|A healthy immune system is vital in keeping a body functioning smoothly. Herbal supplements are nature’s way of combating colds and flu. So what impacts the immune system’s ability to protect us?The Immune System
- The mind and emotions have a tremendous impact on the immune system.
- Stress depresses the immune system.
- Nutrient deficiencies are the most common cause of low immune function
- If your diet has too much sugar, this may lead to lower white blood cell activity.
Obesity is associated with decreased immune status.
- Alcohol consumption inhibits white blood cell activity.
Key immune system nutrients are Vitamin A, carotenes, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, iron, zinc, and selenium however herbal supplements and herbal anti-oxidants can also play a vital role..
- The spleen is an important organ in fighting bacterial infections.
The herbal anti-oxidants such as echinacea exert broad-spectrum positive effects on the immune system. The herbs in our herbal supplements PowerMate and Diabetiks are selected because of their proven anti-oxidant properties. People with diabetes are especially prone to oxidant stress.
Beta carotene, selenium, zinc, and vitamins C and E are traditionally thought of as anti-oxidants supporting the immune system. They have been shown in a number of studies to have cancer-protecting potential because they neutralize “free radicals”. Free radicals damage body cells in a process similar to that in which oxygen causes paper to turn yellow. Free radicals are the underlying cause for a great number of bodily disorders. Free radicals form an essential component in the development of inflammations and allergic reactions. To combat free radicals, we utilize traditional and herbal anti-oxidants to enhance the immune system.
Additionally, researchers now consider a number of herbs to be premier herbal anti-oxidants. Herbal anti-oxidants are thought to be forty times more effective than the traditional anti-oxidants in boosting the immune system. Some of these herbal anti-oxidants include: Green Tea Extract, Ginkgo Biloba extract, Echinacea, Golden Seal Root and Pine Tree Bark extract.
Herbal Supplements for the Immune System
The Green Turtle Bay Vitamin Co. has developed a blend of immune building herbal anti-oxidants in a base of five active lactobacilli in their herbal supplements. These herbal anti-oxidants’ active ingredient “phyto-nutrients” play an important role in strengthening the immune system and circulatory system.
What are some of these herbal supplements and nutrients that boost the immune system?
- Polyphenols and catechins (source: Green Tea Extract, herbalsupplements): Polyphenols combat free radicals. Catechins have antimutagen properties. Some antimicrobial action has also been reported.
Flavonoids (source: Ginkgo Biloba Extract herbal anti-oxidants): European research indicates flavonoids have potential to improve the vasoregulating activity of arteries, capillaries and veins resulting in increase flood flow, particularly in cerebral (brain) circulation. Neurotransmitter improvements have been noted in animal studies.
Glutathione (peptide): Serves as a defense against chemical mutagens and carcinogens. Free radical formation can be reduced by restoring glutathione levels orally (by mouth).
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine: (also known as NAC): Replenishes glutathione. It has been postulated that it improves micro circulatory blood flow.
- Glycosides (source: Echinacea herbal anti-oxidants): Thought to have an immune-stimulant effect upon the body.
Berberine (source: Golden Seal Root herbal supplements): Believed to have antibacterial, antimalarial and antipyretic properties. Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Bioflavonols – OCP (source: Pine Tree Bark extract herbal anti-oxidants): Intensive free radical scavengering effect.
- Coenzyme Q10: Cofactor in the energy production of the c
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