What is Wellmune WGP?

Published: 29th January 2010
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Wellmune WGP is a functional ingredient added to foods and beverages proven to be an effective immune system booster and type of immune system nutrition. Your body treats Wellmune like food for the immune system and it stimulates your natural defenses, promoting health. Numerous clinical and pre-clinical studies show that Wellmune boosts the immune system by activating key human immune cells including macrophages and neutrophils, which are the body's best weopon against foreign intruders.

Wellmune is a natural compound (gluco polysachharide) isolated from the cell walls of a strain of baker's yeast. It is patented, has a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) rating by the FDA, is kosher, non allergenic and GMO-free (contains no Genetically Modified Organisms).

More than a dozen science and medical journals have published findings on the safety and effectiveness of Wellmune recently. In various trials, Wellmune reduced the incidence of fever and eliminated the need for study subjects to miss work or school due to colds over a 90 day period. It's important to note that Wellmune does not prevent colds or sickness, but that it reduces the severity and duration of symptoms.

A second trial illustrated that when administered daily to long distance marathon runners, common ailments suffered post-race decreased significantly, including upper respiratory tract (URT) infection symptoms such as sore throats.A four week study was completed with 75 runners from the Carlsbad Marathon consuming Wellmune in 2007.

Using a validated psychometric test known as a Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire, the study measured the mood states of vigor, fatigue, tension, confusion, depression and anger using 65 adjective based intensity scales. The Wellmune group reported 22% higher scores in vigor, 48% reduction in fatigue, 38% reduction in tension and a 38% reduction in confusion over those not taking Wellmune.

A third study done with Wellmune and wildlife firefighters over a two week period had similar results. Results showed that the perception of overall health was better in the Wellmune recipients than the control group. No differences were found in days missed from work between the two groups. In terms of daily activity levels, there were no differences in the average daily activity over the 14-day test period.The study concluded that Wellmune helps to suppress symptoms of upper respiratory tract illnesses (URTI) and increases the feeling of overall health in firefighters.

Unlike many other supplements, Wellmune is not taken directly but rather is packaged into foods and bevergaes. As of this writing, the newest product to include Wellmune WGP is MonaVie's Mmun (prounced immune) juice. Wellmune WGP is produced by Biothera and then made available to companies such as MonaVie for inclusion in finished consumer products. With impressive science behind it, look for Wellmune in other foods and beverages soon.

This article offers a layperson's introduction to Wellmune WGP and shares high-level results of select clinical trials. In-depth Wellmune clinical trials reports are also available from Andrea Kropp. Andrea writes extensively about nutrition and food science and helps consumers' choose products that best fits their needs. Andrea holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and taught college chemistry before focusing on consumer education.

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