Influenza virus

Flu vaccines provide specific immunity to identified strains of the influenza virus. Every year, however, the flu virus alters genetically and an individual’s resistance last year is unlikely to protect from this year’s strain of the flu. Because the flu strikes millions of peoply yearly, a strong immune system is important to resist the flu virus of the season. AIB AntiViral’s ingredients may be useful in increasing resistance to any flu virus.
Glyconutrients such as AIB AntiViral boost macrophage function and increase their ability to identify and destroy viruses that can cause influenza and the common cold.
The glyconutrients have been shown to increase macrophage activity which enables the body to recover from free-radical damage, and generate helpful antioxidants such as glutathione which in turn helps rid the body of free radicals.*
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Influenza viruses can change in two different ways -*
One is called “antigenic drift.” These are small changes in the virus that happen continually over time. Antigenic drift produces new virus strains that may not be recognized by the body’s immune system. This process works as follows: a person infected with a particular flu virus strain develops antibody against that virus. As newer virus strains appear, the antibodies against the older strains no longer recognize the “newer” virus, and reinfection can occur. This is one of the main reasons why people can get the flu more than one time. In most years, one or two of the three virus strains in the influenza vaccine are updated to keep up with the changes in the circulating flu viruses. So, people who want to be protected from flu need to get a flu shot every year.
The other type of change is called “antigenic shift.” Antigenic shift is an abrupt, major change in the influenza A viruses, resulting in new hemagglutinin and/or new hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins in influenza viruses that infect humans. Shift results in a new influenza A subtype. When shift happens, most people have little or no protection against the new virus. While influenza viruses are changing by antigenic drift all the time, antigenic shift happens only occasionally. Type A viruses undergo both kinds of changes; influenza type B viruses change only by the more gradual process of antigenic drift.

*Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

To Keep the Immune System Strong and help in the body’s defense against influenza viruses of all types, consider one to two capsules daily of AIB AntiViral as an ongoing precaution and glyconutrient strategy which may help the body defend itself against influenza viruses.