Wellmune WGP®, a natural immune health ingredient from Biothera, may help stressed women maintain protection against the symptoms of colds, flu and stressors of everyday life, according to results of a new study just published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The study found that moderately to highly stressed women experienced fewer upper respiratory tract woes and higher energy levels while taking Wellmune WGP, a functional ingredient in foods, beverages and supplements in more than 50 countries.
Wellmune WGP, a baker’s yeast beta glucan, is clinically proven to safely prime the immune system to keep the body healthy. Numerous peer-reviewed studies demonstrate that Wellmune WGP mobilizes billions of innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses without stimulating the immune system.
Study design and results
Seventy-seven healthy women (age 38 + 12 yrs) pre-screened for moderate levels of psychological stress were given either a placebo or 250 mg of Wellmune WGP daily for 12 weeks. Only 10 percent of the Wellmune group reported symptoms (sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, and cough) compared with 29 percent for the control group (p value ≤ 0.05). In other words, the Wellmune group had a 58 percent reduction in reported URTI symptoms.
The study used the Profile of Mood States (POMS) psychological survey to assess changes in mental/physical energy levels (Vigor) and overall well-being (Global Mood State). Vigor improved 41 percent in women taking Wellmune WGP compared with 7 percent in the control group (p value <0.05). Similarly, the Global Mood State of women taking Wellmune improved 29 percent compared with 16 percent in the placebo group (p value <0.05).
“This is the first published study exploring the effects of Wellmune WGP on women, a population that arguably faces stressors,” Richard Mueller, chief executive officer, Biothera. “This is actionable information for women who are seeking more and better ways to keep pace with their daily lives.”
“Daily supplementation with Wellmune made a noticeable difference in maintaining health and a positive mental attitude among psychologically stressed women,” said Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., research director at SupplementWatch and lead investigator on the study. “The regimen resulted in reduced incidence of upper respiratory symptoms and improved psychological well-being.”