Nutritionist Invents Booster

October 18, 2009


4th Qtr Seasonal Defense designed to keep immune system healthy during flu season

By CASANDRA ANDREWS
Staff Reporter

 

The possibilities of a healthy immune system fascinate Leslie James. After all, it is likely the reason some people rarely get sick and others seem to pick up every bug that comes along. The way James sees it, a diet rich in certain vitamins, minerals and herbs can boost a body’s natural defenses and even fight off some illnesses. Trouble is, she says, most Americans don’t eat enough of the right foods they need—such as garlic, citrus fruits, berries and nuts—for optimum immune system health. Which is why the local dietician spent two years and much of her savings developing a formula for a dietary supplement, 4th Qtr Seasonal Defense, that she recently introduced to the Mobile market.

 

Leslie JamesJames, 38, said she evaluated other supplements on the market and found them lacking: “I just saw that there was such a need for it out there.” The product includes a complete combination of immune boosting ingredients, James said, so those who take it “can have a fighting chance at having a healthy immune system.” After much thought, James said she chose the name because flu season typically begins in the fourth quarter of the year. “And your first line of defense against catching the virus is having a healthy immune system,” she said. James’ supplement is featured in a catalog called Sleep Solutions that is mailed to about 650,000 people across the U.S.

 

“The upfront cost has been a lot but I so believe in this product and know there is nothing out there like it,” James said.  “I have put heart and soul and every drop of money I have so far into this.” For nearly two decades the Hospital Dietitian encountered patients hospitalized with diseases including influenza.  Eventually she began to wonder if those same people would get as sick if they’d had a stronger immune system before exposure to the disease. The quest to find that answer led James to spend more than two years researching and ultimately creating the formula.  


In 2002, the American Medical Association released findings on how vitamins affect chronic disease prevention.  According to a review of other studies, the AMA found that some group of patients are at higher risk for vitamin deficiency.  “Many physicians may be unaware of common food sources of vitamins or unsure which vitamins they should recommend for their patients,” according to the findings. The AMA study noted that vitamin excess is possible with supplementation, “particularly for fat soluble vitamins. 

Inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.” James maintains that proper vitamin levels are crucial.  The Clinical Nutrition Manager at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, she earned a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Auburn University, and has spent more than 17 years working in the field of nutrition. After searching the Internet for a manufacturer, James settled on a Vitamin maker near Atlanta.  In late July, James said, she finished the formula, had the name trademarked, then submitted it to the vitamin maker. 


She received the first shipment of 450 bottles in September.  Along the way she paid a local company to film a commercial and asked a friend to build a Web site.  She’s in the early stages, she said, of pitching the product to chain drug stores.The supplement sells for just under $25 for a 30-day supply. “I’ve sold out my first shipment,” James said.  “I’m working on the second one.”