Powerful Immune Support Supplements:
Our immune system does a remarkable job of defending us against disease-causing microorganisms. Unfortunately, sometimes it is overrun by too much stress and too many microbes. Taking key supplemental nutrients can provide a major advantage for the immune system and allow it to effectively fend off larger amounts of stress and microbial debris.
Here are some key supplements to strengthen the integrity of the immune system.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 fatty acids cannot be synthesized in normal human metabolism and thus must be derived through diet. These fats play an important role in the cell membrane and the receptor sites that bind hormones & neurotransmitters.
They also form prostaglandins (intracellular hormones which play a role in cellular inflammation cycles). The ideal ratio is 2:1 (Omega 6:3), however, the typical American diet is loaded with the Omega 6 variety due to the large impact of grains and vegetable oils, and therefore, most people are around a 16:1 ratio (1). This imbalance causes improper immune signaling, inflammation, & decreased immunological strength.
Supplementing with the long-chain EPA & DHA, the kind of omega-3 we find in seafood, provides the body with incredible neurological and immunological support. These powerful long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids balance the Omega 6:3 ratio and create an anti-inflammatory reaction in the body. This reaction helps to calm the immune system and keep it firing with the balance, synchrony and precision necessary for long-term health (2).
Average Individual: 1-2 grams of EPA & DHA daily
Gamma Linoleic Acid:
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is a critical omega-6 fatty acid that can be found in borage oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil and hemp. Unlike other omega-6 fatty acids, GLA helps to control inflammation throughout the body when incorporated into the membranes of immune cells (3).
Average Individual: 150-450 mg daily
I prefer to get this with my EPA/DHA in my fish oil which you can find in the picture above.
Beta glucan is a powerful immune stimulating compound found in several mushrooms, yeasts and other foods. Beta glucan is a polysaccharide that is made up of multiple sugar molecules linked together. The major beta glucan molecule is called 1,3-D glucan.
Polysaccharides are a diverse class of macromolecules that have a high capacity for carrying biological information due to their large structural variability. Beta glucans are known by scientists as “biological response modifiers” that bind to the surface of innate immune cells which allows the cells to have better coordination in their attack. This reduces the tendency towards auto-immune reactions and hyperinflamatory activity when the body is under attack (6).
Beta glucan also helps boost Secratory IgA (sIgA) which is the immune defense that lives within the mucosal membranes of the body. Good sIgA levels are critical for the prevention of sinus infections, seasonal allergies, leaky gut syndrome, parasites, yeast overgrowth or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Average Individual: 200 mg daily
For Strong Immune Boost: 500-1000 mg daily
Our intestinal system and mucosal membranes (sinuses, respiratory tract, genitalia, etc.) are lined with billions of different bacterial colonies (We are a living bacterial hotel). Progenic or probiotic bacteria work in symbiosis with us (help promote life), whereas pathogenic bacteria create toxic waste and promote disease in our body.
Probiotic supplementation has been shown to modulate the immune system and reduce whole body inflammation (7). Supplementing with probiotics has also been shown to improve immune strength and prevent against the common cold and flu as well as other bacterial and viral conditions (8).
Average Individual: 1 cap of Probiocharge daily
Vitamin D deficiency is a current epidemic in our society today affecting 90% of our world`s population. According to Vitamin D expert Michael Holick, `We estimate that vitamin D deficiency is the most common medical condition in the world (9).` It is clear that most people are not getting enough healthy sun exposure.
Vitamin D more resembles a hormone than vitamin by function. Hormones are chemical messengers that interact with cell receptors to produce specific biological responses. Calcitriol, the active form of Vitamin D, is arguably the most powerful hormone in the body. It has the ability to activate over 1,000 genes (10) which is roughly 5-10% of the human genome.
Vitamin D has been shown to suppress most elements of the adaptive (inflammatory mediated) immune system while inducing most elements of the innate immune system (11). Thus, D3 prevents and effectively treats autoimmune diseases by suppressing adaptive immunity while enhancing the first line of defense against invading microorganisms by strengthening innate immunity (12).
Average Individual: 1,000 IU per 25lbs of body weight daily. Best to use Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2.
If sun bathing to the point of skin coloring, avoid using for the next 3 days. If mild sun exposure – 30 mins or so on whole arms or torso – avoid using for next 2 days.
Complete Immune Support Pack:
I am constantly asked what to do in order to prevent or overcome a cold/flu. This is my complete support pack to help someone overcome illness quickly. Loading up with greens, optimizing D3/K2 levels, omega 3’s, beta glucan, probiotics and the vitamin C, bioflavinoid, quercetin combo in Allergy Defense provide the whole package to strengthen the immune system quickly and effectively.
If you are looking to strengthen your immune system and never getting sick again than try out the Immune Support pack here
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