Natural Immune Boosters

By Michael A. Smith, MD

Natural Immune BoostersAs a follow-up to my previous blog posting, here are some additional suggestions for boosting the immune system:

Glutathione

Glutathione is the body's best antioxidant. It has been shown to increase the life span of immune cells, specifically B-cells and T-cells. This means extended antibody production and direct viral-killing effects.

Take 500 mg/day of reduced glutathione on an empty stomach.

CoQ10

Ubiquinol CoQ10 is the second most potent natural antioxidant. Higher blood levels of CoQ10 enhance the immune system's direct viral-killing effects.

Take 200 mg/day.

Vitamins E & C

Everybody knows about vitamins E and C.  The immune system effects of these two vitamins are well-documented and supported by several clinical studies. They work together with glutathione to activate B-cells and T-cells.

Take 400 IU/day of E and 2000 mg/day of C.

Zinc & Selenium

Zinc and selenium are natural immune-boosting minerals that increase antibody production by activating B-cells. Antibodies bind to the flu virus and kill it. 

Take 50 mg/day of zinc and 250 mcg/day of selenium.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that supports cellular health and function. In human cell culture studies, it has been shown to block the manufacture and release of inflammation-causing substances, which can help support a healthy immune response to seasonal viruses.

Additionally, quercetin helps to reduce sinus congestion, making it tough for viruses to enter your body. Take 500 mg/day of a quercetin extract.

Grapeseed Extract

The seeds from grapes contain natural immune boosters that enhance the first-line of defense: natural-killer cells (NK cells). NK-cells are responsible for orchestrating "search & destroy" missions. They circulate throughout the vascular system searching for foreign invaders and killing them upon contact.

Take 500 mg/day of grapeseed extract.

Beta Glucan

A type of fiber, beta glucan can also enhance the function of NK-cells, the first-line of defense.  The carbohydrate part of the fiber attaches to invading flu viruses and acts like a "tractor beam" for immune cells to follow. Coated in fiber, the flu virus can't hide and is easily killed.

Take 100 mg/day of beta glucan fibers.

Melatonin

The last natural immune booster is the hormone melatonin. Not only does melatonin regulate sleep cycles, but it also manages the immune system's communication mechanisms. Immune cells need melatonin to coordinate an attack by regulating the release of cytokines (protein molecules).

Take 5 to 10 mg at bedtime.

To learn more about natural immune boosters, read Life Extension's immune protocol at www.lef.org and search "Immune Boosters."

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14 comments:

Jack said...

Are antioxidants really give for the human body? I saw an interesting film a few months ago at the Hampton International called How To Live Forever ,and there was some brief mention about it. If that's the case, I'll probably start purchasing more Cherry 7Up Antioxidant soda.

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Natural Immune System Boosters said...

Can you provide some more detail In what plants can we find Quercetin? What are the medicinal properties & Facts of Quercetin?

Life Extension said...

We wrote a great article on quercetin back in April 2009. Check it out at www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/apr2009_Quercetin_01.htm

Dr Jagveer Rawat said...

I am a Master and Ph D in Immunology and a great proponent of role of better food (better plant,animal and other primary produces) is key to healthier immune system.

We must know our local plant, animal, microbial and other species as well as see whether the material-energy transfer system of the non-living source is properly maintained.

Nature's science has finally to work endogenously and we all have responsibility to act and alliance-making in this is required.

NATURAL IMMUNE SYSTEM ALLIANCE (NISA), could be a GOOD NAME if somebody could start an SMS service?

Jagveer Rawat

Jamelle said...

I have a little girl with holes in her eardrums because the incissions from tubes did not heal. They are quite large - 70% of her eardrum. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do for her to help her body kick in and heal?

Life Extension said...

Jamelle,

Please call out health advisors at 1-800-226-2370 to discuss your situation in detail. Please be aware that we cannot, per company policy, give advice for children.

Richard said...

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How To Get Rid Of A Cold Fast said...

great lists! Vitamin C is so far the best immune boosters.

Life Extension said...

Vitamin C is a foundational nutrient and plays an important role in many physiological processes, including immune function. Thanks for the comment.

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Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do for her to help her body kick in and heal?

Life Extension said...

Growth hormone optimizes healing. We suggest taking growth hormone secretagogues -- nutrients that help your own body produce more growth hormone, such as ornithine, arginine, and choline.

How To Get Rid Of A Cold Fast said...

I think Nutritional Supplements are a great way to ensure you are the healthiest you can be. thanks for posting!

Life Extension said...

You're very welcome. And thanks for reading our blog!

Russian women and Ukrainian beauties said...

Glutathione is the body's best antioxidant. It has been shown to increase the life span of immune cells, specifically B-cells and T-cells. This means extended antibody production and direct viral-killing effects.

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