Healthy Immune System

What Supplements Support a Healthy Immune System?

As someone who used to get walking pneumonia frequently, I am grateful that by incorporating these supplements in my daily life, I have been able to avoid most illnesses.  No more coughing for weeks for times a year!
Thank you to the scientists at USANA who not only help us stay healthy, but educate us on why nutrition works. The following information was first shared at Ask the Scientists- Health and Science Education

Supplements That Support a Healthy Immune System: What You Need to Know

Our immune system purpose is to detect a wide variety of foreign agents and pathogens and distinguish them from the body’s own healthy tissue. Different types of nutrients work in various ways to support the immune system. The following is a short explanation of how different products can be used to support a healthy immune system.

Start With a Great Multivitamin

Inadequate intake and status of many vitamins and minerals may lead to a suppressed immune system, which increases the risk of infections and aggravates malnutrition. Supplementation with a comprehensive multivitamin such as USANA’s CellSentials can support the body’s natural defense system.

Add Extracts of Specific Mushrooms and Yeast

The bioactive components of certain mushrooms and strains of yeast—known as beta-glucans—bind to receptors on the outside of immune cells and trigger cell-signaling pathways. The result of these cell-signaling pathways is to “wake up” that immune cell and bring it to a heightened state. Once the immune cell is in this heightened state, it can now more effectively help to defend us from the outside world—a mechanism known as “priming.”
Everything you need to know about USANA’s Proglucamune, how it works and who should use it, can be found in this comprehensive link:

In Times of Stress, Add Extra Vit C and Zinc

During times of infection or stress, vitamin C concentrations in plasma and blood cells rapidly declines. Adequate vitamin C contributes to the integrity and health of the cell membranes which protect against excessive free radical damage.
Inadequate zinc status is also known to impair cellular immunity by impairing phagocytosis and natural killer cell activity. Therefore, both nutrients in Booster C 100 play important roles in immune function and the healthy resistance to infectious agents, reducing the risk, severity, and duration of many infectious diseases.

The Importance of Vit D

Researchers studying human lung tissue samples found that an enzyme called 1 alpha-hydroxylase helps convert Vitamin D stored in the cells of the lungs into the active form of the vitamin. The team found that activated vitamin D increased the activity of a compound that destroys bacteria, as well as producing a protein that assists cells in their ability to fight infections.

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