Article of the Week // Nutrition to Build Your Immune System

We know that one of the features of the immune system is that it becomes less efficient as we age. This in turn makes us more susceptible to serious and life threatening infections as well as cancer. However, their have been a number of important and ground breaking studies with nutrition. They have demonstrated that when adults and seniors take antioxidant supplements, at dosages beyond what individuals normally can derive from food alone, immune system function returns to a much higher level of efficiency. Increasing the immune system helps the body’s ability to ward off disease processes from bacteria to viruses, and even reducing the incidence of cancer.
Overall, the studies to date suggest that a daily dosage of Vitamin C: 1000 mg, Vitamin E: 400 I.U., Selenium: 200mcg, Beta-carotene: 10,000 I.U., Vitamin A: 2,000 I.U., Zinc: 10 mg, work synergistically to boost immune function in adults and seniors to a more youthful level of function.
These same level of antioxidants help the body quench and neutralize free radicals, which are linked to the develop-ment of cancer, heart disease and stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases (i.e.: Parkinson’s disease), cataracts, macular degeneration of the eye, and premature aging.
Additionally, you should be aware that daily supplementation with Reishi mushroom extract and Astragalus (two well proven immune boosting herbal agents), has been practiced for many thousands of years and also strengthen many aspects of immune system function. These supplements have been shown to increase antibody production in the presence of viruses, enhance the synthesis and release of immune signalling agents (interleukins and cytokines) that improve the performance and efficiency of various immune cells.
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