Posts Tagged ‘vitamins for immunity’

Eliminate Seasonal Allergy Meds with Supplements

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Regulate Your Immune System

Have you heard the phrase, “too much of a good thing”? Well your immune system is no exception. Lots of people try to boost their immune systems by revving them up with products like Echinacea and zinc. If you have allergies, then your immune system is already heightened and malfunctioning. By making your immune system “stronger” you are also strengthening the malfunction. Unless your doctor has told you that you have low immunity, then you should be careful taking these types of supplements. The key to controlling allergies is to regulate your immunity so that it doesn’t overreact to every piece of dust, pollen, or mold spore.
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Fiber for your Immune System?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

You are probably aware that fiber intake is important for proper digestion, but did you know that it also offers other health benefits, such as a lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease? Did you know that fiber can actually help to boost your immune system as well? It’s this time of year that we all start to worry about staving off colds and the flu for the winter. You’re probably aware of the benefits of taking vitamin C, but combining it with fiber could be your secret to a strong, healthy immune system this winter.

There are two basic types of fiber; soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel in your digestive tract that helps lower glucose levels and your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is found in peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and essentially travels through your digestive tract intact. Insoluble fiber is good for relieving constipation, adding bulk to the digestive system, and generally helping things to move along. Whole grains and some vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Increased amounts of fiber in the diet have been associated with improved blood pressure, reduced inflammation and heart health protection. Soluble fiber has an effect on the immune system that helps to boost immunity and help our bodies to recover faster from infection. Basically, our immune cells are “attack” cells that migrate around attacking whatever they can find that isn’t supposed to be there. This is why immune cells are often referred to as “pro-inflammatory cells”.

In a study done by Gregory Freund at the University of Illinois, soluble fiber was found to increase the production of interleukin-4, an anti-inflammatory protein. He found that this protein production actually “changes the personality of immune cells” from “pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us to recover faster from infection.”

Discovering that soluble fiber has such a profound effect on the immune system brings to light some interesting questions. Freund believes that these findings show us that obesity and inflammatory related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, could be avoided with increased soluble fiber intake. When the body becomes obese, it compensates in an effort to protect itself. Fat cells produce hormones to try and combat the inflammation that is caused by the fat cells themselves. Soluble fiber helps to protect obese animals and people from “further inflammatory insults, such as heart attack or stroke”.

Combining anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals with an increased fiber intake has been shown to significantly improve the strength of the immune system, even calming an over-reactive immune system associated with autoimmune disorders. The good news is that in all of these studies it was found that it didn’t take an exurbanite amount of fiber to reap the benefits. Normal supplemental amounts were found to be very effective. Products such as Wholesale Nutrition’s “Eurofiber” contain vitamin C and a synergistic combination of the best soluble fibers that there are. Add soluble fiber and vitamin C to your diet and see how your health can change.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.nutri.com/index.cfm/product/38_22/eurofiber.cfm?CFID=56282236&CFTOKEN=57335583
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fiber/NU00033
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100302171531.htm

Which Vitamins Help Boost Immunity?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The immune system is incredibly complex and relies on many different processes to function. When we look to boost our immunity, sometimes it helps to understand just what we’re going for. We can start by studying the immune system. Comprehending which vitamins and nutrients are necessary for all levels of our immunity to function can help you to understand which vitamins and supplements to take.

Our immune system can be broken down into three major areas; the complement system, phagocytes, and lymphocytes. Each category is responsible for protecting us in different ways.

The first line of defense in your body is the complement system. The complement system is made up of proteins that are always travelling through your blood. They quickly attack bacteria and other invaders. The complement proteins essentially mark intruders so that other immune system cells can recognize them and attack. They cause inflammation, kill some invaders, and send out signals to the other cells so that they know to come take care of the problem.

Keeping your complement system healthy is essential for your immune system. Disruptions in this system can cause chronic inflammation and disease. It only takes 3-4 weeks of not getting enough vitamins to depress the complement system. While almost all vitamins are necessary for proper function, a good balance of B vitamins is most important. Eating refined sugars, like those found in processed foods, can quickly deplete your body of B vitamins and inhibit your immune system from creating antibodies. Even worse, refined sugars can actually shrink the thymus, which is the organ responsible for your immune response.

Phagocytes are white blood cells activated by the complement system. They eat up damaged, dead, or infected cells. They can handle large invaders, such as parasites, and send signals to the thymus that there is an invader. Phagocytes can eat up large amounts of invading bacteria, viruses and infections.

Phagocytes also require a good balance of B vitamins, but additionally benefit from vitamin A and antioxidants. Antioxidants, like vitamin E, vitamin C, and coenzyme Q10, suppress viral replications and take a lot of the stress off of your white blood cells. Vitamin A aids in white blood cell production. Adequate amounts of protein in your diet to replace the white blood cells that you lose.

The last type of immunity cells are called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes originate in the bone marrow and require adequate amounts of vitamin D to function. When activated, lymphocytes attack invaders, damaged, and dead cells through the lymphatic system. They produce antibodies and memory cells that remember how to fight specific viruses and intruders. Lymphocytes help you become immune to certain viruses after you’ve caught them so that the next time they invade, your body will immediately eradicate them.

Many vitamins and supplements can help to boost immunity and keep your immune system running strong, but none so much as vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for all levels of immunity to work. It cleans out free radicals that interfere with the production and maturation of all types of immunity cells and proteins. Our bodies do not produce vitamin C, and therefore it must be taken every day.

Talk with your doctor before you buy vitamins. The best vitamin C comes in a powdered form and is buffered to reduce acidity. Remember to avoid sugar, as it only takes about an hour to interfere with your immune system. Suppression of immunity can last up to five hours after a single soda. Take care of your immune system and enjoy a healthy life!

About the Author: Phil Le Breton, the owner at Wholesale Nutrition, has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has the best vitamin C powder on the market (C-Salts). Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy vitamins or buy supplements of the highest quality.