French Roast, Medium Ground Organic Coffee
About the Beans: 100% arabica, direct trade, single origin beans grown at a high elevation (approx 4,000-5,000ft) in Nicaragua, which results in a more complex flavor. Naturally processed. Medium caffeine level.
Tasting Notes: Low acidity and rich but smooth flavor with delicate citrus notes. This coffee is easy to drink all day long.
Preparation: Brew however you typically brew coffee. We suggest using 1-2 tbsp (1/3-1/2oz) ground coffee per 8oz water. Brew stronger if you prefer. All ingredients are safe to enjoy as many cups as you like** This coffee is ground medium. If you prefer to use a finer grind it can be ground in any coffee grinder system.
Supplement Information: All of our supplements come from accredited sources and are third party tested. All of our ingredients meet the "GRAS" guidelines set by the FDA, which deems them as safe for human consumption.**
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Blood Orange Extract
Blood Orange Extract
The citrus undertones in Immunity Blend are from the orange extract. This extract also provides Vitamin C. It is common knowledge that vitamin C is good for your immune system, but most people do not know the role it plays. Not only is vitamin C a great antioxidant but it also accumulates in our immune mediated cells, such as neutrophils. Here it promotes phagocytosis and generates ROS, or reactive oxygen species, promoting the killing of microbial invaders.
Elderberry is gaining notice in the health field because of its immune boosting benefits. Multiple double blind placebo studies have shown that elderberry consumption drastically increases certain cytokines. These cytokines basically signal immune cells, such as Macrophages and T-cells, which aid in combating unwanted microbes.
L-Lysine is classified as an essential amino acid. This simply means that it can not be synthesized in the body and must be obtained in the diet. L-lysine's role in immune function is a little unique and indirect, but very important. Viruses need L-Arginine, an amino acid, to replicate and proliferate in the body. L-lysine inhibits the viruses access to L-arginine and therefore impedes the viruses ability to replicate. It's easier to think of L-lysine as an L-arginine blocker, helping to keep viruses from getting a foothold in your body.
Zinc is an essential mineral that plays hundreds of roles in our bodies. It's role in immunity is important in that it contributes to both innate immunity, such as neutrophils and Natural killer cells, as well as adaptive immunity, such as T and B lymphocytes. Research shows that taking zinc can shorten durations of colds.
L- Theanine is the main ingredient in our Cognition Blend due to its focus amplifying effects. This amino acid not only amplifies beneficial non excitatory neurotransmitters, namely GABA, dopamine and serotonin, but also plays a role in immune regulation. Studies show that L- Theanine increases innate immunity by regulating Th1/Th2 cytokines. Basically L -Theanine beefs up your front line attackers against foreign invaders.
Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression, as well. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight, however when exposure to sunlight it limited, you must obtain it through certain foods and supplements. Immune Blend is your sunshine in a cup- as it now contains 100% RDA of vitamin D in every 16oz cup.
Check out our Ingredients Page to learn more and to see peer reviewed reference articles.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**It is suggested to consult your physician if you have any conditions that you are unsure may be contraindicated. For healthy adults, the FDA has cited four or five cups of coffee as an amount not generally associated with dangerous, negative effects.