Support your immune system against unwanted invaders with supplements.
Immune system supplements help support the body in fine tuning its natural defense mechanisms and maintaining an environment favorable to good health.
Recently MindBodyGreen posted “5 Quick & Easy Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System“.
We will take it a step further and and 4 more, but we agree you should get plenty of sleep, drink lots of liquids, and take your immune system supplements!
The root and leaves of this purple coneflower have been used for centuries by American Indians and Europeans to boost immunity. Echinacea triggers the body’s white blood cells to attack unwanted invaders. According to research, it can significantly increase the body’s white blood cell count. Specifically, this herb increases the body’s count of T-cells, interferon, interleukin and immunoglobulin.
Many of us hit the orange juice or eat extra oranges or grapefruits during the winter months. Citrus and other red fruits and veggies (red peppers, strawberries and even leafy greens) contain vitamin C, which helps protect and support the immune system. It also strengthens the cardiovascular system, supports eye health and more.
Researchers are studying this nutrient to find out how it helps support immunity. It appears to help regulate the function of lymphocytes (an important type of white blood cells), the production of cytokines (another key white blood cell) and the activity of macrophages (protein messengers vital to immune function).
Garlic stimulates the production of important white blood cells. Garlic also helps quench free radicals in the bloodstream. It even supports heart health.
The western US and Canada are home to the Sambucus nigraor elderberry. Its properties have been studied by many scientists. It contains principals that stimulate the body to make cytokines, a type of protein molecule that enhances the immune system’s response to attacks. This dark-colored berry also contains powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins.
Researchers have found that reishi mushrooms contain chemicals that offer a host of immune benefits, including boosting the immune system and offering lung support.
This essential trace mineral supports the body’s immunity and aids with nerve function. Zinc seems to work the best when taken at the first sign of concern.
The leaves of this Mediterranean staple offer a powerhouse of protection against unwanted invaders. Olive leaf contains a bitter compound called oleuropein that also provides fabulous support to the circulatory system. And it battles free radical damage.
Probiotics (Friendly flora, or bacteria)
Believe it or not, your gut is a key part of your immune system. And eating plenty of friendly bacteria (probiotics) helps strengthen your immunity! A recent study published in Postgraduate Medicine found that women who took a daily probiotic had higher levels of T-cells. T-cells are special white blood cells that support the immune system.
Probiotic supplements can influence your overall health in many ways. Probiotics, better known as good bacteria, help counter the body’s lack of gut flora. Most people view bacteria as harmful, disease-causing microorganisms that attack the body when in fact, probiotics do a great job at fighting infectious, harmful bacteria.
Many of us lack healthy amounts of gut flora required for optimal digestive health. These good bacteria need to be replenished and are a nutrient that the body regularly needs. Very few foods offer a natural source of probiotics. Those that do are fermented foods such as yogurt, soy drinks and miso. However, most of these foods do not contain therapeutic doses of probiotics. Be sure to read the labels as some yogurts offer very minimal amounts of friendly flora. Consider taking a quality probiotic supplement.
When the body lacks the good bacteria needed to digest efficiently and effectively, other body systems are affected. Most noticeably affected might be the immune system. Digestive stress or improper digestion withholds essential nutrients from the life-sustaining immune system. Furthermore, probiotics play a role in fighting off harmful bacteria.
Thus the importance of probiotic supplements. These supplements are safe and easy to take if you find a healthy, substantial source of probiotics.
This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.