The immune system is a culmination of molecules, proteins, cells and organs all intended to protect the body against things like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites also called pathogens. When the immune system is working the way it is supposed to work, it goes unnoticed: pathogens are eliminated or neutralized and the body continues to function normally. Aggressive pathogens, unfamiliar pathogens or a compromised immune system may interfere with the process of neutralizing or eliminating pathogens.
The immune system is made up of 2 parts:
Innate (Non Specific) immune system-We are born with this system. The innate immune system is fast acting. It is the body’s first line of defense.
Adaptive (Specific) immune system-The adaptive immune system is slow moving and needs time to learn and adapt to or recognize infections. Once this happens the adaptive immune system’s response can be efficient, accurate and rapid.
The minerals involved in supporting a healthier immune function are Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese and Copper. Zinc supports immunity by assuming the role of a secondary messenger. Additionally, Zinc plays a role in immune cell function. There is a competition for Zinc between the host and the pathogen. Selenium has been shown to support immune function in aging populations. Selenium helps boost protection against certain pathogens.
Vitamin D benefits both the innate and adaptive immune systems. A deficiency of Vitamin D increases a person’s susceptibility to infections. Other Vitamins like, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B6, B12, and Folate all play a role in supporting a healthier immune function.
The amino acid Glutathione is considered a master antioxidant and helps fight free radicals. Glutathione also helps regenerate Vitamins C and E to work more effectively and stimulates the natural ability of certain immune cells.
MSM known for its anti inflammatory benefits has been shown to improve immune response especially after exhaustive exercise.
Probiotics, friendly bacteria, are also very important for boosting your body’s immune support system. The microbiomes in the gut are at the core of immune health.
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