The Shield – Immune Factors
Physical strain, diet choices, infections and many other factors generate metabolic stress, cause inflammation and affect our level of performance.
Immune Support and Metabolic Waste Management
Shield is formulated to support the body’s immune function and metabolic waste removal processes.
Shield contains a blend of essential micronutrients and botanicals that are related to these functions, including vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and quercetin. These include a comprehensive blend of compounds and co-factors for glutathione production and for limiting its depletion.
Glutathione is a ‘master’ antioxidant used by every cell and tissue in the body that is essential to immune cell response, and to how the body reacts to inflammation, as well as the mechanism by which our body handles metabolic waste.
Glutathione can bind to a range of toxic molecules to form harmless complexes that are then excreted rapidly from the body. This process applies to both molecules from outside of the body as well as endogenous ones: hormonal waste, lactic acid buildup in active muscles, inflammatory compounds, fungal toxins and carcinogens like acetaldehyde.
Immune stress, inflammation and excess waste processing deplete glutathione. Supporting glutathione metabolism is a functional supplementation strategy with wide-ranging therapeutic and ergogenic potential.
Compounds in Shield are shown to indirectly support physical performance capacity, as increasing glutathione through supplementation has been shown to support ATP production, improve lipid metabolism and elimination of lactic acid from muscles during exercise, leading to less muscle fatigue.
Mechanism of Action
Suitable for controlling inflammation, replenishing the body's antioxidant capacity and supporting the processing of metabolic waste and external harmful substances.
Duration of Effect
Recommended dosage: 1–3 capsules daily.
Goes well with
Glycine, reduced Glutathione – for supporting glutathione levels
Artichoke, Broccoli – for liver health
Chlorella, Ginseng – for exposure to ethanol
Maintain by Rohtos Labs – for a concerted antioxidant effect
Milk Thistle Extract
Milk thistle extract is an herbal extract derived from the milk thistle plant, also known as Silybum marianum. Milk Thistle is originally a native of Southern Europe through to Asia. It is now found throughout the world.
The extract consists of 80% silymarin and 20% fatty acids, including linoleic acid. Silymarin is a complex mixture of polyphenolic molecules, including seven closely related flavonolignans.
Nopal cactus extract
Nopal cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica, is a species of cactus, likely having originated in Mexico. It has long been a crop plant grown throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world.
Nopal is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It contains the flavonoids kaempferol and quercetin.
Quercetin is a well researched flavonoid. It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries and Ginkgo biloba.
Like some other flavonoids, quercetin has a wide array of health benefits. It is synergistic with other flavonoids, enhancing their properties.
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is an acetylated, high-bioavailability form of amino acid L-cysteine, a building block of glutathione.
Taurine is an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. The best food sources of taurine are meat and fish.
Taurine is involved in the maintenance of most organ systems in the body.
Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper, Piper Nigrum. Piperine can inhibit key liver enzymes that would otherwise break down other molecules faster. Due to this, it is ingested alongside supplements to increase their absorption rates.
The purpose of piperine in Shield is to increase the absorption and bioavailability of other bioactive compounds and therefore make Overpower more effective. Piperine in Shield is extracted from black pepper and has 95% purity.
Alpha lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a mitochondrial compound involved in energy metabolism.
It is synthesized in the body and can be consumed through eating meat. It is also present in some fruits and vegetables in trace amounts.
Choline bitartrate is a cholinergic compound, ie. a substance which contains choline, and which raises choline availability when consumed. Choline is found in high amounts in eggs.
Choline is an essential nutrient for the liver. Though the liver can make small amounts, the majority must be obtained from diet.
Magnesium is an essential dietary mineral and the second most prevalent electrolyte in the human body. Prominent sources of magnesium include nuts and leafy vegetables.
Magnesium deficiencies are common in the western diet. Magnesium is required for the synthesis of glutathione in the body.
Meat, egg, and legume products are common sources of zinc.
Selenium is an essential mineral that can be found in organic and inorganic forms. The main active dietary form is selenomethionine, the form used in Shield.
Selenium is high in seafood, meat and eggs, but subject to considerable variation. Dairy is also a significant source, as are nuts and seeds. Brazil nuts contain the most selenium per gram of any measured food.
Selenium is essential for glutathione metabolism.