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Spotlight on Our New Immune Rapid Defense* Gummies

Published on July 14, 2023

By Lisa Stockwell

Lisa Stockwell

Lisa Stockwell has worked as a copywriter, writer, author, and editor for 35 years, specializing in the field of healthcare since 2009. She recognized the need for reliable health information while supporting friends through unique health challenges and refocused her career to bring clarity and compassion to healthcare communications. Lisa is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and a lifelong Northern Californian.

Supporting good health has never been easier or more delicious. On July 14, Gaia Herbs will introduce its new, flavorful Immune Rapid Defense* gummies, with plant-powered ingredients to support your body’s immune response and keep you feeling your best.

These ginger-flavored gummies combine some of the most researched natural herbs and ingredients used in Herbalism for fast-acting immune support: organic Ginger, Echinacea, and Bee Propolis. They are sweetened with real organic fruit with just 2 grams of added sugar, an important consideration when choosing gummies as dietary supplements. Additionally, they are Certified USDA Organic*, purity-tested, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. 

When you want to bounce back quickly from illness, Immune Rapid Defense* gummies make a great addition to your arsenal of natural wellness products.

A Powerful Combination of Immune Support Ingredients

Since Gaia Herbs was founded in 1987, the company has been guided by the principle that plants and people evolved together, that we are inextricably linked, and that plants hold the wisdom we need to heal. 

In developing Immune Rapid Defense* gummies, Gaia Herbs turned to three well-researched plants and plant-based products to create a fast-acting formula that provides immune support when it is needed most.* These three ingredients offer impressive benefits for your health:

The Main Ingredient: Clinically-Studied Bee Propolis

Bee Propolis is a sticky substance bees make to fortify their hives and protect them from parasitic intruders, bacteria, and fungi. Bees make Propolis by gathering resins from leaf buds, sap flows in trees, and gums. 

Thousands of studies have analyzed Bee Propolis’s bioactivity and health properties. Research suggests Propolis may protect against and limit the duration of mild upper respiratory infections, including the common cold and sinusitis caused by viruses or bacteria.* 

Gaia Herbs’ proprietary Bee Propolis extract, Promunel®, was studied in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 122 healthy adults with a mild upper respiratory tract infection. The Propolis oral spray used in the trial eliminated symptoms in three days for 83 percent of the subjects — two days earlier than the subjects taking a placebo experienced relief from these symptoms. REF#2288

Propolis is believed to offer the following benefits:* 

  • Antimicrobial action: Propolis contains bioactive compounds such as flavonoids and phenolic acids that exhibit broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. 
  • Immunomodulatory effects: Propolis has shown immunomodulatory properties and has been observed to enhance the activity of immune cells, including macrophages and lymphocytes, which play a vital role in fighting off infections.REF#2289 
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Propolis exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, which may help alleviate symptoms such as coughing, congestion, and sore throat by reducing inflammation in the respiratory tissues.* 
  • Antioxidant activity: Propolis is rich in antioxidants, which help protect cells from oxidative stress caused by harmful free radicals.* Oxidative stress can weaken the immune system and contribute to respiratory infections.

The Propolis used in Gaia Herbs formulas is bee-friendly, cruelty-free, and sustainably sourced.

Echinacea May Support a Healthy Inflammatory Response to Illness

Native to North America, the Echinacea plant, with its striking pink and purple coneflowers, was used extensively by indigenous tribes for centuries and later by eclectic physicians in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It remains one of the most popular immune herbs today.* 

Echinacea has been researched extensively with varying results. Gaia Herbs, which grows two species of Echinacea — Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea — was awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the various constituents of Echinacea themselves.REF#2290 Gaia's research team discovered that alkylamides, found in the Echinacea root, support a healthy inflammatory response, which is critical for helping people feel better at the onset of an immune challenge.* 

Based on the positive results of that and additional research, Echinacea root is used in Immune Rapid Defense* gummy formula to provide fast-acting immune support.

Ginger Plays a Supporting Role in Immune Response

Ginger has been shown in numerous clinical trials to support a healthy inflammatory response as well as to potentially increase immune response.REF#2291

While Ginger is widely used for digestive support, Gaia has included it in its gummy formula for whole-body wellness and extra support when you’re feeling off.* 

Ginger is also used as the primary flavor in Immune Rapid Defense* to ensure the gummies are as flavorful as they are effective.

A Brand You Can Trust for Wellness Support

Gaia Herbs, the number one herbal brand in the Natural Products market, delivers highly efficacious products that are made from plants grown on our 350-acre Certified Organic farm in Brevard, North Carolina or sourced from small farms in nearly every corner of the world. Today the popularity of Herbalism is helping communities thrive in areas where herbs have been grown for thousands of years and in areas new to herbal farming.

Because the efficacy of their products is based on the health of their plants, Gaia Herbs nurtures everyone, from seeds saved from the prior harvest and started in their 60,000-square-foot greenhouse to the plants growing in their fields. Every herb is screened and validated in their on-site ISO Laboratory to ensure they meet Purity & Potency standards.

Gaia Herbs is the only medicinal herb manufacturer that assures you of our products' purity, integrity, and potency. They use DNA testing to verify that what is written on the label is what is in the bottle, every time. You can view these testing results online on th Meet Your Herbs web page. 

Gaia Herbs is a Certified B Corporation®, actively working to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They work to adapt, mitigate, and, in some cases, reverse climate change in every aspect of their operations.


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  • 2. , "Evidence on the Health Benefits of Supplemental Propolis", Nutrients.
  • 3. , "Patterns of Variation in Alkamides and Cichoric Acid in Roots and Aboveground Parts of Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench", HortScience.
  • 4. , "Evaluation of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) Bioactive Compounds in Increasing the Ratio of T-cell Surface Molecules of CD3+CD4+:CD3+CD8+ In-Vitro", Malaysian Journal of Nutrition.