EpiCor is an all-natural, high-metabolite immunogen that supports the body's immune system to strengthen and maintain wellness. EpiCor immune supplement delivers more antioxidant power than black raspberries, blueberries, or cranberries. Research to date shows that EpiCor immune supplement activates natural killer (NK) cells, human B cells and increases the levels of salivary secretory IgA. Our immune system is to be protected so we consistently feel better and live better. EpiCor is a remarkable natural substance that, when taken every day, brings the functioning of the immune system to a completely new level.
Sometimes the greatest discoveries are found by accident. The EpiCor Immune Supplement is one of those fortunate discoveries. For years the factory workers of Diamond V Mills, a leading United States manufacturer of animal nutrition products, were finding themselves with unused sick time at the end of the year while their counterparts did not.
In 2004, Diamond V insurance adjusters reviewed the medical claims and found a similar realization. It became clear the factory employees who were manufacturing and handling the material were clearly benefiting from the constant exposure to the ingredient. It is known that Diamond V, known for improving the health of animals for over 60 years, was a company dedicated to high quality, well researched, science-driven ingredients.
Diamond V established a human nutrition division, Embria Health Sciences, dedicating itself to the same principals of excellence and EpiCor evolved. Embria Health Sciences worked with a team of scientists, immunologists and other dietary supplement experts to develop a more concentrated, highly effective human product based upon the properties and success developed over 60 years.
While many supplement ingredients are indication specific, polls show that Americans favor preventive health maintenance over disease management by a two-to-one margin.
An oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay showed EpiCor has an ORAC value of 450–650—nearly three times more antioxidant power than the highest ORAC-value food, black raspberries, which score 164.
Considered the "guard dog" of the immune system, NK cells hunt down and kill foreign invaders. Employees of Diamond V who were exposed to the proprietary yeast culture showed increased NK cell activity compared to those who were not. A follow-up in vitro study found that EpiCor causes a four-fold increase in the activity of NK cells.
B cells help transfer lymphocytes (beneficial white blood cells) from the blood into the tissues, where they’re needed to do battle. In a laboratory setting, EpiCor significantly activated human B cells.
The mucosal tissue of the body provides an extensive protective barrier against invasion. A second study on the employees of Diamond V discovered that those who worked with the yeast culture had higher levels of salivary secretary IgA—an indicator of mucosal barrier strength—than those who did not.
Q: What exactly is EpiCor?
EpiCor is a dried, complex fermentation product derived from a proprietary process consisting of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (brewer's yeast) and the beneficial metabolites produced during the manufacturing process.
Q: What does EpiCor do?
Cell, animal, and human studies indicate that EpiCor can help support a healthy, balanced immune system. For example, it increases salivary IgA (part of the first line of defense) and increases the activity of natural killer cells making them more efficient.
Q: What role does the immune system play in human health?
The immune system is composed of many interdependent cell types, tissues and signaling molecules that collectively protect the body from bacterial, parasitic, fungal and viral infections and from the growth of tumor cells. There is innate (humoral) non-specific immunity and cell-mediated specific immunity. More than 100 health conditions have been linked to compromised immune function.
Q: How does EpiCor differ from other immune products?
EpiCor is not a single chemical as are many immune support products on the market, but a complex product composed of beneficial metabolites together with vitamins, minerals amino acids and antioxidants working together to support immune health. Embria is not aware of another product on the market containing the diversity of immune-supporting compounds found in EpiCor. In addition, as an antioxidant, EpiCor further supports immune health by scavenging free radicals.
Q: Should EpiCor be taken year-round?
EpiCor is not a drug to cure disease, but a supplement intended for healthy people to support their immune systems. EpiCor seems particularly able to support the innate immune system, the body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens. At the same time, EpiCor balances the immune system to help the body properly respond to allergens and inflammation, hence it is best taken year-round for maximum benefit.
Q: What is the recommended dosage for EpiCor?
While there is no Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for EpiCor, the current science supporting the product suggests a daily dosage of 500 mg. A single 500 mg capsule taken once daily is recommended for all adults.
Q: Should the dosage of EpiCor be increased at the onset of illness?
At the moment, there is no data to support increasing the dose of EpiCor at the onset of illness. EpiCor is designed to support a healthy immune system so that the body can naturally defend against invading pathogens. EpiCor is a dietary supplement and is not intended to treat or cure illness.
Q: Can children take EpiCor?
We have not conducted any research with children and EpiCor. While we would have no reason to believe that EpiCor would be harmful to children, a pediatrician should be consulted prior to giving any supplement to a child.
Q: Is EpiCor safe?
EpiCor is a fermented product made through a proprietary process with the same microorganism used for thousands of years to make bread. Even so, multiple toxicological studies have been performed to prove the safety of EpiCor. Also, EpiCor has been defined by a panel of independent experts as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).
Q: Can EpiCor be taken with prescription and over-the-counter drugs?
Safety studies conducted on EpiCor suggest that it is unlikely for EpiCor to interact with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. However, as with any dietary supplement, consultation with a physician is recommended before beginning any supplement program.
Q: Should EpiCor be taken with meals or between meals?
Either way is suitable.
Q: Can EpiCor be taken by those suffering from an autoimmune disorder such as celiac disease?
EpiCor has only been tested with people possessing healthy immune systems. While we have no reason to believe that EpiCor would be harmful to those with an autoimmune disorder, consultation with a nutritionally-aware health care provider is recommended prior to taking any supplement.
Q: Does EpiCor contain any wheat, gluten, barley, rye, or oats?
EpiCor does not contain any of these items. The FDA issued its position regarding "gluten free" labeling, which states that it defines "gluten" scientifically as referring to specific wheat proteins. The agency does not consider other so-called "glutens" (e.g., rice glutens, corn glutens, etc) to fit within that definition because they are not the same type of proteins that have harmful effects. EpiCor does not contain or use wheat gluten.
Q: Is EpiCor suitable for a vegetarian diet?
Q: Can EpiCor cause or worsen a yeast infection?
There is no similarity between Saccharomyces cerevisiae, found abundantly in the food supply and Candida albicans, which is an opportunistic yeast that proliferates in individuals with compromised immune systems. Also, EpiCor is pasteurized to reduce harmful microorganisms.