Immune System

Build Your Immune System:

Immune SystemBefore we dig deep into the topic of allergy and its effects, it is appropriate to find out why the allergens cause havoc in our system. If our immune system is strong enough I think we can ward off all these discomforts.

In our everyday life we are surrounded by billions of bacteria and viruses. Many of them consider us as a resource they can use for energy and reproduction. But unfortunately for them, getting into the human body is not an easy task.

Immune system is the body’s defense against infectious invaders. The immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our body systems and cause disease, through a series of steps called the ‘immune response’.

Immune system consists of special cells, proteins, tissues and organs and they collectively protect our body from bacterial, parasitic, fungal, viral infections and also from the growth of tumor cells. Every time a germ is overcome by the immune system, it remembers that germ. If the body comes in contact with that germ again, it will be defeated quickly.

The organs of the Immune system are as follows:

  1. Bone Marrow
  2. Thymus
  3. Spleen
  4. Lymph Nodes

As long as the immune system is up and running, our body is ready to protect us from all the germs, the minute the immune system is down the door is wide open for all the invaders to take control.

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Multivitamins and Healthy Immune Function

Adequate nutrient intakes are required for the immune system to function efficiently. A good multivitamin can enhance the immune system by supporting the body’s natural defenses on both a structural and cellular level.

An article published in the British Journal of Nutrition summarizes the roles of select vitamins and trace elements in immune function. Adequate intakes of micronutrients are required for the immune system to function efficiently. Micronutrient deficiency suppresses immunity by affecting antibody responses, leading to imbalances in the immune system. This situation increases susceptibility to infections, which increases disease and death risk. In addition, infections aggravate micronutrient deficiencies by reducing nutrient intake, increasing losses, and interfering with utilization by altering metabolic pathways. Inadequate intakes of micronutrients are common in people with eating disorders, smokers (active and passive), individuals with chronic alcohol abuse, certain diseases, during pregnancy and lactation, and in the elderly.

Micronutrients contribute to the body’s natural defenses on three levels by supporting physical barriers (skin/mucosa), cellular immunity, and antibody production. Vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral zinc assist in enhancing the skin barrier function. Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folic acid, and the minerals iron, zinc, copper and selenium work synergistically to support the protective activities of the immune cells. Finally, all these micronutrients, with the exception of vitamin C and iron, are essential for the production of antibodies.

Overall, inadequate intake and status of these vitamins and minerals may lead to a suppressed immune system, which increases the risk of infections and aggravates malnutrition. Therefore, supplementation with a multivitamin that includes these micronutrients can support the body’s natural defense system by enhancing all three levels of immunity.

Br J Nutr. 2007 Oct;98 Suppl 1:S29-35.


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