Seven Nutrients in Immune Support

  1. What role does Vitamin A play in immune support?
    • Necessary for maintaining the cells of the skin and the mucous mebranes that act as the first lines of defense against infection.
    • Necessary for proper white blood cell fucntion, and it enahnces many of your immune system's activites, incluing thymus function, tumor fighting activity, and antibody response.
    • Especially important for fighting off viruses.
    • Reverses immune suppression resulting from such condttions as high levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoids), sever burns, or surgery.
  2. What function do Carotenes play in immune support?
    • They protect the thymus gland because of their antioxidant effects.
    • Found in green leafy vegetables, carrots, and other colorful vegetables.
  3. What function do B vitamins play in immune support?
    • Especially B1, B6, and B12 are required for making diesease-fighting antibodies.
    • B vitamins are essential to normal cell division, therefore, low levles of B vitamins prevent the body from manufacturing new white blood cells.
    • The lymphoid tissues such as the thymus and spleen shrink if they don't get enough B vitamins.
  4. What role does Vitamin C play in immune support?
    • Turns on white blood cells to attack intruders and also boost interferon levels, antibody levels and response, and secretions of homrones from the thymus.
    • Acts directly against viruses.
    • When you have an infection or are under stress, your need for vitamin C icnreases.
  5. What role does Vitamin E play in immune support?
    • Encourages the proliferation of white blood cells and imporeves antibody formation.
    • (Too much vitamin E can suppress immune response in healthy individuals)
  6. What role does zinc play in immune support?
    • Can act against certain vruses, such as those that cause the common cold.
    • When zinc levels are low, the nuber of T cells plummets, thymus hormone levels fall, enzyme production and activity declines, and certain white cell functions shut down.
    • Crucial for proper absorption of nutrients by the intestinal tract.
  7. What role does Selenium play in immune support?
    • Involved in important antioxidant mechanisms that protect the thyms gland.
    • People who are low in selenium have reduced levels of cellualar humoral immunity and lower antibody levels.
    • Enhances the ability of white blood cells to produce interleukin-2, a chemical that stimulates white blood cells to proliferrate and attack foreign cells.
    • Supplementation may be necessary for most people.
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Seven Nutrients in Immune Support
Seven Nutrients in Immune Support