results in a 15% life span increase in animal research.
In a human study of a dietary supplement containing standardized Cistanche, impressive gains in immune factors were noted after supplementation for 12 weeks. Subjects experienced significant improvements, including an increase in natural killer cell activity by 11,7% and a 20,2% improvement in the ratio of CD4 to CD8 cells. An increased CD4/CD8 ratio is considered to indicate healthy, youthful immune function.
Life Extension® has created this standalone Standardized Cistanche for those seeking the effects of Cistanche only. It contains the same echinacosides as our Immune Senescence Protection Formula™.
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