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Airborne

airborneby Marie Harger |

The remarkable fact about Airborne is that it was created and developed by a schoolteacher. According to the box it is America’s #1 best selling immune support dietary supplement.

How did this product come to be? When a second grade teacher from Carmel, California found she was unable to stay healthy sometimes due to a hectic life, she was inspired to create a drug-free immune system support. She consulted with nutrition and herb experts, and then began to experiment with different formulations and delivery methods before creating the blend that would eventually become Airborne.

Ingredients:
Vitamin A: A yellow viscous liquid insoluble in water. Anti-infective, essential to growth and development of the body.

Vitamin C: A preservative and antioxidant used in frozen fruit, fish dip, dry milk, beer, flavoring oils, juices, soft drinks, candy, jellies and some meat products. It is known to help immunity and the excretion of medications.

Vitamin E: Obtained by vacuum distillation of edible vegetable oils. Protects fat in the tissues of the body from abnormal breakdown. Some evidence shows it helps the heart, blood vessels and aging process. Also, it helps form red blood cells, muscle, and other tissues.

Riboflavin: Vitamin B2 is part of the vitamin B complex and used in emollients. All plant and animal cells have some. Can be obtained in milk, eggs, and organ meats. Necessary for healthy skin, and respiration, eyes and body tissues. Used to enrich body food, poultry, peanut butter, cereals, flour, cornmeal, macaroni and breads.
Magnesium: A naturally forming silver-white, light, malleable metal. Used in chemicals as a powder. Used as a buffer or neutralizer in nonalcoholic beverages. Used as mineral supplements for food. Found in food products such as dairy, cacao, and canned peas. Also used in baby, bath or face powder, and cosmetics.

Zinc: White brittle metal insoluble in water and acids or hot solutions of alkalies. A mineral source used as a food nutrient. Used as an astringent for mouthwashes and reducing agents.

Selenium: A powder or solid insoluble in water. Found in the earth’s crust. Used as a nutrient, and in shampoos. Over exposure can cause pallor, nervousness, depression, garlic odor breath, gastrointestinal disturbances, skin rashes, and liver injury in experimental animals.

Manganese: A mineral supplement found in animals, plants and water. Used in dyeing. Can be an activator of enzymes and necessary for strong bones. Used as a nutrient and dairy substitute. Toxicity occurs by inhalation, which can cause symptoms of languor, sleepiness, emotional disturbances, and Parkinson like symptoms.

Sodium Bicarbonate: Baking Soda. Used in pancakes, biscuits, baking powders, and goods. Adjusts acidity in tomato soup, ices, and beverages. Used in frozen products, confection and flour. Used in bath salts, mouthwashes, skin-soothing powders, and dairy products. Harmless but can cause minor irritation to the skin.

Potassium Bicarbonate: Carbonic acid. Monopotassiumsalt, colorless, odorless, transparent crystals or powder, slightly alkaline, salty taste. Used for general purposes in food as an additive. Soluble in water. Is present in fluids and tissues of the body as a product of normal metabolic processes.

Maltodextrin: A sugar obtained by hydrolysis of starch. Used for texture and enhancer in candies, especially chocolate. Not toxic.

Lonicera: A commonly-used herb classified as clearing heat and clean toxin. This herb is frequently combined with Forsythia in formulas. Used extensively as an antitoxin.

Forsythia: is a plant that aids in inflammation of small air passages in the lung (bronchiolitis), tonsillitis, pharyngitis, fever, gonorrhea, and inflammation.

Schizonepeta: an herb used to treat cold and heat disorders, fistulas, and scrofulous swellings . Used for fever due to wind-cold, headache, laryngitis, carbuncle, tumor, and postpartum syncope. Like mentha, it is used to bring rashes to the surface in the treatment of measles and pruritis.

Ginger: Root of a plant used in flavoring for beverages, foods, baked goods, candy, gum, meats, and condiments. Known to control intestinal gas and colic. Not toxic.
Chinese Vitex: or called chaste tree, is the fruit of a shrub used for treatments of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual difficulties

Isatis: leaf has antiviral, antibacterial, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used for febrile diseases such as mumps, measles and influenza. Used in combination with other herbs such as scrophularia, coptis and dandelion to treat canker sores, sore throats and skin problems.

Echinacea: Used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and other infections. Stimulates the immune system to help fight infections. Can be used for wounds and skin problems, such as acne or boils.

Glutamine: White, mostly odorless, crystalline powder, a nonessential amino acid manufactured from vegetable protein. A salt substitute, used to treat epilepsy and stomach acids. Used to enhance food flavors and beer. Is an antioxidant in cosmetics and softener in wave solutions to protect against hair damage. Not hazardous.

Lysine: An essential amino acid isolated from casein, fibrin or blood. Used for food enrichment for wheat-based foods. Improves protein quality, growth and tissue synthesis.

Sorbitol: An alcohol found in ripe berries (not grapes). White hygroscopic powder, flakes or granules with a sweet taste. Used as a texturing, humectant, anticaking agent, and sequestrant. A sugar substitute for diabetics. Used as a thickener, stabilizer and for dietary foods and beverages. A binder for toilet preparations and plasticizer. Used in hairsprays, beauty products, writing materials and pharmaceutical preparations to increase absorption of vitamins. Not toxic.

Citric Acid: A widely used acid in cosmetics, and is derived from citrus fruit by fermentation of crude sugars. Used to flavor beverages, gum, and general food products as a preservative. Not toxic.

Artificial Orange flavor: A substance that is not duplicated in nature.

Mineral Oil: White oil of refined liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. Colorless, transparent, odorless, and tasteless. Used as a defoaming component in processing sugar and yeast. Used to coat fresh fruit, and vegetables. Lubricant and binder for capsules, tablets, condiments and vitamins. Lubricant in food-processing, meats, oils, cosmetics and ointments. Stays on top of the skin. May inhibit absorption of digestive fats and is a mild laxative.

Acesulfame Potassium: A nonnutritive sweetener used in gum, beverages, confections, canned fruit, gelatins, puddings, custards and tabletop sweetener. It is not metabolized by the body and is excreted unchanged.

Sucralose: is a zero-calorie sugar substitute artificial sweetener. Made from three hydroxyl groups with chlorine. The resulting molecule is not recognized as sugar by the body and as such, is not digested. Does not occur in nature.

References:

  1. Winter, Ruth. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. Crown Pub. NY, NY. 1989.
  2. Kowalchik, Claire. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 1987.
  3. www.nccamherbsataglance.com
  4. www.whatistraditionalchinesemedicine.com