The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. Immune systems appear even in the most structurally-simple forms of life, with bacteria using a unique defense mechanism, called the restriction modification system to protect themselves from viral pathogens, called bacteriophages. Immune system disorders occur when the immune response is inappropriate, excessive, or lacking. Fortunately for most of us, the immune system is constantly on call to do battle with bugs that could put us out of commission.
The immune system has a series of dual natures, the most important of which is self/non-self recognition. Each cell in our body has an antigen that tells the immune system that it is part of us and should not be eliminated. It is through antigens that the immune system knows which cells to attack and which to leave alone. Sometimes the process breaks down and the immune system attacks self-cells. This is the case of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and some forms of arthritis and diabetes.
Below are examples of certain foods and supplements that can affect the immune system in various ways.
Immune stimulating factors: beta-carotene (1), vitamin A (under 25,000 IU/day) (2), manganese (3), L-taurine (4), moderate doses of selenium (under 200 ug/day) (5), and coenzyme Q10 (6).
Immune modulating (moderating) factors: vitamin C (5), beta-carotene (2),fish oil and fish oil combined with a low-fat diet (7), moderate amounts of dietary protein (8), and L-arginine (9).
Immune depressing factors: alcohol (6), high fat diet (10), vitamin E intakes over 600 IU/day (11), low dietary intake of iron (8), excess intake of selenium (over 200 ug/day) (10), excessive zinc intake (100 mg/day or more) (12), L-glutamine deficiency (13), vitamin A deficiency (14), vitamin B1 deficiency (14), vitamin E deficiency (14), zinc deficiency (14), magnesium deficiency (14), folic acid deficiency (15), riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiency (15), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) deficiency (15), vitamin B6 deficiency (16), vitamin B12 deficiency (8), vitamin C deficiency (2), vitamin D deficiency (17), and iodine deficiency (2).
Various infections and conditions can put the immune system under stress and weaken its tolerating capacity. This makes it unable to deal with diseases. Nutrient deficiency is the major cause of poor immune system. This state of immune system can also be genetic, therefore expecting mothers should always be more careful about their diet, and it should be healthy and full of nutrients. Also, after giving birth to a baby, mother and baby must get adequate nutrition.
For adults to keep their immune system healthy, they should exercise but not over exercise. They should also do proper stress management, eating healthy diet and consuming good supplements like TMG, Zinc, Vitamin C. Apart from these, one of the most effective supplement is ‘Immune RX'. It is formulated to increase the tolerance power of a weak immune system. This particular drug provides the fighting power to the immune system. Immune RX also does a great job of providing power to the white blood cells boosting the immune system fast.
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