Balancing Your Immune System

Whether you have an autoimmune disorder, or an overactive or underactive immune system, the key is to create and maintain a strong and balanced immune system.

As we have discussed in this three part series on the Immune System, an overactive immune system can cause allergies, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disorders, while an underactive system can allow viral and bacterial pathogens such as colds, flu, and infection, as well as serious illnesses such as cancer and hepatitis, to take hold.

 Balancing an immune system that may not be reacting properly is crucial to staying healthy and fighting disease. By taking the right combination of vitamins and minerals, along with other proven fruit and plant extracts, you can keep your immune system in balance and reap the health benefits that God intended for all of us.

Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins A, C and Vitamin E - These antioxidants vitamins help eliminate the free radicals which damage our cells, which leaves our immune system free to fight off disease and infection. Vitamins A, C and E also increase the number and responsiveness of the lymphocytes, which fight off foreign invaders in our body.

Copper - Essential to immune system function, it appears to be a strong stimulant of white blood cells.

Selenium - Stimulates the Natural Killer (NK) cells if the immune system, improves thyroid function, and balances the immune system.

Zinc - Enhances immune function at 25-35mg; excessive amounts (more than 50-100mg) may over-stimulate it.

Herbs and Food Extracts
Arabinigalactan - This herbal prebiotic enhances immune cell function in the intestinal tract and increases killer cells.

Astragalus - One of the most important things you can take to balance the immune system, this herb increases T cell and T helper cell (the mobile command centers of the immune system) counts.

Garlic - Contains numerous cancer-fighting compounds.

Blueberry Fruit - Potent antioxidant and bioflavonoid.

Elderberry Fruit - May cut flu symptoms by inhibiting viruses and stimulating immune response.

Pomegranate fruit - Rich in antioxidants, it may also reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.

Reishi and Shiitake Mushrooms – These three have varied benefits to the immune system, from stimulating a weakened one to balancing an overactive one, and may have a positive effect on allergies, cancer and HIV.

Olive Leaf - Has an antimicrobial effect, and hinders the growth of harmful microorganisms.

Eleuthero Root or Siberian Ginseng - Increases T-lymphocytes, and increases resistance to stress, fatigue and illness.

Other Compounds
L-Glutamine - This amino acid is an energy source for immune cells and enhances the ability of the intestinal lining to resist invasions by harmful microorganisms.

Inulin - A fiber-like prebiotic that increases the friendly flora of the GI tract and prevents virus and yeast from adhering to the GI tract.

Glucono-delta-lactone - Creates a barrier against the bad bacteria that might invade the body through the GI tract.

Lactobacillus - This beneficial bacteria is important for immune health in the gastrointestinal tract.

Special Notes:
The herbs Echinacea and goldenseal are useful for short periods of time to help you get over a cold or flu, but it is not recommended that they be used long-term or on a daily basis.

Our Immunity Support contains the 23 immune-balancing nutrients, herbs extracts and compounds recommended to achieve optimal immune function, in a convenient formula that is safe enough to take every day.

It has been designed to be taken with Basic Nutrient Support, which supplies the full spectrum of nutritional support – including vitamins, minerals, extracts, enzymes, bioflavonoids, and marine oils – needed to maintain a basis of good health.