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Maintaining Immune Health with Vitamins & Supplements


Immune Health

by: Jerry Hickey, R.Ph. Follow on Google+

The purpose of the immune system is to keep infectious microbes such as dangerous bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeasts, out of the body, and to destroy any infectious microorganisms that do invade the body hopefully before they have time to cause infection and disease.

The immune system is made up of a complex and vital network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. Specialized immune system cells known as macrophages and neutrophils wrap around microbes engulfing them in a special chamber. The chamber then floods with acids dissolving the microbe. So when you are diagnosed with an infection and are under attack by a microbe the supplements in table 1 improve the immune systems ability to contain these organisms.

Good immune system function is a balance between regulation and activity and at other times the immune system acts inappropriately identifying harmless substances such as a food or pollen, as an invading microbe and this is the essence of an allergy. Another scenario is that the immune system may mount a persistent but mismanaged attack and this is what occurs in arthritic pain or in asthma; individuals with these conditions should choose from the correct nutrients in Table 2 to assist their therapy.

It is a good idea to visit with one of our nutritionists at no cost to you and yours, or to contact us at info@invitehealth.com and a qualified nutritionist will assist you in making a correct choice of supplements important for helping to manage your particular condition or to address your health concerns.

Table 1

Supplements that promote immune system function

  • Astragalus
  • Beta-carotene
  • Black Seed
  • Cordyceps
  • Echinacea
  • Evening Primrose Oil (Omega-6 Fatty Acids)
  • Mushrooms (Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi)
  • Nucleotides
  • Zinc

Table 2

Supplements that help inhibit hatwire immune system activity

  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
  • Flax Seed (Omega-3 Fatty Acid precursors)
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Green Tea
  • Perna Canaliculus green lipped mussel
  • Perilla seed frutescens
  • Resveratrol
  • Rosemary
  • Quercetin
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Vitamin C

Table 3

Supplementsthat do not directly promote or inhibit immune function but have an effect on microbes

  • Green Tea
  • L-Lysine
  • NAC or Milk Protein Isolate (help protect immune system cells so they can do their job)
  • Olive Leaf
  • Oregano
  • White Tea

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