Monday, November 8, 2010

Feeding Your Immunity

Vitamin C: Vitamin C supplements are inexpensive to produce, and it’s available naturally in many fruits and vegetables.

  • Take around 200 milligrams a day
  • Eat at least 6 servings of fruits/veggies a day
  • If taking supplements, space them throughout the day (not one large dose)

Vitamin E: Antioxidant and immunity booster

  • Stimulates the production of natural killer cells (destroy cancer and germ cells)
  • Enhances the production of B-cells producing antibodies
  • May reverse some of the decline in immune response commonly seen in aging
  • Implicated to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Cut the risk of heart attacks by 50%
  • You need 100-400 milligrams per day, depending on your general lifestyle

Carotenoids:

  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by interfering with how the fats & cholesterol in the bloodstream oxidize to from arterial plaques.
  • Protect against cancer by stimulating the immune cells called macrophages to produce tumor necrosis factor, which kills cancer cells.
  • The body converts into vitamin A

Bioflavenoids:

  • Aid the immune system by protecting cells against environmental pollutants.
  • Protect the cell membranes against the pollutants trying to attach to them.
  • Lessen the formation of microscopic clots inside arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke
  • If you eat the recommended 6 servings of fruits/veggies a day, you will get your daily dose of bioflavenoids.

Zinc:

  • Increases production of white blood cells that fight infection and helps them fight more aggressively.
  • Fights against cancer and helps white blood cells release more antibodies.
  • Zinc supplements have been shown to slow the growth of cancer.
  • It is best to get zinc from your diet (aim for 15-25 milligrams daily)
  • A great source of zinc for infants and young children is zinc-fortified cereal.

Garlic:

  • Stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells
  • Boosts natural killer cell activity
  • Increases the efficiency of antibody production
  • Can act as an antioxidant that reduces build up of free radicals in the bloodstream
  • Lower incidence of intestinal cancer
  • May play a part in getting rid of potential carcinogens and toxic substances
  • Heart friendly food - - keeps platelets from sticking together and clogging blood vessels

Selenium:

  • Mobilizes cancer fighting cells

Omega 3/Fatty Acids

  • Oils act as immune boosters by increasing the activity of phagocytes, the white blood cells that eat bacteria
  • Protect against damage from over-reactions to infection.

Source: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t042500.asp#T042501

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