Colds and Flu (To Reduce Risk in Adults)
Just like a machine that’s constantly on the go, the immune system works 24 hours a day and needs regular nourishment. It consists of a network of cells, membranes, tissues and organs that work together to defend the body against infections. It also has a collection of different cells such as T-cells, natural killer cells, and granulocytes to name but a few. So how does our immune system come to the rescue?
The first line of defence is to act as a barrier to prevent viruses, fungi and bacteria from entering the body. But if they do get through, then the army of cells in the immune system finds them and destroys them before they replicate. Sometimes this can’t be avoided, but, no matter how big the infection is, the immune system will keep fighting back. Luckily, there are allies waiting to step in.
Vitamins and minerals work together to support the immune cells and assist in their development. There are various nutraceutical supplements available to help. Vitamin C is a super antioxidant that protects cell membranes from damage and evidence shows that it could decrease the duration of cold symptoms in some people. Vitamin D also has powerful immune-boosting properties and can help prevent infection.
The fruit extract, quercetin assists in suppressing many strains of the flu virus, while olive leaf extract inhibits many types of harmful bacteria from entering the body. Elderberry gets into the dangerous viral cells and prevents them from replicating. And taking minerals such as zinc are important for keeping the immune system healthy. Another extract, propolis prevents bacteria cells from multiplying.
So if you want to ward off infections for good and give your immune system a boost, take a combination of the suggested nutraceuticals and you’ll be well protected this winter.
Also see Viruses and Infections
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