Dear Stephen,
Many lyme doctors are using Transfer Factor Multi Immune to help jump-start the immune system. The makers of the product (Research Nutritionals) are up-to-date on lyme disease and have even geared many of their products to lyme treatments. They claim this product works on the cellular – not humoral – immunity, and thus modulates as opposed to stimulates (making it okay for chronic lyme). I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following ingredients, considering one of them is astragalus:
NK Maximezer Bioplex™
Transfer factor NK+™ (is a proprietary super blend of chicken derived transfer factors and bovine colostrums, containing growth factors and immune components), Larch Arbinogalactan, IP-6 (inositol hexaphosphate)
Macrophage & T-Cell Pro Blend™
TMG, Beta Glucan, Astragulus 5:1 Extract, Green Tea Extract (standardized for 95% polyphenols, 75% catechins, and 40% EGCG, Pomegranate Extract (standardized to 40% ellagic acid)
Stephen’s response:
The amount of astragalus is too small to be a problem in my opinion. The ingredients are many things I often recommend for various things. The macrophage and T-cell blend would be very good for bartonella actually. I wouldn’t necessarily (in my own system of thought) consider it all to be a “jump-start” for the immune system (other than the colostrums and maybe the arabinoglactan). Even though arabinogalactan is touted as having immunostimulatory properties, the research is thin. I am sure it is useful but at this point it is more an herb of the day thing than anything else. I have some, and I do use it from time to time but it is too soon to tell if it is just another marketing ploy or not. Inositol is more of an antidepressant than anything else; it does help with anxiety attacks to some extent. In any event, Transfactor Multi Immune has a lot of good stuff in it, it will help your health, whether or not it will “jump-start” the immune system I can’t tell.
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