Your Diet & Immune System
The Strength of Antioxidants
By now, you have probably heard about free radical. These ubiquitous molecules cause cells to break down, speeding the aging process, promoting heart disease and cancer and weakening the immune system.
There's no way to avoid free radicals. They're produced within the body as a result of normal metabolic processes. But certain antioxidant compounds destroy free radicals. For you to stay healthy and to recover quickly from illness your immune system must be healthy, too. What can you do to optimize immune function? Exercise and stress reduction helps. But evidence suggest that the most important contributor to immune function is what you eat.
*Vitamin E. This potent antioxidant forestalls the gradual decline in immune function brought on by aging. It boosts synthesis of antibodies and encourages reproduction of key infection-finghting cells called lymphocytes.
People who take vitamin E supplements mount a stronger immune reaction against invading viruses and bacteria. They also enjoy a reduced risk for cancer. Good sources of vitamin E include whole grains, seeds and vegetable oils. Before Moringa came into play getting enough vitamin E for full protection against free radicals from dietary sources were nearly impossible.
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These antioxidants increase the numbers of lymphocytes and natural-killer cells. Supplements are available, but the best sources are fruits and vegetable especially carrots, kale, tomatoes and cantaloupes and green peppers.
*Vitamin C. It energizes the immune system to react more vigorously to cancer cells and microbes. Diets rich in vitamin C have been linked to reduced risk for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. The optimal intake of vitamin C is 200 milligrams (mg) a day. You can get more than enough through your diet. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, cantaloupes and green peppers.
*Immunity Boosters. Research is beginning to confirm what traditional healers have long known that certain foods and herbs boost immune function... Shiitake mushrooms. Studies in Japan show that these mushrooms boost immune function and inhibit viral multiplication. In Japan, a shiitake derivative called lentinan is used as a cancer-fighting drug. Shiitakes are tasty in soups, stews and vegetable dishes. Eat two to six shiitakes a week. Reishi mushrooms. These Chinese mushrooms boost reproduction of lymphocytes and trigger production of chemical "messengers" that coordinate immune system activity. Eat two to four reishis per week.
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