There is no question that a balanced diet rich in cellular nutrients is fundamental for a healthy immunity and immune system function. In this newsletter we have compiled an overview of important micronutrients that work together to support the healthy function of your immune system.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with multiple health benefits. It enhances the activity of immune cells, and is required to repair and regenerate collagen, a critical component of the body’s natural barriers, including the skin. It supports healthy cell growth and circulation and detoxifies the cells of the entire body for improved general well-being.
- Vitamin C, folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are important nutrients that work together to support the development and optimal function of immune cells.
- Vitamins C and E, lipoic acid, zinc and selenium are cellular antioxidants and components of antioxidant enzymes crucial for effective protection of cells against oxidative damage.
- Selenium and zinc are needed for healthy functioning of the immune system. These two trace elements help lower oxidative stress in the body, which is associated with reduced inflammation and improved immunity. Studies have demonstrated that increased blood levels of selenium are associated with an enhanced immune response.
- Fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide from brown algae, has been widely researched in the field of immunology due to its various immune-modulatory effects, including activating cells of the immune system and enhancement of antiviral responses.
- Various plant components with immune-supporting properties:
- Lychee fruit extract is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and anthocyanins, including gallic acid, chrysanthemin, antirrhinin and oenin, which may benefit the immune system. It is also rich in ascorbic acid, which is essential for the immune system and other functions.
- Aronia berry extract has a high antioxidant content. Aronia berries, native to North America, have a total antioxidant potential more than three times that of blueberries, and more than four times the number of anthocyanins.
- Tart cherry fruit extract has a high anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins have a strong antioxidant effect that can far exceed that of vitamin C and vitamin E. Anthocyanins can bind free radicals and thus protect the body from oxidative stress.
- White mulberries contain a plethora of phytonutrients that may exert immune-modulatory properties as well as support sugar and fat metabolism, which is important for overall well-being.
- Ginger root has been used in folk medicine worldwide for thousands of years to address many aspects of health, including promoting healthy circulation, normal production of inflammatory markers as well as support for a healthy respiratory immune response. Its bioactive compounds may improve the function of the immune system through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other properties.
In a future issue of our newsletter we will show you how a combination of these micronutrients and plant substances is effective against inflammation and Candida infections.