Science & Research

We at Immunotec have a passion for science. We are aware of the many choices that exist for nutritional supplements. In order to confidently recommend our products, it is important to us that we have scientific evidence that they have true benefits and are worth the cost we ask for them. For our company to be profitable and have a solid foundation, this proof is a must. And that is where we shine!

The company’s health-promoting products are the fruit of almost two decades of medical research spearheaded by Dr. Gustavo Bounous. Dr. Bounous, an immigrant from Italy, has always had a passion for research. It was this research that would lead to multiple medical discoveries of great impact. At the youthful age of 34, he was the youngest person ever to be awarded the coveted Medal of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for one such discovery that saved the lives of thousands.

His continued research led to the development of Immunocal®, a specially formulated whey protein isolate. So unique is this protein that it has been awarded numerous medical and method of use patents. Of these, perhaps the most important one is for its ability to strengthen our immune system.

A meeting with the European industrialist Dieter Beer facilitated the entry of Dr. Bounous’ research into the market place. It was the combination of these two individuals that led to the development of Immunotec.

Founded on solid research, Immunotec is ready to meet the needs of the wellness minded individual. While there are many companies that produce health products, Immunotec stands in a class of its own as a leader in the wellness industry. Almost twenty years of research underlie its flagship product Immunocal.

Recognized by researchers and medical professionals around the world, Immunotec continues to set the standards for effective products. Immunocal is listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR) and Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), and it is licensed for sale by Health Canada and authorized to claim that it is a natural source of the glutathione precursor cysteine for the maintenance of a strong immune system; Immunocal proteins have a very high BV (Biological Value).

Immunotec – What it is and how it works

What is Immunocal (primary product carried by Immunotec)?

Immunocal is an all-natural non-prescription health product available worldwide. This special protein holds many national and international patents (> 65) and is medically recognized in the Physicians’ Desk Reference (“PDR” U.S.A.) and Compendium of Pharmaceutical Specialties (“CPS” Canada). It has undergone over 30 years of research (> 35 clinical studies) and is being taken safely and effectively by millions of individuals.

What does Immunocal do?

Immunocal acts in two ways – it is a very high quality protein that provides all the amino acids your body needs, and, more critically, it raises a substance in your body called “glutathione”. Glutathione plays many roles in your body, the four most important of which can be summarized by the acronym: AID = E2

A– Antioxidant

: Glutathione is our body’s “Master Antioxidant”

I – Immune System

: Glutathione is critical for immune function

D– Detoxification

: Glutathione is your cell’s key detoxification enzyme

E2–Glutathione contributes to your overall energy at many levels

How does Immunocal work?

The Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada has issued an NPN (Natural Product Number) for the specific health claim “Immunocal is a natural source of the glutathione precursor cysteine for the maintenance of a strong immune system.” (NPN-80004370) Immunocal contains specific fragile proteins that supply your body with the building blocks needed for the production of glutathione in your cells. These building blocks are called “precursors” and glutathione precursors are relatively rare in our normal diets. Unfortunately, eating glutathione itself does not effectively raise glutathione in the cells; this is why we need the precursors.

Why is glutathione important?

Glutathione is our master antioxidant and the essential component of your cells, with low glutathione levels, cells cannot perform many of their functions properly. Although glutathione functions in dozens of roles in our metabolism, the major functions can be summarized in four areas:

  1. It is our major antioxidant produced by the body. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E cannot be made by your body and in fact could not work properly if glutathione is not present.
  2. Our immune system depends on a steady supply of glutathione. Without it, our immune defenses become weakened and we get sick and eventually die.
  3. It is very important in detoxifying the many free radical substances including heavy metals, breakdown products of cigarettes, automobile exhaust, many cancer causing agents, and a multitude of pollutants and toxins we encounter on a daily basis.
  4. The major source of energy produced in our cells is derived from tiny structures called mitochondria. These mitochondria would literally burn up without the presence of glutathione.

Do healthy people need glutathione?

Optimal glutathione levels are very important for everyone. Although you are hopefully in good health right now, glutathione levels fall as we age, and are lowered by a great number of very common factors of free radicals that lead to sickness and disease. There is a constant demand for glutathione in our daily life because of; stress, pollution, and other infectious diseases are all causes of our glutathione depletion. For those that exercise regularly, glutathione is especially important to replenish, to avoid injury, improve recovery time and to keep your immune system strong.

Which illnesses may be affected by raising glutathione?

Many disease states are characterized by low glutathione levels. Immunocal has been developed as a strategy to help raise and sustain glutathione levels. Glutathione deficiency states include, but are not limited to: AIDS and cancer, muscle wasting, chemical and infectious hepatitis, radiation poisoning, malnutrition states, strong physical stress, and acetaminophen toxicity. Many other problems including cardiovascular, lung, digestive and kidney disorders are associated with glutathione deficiency and are cited in numerous medical references.

Who should avoid Immunocal?

People who have a specific allergy to milk proteins (this is different from lactose intolerance) need to avoid this product. People who are taking immunosuppressive medication in the case of organ transplants should not take this product.

Who should be cautious with Immunocal?

People who are on a protein-restricted diet need to calculate into their daily equation 10 grams of protein per pouch and should not exceed their daily protein limit. Keep in mind that Immunocal has a very high “biological value” as a protein and will supply an excellent source of amino acids for those individuals who may be challenged nutritionally.