Your Diet and Your Immune System
For you to stay healthy and to recover quickly from illness, your immune system must be robust, too.
What can you do to optimize immune function? Exercise and stress reduction help. But evidence suggests that the most critical contributor to immune function is what you eat.
The Antioxidant Shield
By now, you have probably heard about free radicals. These ubiquitous molecules (parasites) cause cells to break down, speeding the aging process, promoting heart dis-ease and cancer and weakening the immune system.
There’s no way to avoid free radicals (parasites). They’re produced within the body as a result of normal metabolic processes. But specific antioxidant compounds destroy free radicals.
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Vitamin E – This potent antioxidant forestalls the gradual decline in immune function brought on by aging. It boosts the synthesis of antibodies and encourages reproduction of vital infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes.
People who take vitamin E supplements and or herbs mount a stronger immune reaction against invading viruses and bacteria. They also enjoy a reduced risk of cancer.
Good sources of vitamin E include seeds, vegetables, seaweeds, and herbs. Since it’s impossible to get enough Vitamin E for full protection against free radicals from dietary sources. I recommend a daily supplement containing 200 international units (IU) of vitamin E.
Carotenoids – These antioxidants increase the numbers of lymphocytes and natural killer cells. Fruits and vegetables especially Kale, and tomatoes are available, but the best sources are seaweeds such as; Dunaliella and Hydrilla.
Vitamin C – It energizes the immune system to react more vigorously to cancer cells and microbes. Diets rich in vitamin C have been linked to reduced risk for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. The optimal intake of vitamin C is 200 milligrams (mg) a day. You can get more than enough through your diet. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, green peppers and herbs such as; Amla, Camu Camu, Moringa, and Barley Grass.
Note: Make sure you consume MSM Sulphur (food grade) with vitamin C. MSM is a carrier for vitamin C allowing it to be absorbed into whatever gland, organ, or system.
Minerals – Minerals are needed for the synthesis of proteins, which are vital components of ALL cells and enzymes in the body…
Zinc – The most important mineral for immune function, zinc boosts the number of lymphocytes and helps natural-killer cells attack cancer (parasites) cells. The average person needs 15 mg of zinc a day. Higher dosages seem to impair immune function. Herbs such as Fo-Ti, Coral Calcium, and Swedish Flower Pollen are good sources of zinc.
Iron – An iron deficiency increases infection risk by weakening many different types of immune cells. Too much iron impairs immune function, too. Women of childbearing age need 15 mg of iron a day. Men need 10 mg.
Selenium – This mineral encourages the growth of immune cells and stimulates the production of antibodies.
Low-Fat Diet / Vegetarian / Vegan
Excess dietary fat impairs your cells ability to recognize viruses and bacteria, crippling your immune response. Even a diet that’s moderately high in fat (41% of calories) halves the cancer-killing ability of immune cells.
Self-defense – limit your intake of all fats to 25% of your total caloric intake. Avoid animal milk, margarine, and fatty red meats.
“Ounce for ounce, blueberries, and borojo contain more of these disease-fighting compounds than any other fruit or vegetable.”
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