The Science Behind Dr. VanDeWater’s Immune Boost Formula

The Science Behind Dr. VanDeWater’s Immune Boost Formula

Dr. Jen VanDeWater's Immune Boost Formula is an excellent option for anyone looking to optimize their health and support their immune system. This formula contains vital vitamins, minerals, and plant extracts that work synergistically to enhance immune function. 

In this article, we will explore the science behind each ingredient, so you can understand how they contribute to comprehensive health support.  


Vitamin C  

Vitamin C aids in the maintenance of a healthy immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which engulf and destroy invading pathogens [1], and by increasing the production of interferon, a protein that protects cells from viral infections [2].  


Zinc plays a vital role in immune function by facilitating optimal performance of various immune cells such as natural killer cells, and macrophages, which are responsible for identifying and eliminating pathogens. Additionally, zinc has been found to play a role in the activation of T-cell and B-cell immunity, which are essential for the body to mount an effective response against pathogens [3].  

Quercetin Powder 

Quercetin is a flavonoid that is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables that is known to have immune-boosting properties. Boasting a powerful anti-inflammatory profile and antioxidant profile [4], quercetin has been showed in peer-reviewed studies to inhibit viral replication [5].  

Bilberry Extract 

Bilberry is a rich antioxidant that aids the immune system by fighting off harmful free radicals and eliminating cellular oxidative stress [6]. Research suggests it also has a positive effect on the gut microbiome, which appears to play a major role in immunity [7].  

Organic Reishi Mushroom Extract  

Reishi Mushroom extract contains antioxidants which can help to protect the body against harmful free radicals. It also has anti-inflammatory [8] and anti-viral properties [9], making it a potent immune-boosting option for anyone looking to supercharge their immunity. 


[1] Carr, A. C., & Maggini, S. (2017). Vitamin C and immune function. Nutrients, 9(11), 1211. 

[2] Dahl, H., & Degré, M. (1976). The effect of ascorbic acid on production of human interferon and the antiviral activity in vitro. Acta Pathologica Microbiologica Scandinavica Section B Microbiology, 84(5), 280-284. 

[3] Hojyo, S., & Fukada, T. (2016). Roles of zinc signaling in the immune system. Journal of immunology research, 2016. 

[4] Li, Y., Yao, J., Han, C., Yang, J., Chaudhry, M. T., Wang, S., ... & Yin, Y. (2016). Quercetin, inflammation and immunity. Nutrients, 8(3), 167. 

[5] Choi, H. J., Song, J. H., Park, K. S., & Kwon, D. H. (2009). Inhibitory effects of quercetin 3-rhamnoside on influenza A virus replication. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 37(3-4), 329-333. 

[6] Riaz, M., Zia-Ul-Haq, M., & Saad, B. (2016). Anthocyanins effects on carcinogenesis, immune system and the central nervous system. In Anthocyanins and Human Health: Biomolecular and therapeutic aspects (pp. 125-138). Springer, Cham. 

[7] Wang, L., Jiang, G., Jing, N., Liu, X., Li, Q., Liang, W., & Liu, Z. (2020). Bilberry anthocyanin extracts enhance anti-PD-L1 efficiency by modulating gut microbiota. Food & function, 11(4), 3180-3190. 

[8] Guo, C., Guo, D., Fang, L., Sang, T., Wu, J., Guo, C., ... & Wang, X. (2021). Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide modulates gut microbiota and immune cell function to inhibit inflammation and tumorigenesis in colon. Carbohydrate Polymers, 267, 118231.  

[9] Ahmad, M. F., Ahmad, F. A., Khan, M. I., Alsayegh, A. A., Wahab, S., Alam, M. I., & Ahmed, F. (2021). Ganoderma lucidum: A potential source to surmount viral infections through β-glucans immunomodulatory and triterpenoids antiviral properties. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 187, 769-779. 

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The TWC Editorial team is comprised of various wellness practitioners from physiotherapists, acupuncturists, fitness instructors, herbalists, and MDs.

This article does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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