Immune building supplements are easily incorporated into your daily diet to strengthen your immune system.
In today’s society, we have many external toxins in the food we eat and the air that we breathe. In addition, our lives are full of stress and excitement. All of these factors can contribute to weakening our immunity.
Fortunately in addition to diet, there are immune building supplements that we can add which are taken from food sources. When taken from whole food sources, the supplement and its nutrients are readily available for our bodies to use. Here are some important ones that you can use to strengthen your immune system.
Folate helps maintain your cells and helps your body make white blood cells, which are your immune cells. It is essential for preventing damage to blood vessels and brain cells and ensures DNA integrity.
Found in dark leafy greens, this nutrient can be found in its whole food form in a “green superfood.” There are a variety of these in your local market. These supplements are usually in a powder form that you can dissolve in water and include high nutrient ingredients like spirulina, blue-green algae, chorella, barley grass and wheat grass.
Vitamin C stimulates the production of gamma interferon, a protein that assists in manufacturing white blood cells. In addition Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant.
Whole food supplements that include vitamin C will have ingredients such as acerola cherry. You can also find it in other whole food supplements such as dried, powdered fruit juice capsules. And then there's the obvious source - whole fresh fruits and fresh-made fruit juices. Synthetic C will not have the same effect.
Garlic stimulates immune cell activity and production. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Add plenty to the foods you cook, add a clove to your fresh-made veggie juice or find whole source capsules.
Essential Fatty Acids are an essential addition to immune building supplements. They help stimulate and protect the immune system. They are anti-inflammatory and help prevent auto-immune disorders. They are important in the growth and maintenance of healthy cells. Use olive oil and coconut oil to prepare your foods. You can find the supplement in liquid form in the refrigerated section of a health food market. Look for a blend of oils such as flax seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, walnut oil, fish oils, grapeseed oil and sesame oil.
Probiotics are an important for part of your immune building supplements. These are the good bacteria found in the small and large intestine. These healthy organisms stimulate the immune system, increase antibodies, and inhibit the absorption of pathogenic organisms such as e.coli and salmonella. These are extremely beneficial and add to your bodies’ natural production while you are colon cleansing or beginning a health program. You can find the beneficial supplements in the refrigerated section of your local health food store.