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IMMUNE SYSTEM DESCRIPTION
Today, modern conventional medicine battles disease directly by means of drugs, vaccines, surgery, radiation, and other therapies, but true health can be attained only by maintaining a healthy, properly functioning immune system. Without a functioning immune system, all the drugs and other therapies would be of little use. It is the body that heals itself, the healers or the health care providers can only attempt to stimulate the immune response in the body to fight disease, but they do not actually "heal" anyone. The patient has to do this him or herself. You can look at your immune system as a "homeland security" of the body, an army of cellular soldiers that are ready to fight and defend their home (your body) from any potential invader. If your army of soldiers are well fed, healthy and strong, they are able to fight off invasions quickly and without much damage to you and your body. However, if you have a weakened immune system from chronic disease, stress, poor nutrition, poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol abuse and recreational drug use, your army of cellular soldiers have been compromised, overworked, undernourished, weakened and unable to function properly, thus making your body an easy target to be overran by foreign invaders (viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other invaders) resulting in sickness or even bringing about death if the battle is completely lost.
It is the immune system that fights off disease causing microorganisms and that engineers the healing process. The immune system is the key to fighting every kind of insult to the body, from that little shaving nick to the myriad of mutated viruses that seem to abound these days. Even the aging process may be more closely related to the functioning of the immune system than to the passage of time.
TYPES OF IMMUNITY
The human immune system is functional at birth, but it does not yet function well. This is termed innate immunity - the immunity you were born with. Immune function develops and becomes more sophisticated as the system matures and the body learns to defend itself against different foreign invaders called antigens. This is termed adaptive immunity
The immune system has the ability to learn to identify, and then to remember, specific antigens that have been encountered. It does this through two basic means, known as cell-mediated immunity and humoral immunity.
T-LYMPHOCYTES - CELL MEDIATED IMMUNITY
In cell-mediated immunity, white blood cells called T-lymphocytes identify and then destroy cancerous cells, viruses, and microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. The T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, mature in the thymus gland (hence the "T" designation). The thymus, a small gland located behind the top of the breastbone, is a major gland of the immune system. In the thymus, each T-cell is programmed to identify one particular type of invading enemy. Not all prospective T cells make a successful passage through the thymus. Those whose programming is imperfect are eliminated. The ones that do make it are released into the blood stream to search out and destroy antigens that correspond to their programming. They attack the antigens in part through the secretion of proteins called cytokines. Interferon is one of the better known cytokines.
B-LYMPHOCYTES - HUMORAL IMMUNITY
Humoral immunity involves the production of antibodies. These are not cells, but special proteins whose chemical structures are formed to match the surfaces of specific antigens. When they encounter their specific antigens, antibodies either damage the invasive cells or alert the white blood cells to attack. The antibodies are produced by another group of white blood cells, the B-lymphocytes, which are manufactured by and mature in the bone marrow. When a B-lymphocyte is presented with a particular antigen, it engineers an antibody to match it and stores a blueprint of the invader so that it can initiate the production of antibodies in case of subsequent exposure, even if a long period of time elapses in between. For this system to work, each B-cell must come into existence prepared to produce an almost infinite variety of different antibodies, so that it can match whatever antigen it is presented with. This is made possible by a mechanism known as "jumping genes." Inside the B-cells, the genes that determine th chemical structure of the protein to be produced can be shuffled around and linked up in an astronomical number of different combinations. As a result, any B-cell is capable of producing an antibody molecule to match virtually any foreign invader. It is the phenomenon of humoral immunity that makes immunization possible.
WHITE BLOOD CELLS
Because of their crucial role in all aspects of immunity - both cell-mediated and humoral - white blood cells are considered the body's first line of defense. White blood cells are larger than red blood cells. In addition, they can move independently in the blood stream and are able to pas through cell walls. This enables them to travel quickly to the site of an injury or infection. There are different categories of white blood cells, each of which performs a specific function. These include the following:
GRANULOCYTES. There are three types of granulocytes:
Neutrophils are the most abundant type of white blood cell and are formed in the bone marrow. They are also known as polymorphonuclear neutrophils or PMNs. Their function is to be the "first responders" by following the chemical trail to where an invader has arrived (chemotoxis) and quickly appear at the site of infection, ingesting and destroying microorganisms such as bacteria. They can "eat" anything which they think is bad news (phagocytosis) and can be involved in antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity, which involves destruction of a particular target if it is coated in antibodies. They can be found in the pus of a wound and play a role in acute inflammation (redness, warmth, swelling, and pain). The mature neutrophil (12 to 15 micrometers in diameter) is characterized by a multi-lobed nucleus with segmentation into 2 to 5 lobes, usually tending to have 3 to 4 lobes. If it has too many lobes are present, then it suggests something is wrong. The chromatin is dense and clumped with distinct lighter areas of parachromatin. The cytoplasm is lightly eosinophilic with variable numbers of light staining "neutral" granules and a few and a few azurophilic 1 granules, persistent from earlier stages. The term neutrophil refers to the cell type not to the degree of differentiation.
A normal neutrophil count (also called absolute neutrophil count or ANC) is between 2,500 and 5,000. A low neutrophil count is known as neutropenia. Neutropenia can be caused by a congenital or inherited disorder, or can be a side effect of a medication or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy medications are the most common cause of neutropenia, but other medications can also cause neutropenia, including (but not limited to): sulfonamides (Bactrim), allopurinol, ibuprofen, indomethasone, several types of antibiotics, blood pressure and anti-seizure medications.
Active neutrophils migrate to areas of infection, squeezing through junctions in blood vessels.
(The amazing 3-D Illustration is from www.gcarlson.com.)
Eosinophils, which ingest and destroy antigen-antibody combinations (formed when antibodies intercept antigens) and also moderate hypersensitive (allergic) reactions by secreting an enzyme that breaks down histamine. They are involved in the control of parasitic infections. High levels of eosinophils in the blood are often present in individuals with allergic disorders, presumably because the body is attempting to tame the allergic reaction. The large orange granules of the eosinophil make the eosinophil the most readily recognizable cell in the blood. The eosinophil (12 to 15 micrometers in diameter) has chromatin similar to that of a neutrophil, but usually fewer (2 to 3) lobes. Normally 0 to 6-percent eosinophils are found in the peripheral blood. The eosinophil specific granules contain rhomboid crystals by EM. This core contains Major Basic Protein (MBP), known to be toxic to several parasites (helminths, microfilariae; schistomiasis), and some mammalian cells. Eosinophils have an uncertain lifespan.
Basophils, which secrete compounds such as heparin or histamine in response to contact with antigens. The purple-black, often large coarse irregularly sized granules of the basophil are characteristic and may obscure the nucleus of this relatively uncommon cell. The mature nucleus is segmented into 2-3 lobes. Basophils (12 to 15 micrometers in diameter) contain heparin and large amounts of histamine and are usually present in the blood in vary small quantities (less than 100 million in a liter of blood). The mature nucleus is segmented into 2 to 3 lobes. Basophils are active participants in hypersensitivity reactions. They tend to be a relatively late arriver at the scene of an allergy, but they contain histamine, which is one of the reasons the cells look so dark, and it encourages inflammation. The cell is too rare for its lifespan to be well-tracked.
MONOCYTES. The largest cells in the blood, monocytes act as the "garbage collectors" of the body. They engulf and digest foreign particles as well as damaged or aging cells, including tumor cells. After spending about 24 hours circulating in the bloodstream, most monocytes enter the tissues and perform similar functions there. At this point, they are known as macrophages.
Monocytes are the largest (12 to 20 micrometers in diameter) cells normally found in the peripheral blood. Monocytes have abundant blue-gray, sometimes very pale pink cytoplasm with small, generally indistinct, granules. One may see fine reddish granules of variable prominence. Occasionally, large azurophilic granules will be seen. The monocyte is the big white blood cell. By no means is it the most common in the blood stream (though more common than the eosinophils and basophils), yet the monocyte is a hefty white blood cell with a very important job. It can vary enormously - sometimes containing vacuoles or granules, and with an uncertain lifespan - but importantly, this is the cell which will eventually become an antigen presenting cell such as a macrophage.
The monocyte circulates around in the blood stream for a while; then, when it decides to pop off into the tissue of the body, it can turn into a macrophage; the monocyte is also the precursor to the dendritic cell, which does a similar thing to the macrophage. Like the neutrophil, the macrophage can perform phagocytosis, which involves gobbling up dangerous or foreign "bodies" such as bacteria and viruses. This is really important because it enables the macrophage to kill or inactivate the threat it has phagocytosed, and to activate lymphocytes to kill others. If this goes wrong (e.g. when a bacteria manages to escape the macrophage), then you can get very ill.
Impressively, these phagocytes can chase their prey quite dramatically. It is not exactly a high-speed car chase, but it is an impressive feat all the same. The macrophages also act like vacuum cleaners; when something gets into the body which should not be there, there may be a huge reaction - a cellular battle - to try and get rid of it, so the macrophages have the job of cleaning up all the mess and phagocytosing the debris.
Cytoplasmic vacuoles are often seen. The nucleus is irregular, frequently with delicate folds and often lobulated. The chromatin is fine and lacey, sometimes described as reticular. The mature monocyte has no nucleoli. Monocytes are phagocytes and frequently contain vacuoles. Monocytes can migrate into tissues where they are known as macrophages. Monocytes are central to the "battle" management of inflammatory processes. The peripheral blood normally contains 0 to l0-percent monocytes.
LYMPHOCYTES. The lymphocytes are responsible for the development of specific immunities. Three important types of lymphocytes are T-cells, B-cells, and NK-cells.
Lymphocytes vary greatly in size (7-20 micrometers in diameter) and in nuclear and cytoplasmic character. The small lymphocyte (7 to 12 micrometers in diameter) has a round-oval nucleus with dense clumped "smudgy" chromatin; no visible nucleolus. Scanty light blue cytoplasm, while usually agranular, may contain a few small red granules. Contrast the chromatin of the lymphocyte and neutrophil. Normal peripheral blood lymphocyte percentages vary from l5 to 60-percent. Lymphocytes with peripherally clumped chromatin and often deep blue cytoplasm similar to plasma cells are termed plasmacytoid lymphocytes. Terminally differentiated lymphocytes or plasma cells are rarely found in the peripheral blood. Young or stimulated lymphocytes are larger and have relatively more cytoplasm and larger nuclei than mature or unstimulated cells. Some larger lymphocytes with moderate amounts of cytoplasm and distinct red granules are known as large granular lymphocytes (LGL).
A lymphocyte is a reasonably common white blood cell with a very important function in acquired immunity. It can actually come in different forms, but sticks out because, in relation to the size of the cell, it has an enormous nucleus. This of course makes it handy when DNA is obtained from the blood. Like the other cells of the blood, they are made in bone marrow, but they do not mature until they get into a lymphoid organ, where the body makes sure that they are doing the right thing, and eventually sends them off to do it.
The main types of lymphocyte are T-cells and B-cells, but another important lymphocyte is the natural killer (NK) cell.
Lymphocytes are normally a similar size to red blood cells, and they are less likely to change size; so, when looking at blood under the microscope, it can be useful to compare the size of the two to see if blood cells are too large or too small.
T-cells are so called because they mature in the thymus. They have a receptor on the surface unoriginally titled the T-cell receptor which is specific to each T-cell. They are cleverly manufactured so that pretty much every possible different structure exists, and they are there to recognize antigens that are presented by MHC molecules on both antigen presenting cells and normal cells. Lots of T-cells will go past, but when one that happens to have the right T-cell receptor recognizes the antigen being presented, it becomes activated.
There are two very important types of T-cells:
T-Helper Cells are, as the name suggests, there to help out. They have a protein on the surface called CD4, so they are sometimes called CD4+ T-lymphocytes, and when they are activated they produce a chemical called interleukin-2 (IL-2) to activate B-cells to produce a response. They need antigens to be presented on MHC Class II molecules in order to be activated.
Cytotoxic T-Lymphocytes (CTL), as you might gather from the name, kill cells. They have a protein on the surface called CD8, so they are sometimes called CD8+ T-lymphocytes, and when they are activated they will kill the cell which activated them. These cells can recognize antigens if they are presented on MHC Class I molecules, which means they will be activated by antigens presented on any cell which is infected by a bacteria or virus.
T-cells also produce Memory Cells, although it is uncertain whether these arise when the original T-cell is activated, or if the active T-helper or cytotoxic T-lymphocyte becomes a memory T-cell when it is done its job. Either way, the Memory T-cell has a similar function of waiting around until the specific antigen makes an appearance again, at which point the memory cells will be well placed to mount a specific and rapid response.
It is a common misconception that the 'B' in 'B-cell' stands for bone marrow - because, like all blood cells, they are made in the bone marrow, and in fact they mature there too. In birds they mature in an organ called the bursa of Fabricius and it is from this that they obtain their 'B'. When B-cells are activated, they multiply and can develop into plasma cells and memory cells. Memory cells are there to remember the threat which first made an appearance, so that they can attack it if it comes in at a later date; there are a lot more memory cells than the original B-cell from which they stemmed, so it becomes an incredibly useful supply.
Plasma cells are the ones which produce antibodies, which are proteins that can bind to antigens in order to inactivate them and prevent them causing damage.
NATURAL KILLER CELLS
The natural killer (NK) cell kills by destroying body cells that have become infected or become cancerous. It's entire function is to kill. Indeed, it is rather a big fan of the whole 'killing' thing. It is the front-line soldier, targeting dangerous cells which pose a problem as soon as it is on the scene. The natural killer cell is part of the body's innate immunity, as it does not respond to specific antigens, but rather will kill any cell that is has the characteristic features of a dangerous cell. There are several things which cause a natural killer to think something is a bit wrong and decide to kill its target. One is a low concentration of MHC Class I molecules. Every nucleated cell contains these, so if there is not much there then it indicates something is wrong - and indeed, if it is infected by a virus then a cell may well have been prompted to produce less MHC Class I. A cell may also produce less if it is cancerous, since it is dividing quickly and has less time to produce such proteins. Natural killers, then, are effective cells at offering first defence against many of the body's problems, but they do not match up to the specific response offered, when possible, in acquired immunity.
WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT
Knowledge of the relative and absolute numbers of the various WBCs in the peripheral blood (PB) together with a qualitative evaluation of the morphology is key to assessing leukocytes. The morphologic identification of a consecutive series of WBCs, by eye or automated instrument, results in a differential count, in which the relative number of each cell is expressed as a percentage. This may be deceiving. Therefore, more important than the "Differential (Diff)" is the calculation of the absolute count.
While examining your own blood you find a WBC (8,000 µL) with:
- 25-percent Neutrophils
- 7-percent Eosinophils
- 3-percent Basophils
- 10-percent Monocytes
- 55-percent Lymphocytes
FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF A WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Weakening of the immune system results in increased susceptibility to virtually every type of illness. Some common signs of impaired immune function include:
- Repeated infections.
- Allergic Reactions.
- Slow wound healing.
- Chronic diarrhea.
- Infections that represent an overgrowth of some normally present organism, such as oral thrush, systemic candidiasis, or vaginal yeast infections.
It is estimated that healthy adult individuals in our society have an average of two colds per year. People who have significantly more colds and infectious illnesses than that are likely to have some problem with immune function. By understanding some of the basic elements of the immune system and how they work, plus the overall role the immune system plays in your health, you can take responsibility for your own health.
IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION
In its simplest terms, the task of the immune system is to identify those things that naturally belong in the body and those that are foreign or otherwise harmful material, and then to neutralize or destroy the foreign material. The immune system is unlike any other bodily systems in that it is not a group of physical structures but a system of complex interactions involving many different organs, structures, and substances, among them white blood cells, bone marrow, and lymphatic vessels and organs, specialized cells found in various body tissues, and specialized substances, called serum factors, that are present in the blood. Ideally, all of these components work together to protect the body against infection and disease.
The immune system is our defense system. It is a complex set of organs, white blood cells, other specialized molecules and a separate circulatory system, called the lymph system that works with the cardiovascular system to move these defenders around the body to where they are needed. There are sentries in place to look for invaders (which are called antigens) and call in other resources. There are front line troops to do the fighting and there are clean-up crews to clear out the casualties and leave the battlefield, our bodies, clean. Left behind after any attack are even more sentries that keep a watch out for the bad guys from the previous attack.
IMMUNE SYSTEM COMPONENTS
THE LYMPH SYSTEM
The lymphatic system is an important component of immunity. This is a system of organs (including the spleen, the thymus, the tonsils, and the lymph nodes) and fluid, called lymph, that circulates through the lymphatic vessels in the body and also bathes the body's cells. The lymph is almost colorless and carries many of the immune system fighters around the body and provides a kind of continuous cleansing that operates at the cellular level. It is through the lymphatic system that fluid from the spaces between cells is drained, taking with waste products, toxins, and other debris from the tissues. The lymph flows through the lymph nods, where the macrophages filter out the undesirables, and from there it returns to the venous circulation. Lymph is familiar to most people from the term "swollen lymph nodes." The lymph nodes are spread around the body as part of the lymphatic vessels. They serve as gathering places for the fighters of the immune system and become enlarged during an illness because they are swollen with the casualties of the battle.
Other parts of the immune system include:
- Bone marrow.
- White blood cells also called leukocytes.
- Complement system.
Both the appendix and the tonsils also support the immune system. Tonsils and adenoids play important roles early in life but become less important as we grow older. Filtering organs such as the liver and the kidneys also play a role with the immune system of clearing our bodies of infection.
The spleen filters the blood and removes old red blood cells that need replacing. The spleen is populated by macrophages, dendritic cells (white blood cells that collect bits of antigens so that T-cells can learn to recognize them), red blood cells, killer cells, and B and T-cells. In the spleen, antigens are brought to the B-cells, which use them to learn to manufacture the appropriate antigen response. People whose spleens have been removed tend to be more prone to illness because these important functions are no longer performed.
The T-cells play a role in immunity by secreting interleukin-1, interleukin-2, and interferon, as well as activating B-cells so they can produce antibodies. The bone marrow produces new white blood cells, platelets, B-cells, killer cells, granulocytes, and thymocytes. All white blood cells are made from stem cells. Stem cells are embryonic cells that have the capacity to mature into virtually any type of cell. Some of the white blood cells made in the bone marrow and mature elsewhere in the body, while others mature where they are and support the immune system. All the cells of the immune system come originally from the bone marrow.
TYPES OF LEUKOCYTES
There are three types of leukocytes:
- Granulocytes are the foot soldiers and the most common. They attack on a broad basis wherever they are told. Granulocytes are further subdivided into neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils.
- Monocytes mature into what are called macrophages. These are the largest of the defenders. They can surround and destroy antigens as well as clean up after other defenders. Macrophages are usually stationed around the body in various tissues and organs, ready to spring into action.
- Lymphocytes turn into very specialized cells. Some migrate to the thymus were they mature. They are called T-cells. T-cells themselves can be of various types such as helper T-cells, killer T-cells and even suppressor T-cells, which have the job of helping call off the attack of the immune system.
- Natural Killer (NK) Cells are another lymphocyte that can act on their own to destroy a diseased cell. They appear to be part of a first line of defense against tumors and virus infected cells.
- The last type of lymphocytes is called B-cells. B-cells produce antibodies. Antibodies attach themselves to antigens and mark them for attack. There is also a type of B-cell called a memory B-cell. Its job is to remember exactly what an attacker looked like so the next time it shows up it can be surrounded and destroyed quickly. Immunizations use this process to prime our immune system for certain diseases such as the flu, measles etc.
TYPES OF ANTIBODIES
There are millions of antibodies in our system. Each of them is primed to fight a specific invader. Antibodies are separated into five classes. They are:
- Immunoglobulin A (IgA) concentrates in body fluids - tears, saliva, the secretions of the respiratory tract and the digestive tract - guarding the entrances to the body.
- Immunoglobulin D (IgD) remains attached to B-cells and plays a key role in initiating early B-cell response.
- Immunoglobulin E (IgE) whose natural job is suspected to be protecting against parasitic infections, is the suspected villain responsible for the symptoms of allergy.
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG) works efficiently to coat microbes, speeding their uptake by other cells in the immune system.
- Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is very effective at killing bacteria.
Each class of antibody stands ready to fight specific types of attackers in specific places. IgA is usually found in the body secretions and the mucous membranes lining the airways and digestive tract. Likewise, IgG is the main type of antibody in the blood and the tissues. Antibodies also attract free floating proteins called complement that combine with the antibodies to help destroy invaders and remove them from the body.
The complement system is made up of about 25 proteins that work together to "complement" the action of antibodies in destroying bacteria. Complement also helps to rid the body of antibody-coated antigens (antigen-antibody complexes). Complement proteins, which cause blood vessels to become dilated and then leaky, contribute to the redness, warmth, swelling, pain, and loss of function that characterize an inflammatory response.
Components of the immune system communicate with one another by exchanging chemical messengers called cytokines. These proteins are secreted by cells and act on other cells to coordinate an appropriate immune response. Cytokines include a diverse assortment of interleukins, interferons and growth factors. Some cytokines are chemical switches that turn certain immune cell types on and off. Other cytokines chemically attract specific cell types. These so-called chemokines are released by cells at a site of injury or infection and call other immune cells to the region to help repair the damage or fight off the invader.
IMMUNE SYSTEM MECHANISM
Though not usually considered part of the immune system, our skin is our first line of defense. Until the skin is breached in some manner, invaders are kept outside. A cut is one way that bacteria can invade our bodies. But there are also natural breaches in the skin such as our eyes, mouth and nose that provide entry points for things like bacteria and viruses. Once they get inside, the resources of the immune system are called upon. The antigen or invader eventually runs into one of the white blood cells that act as sentries. Those include the macrophages, any of the granulocytes or the NK cells. Each of these has the ability to fight the invader on their own but they also are not afraid to call in reinforcements. Chemical signals are sent out and soon others join the battle. The blood flow to the area increases and inflammation occurs as various leukocytes arrive to do battle. T cells and B cells arrive to check and see if this invader has been here before. If the antigen has, the B cells that fought last time (memory B cells), launch into action producing the needed antibodies. If it is a new invader, other B cells produce the required antibody to stop the invader in its tracks. Sometimes the antibodies attract scavenger cells, like macrophages, that engulf the invader and destroy them. Other times the antibodies can combine with complement to destroy the antigen or they can attach themselves to viruses in such a way that the viruses are no longer able to invade cells.
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IMMUNITY & THE IMMUNE RESPONSE
In history, health care providers realized that people who had recovered from the plague would never get it again - they had acquired immunity. This is because some of the activated T and B cells become memory cells. The next time an individual meets up with the same antigen, the immune system is set to demolish it. Immunity can be strong or weak, short-lived or long-lasting, depending on the type of antigen, the amount of antigen, and the route by which it enters the body. Immunity can also be influenced by inherited genes. When faced with the same antigen, some individuals will respond forcefully, others feebly, and some not at all. An immune response can be sparked not only by infection but also by immunization with vaccines. Vaccines contain microorganisms - or parts of microorganisms - that have been treated so they can provoke an immune response but not full-blown disease. Immunity can also be transferred from one individual to another by injections of serum rich in antibodies against a particular microbe (antiserum).
For example, immune serum is sometimes given to protect travelers to countries where hepatitis A is widespread. Such passive immunity typically lasts only a few weeks or months. Infants are born with weak immune responses but are protected for the first few months of life by antibodies received from their mothers before birth. Babies who are nursed can also receive some antibodies from breast milk that help to protect their digestive tracts.
VACCINES & THE THEORY OF VACCINATION
Conventional medicine have long helped the body's immune system prepare for future attacks through vaccination. Vaccines consist of killed or modified microbes, components of microbes, or microbial DNA that trick the body into thinking an infection has occurred. An immunized person's immune system attacks the harmless vaccine and prepares for subsequent invasions. CDC says vaccines remain one of the best ways to prevent infectious diseases and have an excellent safety record. Previously devastating diseases such as smallpox, polio, and whooping cough have been greatly controlled or eliminated through worldwide vaccination programs. Gaining immunity through vaccination is still considered to be controversial due to potentially hazardous side effects often associated with the vaccine and preservatives used in the vaccine as well as the short term and long term effects and immunity. Individuals considering a vaccination program should do thorough research before obtaining a vaccine and understand its pros and cons.
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IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS
Many elements of the environment we live in today compromise our immune systems' defensive abilities. The chemicals in the household cleansers we use; the overuse of antibiotics and other drugs; the antibiotics, pesticides, and myriad additives present in the foods we eat; and exposure to environmental pollutants all place a strain on the immune system. Another factor that adversely affects the immune system is stress. Stress results in a sequence of biochemical events that ultimately suppresses the normal activity of white blood cells and places undue demands on the endocrine system, as well as depleting the body of needed nutrients. The result is impaired healing ability and lowered defense against infection.
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Proper immune function is an intricate balancing act. Sometimes things go wrong and the immune system does not work the way it is supposed to. While inadequate immunity predisposes one to infectious illness of every type, it is also possible to become ill as a result of an immune response that is too strong or directed at an inappropriate target. This can be the result of the immune system going after invaders that present us no danger, from the immune system attacking our own bodies and from the immune system missing certain components. The results are many different disorders, including allergies, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and conditions such as immunodeficiency diseases.
Allergic Diseases: The most common types of allergies occur when the immune system responds to a false alarm. In a person with allergies, a normally harmless material such as grass pollen or house dust is mistaken for a threat and attacked. Allergies such as pollen allergy are related to the antibody known as IgE. Like other antibodies, each IgE antibody is specific; one acts against oak pollen, another against ragweed.
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Autoimmune Diseases: Sometimes the immune system's recognition apparatus breaks down, and the body begins to manufacture T-cells and antibodies directed against its own cells and organs. Misguided T-cells and auto antibodies, as they are known, contribute to many diseases. For instance, T-cells that attack pancreas cells may contribute to diabetes; autoimmune hypothyroidism occurs when T-cells attack thyroid cells resulting in thyroid destruction and hypothyroidism; while an auto antibody known as rheumatoid factor is common in people with rheumatoid arthritis. People with systemic lupus erythematosus have antibodies to many types of their own cells and cell components. No one knows exactly what causes an autoimmune disease, but multiple factors are likely to be involved. These include elements in the environment, such as viruses, certain drugs and sunlight, all of which may damage or alter normal body cells. Hormones are suspected of playing a role, since most autoimmune diseases are far more common in women than in men. Heredity, too, seems to be important. Many people with autoimmune diseases have characteristic types of self marker molecules. Other types of disorders associated with an autoimmune (or self-attacking-self) response also include pernicious anemia, rheumatic heart disease, and possibly diabetes.
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Immunodeficiency Disorders: When the immune system is missing one or more of its components, the result is an immunodeficiency disorder. Immunodeficiency disorders can be inherited, acquired through infection or produced unintentionally by drugs such as those used to treat people with cancer or those who have received transplants. Temporary immune deficiencies can develop in the wake of common virus infections, including influenza, infectious mononucleosis, and measles. Immune responses can also be depressed by blood transfusions, surgery, malnutrition, smoking and stress. Some children are born with poorly functioning immune systems. Some have flaws in the B cell system and cannot produce antibodies. Other people, whose thymus is either missing or small and abnormal, lack T-cells. Very rarely, infants are born lacking all of the major immune defenses. This condition is known as severe combined immunodeficiency disease or SCID. AIDS is an immunodeficiency disorder caused by a virus (HIV) that infects immune cells. HIV can destroy or disable vital T-cells, paving the way for a variety of immunologic shortcomings. HIV also can hide out for long periods in immune cells. As the immune defenses falter, a person with AIDS falls prey to unusual, often life-threatening infections and rare cancers. A contagious disease, AIDS is spread by intimate sexual contact, transfer of the virus from mother to infant during pregnancy, or direct blood contamination. There is no cure for AIDS, but newly developed antiviral drugs can slow the advance of the disease, at least for a time. Researchers also are testing HIV vaccines in clinical studies.
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BUILDING & MAINTAINING A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
While much is known about the functioning of the immune system, much more remains to be learned. Only in the last 10 to 15 years of so have many facets of immune function begun to be studies and understood by health care providers and researchers. The field of immunology (the study of the immune system) is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine today.
The program of nutritional supplements and recommendations outlined below is designed to strengthen the immune system, whether it is damaged as a result of disease, stress, inadequate nutrition, poor living habits, chemotherapy, or a combination of one or more of these factors.
Astragalus boosts the immune system and generates anticancer cells in the body. It is also a powerful antioxidant and protects the liver from toxins. Caution: Do not take this herb in the presence of a fever.
ABM Mushroom Extract (Agaricus Blazai Murill) contains a powdered form of whole mushroom, cultivated using a proprietary biotech growing method and then freeze-dried to preserve all native ingredients. The mushroom, Agaricus Blazei, is a regular part of their diet. As a result, studies have been performed and it has been found that this mushroom has an immune enhancing effect on the body. Agaricus Blazei Murill contains polysaccharides that are vital in the production of interferon and interleukin in small amounts, which helps destroy or prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. There is a lot of information on this mushroom.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is useful to generate energy and endurance; a tonic for the whole body, due to its highly nutritive value.
Aller-Calm Herbal Allergy Remedy Tincture is a herbal allergy remedy can be used as a preventative and to help lessen the symptoms of allergies and hayfever.
AllergEase Herb Tea is used to regulate the immune system, especially in allergy conditions that effect the sinuses and to remove wind-heat.
Allergy Support For Children, Seasonal Aller-G-Ease, is a seasonal supplement that provides nutritional and herbal support for children during the allergy season. It is an all-natural formula.
Allibiotic CF is scientifically designed to help support healthy seasonal and year-round immune function. Allibiotic CFT is scientifically designed to help support healthy seasonal and year-round immune function. This potent herbal formula is fuelled by Allisure, a clinically-tested, safe and unique form of stabilized Allicin. Allicin is responsible for the healthy immune supporting properties in garlic, and has become an increasingly popular way to support overall wellness. In addition to Allisure, Elderberry Extract, Olive Leaf Extract and Oregano Oil have been added. These three natural compounds have been used extensively to provide healthy immune system support. ImmunEnhancer is a non-digestible soluble fiber from Larch that has been included as a prebiotic supplement and helps in supporting healthy intestinal flora - a key component of healthy immune response.
Aloe Vera is one of nature's supreme soothing agents, aloe vera has been used for hundreds of years for everything from sunburn to constipation. Aloe Vera Juice, Re-Natures the cells, tissues, glands, organs and all systems of the body to function as originally designed. The magnificent Aloe plant, that is designed to be self-sufficient & thrive in the desert, feeds us in unique ways with its 250-plus naturally occurring constituents including enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, glycoproteins, sterols, growth factors, & all sizes of uniquely complex Aloe polysaccharides and mannans.
Andrographis extract from Nature's Way is standardized to 10-percent andrographolides to support healthy immunity. Andrographis has shown an ability to reduce inflammation (heat) and fight viral infection, and is used as a principal ingredient in traditional Chinese medicinal formulas for lung support from colds. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that Andrographis affects the large intestine, lung, stomach, bladder, liver meridians or energy pathways in the body. It is thought to dispel heat (such as that associated with fever or infection) and is used primarily as a broad spectrum antibiotic and immunostimulant (stimulating the immune system) for a variety of bacterial, viral and parasitic conditions, including influenza, intestinal infections, hepatitis, pneumonia and infected wounds. Studies have shown that Andrographis can reduce the severity of cold symptoms, and in one study it was found to increase resistance to colds.
Antibiotic Support Tincture is used as a natural antibiotic to support the immune system.
Antioxidant Herbal Green Tea is made of Grapeseed extract, Emblic Fruit (Amla) extract, Organic Lemongrass, Green Tea Leaf, Licorice Root, Jasmine Green Tea Leaf, Alfalfa Leaf, Burdock Root, Dandelion Root and Irish Moss. Antioxidants combat effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that are by-products of aging, pollution and stress. Organic Green Tea with Grapeseed and Amla extracts supply potent antioxidants to reduce free radicals. Organic Lemongrass adds bright citrus flavor, as Licorice and Jasmine lend sweet and floral notes.
Asian Health Secrets: The Complete Guide to Asian Herbal Medicine, By Letha Hadady, D.Ac. Asian Way of Wellness is the first interactive guide to herbal medicine, presenting breakthrough guidelines for self-diagnoses that help readers understand how to evaluate their personal health needs and use readily available herbs to treat common maladies, boost the immune system, prevent illness, maintain wellness, and ensure longevity. The author is a herbalist and acupuncturist.
Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus) is used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They consider astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) a true tonic that can strengthen debilitated patients and increase resistance to disease in general. Astragalus root is considered to have a normalizing effect on the body's functions. Astragalus root is commonly included in Chinese cuisine. Astragalus root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion. Astragalus Extract is standardized to 0.5-percent astragalosides, one of the most studied components. Astragalus Immunity Herbal Tea helps maintain normal functions of the liver, lung, kidney, stomach and heart, to boost energy, defer aging, detoxify, etc. To bolster white blood cells growth, support the immune systems, and to promote the effect of other herbs, and help reduce side effect of chemotherapy and radiation.
Super Greens like Barley Grass help with digestion, elimination, detoxification, internal cleansing, tissue repair, skin problems and healing.
Bayberry Root Bark is often used for its astringent properties and can boost the immune system. Bayberry is used to improve circulation, promote perspiration, boost your immune system naturally, and ward off infections.
Bayberry, Fenugreek, Hawthorn, Horehound, Licorice root, and Red Clover all enhance the immune system. Caution: If overused, Licorice can elevate blood pressure. Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than 7 days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
BioStrath is an herbal tonic containing vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids, plus adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a key cellular energy source. BioStrath supplement is good for fighting illness and for long-term vitality.
Black Radish, Dandelion, and Milk Thistle help to cleanse the liver and the blood stream. The liver is the organ of detoxification and must function properly.
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Black Seed, also known as Black Cumin, is a suitable natural alternative for all types of allergic and infectious disorders of the respiratory tract, such as asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, hacking cough, and other cold-like symptoms. For centuries Black Seed has been used by millions of people around the world to promote health and general well-being. Research shows that Black Seed contains more than 100 components, some of which are still unidentified, that work together synergistically.Black Seed Oil is an excellent healer, and its areas of application range from external skin care (psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, joints & scalp massage) and to internal use as a treatment for various complaints (asthma, arthritis, immune system). Black Seed combined with Garlic promotes healthy circulation, useful for arthritis and cardiovascular & respiratory support. It also supports digestion and is a natural remedy for ulcers. Garlic is known to lower cholesterol naturally.
Black Seed Herbal Honey, Soothing, is available in three delightful formulations that have been prepared with select raw natural honey and infused with synergistic herbs and pure Black Seed Oil. Black Seed Herbal Honey, Energizing, a sensational blend of honey and herbs in three different formulations that offer a natural boost of energy, immune support, or relaxation that's great for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of Black Seed without taking capsules or oil. Black Seed Herbal Honey, Immune Boost, A sensational blend of honey and herbs in three different formulations that offer a natural boost of energy, immune support, or relaxation that's great for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of Black Seed without taking capsules or oil.
Broccoli and Broccoli Seeds are important sources of chemoprotective sulfur compounds, such as Glucoraphanin, that support the body's natural detoxification mechanisms. SGS (Sulforaphane Glucosinolate) is a potent activator of the body's immune defense system through its effect on Phase 2 enzymes. sgs is the subject of hundreds of scientific studies.
Burdock Root Tincture is an herbal treatment for psoriasis and a promising HIV herb, Burdock is also a blood purifier.
Camu-Camu juice blend is a delicious synergy of 6 different juice varieties. Camu Camu contains more vitamin C than any known plant and is a powerful antioxidant, can help to strengthen the immune system and can help alleviate the herpes virus.
Cat's Claw Bark (Uncaria Tomentosa) was reputed to be a super drug in the Andean region of South America. Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments. Cat's Claw is a rain forest herb that grows in the Peruvian Amazon; it has been used by native healers for many years. It has a long history of indigenous use for arthritis and rheumatism as well as other types of inflammation associated with various stomach disorders and ulcers where it was clinically shown to be effective. Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw reduces inflammation in arthritis, protects the body from harmful substances, supports the body while undergoing cancer treatments, helps to boost the immune system.
Cedarberg Organic Red Tea, The Republic of Tea, is rich in antioxidants, naturally caffeine free. South African Rooibos in its pure form. The rich amber brew is red tea as it has been prepared in the Cedarberg Mountain region for generations.
Coconut Oil can help protect from heart disease, cancer and other degenerative conditions, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, beautify skin and hair and much more.
Cordyceps is used clinically to build and support immune function in various immune compromised conditions including chronic fatigue, cancer, and respiratory conditions.
Coriolus Mushroom PSP extract, with over 300 scientific studies documenting the powerful immune building properties of this mushroom, Coriolus versicolor has become the number one selling medicinal mushroom in the world.
Cumanda is an herbal extract made from the bark of the Campsiandra angustifolia tree found in the Amazon basin. It has been used by indigenous groups in that region for hundreds of years.
Echinacea boosts the immune system and enhances lymphatic function. Echinacea Root is also known as Purple Coneflower and considered very valuable by the North American Indians. Modern scientific studies now validate Echinacea's traditional usage as a topical agent to help the body repair skin wounds, and internally to enhance the immune system. The echinacea supplement Echinacea Force from Bioforce USA has been studied regarding reduction of common cold symptoms. It was found to be 60-percent more effective than a placebo.
Echinacea purpurea supports the immune system, while Astragalus and Reishi are two of the most important traditional Chinese medicinal herb tonics. Echinacea Purpurea Tincture boosts the immune system during illness, a valuable alternative to antibiotics. Echinacea extract is helpful in support of colds and flu, slow healing wounds, and infections.
Echinacea Root Complex helps promote general well-being during the cold and flu season and supports the immune system. Echinacea herb supports the immune system and promotes general well-being in cold and flu season. Echinacea Immune Support Tea is a superior blend of several species of organic Echinacea root (Echinacea angustifolia, purpurea, pallida) designed to boost your immune system.
Echinacea with Goldenseal supports the immune system. Echinacea goldenseal promotes well being during cold and flu season, and supports the immune system, it is combined with other herbs traditionally used for the same purpose and to promote general well being.
Echinacea Extract with Olive Leaf is a unique combination of immune defense herbal extracts. Echinacea With Elderberry and Zinc is a synergistic combination of the latest scientific research and traditional herbal medicine to support the immune Echinacea With Ester C. Echinacea purpurea helps promote general well being during the cold and flu season. Ester-C is a patented form of Vitamin C added to help support the body. Note: Do not use this Echinacea if you have an autoimmune disorder.
Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have anti-viral activity against influenza and herpes simplex. Elderberry & Zinc Lozenge contains Elderberry extract powder that is synergistically formulated with Zinc and Vitamin C for maximum effectiveness in supporting the body's immune system. Elderberry Juice Concentrate is a non-alcoholic source for the health benefits of Elderberries. A medically proven strong anti-viral and immune system enhancer, elderberry is recommended as part of a health maintenance program. Elderberry is a purgative, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and diuretic.
Esberitox is a combination of different herbs designed to promote a healthy immune system. It is also effective against the common cold.
Essiac Tea was originally used by the Ojibwe Indians, Essiac has been used for centuries to encourage all around wellness. Essiac normalizes the enzymes in your body. It helps cleanse the blood, promotes, cellular repair, and aids in effective assimilation and elimination. Essiac also regulates cholesterol levels, strengthens bones, joints, ligaments, and lungs, and nourishes and stimulates the brain and nervous system. It eliminates heavy metal and toxins in the tissues, destroys parasites in the digestive tract, and prevents a buildup of fatty deposits in the heart, kidney, and liver. Essiac is still the preferred remedy in alternative medicine for treating cancer. Many who have used Essiac believe it can improve the bodies ability to fight cancer, and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Users reported that with the reduction in chemotherapy and radiation side effects, they were much better able to handle the full course of their treatments without interruption and delays in treatment. Ojibwa Indian Essiac Extract is used to support the immune system.
Five Mushroom Formula is the most powerful "all mushroom" immune formula on the market, blending five premium quality extracts. Medicinal mushrooms have an ability to seemingly sense areas of the body that are toxic, stressed, injured, or damaged and focus their healing potency where it is needed most. Certain species of mushrooms have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Today there are over 300 different varieties with scientifically documented healing properties. These powerful fungi are a rich source of healthy compounds such as lipids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and many others. In the treatment of specific health conditions, medicinal mushrooms have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, provide antioxidants, remove toxins, protect against radiation damage, fight cancer, and protect against heart disease. On top of all that, they offer powerful support for other important areas of health including digestive, cognitive, hormonal, and vital energy. However, out of all the remarkable health benefits offered by medicinal mushrooms, improving and regulating immunity may be the most well-known and significant. The interaction between mushrooms and the immune system is more complex than just supercharging your immunity because mushrooms can also benefit people with autoimmune disorders. Rather than simply energizing the immune system, medicinal mushrooms optimize it by helping to organize, activate, and "educate" specific immune cells to function better. A fine-tuned immune system is critical for overall health and longevity. Because the immune system is designed to take on anything and everything - including pathogens, foreign bodies, and diseased cells - medicinal mushrooms can have a powerful impact against a wide variety of conditions.
Super Lignan Flax Seed Oil is a rich, vegetarian source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids beneficial for many ailments. Essential fatty acids are critical in the production of prostaglandins. In the body prostaglandins help regulate fat metabolism, inflammatory response, hormones, as well as the cardiovascular, immune and central nervous systems. Worldwide studies have shown that using Flaxseed oil boosts the immune system, promotes anti-tumor activity, normalizes blood pressure levels and inhibits cancer cell growth. Flaxseed oil is beneficial for allergies, cardiovascular health, cholesterol levels, circulation, eczema, eyesight, immune function, learning ability, nerve problems, osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, viral illness, weight management, diabetes, blood pressure, inflammation, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, acne, dry skin, energy levels, PMS, mood swings, and liver problems. Golden Flax Meal is a delicious source of nutrition and fiber, and can be easily added to a variety of your favorite snacks, including cereals, sport shakes, yogurts and more
Flor Essence Tea is an herbal supplement that offers a gentle detox for the whole body. The Flor-Essence 8 herb formula synergistically supports all elimination pathways to accelerate the removal of toxins and waste from the body, stimulate digestion and support immune function.
Ginkgo Biloba is good for the brain cells, aids circulation, and is a powerful antioxidant.
Glossy Privet (Ligustrum Lucidum), is also known in Chinese herbology as Nu Zhen Zi, increases bone marrow production of lymphocytes as well as their maturation into T-cells. It is beneficial for thymus and spleen health and inhibits tumor growth.
Goji (also known as Boxthorn Seed or Wolfberry), Ginseng, Suma, and Wisteria contain Germanium, a trace element that aids immune function and has anticancer properties. Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure.
Goldenseal strengthens the immune system, cleanses the body, and has antibacterial properties. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Graviola may support the immune system's ability to cull undesirable cells. There is a historic use as a sedative or nerve tonic, also to elevate mood and to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Green Tea is a super antioxidant that is specially formulated to combat the effects of free radicals in the body. Green Tea inhibits cancer growth, kills cancer cells, lowers LDL cholesterol levels, inhibits abnormal clotting (reducing heart attack risks), burns calories, and prevents tooth decay. Green Tea Triple Echinacea Tea is formulated to help keep your immune system in great shape.
Guduchi Stem Powder (Tinospora Cordifolia) is a slightly bitter herb that balances all doshas, and is especially useful for a variety of pitta-related conditions. T. cordifolia is used in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine for the treatment of jaundice, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and is also used as an immunostimulant. Experiments have examined its antineoplastic, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, hypolipidemic, and immunologic properties; however, few clinical trials exist.
ImmunoCare is a combination formula containing Ayurvedic herbs that may protect white blood cells.
Kombucha tea's benefits to the physical body vary widely. It is said to enhance the immune system. By detoxifing the body, Kombucha makes it unlikely for disease causing bacteria and viruses to find a suitable growth environment. This results in a healthier physical body. Concentrated Kombucha Capsules are new to the market, but Kombucha 2000 is one of the very first successful Kombucha tea producers in the United States. People from all over the world claim drinking Kombucha Tea provides relief from many physical ailments. Kombucha Tea offers many people the physical resistance they need to maintain and restore health. Kombucha's benefits to the physical body vary widely. It is said to enhance the immune system.
Maca (Lepidum Meyenii) root is used to increase energy and support the immune system. Maca Powder can help a number of conditions from fatigue to frigidity.
Mahasudarshan is a complex formulation of Ayurvedic herbs that bolsters immunity through detoxification. Mahasudarshan decongests the body and enhances the elimination of toxins, assisting the immune system in times of infection.
The Maitake Mushroom is not only the medicinal mushroom that leads as an anti-cancer agent specializing in breast and prostate cancers, but is also renown for it's ability to regulate blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, and blood clots.
Mangosteen Juice (Garcinia Mangostan) is rich in the Xanthone Antioxidant, and Mangosteen Juice contains naturally occurring minerals, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids and stimulates your body to boost energy.
Moducare has proven effective in balancing T-cell activity, which has the potential to increase immune system function. This supplement also improves symptoms of various autoimmune disorders. Moducare is a 100 to 1 mixture of sitosterol and sitosterolin derived from an original South African herbal folk remedy. The usual dosage is three 20 milligram capsules daily.
Mushroom Optimizer is a product that combines Reishi, Turkeytail, Maitake, Cordyceps, Blazei, Shiitake, and White Woodear extracts to work on immune system problems. Mushroom Optimizer is a superior blend of 7 mushroom species grown on organic brown rice. The mushrooms are specifically selected to complement each other in supporting the immune system, cell function and endurance.Mushroom Optimizer contains biologically active folate 5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate) along with a spectrum of polysaccharides, to support immune function, promote healthy cell replication, and increase energy.
Neem (Azadirachta Indica) does not destroy beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms needed to maintain optimum health. Neem has traditionally been used to purify the blood, cleanse the liver and support the immune system. It is also commonly used for a variety of skin irritations and inflammations, and to support healthy blood glucose levels. Neem leaf enhances overall health, improves immune system response and supports healthy bowel function.
Noni Juice (Morinda Citrofolia) aids digestion, eases arthritis and allergy symptoms, and helps eliminate parasites. Noni is a tropical fruit that is grown in the Pacific Islands. It has been successfully used for over 2,000 years in Polynesia to treat a variety of illnesses. The most beneficial Noni is grown organically in pollution free volcanic soil.
Oregano Oil (Wild Oregano) is known as one nature's most powerful anti-fungal and anti-viral herbs. Its natural anti-septic properties make it excellent for killing off parasites and maintaining a healthy immune system. Oregano Oil is known as one nature's most powerful anti-fungal and anti-viral herbs. Its natural anti-septic properties make it excellent for killing off parasites and maintaining a healthy immune system. Oil of Oregano is full of vitamins and minerals and contains thymol and carvacrol, compounds that discourage growth of microorganisms, viruses, and parasites. To make Oil of Oregano, the recommended dilution of Oregano Essential Oil in Olive Oil is at a ratio of 1 to 4 or 1 ounce of Oregano Essential Oil in 4 ounces of Olive Oil or other food grade oil before using. Oregano Essential Oil is derived from origanum vulgare, which is grown in the Mediterranean. Oregano Essential Oil contains a minimum of 55-percent carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano. Oregano essential Oil is used internally for joint pain, aching muscles, chronic cough, infections, asthma and bronchial congestion. Oil of Oregano is known as a cure for, and it's ability to stop a cold sore/fever blister dead in it's tracks.
Pau D'Arco (Purple Lapacho) is used to enhance liver function and to help lessen the effects of AIDS, allergies, cardiovascular problems, inflammatory bowel syndrome, rheumatism, tumors, and ulcers. Pau D'Arco is rich source of iron, which contributes to the elimination of wastes from the body and the assimilation of nutrients. Pau D'Arco Tea is a delicious, all-natural way to reduce Inflammation and Pain and to boost immunity.
Picrorrhiza (Picrorhiza), an Indian herb used in Ayurvedic medicine, is a powerful immunostimulant that boosts all aspects of immune function.
Reishi is used as a tonic to help increase energy, improve digestion and sleep, strengthen resistance to disease, and regulate the immune system, lower HDL (the 'bad' cholesterol), and reduce excess fatty acids. Also, Reishi has been shown to prevent and treat hardening of the arteries. Red Reishi is called Ling Zhi and it is believed to be one of the ingredients for youth elixirs. It is widely used to improve the cardiovascular system.
Red Yeast Rice is beneficial in improving blood circulation, in aiding digestion, and in treating abdominal pain. It is further enhanced with the addition of CoQ10 to support healthy cardiovascular and immune system function, Milk Thistle Extract to support healthy liver function, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to provide antioxidant support.
Rhodiola root extract is a commonly used herb to boost the immune system and boost energy levels naturally and supports memory and mental clarity.
Sambucol Black Elderberry is used by millions of people with positive results being reported worldwide, Sambucol is especially popular for promoting good health against the Flu and Colds during the winter season. Sambucol for Kids supports the immune system, and is especially popular during the winter season.
Samento (Unicaria Tomentosa) is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
Schizandra Berry in the early 1980s, Chinese health practitioners began researching Schizandra Berry as a treatment for hepatitis, and it is now recognized as an "adaptogen" capable of increasing the body's resistance to stress and disease.
Seabuckthorn seed oil is a rare source of vitamin E, Seabuckthorn Oil also provides other vitamins including Vitamins A, C, D, K, etc, carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols, amino acids, serotonin and 28 trace elements: iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iodine, etc. Sea Buckthorn Berry is being called the new "super fruit" because of its many health benefits. Containing the rare ingredient of Omega-7 fat (also known as Palmitoleic acid), it signals the body to stop storing fat. What this means for users is that it starts melting away the fat immediately, and it has been scientifically proven to help users keep it off for longer periods than conventional weight loss programs. Though Sea Buckthorn is great for helping people shrink their waist lines, its additional health benefits are getting it a lot of attention in the health industry as well. Sea Buckthorn oil has also been proven to help keep mucus membranes lubricated, relieve constipation, promote healthy teeth, and when used as an oil for the skin, it even has anti-acne and anti-aging properties.
Shiitake, Reishi and Maitake mushrooms. Rather than taking mushroom extracts separately, you can take them in a combination formula.
Shiitake Mushroom is a mainstay in the Japanese diet. Very high in nutrition. Scientific studies today are discovering evidence that supports the claims of ancient healers of China that Shiitake can be instrumental in helping to combat a host of conditions such as colds and flu, and serious ailments which includes heart disease, cancer, and life-threatening viral conditions. The active constituent in Shiitake is a polysaccharide called lentinan, which is currently under investigation for its potential anti-tumor effects, blood pressure-lowering effects, and cholesterol-lowering effects. Lentinan is also being studied for its ability to inhibit cancer. In recent years, Shiitake extracts have been tested for use as an adjunct to chemotherapy, and currently in Japan, a highly purified form of lentinan is being used in conjunction with standard chemotherapy agents in the treatment of cancer.
Shilajit is a powerful rejuvenative that cleanses the urinary tract and lungs, while bolstering immunity and strength. It purifies the blood and helps remove excess kapha and toxins from the tissues. As an aphrodisiac, it increases vitality and stamina while toning the reproductive organs and supporting their proper function.
Spirulina provides an all-inclusive proprietary formula to support gastrointestinal function, antioxidant protection and immunity. Spirulina helps protect the immune system, reduce cholesterol, aid in the absorption of minerals and has been used in the treatment of diabetes, glaucoma, liver pathologies, cancer, increasing neurotransmitter formation, and it acts as an appetite suppressant. Spirulina is a concentrated source of antioxidants and total carotenoids which help protect the body from damaging effects of free radicals.
St. John's Wort is a natural blood purifier and fights viruses such as HIV and Epstein-Barr virus. St. John's Wort Herb Tea is made of wild St. John's Wort and Siberian Ginseng. These Herbs tonify the nervous system, ease anxiety and depression, and support the immune system.
Stevia extract has a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is also an excellent diabetic aid which nourishes the pancreas, helping to achieve healthful blood sugar levels. Stevia has a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is also an excellent diabetic aid which nourishes the pancreas. Enjoy the flavor that Stevia adds to any food or beverage knowing you will also increase the healthful benefits.
Sutherlandia Frutescens is regarded as the most profound and multi-purpose of the medicinal plants in Southern Africa. Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own immunological physiological resources to cope with diverse physical, mental and chemical stressors.
Sympacho Herbal Tea is a delicious, all-natural way to reduce inflammation and pain and boost immunity.
A powerful mix of White & Green Tea with Black Tea extracts providing a potent combination of fat metabolizing ingredients with super antioxidant protection.
Vital Yew (Pacific Yew) provides incredible support for the immune system, lungs, sinuses, breathing, cellular function and more! Yew promotes healing of wounds, rashes, burns, bug bites, and problem skin. Vital Yew has been analyzed for its remarkable anti-cancer properties, but has also been historically utilized in its natural form for promoting relief from a variety of health concerns including colds, viral, bacterial and fungal infections, flu, rheumatism, sciatica, kidney problems, lung problems and more. Pacific Yew tree has not only been intensively used and analyzed for its remarkable anti-cancer properties, but has also been historically utilized in its natural form for promoting relief from a variety of health concerns including colds, viral, bacterial and fungal infections, flu, rheumatism, sciatica, kidney problems, lung problems and more.
Wellness Shots are a powerful tonic formulated made from organic Ginger, Oregano Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Colloidal Silver, and Peppermint. It creates instant relief for colds, flu's, and allergy like symptoms.
Yerba Mate has been known to induce mental clarity, help sustain energy levels, and boost immune system. It works as an antioxidant, and has been used to improve digestion. Yerba Mate can aid in weight loss, and help reduce depression. It has also been used to help alleviate allergies, reduce blood pressure, and balance sleep cycles.
DIET, NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
Over 150 million Americans take dietary supplements every year and one quarter of adults take dietary supplements for immune health. The immune system is the body's defense. The stronger the immune system, the healthier the individual. However, when your immune system is weakened, you are more likely to become ill. Fortunately, there are dietary supplements that help provide the body with key nutrients that can support the immune system.
Zinc is an example of a mineral dietary supplement that is especially helpful for immune system support in the elderly. As our bodies age, we do not absorb nutrients as well as they used to. Zinc is one of those nutrients. Supplementing ensures the body is getting enough of what it needs to maintain health.
Beyond vitamins (like Vitamin C) and minerals, other examples of dietary supplements that help support the immune system in adults of all ages include botanical supplements. These include Elderberry, Garlic, and Astragalus. Probiotics and dried Brewers Yeast have been demonstrated to be helpful for adults to experience more healthy days during cold winter months.
During the winter months, immune systems weaken making us more susceptible to illness. We exercise less and stray from healthy diets to indulge in seasonal treats during holiday celebrations. We experience more stress related to travel and family gatherings, lack of sleep from holiday party late hours. For those of us living in northern regions, we also have to deal with winter weather consisting of snow, ice and frigid temperatures. All of these can contribute to a weakened immune system. Dietary supplements should be included into a health and wellness program along with other healthy lifestyle choices. However, supplements are not substitutes for healthy habits. They only help to provide necessary nutrients to support health.
RECOMMENDED IMMUNE SUPPORT NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
VITAMIN D: Recommended dosage is 5000 to 10,000 IU daily for most adults is safe and effective for the prevention of flus, colds, cancer and approximately 200 different diseases. No other supplemented nutrient has been as extensively studied as vitamin D. Thousands of studies support its use in higher than RDA doses. For the best source of information and documentation of all the benefits, visit Vitamin Council.
If you have adequate blood levels of Vitamin D it is possible to prevent any and all infections. Vitamin D is often referred to as the Sunshine Vitamin. The trouble is that one has to get enough sunshine in order for the body to manufacture sufficient vitamin D through the action of ultraviolet light on the skin. This may be very difficult to achieve during the winter months in Northern United States and Canada. Hence, regular oral supplementation of emulsified Vitamin D drops is almost mandatory. Check your blood levels before supplementing with Vitamin D. The optimal average adult dose is between 5000 and 10,000 IU daily. If you have a cold or the flu, it is recommended that you take 50,000 IU of Vitamin D daily for 3 to 7 days and then drop the dose back to somewhere between 5,000 IU and 10,000 IU daily, depending on your blood levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D. The reason why vitamin D helps with just about any kind of infection is because it stimulates the production of cathelicidin, a protein with natural antibiotic properties.
OMEGA-3 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS: Recommended dosage is 4000 mg daily for most adults not only prevents heart disease but also powerfully boosts the immune system. Omega-3 is needed to help Vitamin D work in an optimal manner and, in effect, helps prevent Vitamin D deficiency. Omega-3 supplementation increases the activity of white cells that gobble up dangerous bacteria. Omega-3 also protects the lungs from colds, flus and other respiratory tract infections. No doubt you have heard of the benefits of taking Cod Liver Oil during the winter months. Interestingly enough, the major active ingredients of cod liver oil that work their magic on the immune system are Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
PROBIOTICS: Probiotics have variable dosing. Probiotics (Acidophilus, Bifidus) are friendly bacteria that usually inhabit the gut and are a very well documented optimizer of the immune system. Seventy percent or more of our immune system is controlled by what happens in the gut, and friendly bacteria are the most important component of that immune system. These bacteria modulate the immune system by increasing the numbers of certain while blood cells (T lymphocytes). Probiotics also help improve digestion and protect the body from harmful pathogens such as candida albicans.
ASTRAGALUS: Recommended dosage is 1000 mg or more daily of this well-known Chinese herb stimulates white blood cells to both prevent and fight infections. Astragalus does not work as quickly as vitamin D or omega-3 fatty acids, and may take between 6 to 8 weeks to reach its full effects. Numerous studies attest to the fact that it is well worth supplementing.
ZINC: Recommended dosage is 50 mg daily is an effective preventive for all kinds of infections. The vast majority of people in the United States and Canada are zinc deficient. There is some evidence that using Zinc lozenges can shorten the length of respiratory tract infections. High dose Zinc combined with Vitamin C can offset excessive lead levels in the body.
SELENIUM: Recommended dosage is 200 mcg daily. Regular supplementation reduces the risk of cancers of the bladder, breast, bowel, lung and prostate. A Vitamin E complex (tocopherols and tocotrienols) is often recommended along with 400 IU Selenium because the two nutrients work synergistically.
VITAMIN A: Recommended dosage is 10,000 IU daily. Vitamin A is another component of cod liver oil that plays a major role in preventing infections by influencing the activity of T and B lymphocytes (white cells). Low blood levels are often seen in supposedly healthy people who complain of recurrent infections (middle ear, bladder, chest, bowel and numerous other sites). Vitamin A is a common component of many Multivitamin supplements but some people just do not absorb enough of it from their diet because of unsuspected food allergies and insufficient secretion of pancreatic digestive enzymes. For most of these individuals, supplementing Pancreatin (pancreatic enzymes) should help resolve the absorption issue.
COLOSTRUM: Colostrum is the first mammary secretion nourishment that any mammal, including man, provides for its newborn for the first 24 to 48 hours of life. It does not contain milk, as we know it. In choosing a bovine colostrum supplement, make sure it comes only from the first milking, ideally within the first 6 hours after birth of the calf. Choose your colostrum carefully as most brands combine the first milking (which is pure colostrum) with several subsequent milkings (which are mostly milk), resulting in products that more closely resemble milk or whey powder than true colostrum. First milking colostrum contains numerous immune system and growth factors which trigger at least fifty processes in a newborn, ranging from the development of the immune system to the growth of all body cells. Laboratory analysis of immune and growth factors from bovine colostrum show them to be virtually identical to those found in human colostrum and bovine colostrum is totally safe, with no known drug contraindications or negative side effects at any dosage level.
Conventional medical doctors were, at one time, enthusiastic about using colostrum for antibiotic purposes. This occurred prior to the introduction of sulfa drugs and penicillin. In the 1950s, prior to the wide scale use of corticosteroids as anti-inflammatory agents, colostrum was used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Polio vaccine developer, Dr. Albert Sabin, discovered that colostrum contained antibodies against polio and recommended it for children susceptible to catching the disease. Bovine colostrum has been used therapeutically in India for thousands of years by Ayurvedic health practitioners, and still is used to this day.
Well known colostrum components like interferon, gamma globulin, growth hormone (GH), IgF-1 and protease inhibitors are all used by conventional medical specialists in the treatment of cancer, chronic viral infections including HIV and autoimmune diseases. There are now over 4,000 clinical studies from around the world detailing research that has been done using colostrum in the treatment of dozens of different diseases.
First milking bovine colostrum is the ideal vaccination alternative. The reason is obvious when you look at its components. The two major components of colostrum are immune factors and growth factors. It is the immune factors that offer the vaccine benefits. These include:
VITAMIN C: Recommended dosage is 1000 mg or more daily has anti-viral and immune enhancing effects. Mega doses above and beyond bowel tolerance (dose that produces diarrhea) are given intravenously to fight serious infections like Lyme disease as well as cancer. The only significant issue with the use of high dose Vitamin C beyond the RDA levels is the diarrhea side effect. Backing off the dose should resolve this problem.
- Immunoglobulins (A, D, E, G and M): Neutralize toxins, viruses and bacteria in the lymph and circulatory systems.
- Lactoferrin: Antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, iron-binding protein with therapeutic effects in cancer, HIV, cytomega-lovirus, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, candida albicans and other infections.
- Proline-Rich Polypeptide (PRP): A hormone that regulates the thymus gland, stimulating an underactive immune system or dampening an overactive immune system as seen in autoimmune disease (MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, etc.).
- Leukocytes: White blood cells that stimulate the production of interferon which slows viral reproduction and penetration of cell walls.
- Enzymes: Lactoperoxidase-thiocyanate, peroxidase and xanthine oxidase destroy bacteria through their ability to release hydrogen peroxide.
- Lysozyme: A hydrolyzing agent and immune system booster capable of destroying bacteria and viruses on contact.
- Cytokines: Interleukins that regulate the duration and intensity of the immune response, are responsible for cell to cell communication, boost T-cell activity and the production of immunoglobulins. Interleukin-10 is strongly anti-inflammatory, especially in arthritic joints.
- Trypsin Inhibitors & Protease Inhibitors: Prevent the destruction of immune and growth factors in colostrum from being broken down in the GI tract; they also prevent H. pylori from attaching to the walls of the stomach and can have a beneficial role in the treatment of peptic ulcers.
- Lymphokines: Hormone-like peptides produced by activated lymphocytes which mediate the immune response.
- Oligo Polysaccharides & Glycoconjugates: Attract and bind to pathogens (Strep., E. Coli, Salmonella, Cryptosporidia, Giardia, Entamoeba, Shigella, Clostridium Difficile Toxins A & B and Cholera) preventing them from attaching or entering the mucous membranes.
- Other Immune Factors: Some of the documented immune factors include orotic acid, secretory IgA, IgA Specific Helper, B Lactoglobulin, Lactalbumin, Albumin, Prealbumin, Alpha 1-Antitripsin, Alpha 1-Fetoprotein, Alpha 2-macroglobulin, Alpha 2-AP Glycoprotein, C3, C4 and Orosomucoids.
- Vitamins A, B-12 and E: Are found in small amounts while traces of all others are also present in colostrum.
- Sulfur: A mineral with multiple uses in metabolism and as part of many structural body proteins.
ECHINACEA: Recommended dosage is 1000 mg or more daily. Echinacea is well documented as an immune system booster used to both prevent and treat a long list of infections. It is often said that Echinacea should not be taken for long periods of time beyond a few weeks, but this has never been proven to be detrimental in any way. This false advice on limiting the length of time that one should be using Echinacea originates from a German study that actually said the opposite. Things are often lost in translation. The bottom line is that one can supplement Echinacea continuously for years without concerns. The other Echinacea myth is that people who have autoimmune disease should not be taking it due to over-stimulation of their autoimmune disease. This too is nonsense since supplementing with Echinacea increases the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, a well-known anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Once again, to be healthier with autoimmune disease, take echinacea in large doses. Note: If you have a ragweed allergy you might react adversely to Echinacea because it belongs to the same plant family.
OTHER IMMUNE BOOSTERS: Sterols and sterolins; Beta Glucan; Vitamin B-Complex; Garlic; Ginseng; Licorice Root; Goldenseal; Pau D'Arco; Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, Agaricus Blazei); St. John's Wort; Barberry (Berberine); Small particle size (0.8 nm) Colloidal Silver (hydrosol); Oregano oil; Coconut oil; Olive Leaf extract. These are all excellent for the right person. Of course, numerous homeopathic remedies based on individual needs will also help boost immunity. A natural health care provider can recommend what might work best for you.
AAKG Powder (L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate) contains Arginine, a conditionally essential amino acid that has a number of vital roles in human biochemistry such as a pivotal role in the urea cycle, helping to rid the body of excess ammonia and this amino acid is also important in protein synthesis as well as for the support of healthy immune function.
Advanced Gamma E Complex Vitamin provides the necessary full range of antioxidant protection because it contains a more natural balance of Tocopherols plus a full complement of Tocotrienols.
AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is a rich source of polysaccharides such as beta glucan 1,3 and activated hemicellulose produced by enzymatic modification of organic medicinal mushrooms, including shiitake. AHCC is a proprietary extract produced from specially cultivated and hybridized mushrooms. According to extensive research in humans, as well as numerous non-clinical studies, AHCC supports immune system function through its effects on macrophages and NK (Natural Killer) Cells. NK cells and the intercellular mediators they produce are critical for the maintenance of healthy cell cycle function. AHCC has also been shown to possess antioxidant properties, and supports healthy liver function.
Air Defense Natural Immune Booster is a blend of vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids that support optimal immune function and respiratory health. Air Defense contains PARACTIN, a patent pending extract of Andrographis paniculata. Studies have shown that PARACTIN helps to support a healthy and balanced immune response. ImmunEnhancer, Elderberry, Echinacea, and Astragalus herbal extracts have also been included for their healthy immune supporting properties. Olive Leaf Extract has been added to help to maintain healthy respiratory function. The vitamins, minerals, and amino acids present in Air Defense work together with our herbal blend to support healthy immune function during seasonal changes and year-round.
Bee Propolis Extract is a natural antibiotic used for colds, flu, fever, and digestive disorders. A substance collected by honey bees containing phytotonizides is believed to contain immunity factors that stimulate the body and gives it a natural resistance to diseases. Bee Propolis, a resin collected from plants by bees and used in the construction of hives, is a medicinal marvel of the hive. Research shows it has antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties.
Bio Defender is an antibacterial, antiviral & antifungal formula. It is an unique formula used as a clinical nutritionist response to bio terrorism such as anthrax.
BodyZyme is a potent systemic enzyme used to replace enzymes in the body that have been lost with age, poor diet, and/or an unhealthy lifestyle. Enzymes are protein based substances found in every cell of every plant and animal.
Cell Forte MAX3 is a formula with IP-6 & Inositol Plus Maitake & Cat's Claw. It is a triple-strength formula features the exclusive, clinically-studied ingredients; IP-6 and inositol, maitake D-fraction, and POA Cat's Claw. Each power-packed ingredient provides superior support for the most critical cells in your immune system by amplifying your deep immune functions.
Cell Rejuvenator is a precisely engineered formula designed to give cells the exact nutrients they need to rejuvenate quickly and in the best condition possible.
Coenzyme Q-10 is an active contributor to all aspects of cellular function. CoQ10 has become universally regarded as one of the most vital nutrients ever made available to the public. Coenzyme Q-10 is a vitamin-like compound also called ubiquinone. It is an essential component of cells and is necessary for mitochondrial energy production. Years of research has shown that CoQ10 supports healthy cardiovascular and immune system functions in addition to its vital role in energy production. A coenzyme for several key steps in the production of energy within each cell, and an antioxidant important in its clinical effects. It is these two properties make CoQ10 one of the best supplements available today.
Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced by the mammary glands during the first 24 to 48 hours after birth. The benefit is that bovine colostrum is rich in immunoglobulins. Colostrum is known for its powerful healing factors offers optimal health. Colostrum research proves a wide spectrum of immunoglobulins, antibodies, and accessory immune factors. Bovine colostrum is the pre-milk fluid secreted by cows in the first hours after birth. It is a nutrient-rich milk product that supplies immune system factors to young calves to stimulate their immune systems and protect them from infections. Colostrum offers help for: auto-immunity (Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Allergies, Asthma) immune deficiency, Cancer, Inflammation, etc. plus offers Growth Factors to benefit Athletes and Body Builders (speeds tissue healing). Colostrum Plus Probiotic For Children supports healthy digestion & the immune system. Colostrum is nature's first food for the immune system. ChildLife uses the finest bovine Colostrum that has been naturally harvested and especially prepared with Probiotics to enhance the health and vitality of your child's immune and digestive system.
Colostrum known for its powerful healing factors offers optimal health. Colostrum research proves a wide spectrum of immunoglobulins, antibodies, and accessory immune factors. Colostrum Extract, PRP Cytokines, is designed to provide health benefits of colostrum. It is extracted from bovine colostrum, and contains a multitude of colostrum fractions, especially proline-rich-peptides (PRPs). PRPs are cytokine precursors which promote a normal immune response. The ingredient colostrum extract may help decrease the chances of diarrhea and water stools. The dietary supplement may prevent uncomfortable conditions such as stomach flu. It contains key substances such as immunoglobulins, vitamins, and minerals that may improve an immune system and overall wellbeing.
Defense Plus with Grapefruit Seed Extract is the most powerful natural product available for enhancing the body's defense system and providing nutritional support for people with certain health concerns. Nutribiotic Defense Plus tablets are a unique formulation combining Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin C, Echinacea Extract, Astragalus, Ginger Root Extract, Goldenseal Extract, Yarrow Extract, and the Mushroom Extracts of Reishi, Maitake, and Shiitake.
DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most abundant steroid in the blood stream produced mainly in the adrenal glands. DHEA is the biochemical building blocks for the synthesis of other hormones. DHEA may be used for immune system dysfunction, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, anti-aging and auto-immune diseases.
DMSO may be helpful for relieving pain, inflammation, scleroderma, and interstitial cystitis however, intended use is as a solvent only and the choice of using it in other applications is the sole responsibility of the user. DMSO may be helpful for relieving pain, inflammation, scleroderma, and interstitial cystitis however, intended use is as a solvent only and the choice of using it in other applications is the sole responsibility of the user.
Enzymes in all complete multiple enzyme formulas are used as a dietary supplement with an important combination of critical enzymes that help support normal digestive function, cholesterol levels, fat metabolism and more.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is safe and non-toxic and destroys intestinal parasites physically by injuring them.
Germanium raises the level of activity of various organs (facilitates oxygen uptake) and helps to expel harmful pollutants and arrest germ activity. Germanium serves as an electrical semiconductor, helping correct distortions in the electrical fields of the body.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been proven by numerous medical studies to alleviate pain and suffering from arthritis of the knee and other joints. Hyaluronic acid is a gelatin-like fluid that acts as a natural lubricant and shock absorbent within the body. It is an important part of healthy connective tissue, and is also abundant in the eyes, joints, heart valves and skin.
Immune System formulas can be used for to support weakened immune systems against a variety of ailments including AIDS, Auto-immune Diseases, and Cancer.
Irwin Naturals Ginza-Plus is a balanced formula combining five powerful adaptogens, including one of the highest potency ginseng extracts on the market. Ginza-Plus combines five of the most highly prized adaptogens in the world. Russian scientists coined the term "adaptogen" to describe a special group of botanicals that increase the body's resistance to physical, mental and environmental stressors. Adaptogens have a broad influence on the entire body and, among their many properties, have the capacity to balance body functions and support body systems affected by stress. The key ingredient in Ginza-Plus is a highly concentrated extract of ginseng root. Ginseng is traditionally used as a revitalizing tonic for the body and is one of the very best botanicals for increasing feelings of energy and improving mental and physical performance overall, especially under stressful conditions. Ginza-Plus is specially designed to promote general health and well-being, and is especially suited for individuals who feel depleted due to overwork, excess stress and inadequate rest. It can be used daily for overall support or as needed during times of stress.
Irwin Naturals Immuno Shield is an immune system support for overall strength of the immune system. This potent multi-herb complex addresses two key areas, immune support and bacterial/viral control.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a beneficial bacteria, such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum, are called probiotics.
L-Arginine is a conditionally essential basic amino acid involved primarily in urea metabolism and excretion as well as DNA synthesis.
L-Cysteine functions as an antioxidant and is a powerful aid to the body in protecting against radiation and pollution.
Lemon Essential Oil is used to cleanse, refresh, cool and stimulate. Lemon essential oil can also be used to lighten dull stained hands or to tone and condition nails and cuticles.
L-Glutamine powder may be used for reducing fatigue and improving exercise endurance.
Liquid Colloidal Minerals enriched with Spirulina Blue Green Algae, synergizes specific ingredients to maximize the health benefits available from this unique blend.
Liquid Sea Minerals with Silver is a proprietary blend of sea vegetables like Pau D'Arco, Kelp, Spirulina, Irish Moss, Bladderwrack and more.
L-Ornithine is important since it induce the release of growth hormone in the body, which in turn helps with fat metabolism and is further required for a properly functioning immune system and liver and assists in ammonia detoxification and liver rejuvenation. L-Ornithine is important since it induces the release of growth hormone in the body, which in turn helps with fat metabolism and is further required for a properly functioning immune system and liver and assists in ammonia detoxification and liver rejuvenation.
Lung Formula is a rejuvenating tonic designed to strengthen and support the respiratory system. This synergistic blend of herbs nourishes the lung tissue and bolsters the body's natural defenses against allergies, infections, disorders caused by smoking, or the deleterious effects of air pollution.
Lymphatic Support Wellness Oil is recommended as a preventative measure or to help boost the immune system. To stimulate your lymph system, massage this oil into your lymph nodes.
Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland that plays a role in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle.
Mycocyclin is a six mushroom mycelial complex. The mushrooms contained in Mycocyclin, all harvested in the mycelial stage of growth, have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to support the immune system.
Ovary & Uterus Clean, TCM Formula, Guifu Ankun, is a time-honored formula is used in Chinese medicine for its blood circulation promoting, blood vessel dilating, stasis dispersing, internal secretion and hormone regulating, immune system supporting, hemolytic, analgesic and anti-inflammation properties to maintain healthy ovary and uterus and their proper functions.
Platinum is used in the treatment of cancer and as a base in some of the chemotherapeutic treatments. Platinum may be effective in killing disease- causing bacteria, fungus, viruses, and help boost the immune system.
Pregnenolone Cream contains natural pregnenolone blended with Tocotrienols, Evening Primrose Oil, Lecithin, MSM and Grape Seed Extract.
Primadophilus Reuteri stimulates gastrointestinal epithelial cell development and improves intestinal cell structure leading to more efficient nutrient uptake, enhanced physical growth and overall better health. Primadophilus Reuteri stimulates gastrointestinal epithelial cell development and improves intestinal cell structure leading to more efficient nutrient uptake, enhanced physical growth and overall better health.
Probiotic Defense is a combination of friendly probiotic bacteria, including ones commonly found as soil organisms, blended into a fermented whole food base.
Progesterone Cream helps women reduce the severity of PMS symptoms lessen the effects of menopause and counter-balance the effects of estrogen dominance, Infertility, Migraines, Fibrocystic Breast, Skin Care, and Acne.
Propolis extracts are made from the highest quality New Zealand Propolis. The antioxidant effects of flavonoids have been shown to be beneficial in maintaining a healthy immune system. Propolis Throat Spray combines the antibacterial and anaesthetic properties of bee propolis with a blend of Anise Seed Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Clove Essential Oil and Myrrh Essential Oil to provide a refreshing oral hygiene spray and breath freshener.
Royal Jelly is abundant in carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, proteins, various enzymes, flavonoids, and nucleic acids. Natural medicine uses this secretion as a potent strengthening agent and as a nutritional supplement. Because of the protein, fat and carbohydrates contained in royal jelly, it is especially nourishing and strengthening. Its very potent healing power comes from its vitamins and minerals and from certain substances that are similar to hormones. For this reason, royal jelly is also used as a nutritional supplement for patients suffering from colds or general weakness. It is effective for those with weak hearts and circulation. For those who have difficulty concentrating or have a faulty memory, it is thought to give a boost to the immune system. It is useful for bronchial asthma, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, and skin disorders, and it strengthens the immune system. Royal jelly also stimulates the appetite in children and the elderly.
Selenium promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant that naturally reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body. Selenium is crucial for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and there is evidence that it can help the body fight cancer. Selenium is an essential trace mineral in the human body. Selenium is an important part of antioxidant enzymes that protect cells against the effects of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism.
Serrazimes are systemic proteolytic enzymes that promotes cardiovascular support and healthy immune function. Serrazimes is a proteolytic blend composed of enzymes derived from the edible fungi, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus melleus. Scientific studies indicate that Serrazimes may help maintain and support cardiovascular and lymphatic health through its ability to help break down excess fibrin. Serrazimes may also help support a healthy immune system and a healthy response to external stresses.
7 Keto DHEA support the immune System and aid weight loss. A powerful antioxidant, 7-Keto DHEA aids fat metabolism and supports the production of lean muscle tissue and the immune system.
Shark Liver Oil is a rich source of a variety of nutrients, including vitamins A, D and E, as well as the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil eases the intense pain of the Shingles and helps to promote healing using unrefined Grapeseed Oil and a blend of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Marjoram Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil.
Silver is a food supplement that has a long history of use in health care. It is believed that silver may support the immune system as a systemic disinfectant. Colloidal Silver is a dietary supplement with over 30 ppm per dose of pure Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver Generator is used to make your own colloidal silver, a natural suspended liquid silver supplement, at a low cost. Liquid Silver Homeopathic Formula integrates the basic principles of homeopathy and is a profound healing system designed to increase the body's ability to respond to immune challenges and restore optimal health. Colloidal Silver Super Strength Liquid provides for a strong immune system, ears, sinuses, throat and lung support for the winter season.
SystemWell Ultimate Multisystem Immunity Supplement is the multi-system defense formula for seven essential aspects of healthy immunity. Taking SystemWell Immune System Supplement is like having a personal bodyguard 24 hours a day. Taking SystemWell Immune System Supplement is like having a personal bodyguard 24 hours a day. SystemWell supports all 7 systems of immunity: cellular, circulatory, digestive, epidermal, lymphatic, respiratory and systemic.
ThioDox Glutathione Complex is formulated to enhance and protect liver, brain and eye function. The nutrients contained in ThioDox support detoxification, immune system function and glutathione production.
Thymus Organic Glandular supports the function of the thymus gland, the master gland of the immune system.
Trace Mineral Drops (ConcenTrace) provides an easy to absorb mineral complex. It is impossible to underestimate the importance the minerals and trace minerals in Trace Mineral Drops to the human body. They are the catalysts for all the vitamins and other nutrients your body needs for developing and maintaining good health.
Tri-Amino is an amino acid supplement that is a comprehensive product that combines three essential amino acids, L-Arginine, L-Ornithine, and L-Lysine into one easy-to-take formula.
Ultimate Respiratory Cleanse with a href="http://www.moondragon.org/health/nutritionbasics/herbs/mullein.html">Mullein, is a powerful, synergistic herbal blend that will cleanse, strengthen and rejuvenate the entire respiratory system. This formula also provides unique nourishment specifically for the immune system.
Vitamin C is known as a principal anti-oxidant, the need for which is greatly increased in infants and children due to today's elevated environmental stresses and pollution.
Whey Protein powder is a blend of proteins that contain the full range of essential amino acids required by the body to retain its strength and integrity.
Take an inventory of the factors that may be compromising your immune system and take steps to correct them. Two of the most common immune suppressors include stress and an incorrect diet, especially a diet high in fat and refined processed foods.
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Supply your immune system with adequate amounts of nutrients that promote proper immune function. Some of the most valuable nutrients include:
- VITAMIN A: Vitamin A is the anti-infection vitamin. If used properly and in moderate doses, Vitamin A is rarely toxic and is very important in the body's defense system. See Nutrition Basics - Vitamin A for more information.
- VITAMIN C: Vitamin C may be the single most important vitamin for the immune system. It is essential for the formation of adrenal hormones and the production of lymphocytes. It also has a direct effect on bacteria and viruses. Vitamin C should be taken with bioflavonoids, natural plant substances that enhance absorption and reinforce the action of this vitamin. See Nutrition Basics - Vitamin C for more information.
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- VITAMIN E: Vitamin E interacts with Vitamins A and C and the mineral Selenium, acting as a primary antioxidant and scavenger of toxic free radicals. Vitamin e activity is an integral part of the body's defense system. See Nutrition Basics - Vitamin E for more information.
- ZINC: Zinc boosts the immune response and promotes the healing of wounds when used in appropriate doses 100 milligrams (mg) or less daily). It also helps to protect the liver. Doses over 100 mg per day may actually depress immune function, however. See Nutrition Basics - Zinc for more information.
Begin a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably raw) plus nuts, seeds, whole grains, and other foods that are high in Fiber.
Include in your diet Chlorella, Garlic, and Pearl Barley. These foods contain Germanium, a trace element beneficial for the immune system. Also add Kelp to the diet, in the form of giant red kelp or brown kelp. Kelp contains Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Carotene, Protein, Riboflavin (B-2), and Vitamin C, which are necessary for the immune system's functional integrity.
Consume Green Drinks daily. Invest in a juicing machine and make your own fresh, live juices every day. Drink Beet juice (from roots and greens), Carrot juice (a source of Beta-Carotene), fresh Cabbage juice, and Asparagus juice often. Grape, Black Cherry, and all dark-colored juices are good, as are Black Currants. Also beneficial is Apple juice, if it is fresh. Fruit juices are best taken in the morning, vegetable juices in the afternoon.
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Use a cleansing fast diet and follow the program as outlined once a month to rid your body of toxins that can weaken the immune system.
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A green drink that is a good master cleanser combines the juice of 2 organic Lemons, 2 tablespoons pure grade-C Maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, 1 ounce fresh Wheatgrass juice, and 1 quart of Quality Water (not tap water). If fresh wheatgrass is not available, powdered Wheatgrass is a good substitute.
Use Spirulina, especially while fasting. Spirulina is a naturally digestible food that aids in protecting the immune system. It supplies many nutrients needed for cleansing and healing.
Avoid overeating. If you are overweight, use a sensible weight-loss program with balanced menus to take the pounds off. Do not use crash diets or other fad diets to lose extra weight.
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Get regular moderate exercise (but do not over do it!). Exercise reduces stress and elevates mood by releasing endorphins in the brain that make you feel good, which also has a positive effect on your immune system. In addition, T-lymphocyte production is stimulated by exercise. Walking is a good form of exercise. Taking Tai Chi or Yoga provides exercise, stretching, and movement as well as focusing and calming techniques for the mind and spirit.
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Maintain a positive state of mind and a positive outlook on life. Laughter is good for the immune system. Optimistic people have healthier bodies and minds and have a longer and healthier life as compared to people who are persistently pessimistic about life in general. Learn to let your problems go. Worry is related to stress and it actually never solves a problem. Learn meditation, relaxation and visualization techniques. If you need counseling, seek it out. If you need support to help you through a particular situation, discuss it with your health care provider or find sources online or in your community. Be happy. If you are not happy with something in your life, take active measures to change it.
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Do not smoke or consume beverages containing alcohol or caffeine. Do not take any recreational drugs.
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Be sure to get sufficient and restful sleep. As much as possible, avoid stress and stressful situations.
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White blood cells are in indicator of health. Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, we have all become more aware of white blood cell counts - and the implications of low numbers of white blood cells. The normal range of white blood cells in a person with a strong immune system is anywhere from 4,000 to 12,000 cells per microliter (µL, or the equivalent of one-millionth liter) of blood.
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Marijuana use weakens the immune system. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most active compound in marijuana, alters the normal immune response, making the white blood cells 35 to 40-percent less effective than normal.
Mercury amalgam dental fillings have been linked to a weakened immune system. Toxic metals suppress the immune system. A hair analysis can be used to check for heavy metal intoxication.
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A person's mental state can suppress his or her immune system. A positive frame of mind is important in building up the immune system.
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An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) results in immune deficiency.
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Food allergies and adverse food reactions can place stress on the immune system.
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Research has shown that Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone, may enhance the functioning of the immune system.
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Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is another naturally occurring hormone that strengthens the immune system. Treatment with HGH requires the supervision of a health care provider.
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The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Acetyl-L-Carnitine As directed on label. An energy carrier, metabolic facilitator, and cell membrane protectant. Protects the heart. Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Restores important bacteria to the intestinal tract. Use a non-dairy formula. Aerobic 07
9 drops twice daily, taken in water
As directed on label.
Antimicrobial agents and for tissue reoxygenation. Beta-1,3-Glucan As directed on label. Stimulates macrophages to remove cellular debris and possibly, to recognize and kill tumor cells. Combination Antioxidants As directed on label. To protect the body from free radical damage, environmental stresses, and pollutants. Colostrum As directed on label. Contains immunoglobulins and antibody-stimulating factors. Promotes accelerated healing and boosts the immune system and enhances immunity. Coenzyme Q-10 100 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation, an oxygen enhancer to protect the cells and heart function. Supports the immune system. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10 to support the immune system. Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. A most important element in the diet. Necessary for a healthy immune system. Speeds healing. Free Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Protein that is broken down into a form the body can use. Use a formula containing all the essential amino acids. Garlic (Kyolic) 2 capsules three times daily. Lowers blood pressure and helps to strengthen the heart muscle. Thins the blood. Stimulates the immune system. L-Glutathione As directed on label. Inhibits the formation of free radicals, aids in red blood cell integrity, reduces quantities of hydrogen peroxide, protects immune cells. Kelp 2,000 to 3,000 mg daily. For mineral balance and to help the body avoid damage resulting from radiation therapy. Supplies a balance of minerals needed for immune system integrity. Green Foods As directed on label. To supply chlorophyll and important nutrients needed for tissue repair and cleansing the blood. Important in immune response. Wheatgrass is used for the treatment of cancer in many cancer clinics. L-Arginine
As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. To enhance the immune system and retard the growth of tumors and cancer. Necessary for the immune system. L-Cysteine
500 mg each twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. To destroy free radicals and viruses and protect the glands, especially the liver. Lecithin Granules: 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, before meals.
1,200 mg 3 times daily, with meals. Take with Vitamin E.
Aids in cellular protection. Maitake
As directed on label. Maitake mushroom extract that contains D-fraction from of isolated beta-1,6-glucan, a substance that prevents carcinogenesis and inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. Also helps the body adapt to the stress of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. Shiitake and Reishi mushroom extracts with valuable immune-boosting and anti-tumor properties. Mushrooms build immunity and fight viral infections and cancer. Manganese 2 mg daily. Necessary for proper immune function. Works with the B-Vitamins to provide a general feeling of wellbeing. Multivitamin
As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance for healing and tissue repair. Essential for normal cell division and function. Use a high-potency formula. Proteolytic Multi-Enzyme Complex As directed on label. Take between meals. Powerful free radical scavengers. To aid in proper breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for better absorption of nutrients. Wobenzyme-N 3 to 6 tablets two to three times daily. Take with meals ot aid in digestion of proteins. Take between meals to reduce inflammation. Powerful free radical scavengers that destroy free radicals and aids in proper breakdown and absorption of foods. Inflazyme Forte 4 tablets three times daily. Take with meals. Also available in powder form. To aid in proper breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for better absorption of nutrients. Pycnogenol
As directed on label, three times daily, with meals. Pycnogenol is a unique bioflavonoid that is a potent antioxidant and immune enhancer. Grapeseed Extract is one of the most potent antioxidants. Protects the cells. Quercetin
As directed on label. Quercetin helps to prevent reactions to certain foods, pollens, and other allergens. Increases immunity. Bromelain enhances the effectiveness of Quercetin. Raw Glandular Complex
Raw Thymus Glandular
Raw Spleen Glandular
As directed on label for each glandular. To enhance T-Cell production. Glandulars from lamb sources are best. Selenium 200 mcg daily. Do not exceed a total daily intake of 800 mcg daily from all sources, including diet. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Powerful free radical scavenger and free radical destroyer. Protector against cancer. Aids in protein digestion. Caution: Do not take supplemental Selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease. Shark Cartilage For cancer treatment, 1 gram per 2 lbs of body weight daily, divided into 3 doses. If you cannot tolerate taking it orally, it can be administered in a retention enema. For cancer prevention, 2,000 to 4,500 mg 3 times daily. Shark cartilage has been shown to inhibit and even reverse the growth of some types of tumors. Also stimulates the immune system. Or
Shark Liver Oil
As directed on label. Shark Liver Oil aids in rebuilding and functioning of cells. Has anticancer properties. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. Destroys free radicals. Improves oxygenation of tissues. Dimethylglycine (DMG) As directed on label. Enhances oxygen utilization. Taurine Plus As directed on label. Functions as foundation for tissue and organ repair, an antioxidant and immune regulator necessary for white blood cell activation and neurological function. Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for tissue repair and proper immune function. People with cancer require higher than normal amounts of this antioxidant. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Capsule forms put more stress on the liver. Beta Carotene
& Carotene Complex
As directed on label. Powerful antioxidants, free radical scavengers, and immune enhancers. May protect against cancer and heart disease. Vitamin B-Complex 100 mg of each B-Vitamin daily, with meals three times daily. Amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary. B vitamins that improved circulation, build red blood cells, and aid liver function. Anti-stress vitamins, especially important for normal brain function. Consider injections (under a health care provider's supervision). If injections are not available, use sublingual form. Vitamin B-6
50 mg 3 times daily. Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin B-12 potentiate amino acids and are necessary for best absorption of amino acids and for proper functioning of enzymes in the body. Vitamin B-12 1,000 to 2,000 mcg twice daily. To prevent anemia. Use a lozenge or sublingual form. Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin B-12 potentiate amino acids and are necessary for best absorption of amino acids and for proper functioning of enzymes in the body. Raw Liver Extract As directed on label. A good source of B-Vitamins and Iron. Consider injections (under a health care provider's supervision). Vitamin C
5,000 to 20,000 mg daily, in divided doses. See Ascorbic Acid Flush An important antioxidant that decreases susceptibility to infection. Powerful anticancer agent that promotes the production of interferon in the body. Vitamin E 200 IU daily. An antioxidant that is an integral part of the body's defense system. Use d-alpha-tocopherol emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Zinc 50 to 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in all enzyme systems and tissue repair. Very important for the immune system. Use zinc chelate form. Copper 3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc. A deficiency may be linked to some heart problems.
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Native Remedies: ImmunityPlus, Natural Immune System Booster, 50 ml
Immunity Plus is a 100% safe, non-addictive natural herbal remedy formulated to safely maintain systemic balance and immune system health, without harmful side effects. It contains a selection of herbs known for their supportive function in maintaining immune system well-being, thereby helping to keep you healthy and strong.
HerbsPro: Immunity, Organic India, 90 VCaps
Immunity strengthens immune response to viral and bacterial infections, fungi and other microbes. Offers relief from cold, flu and other upper respiratory tract infections. Natural treatment for viral fevers. Useful for immune dysfunction disorders. Helps reduce side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Boosts immunity in diabetes, quickens convalescence. Rich in antioxidants. Powerful anti-stress agent. Safe for long-term use.
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Each grams contains Polymyxin B Sulfate 5,000 Units, Bacitracin Zinc 400 Units, Neomycin 3.5 mg.
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Kalyx: Antibiotic Extract, Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
Traditionally used for bscesses, acne, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, bladder, abnormal cell tissue growth, bronchial (bronchitis), burns, abnormal cell growth, chicken pox, cold sores, colds, colitis, diphtheria, disinfectant, ear aches, infection, hearing, fever, glands - infection, hypoglycemia, impotence, infection, inflammation, kidneys, leukorrhea, lupus, lymphatics, meningitis (spinal meningitis) menstrual problems - profuse flow, mucus, mumps, nephritis, peritonitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, prostate problems, pyorrhea, quinsy, scarlet fever, skin disorders, sore throat, spinal meningitis, stomach–abnormal cell growths, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, abnormal cell growths, and venereal disease. This extract has been used both internally and topically. Use 20 to 40 drops every half-hour for a full day if needed. With improvement, use maintenance dose of 6 to 12 drops, 3 times per day, in juice, water, tea, or under the tongue and discontinue after 7 to 10 days. Shake well. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
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Supplements for immune system support to help with fighting auto-immune responses.
HerbsPro: Immune Boost Immune Survival Kit, Natrol, 30 Caps
Starts Working as quickly as 2 Hours. Featuring EpiCor Super Food - Clinically Shown to Help your body Activate and Guard Immune Function. EpiCor helps Activate the Body's Natural Killer (NK) Cells, a type of highly specialized white blood cells that are one of the body's primary lines of immune defense. Also provides Key Vitamins (C & D3) and Crucial Minerals (Selenium & Zinc) for optimal immune function. Safe for children as young as 9. Take just one Capsule Daily, not every few hours like some other immunity supplements.
HerbsPro: Immune Guardian, Naturanectar, 30 Caps
HerbsPro: Immune Support, Eclectic Institute Inc, 45 Caps
A proprietary blend of Echinacea Purpurea flower and leaf, Black Elder berry, Lemon Balm leaf, St. John's Wort flower and leaf, Arabinogalactan extract.
HerbsPro: Elderberry Immune, Eclectic Institute, 50 Caps
Elderberry Immune is an Immune Support Combination, High in flavonoids, anthocyanins, high molecular weight polysaccharides and beneficial lectins, Wild-grown elder enhanced with Larix, synergistic spices and antioxidant rich blackberries, 100% Kosher, 100% Fresh Freeze-Dried Ingredients.
HerbsPro: Peony Immune, Life Extension, 600 mg, 60 VCaps
A balanced approach to immune system health.
HerbsPro: Wellness Immune Chewable, Source Naturals, 60 Wafers
HerbsPro: Mushroom Immune Defense, 16 Mushroom Complex, Source Naturals, 60 Tabs
HerbsPro: Immune Modulator With Tinofend, Life Extension, 60 VCaps
HerbsPro: Immune Dx, Proactive Immune Defense, Plantiva, 60 Caps
Immune Dx provides a comprehensive approach to boosting the body's immune system and enhancing resistance to immune challenges due to fatigue, exposure, and stress. Immune Dx supports immune function in people from all walks of life, including athletes, travelers, seniors, and others. Immune Dx has been scientifically demonstrated to strengthen immune function to help you resist germs, fatigue, stress and exposure to environmental challenges. Astragalus Immunostimulant, hepatoprotective. Improves resistance to external challenges. Stephania Improves circulation of lymph and blood, relaxes muscles. Can relieve symptoms of muscle stiness that interfere with an optimal immune response. Epimedium Helps maintain the strength and optimal function of the respiratory system. Epimedium is a warming and nutritive tonic with strong immune and respiratory benefits. Helps regulate body temperature. Dong Quai Blood tonic, nutritive, hormone regulating. When properly combined with Astragalus it has broad immune health benefits. Eleuthero Relaxes the joints and muscles. Increases resistance and adaptability to harsh conditions. Ginseng Small doses increase central nervous system activity. Has immune benefits. Strengthens the lungs and respiratory system. Echinacea Mildly enhances immune function.
HerbsPro: Russian Choice Immune Stimulant, Nutricology Allergy Research, 60 VCaps
HerbsPro: Immune Renew, Now Foods, 90 VCaps
Healthy immune supporting mushroom blend plus Astragalus root extract.
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HerbsPro: Elderberry Instant Immune Powder, Eclectic Institue Inc, 60 Grams
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HerbsPro: Immune Defense Tonic Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz.
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HerbsPro: Sambucus Immune Support Extract, Natures Answer, 4 fl. oz.
HerbsPro: Immune Support, Eidon Ionic Minerals, 19 fl. oz.
An ionic mineral blend of sulfur, zinc, silver and selenium to treat mineral deficienciesl. Every illness and disease can be traced to a mineral deficiency according to Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes. Liquid, easy to absorb by the body.
LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS
LEF: Peony Immune, White Peony Root Extract Life Extension, 60 VCaps
A balanced approach to immune system health. Healthy aging requires a dynamic immune system. A youthful body is dependent on balanced immune-cell activity to maintain effective, responsive, and modulated immunity. Extracts from the white peony root have been used in China for immune balance for more than 1,200 years. Modern science now recognizes the immune importance of a bioactive peony extract component called paeoniflorin. Peony Immune White Peony Root Extract is a standardized extract of active white peony compounds that have been shown to help maintain the balanced responsiveness, sensitivity, and strength of a properly-modulated immune response. Through a host of subtle mechanisms, Peony Immune White Peony Root Extract promotes immune homeostasis - optimal immune health - by limiting production of inflammatory molecules and naturally balancing inflammation-suppressing cells and pro-inflammatory cells. A host of human clinical trials have demonstrated that the compounds in Peony Immune White Peony Root Extract promote a healthy and balanced inflammatory response.
LEF: Immune Modulator with Tinofend, Life Extension, 60 VCaps
Successful aging is often dependent on a dynamic immune system. But just having a strong immune system is not enough. A healthy and youthful body requires balanced immune-cell signaling to maintain effective and responsive immunity. The plant known as Tinospora Cordifolia has a long tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine. Tinofend is a standardized extract of active Tinospora compounds that work synergistically to help maintain the balanced cellular responsiveness, sensitivity and strength of an optimized and properly-modulated immune response. Tinofend promotes optimal immune health three ways: It helps support the activity that regulates immune response and enhances the function of protective cells called macrophages. Helps limit the number of eosinophils (type of white blood cell) already within normal range. Provides polysaccharides to help optimize the immune system's normal defenses, including neutrophil (type of white blood cell) function. A double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on humans found that Tinofend produced significant changes in several immune parameters that are known to help support healthy, immune system modulation.
LEF: Immune Senescence Protection Formula, Standardized Cistanche & Reishi, Life Extension, 60 VCaps
As we age, our once-vigorous immune system begins to decline. The result is immune senescence, which has been linked to problematic outcomes in aging. A vital immune system is composed of a healthy balance of naive T cells that attack new invaders and memory T cells that attack previously known invaders. However, after a naive T cell attacks a new threat, it becomes a memory T cell, which will only go after a threat that it remembers. The result is that the delicate immune balance tips and we have a surplus of memory T cells and a deficit of naive T cells. With this imbalance, our body is less able to defend itself against new invasions. This produces a less-vigilant immune system - or immune senescence. Life Extension researchers have developed an innovative, dual-mechanism formula designed to combat immune senescence. Immune Senescence Protection Formula is composed of two botanical compounds that support both adaptive (e.g. naive T cells) and innate (e.g. macrophages and neutrophils) immune response cells. Together, these nutrients work in a complementary fashion to rejuvenate both major arms of the aging immune system through unique mechanisms.
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Human Body in Action focuses on the human body from cells to systems, including the skeletal and muscular systems, the circulatory and respiratory systems and much more. Each video features kids having real-world experiences, along with stunning microphotography and clear, colorful graphics. A recurring theme in the series is the hierarchy of the human body: cells, organs and organ systems. Every program includes an easy-to-replicate, hands-on activity and an interview with an expert in a particular area of science. The series is based on the concepts outlined in the National Science Education Standards for Life Science: structure & function in living systems, reproduction & heredity, regulation & behavior and diversity & adaptations of organisms. Teacher's Guides are included and available online that feature additional information on the topic, vocabulary words, discussion questions, follow-up activities and lists of recommended books and Internet resources. Color, Live Action. Closed-Captioned. Each title is 23 minutes. Grades 5 to 8.
Kalyx: Immune Boost Liquid Extract, Natures Answer, 1 fl oz: HF
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BIO-DEFENDER SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
This unique antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal formula is a clinical nutritionist response to bio-terrorism such as anthrax. This unique formula is a clinical nutritionist approach to enhance the immune system, inhibit microorganisms and maintain healthy intestinal flora. The synergistic effects of the ingredients make it a powerful formulation to boost the body's natural defense. 100% Natural.
HerbsPro: Bio-Defender, Antibacterial, Antiviral & Antifungal Formula, Balanceuticals, 56 Caps (100769)
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A Powerful Formulation to Boost the Body's Natural Defense Made with Natural Ingredients A Dietary Supplement This unique formula is a clinical nutritionist approach to enhance the immune system, inhibit microorganisms and maintain healthy intestinal flora. The synergistic effects of the ingredients make it a powerful formulation to boost the body's natural defense. Made by a current GMP facility.
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HIV-AIDS SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Amazon: Medline Juven Therapeutic Nutrition Drink, Orange Powder, 30 Packet Carton
Juven Therapeutic Nutrition Drink is a targeted therapeutic nutrition drink mix that has been clinically shown to help build and maintain lean body mass (LBM) and support wound healing. Just 2 servings per day are recommended to help build LBM in patients with illness-related weight loss, support wound healing. support immune function in patients with HIV/AIDS. Building LBM helps patients feel strong and remain active and independent. It promotes healing and recovery from surgery or wounds. Administer orally or as a modular tube feeding. Use as part of a complete, balanced diet. Not for parenteral use. Arginine supports protein synthesis and improves nitrogen balance. Glutamine supports protein synthesis and preserves muscle glutamine. HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) helps reverse muscle breakdown and increase protein synthesis. Together, these three ingredients help build and maintain LBM.
Amazon: Juven Orange Drink Mix, Ross Nutrition, 30 Packet Carton
Juven is targeted therapeutic nutrition that helps build and maintain lean body mass (LBM) and support wound healing. Just 2 servings per day are recommended to help build LBM in patients with illness-related weight loss, support wound healing. support immune function in patients with HIV/AIDS. Building LBM helps patients feel strong and remain active and independent. It promotes healing and recovery from surgery or wounds. Administer orally or as a modular tube feeding. Use as part of a complete, balanced diet. Not for parenteral use. Arginine supports protein synthesis and improves nitrogen balance. Glutamine supports protein synthesis and preserves muscle glutamine. HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) helps reverse muscle breakdown and increase protein synthesis. Together, these three ingredients help build and maintain LBM.
Amazon: Peach Mango Liquid Protein, Liquicel, 1 oz. Packets, 30 Packets
Contains all essential and nonessential amino acids. Sugar and gluten free. Can be taken straight or diluted with one 6 ounce glass of your favorite beverage (water, club soda, sprite, ginger ale). For Renal/dialysis, bariatric surgery, burn patients, enteral therapy, HIV-AIDS, athletic fitness, pre and post operative patients. Used for those in need of supplemental protein enhancement for medical need or athletic purpose, LiquaCel Concentrated Protein delivers 16 grams of isolated protein and 2.5 grams of arginine every serving. Formulated with taste in mind, LiquaCel Concentrated Liquid Protein is available in variety of great tasting flavors without sacrificing nutritional benefit. Containing all essential and nonessential amino acids, LiquaCel Concentrated Liquid Protein can be taken straight or diluted with 6 ounces of any beverage and is sugar and gluten-free. LiquaCel's proven nutritional benefits, above satisfactory taste, and L-Arginine wound care compliance have been and still continue to be the reasons why many hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings have added LiquaCel to their oral nutrition program.
Amazon: Grape Liquid Protein, LiquaCel, 32 oz. Bottle
For those in need of supplemental protein enhancement for medical need or athletic purpose, LiquaCel Concentrated Protein delivers 16 grams of isolated protein and 2.5 grams of arginine every serving. Formulated with taste in mind, LiquaCel Concentrated Liquid Protein is available in variety of great tasting flavors without sacrificing nutritional benefit. Containing all essential and nonessential amino acids, LiquaCel Concentrated Liquid Protein can be taken straight or diluted with 1 to 6 ounces of any beverage and is sugar and gluten-free. LiquaCel's proven nutritional benefits, above satisfactory taste, and L-Arginine wound care compliance have been and still continue to be the reasons why many hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings have added LiquaCel to their oral nutrition program. Can be taken straight or diluted with 1-6 oz of your favorite beverage (Water, Club Soda, Sprite, Ginger Ale, etc). For Renal/Dialysis, Bariatric Surgery, Burn Patients, Enteral Therapy, HIV/AIDS, Athletics/Fitness, Pre/Post Operative patients.
Amazon: LiquaCel Liquid Protein, Peach Mango, 32 fl. oz.
For those in need of supplemental protein enhancement for medical need or athletic purpose, LiquaCel Concentrated Protein delivers 16 grams of isolated protein and 2.5 grams of arginine every serving. Formulated with taste in mind, LiquaCel Concentrated Liquid Protein is available in variety of great tasting flavors without sacrificing nutritional benefit. Containing all essential and nonessential amino acids, LiquaCel Concentrated Liquid Protein can be taken straight or diluted with 1-6 ounces of any beverage and is sugar and gluten-free. LiquaCel's proven nutritional benefits, above satisfactory taste, and L-Arginine wound care compliance have been and still continue to be the reasons why many hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings have added LiquaCel to their oral nutrition program. Can be taken straight or diluted with 1-6 oz of your favorite beverage (Water, Club Soda, Sprite, Ginger Ale, etc). For Renal/Dialysis, Bariatric Surgery, Burn Patients, Enteral Therapy, HIV/AIDS, Athletics/Fitness, Pre/Post Operative patients.
Amazon: Mushroom Immune Defense, 16 Mushroom Complex, Source Naturals, 60 tablets (2 Pack)
Two bottles, 60 tablets each, of Mushroom Immune Defense. Mushrooms have a huge array of healthful properties. This is a fantastic blend of 16 most well studied species of health supportive mushrooms. Broad spectrum, high potency, complete mushroom product. Suitable for vegetarians.
Amazon: Concentrated Natural Organic Flax Hulls (Lignans), Osumex, 150 Grams
It is important to have sufficient antioxidants to prevent excessive free radical activity in the body. When free radicals activity becomes excessive they damage the body by attacking it causing degenerative diseases such as ageing, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, dementia, arthritis, HIV, AIDS etc. Research and studies have shown that lignans are very effective antioxidants that can help in controlling free radicals. Flax hulls (shell only) contains the highest level of lignans in the botanical world. Lignans are also known to support hair growth and prevent baldness. Lignans are highly recommended by many educational institutions and health authorities because of these health properties.
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NATIVE REMEDIES PRODUCTS
Native Remedies: ImmunityPlus, Natural Immune System Booster, 50 ml
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IMMUNO-SHIELD SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
This potent multi-herb complex addresses two key areas, immune support and bacterial/viral control. Immuno Shield is Immune System Support for overall strength of the immune system. This potent multi-herb complex addresses two key areas, immune support and bacterial/viral control.
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IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Various formulas for detoxification and immune system support. Each supplement has a blend of herbs, nutrients and whole foods to help build and maintain the immune system. Use the formula that will work best for your specific dietary needs.
NATIVE REMEDIES PRODUCTS
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Immunity Plus is a 100% safe, non-addictive natural herbal remedy formulated to safely maintain systemic balance and immune system health, without harmful side effects. It contains a selection of herbs known for their supportive function in maintaining immune system well-being, thereby helping to keep you healthy and strong.
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HerbsPro: Kids Immune Protect Liquid, Planetary Herbals, 2 fl. oz. (62831)
HerbsPro: Kids Immune Protect Liquid, Planetary Herbals, 4 fl. oz. (62832)
HerbsPro: Immune Support Concentrate, Eidon Ionic Minerals, 2 fl. oz. (81087)
HerbsPro: Immune Support, Eidon Ionic Minerals, 19 fl. oz. (81072)
HerbsPro: Super Garlic Immune Extract, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 oz. (39839)
HerbsPro: Cold & Flu Immune Defense Extract, Quantum Research, 2 oz. (18533)
HerbsPro: Herbal Energy Plus Immune Support Shots, Gaia Herbs, 2 oz. (112670)
HerbsPro: Emergen-C Immune Citrus Shot, Alacer, 2.5 oz. (6 Shots) (81195)
HerbsPro: Immunity Shots, California Natural, 4 oz. (71916)
HerbsPro: Sambucol Black Elderberry Immune System Support, 4 oz. (76401)
HerbsPro: Sambucus Immune Support, Natures Answer, 4 oz. (75104)
HerbsPro: Super Garlic Immune Syrup, Dr Christophers Formulas, 4 oz. (39840)
HerbsPro: Super Garlic Immune Syrup, Dr Christophers Formulas, 16 oz. (39841)
HerbsPro: Immunity Boost, Natural Lemon Zest, Beveri, 10 Packets (86587)
HerbsPro: Immunity Boost, Natural Tangerine, Beveri, 10 Packets (86585)
HerbsPro: On The Go Supplement Powder For Immune Support, Lemonade, Airborne, 10 Packets (98933)
HerbsPro: Immunity Boost, Tropical Fruit, Beveri, 10 Packets (86586)
HerbsPro: Emergen-C Immune Plus System Support With Vitamin D, Citrus, Alacer, 10 Packets (93498)
HerbsPro: Immune Plus System Support With Vitamin D, Blueberry Acai, Alacer, 10 Packets (93499)
HerbsPro: Emergen-C Immune Plus System Support With Vitamin D, Citrus, Alacer, 30 Packets (93496)
HerbsPro: Immune Plus System Support With Vitamin D, Blueberry Acai, Alacer, 30 Packets (93497)
HerbsPro: Vitacraves Gummies Plus Immunity Support, One-A-Day, 50 Each (101667)
HerbsPro: Flintstones Gummies Plus Immunity Support With Extra Vitamin C, 60 Count (96282)
HerbsPro: Children's Multivitamin Plus Immunity Support Chewable Tablets, Flintstones, 60 Tabs (97112)
HerbsPro: Yummi Bears Immunity Shield, Hero Nutritional Products, 90 Count (80566)
HerbsPro: Kids Immune Builder, Berry Gummy, Wellness Now, 120 Chews (86806)
HerbsPro: Childrens Immune Chewable Wafer, Source Naturals, 30 Wafers (75212)
HerbsPro: Childrens Immune Chewable Wafer, Source Naturals, 60 Wafers (75213)
HerbsPro: Wellness Immune Chewable Wafer, Source Naturals, 60 Wafers (83804)
HerbsPro: Wellness Immune Chewable Wafer, Source Naturals, 120 Wafers (83805)
HerbsPro: Sambucus Immune Lozenges, Natures Way, 30 Lozenges (78822)
HerbsPro: Complete Immune Powder, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 900 Grams (79153)
HerbsPro: Complete Immune Powder, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 300 Grams (79149)
HerbsPro: Elderberry Immune, Eclectic Institute Inc, 60 Grams (76391)
HerbsPro: Elderberry Immune, Eclectic Institute Inc, 50 Caps (76388)
HerbsPro: Elderberry Immune, Eclectic Institute Inc, 90 VCaps (76388)
HerbsPro: System Well Ultimate Immunity, Natures Way, 45 Tabs (34529)
HerbsPro: System Well Ultimate Immunity, Natures Way, 90 Tabs (34530)
HerbsPro: System Well Ultimate Immunity, Natures Way, 180 Tabs (34528)
HerbsPro: Mushroom Immune Defense, Source Naturals, 30 Tabs (31718)
HerbsPro: Mushroom Immune Defense, Source Naturals, 60 Tabs (31719)
HerbsPro: Russian Choice Immune, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 60 VCaps (62680)
HerbsPro: Russian Choice Immune, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 200 VCaps (62736)
HerbsPro: Kids Immune Protect Liquid, Planetary Herbals, 4 fl. oz. (62832)
HerbsPro: Immune Balance Rapid, Garden of Life, 30 VCaps (109029)
HerbsPro: Immune Boost, Natrol, 30 Caps (81136)
HerbsPro: Immune Protect With Paractin, Life Extension, 30 VCaps (91889)
HerbsPro: Cold & Flu Immune Defense, Quantum Research, 30 Caps (18534)
HerbsPro: Immune Guardian, NaturalNectar, 30 Caps (93185)
HerbsPro: Beta Glucan Immune System Activator, Life Source Basics, 250 mg, 30 Caps (86590)
HerbsPro: Immune Support, Eclectic Institute Inc, 45 Caps (20714)
HerbsPro: Insure Immune Support, Zand, 60 Caps (66225)
HerbsPro: Clear Immune Support, Clear Products, 60 Caps (88595)
HerbsPro: Immune Support, Organix South, 60 VCaps (105990)
HerbsPro: EpiCor Plus Immunity, Now Foods, 60 VCaps (84918)
HerbsPro: Olive Leaf & Oregano Immune Wellness, Bio Nutrition Inc, 60 VCaps (109280)
HerbsPro: Immune Modulator With Tinofend, Life Extension, 60 VCaps (112724)
HerbsPro: Immune EDX, Plantiva, 60 Caps (80264)
HerbsPro: Beta Glucan Immune System Activator, Life Source Basics, 250 mg, 60 Caps (86591)
HerbsPro: Beta Glucan Immune System Activator, Life Source Basics, 500 mg, 60 Caps (86592)
HerbsPro: Ester C With Probiotics Digestion & Immune Health Complex, American Health, 1000 mg, 60 VTabs (93151)
HerbsPro: Ester-C With Cranberry & Immune Health Complex, American Health, 90 VTabs (81202)
HerbsPro: Immune Renew, Now Foods, 90 VCaps (68343)
HerbsPro: Immunity Booster, Twinlab, 90 Caps (63015)
HerbsPro: Immunity Formula, Organic India, 90 VCaps (84075)
HerbsPro: Super Lysine Plus Immune Herbala, Quantum Research, 90 Tabs (35423)
HerbsPro: Immune System, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 450 mg, 100 VCaps (39766)
HerbsPro: King Chlorella Immune Detox Chewables With Russian Choice, Nutricology, 600 Tabs (71122)
HerbsPro: Immune Support For Cats, Pet Naturals of Vermont, 1 oz. (73634)
HerbsPro: Immune Support For Dogs, Pet Naturals of Vermont, 2 oz. (73632)
HerbsPro: Immpower AHCC Immune Support For Pets NK9, Americdan Biosciences, 250 mg (72524)
Nutrition Basics: Immune Supplements Information
INFLAZYME FORTE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Inflazyme Forte is a specific combination of digestive and anti-inflammatory enzymes, with antioxidants and metabolic cofactors.
HerbsPro: Inflamericzyme, Olympian Labs, 60 Caps (74362)
Inflamericzyme contains a combination of clinically researched ingredients well known for their anti-inflammatory actions, including enzymes and herbals. Enzymes are proteins that facilitate chemical reactions in living organisms and are required for every single chemical action that takes place in your body. They reduce inflammation by neutralizing the bio-chemicals of inflammation (bradykinins and pro-inflammatory eicosanoids) to levels where synthesis, repair and regeneration of injured tissues can take place. Enzymes digest organic debris in the circulatory and lymph systems and the immune system uses them to destroy invaders. Supplementing with enzymes may improve the effectiveness of the natural process.
Amazon: InflaZyme Forte Supplement Products
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AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
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