Antioxidants : Immune Health


Immune Health

The immune system includes two cooperative defense systems:
(1) The innate immune response consists of physical, chemical and cellular defenses against pathogens, and 
(2) adaptive immunity is the antigen-specific immune response, involving lymphocytes and memory T cells.

For immune system support, consider:
• Hand-washing and good hygiene are the first line of defense.
• Mindful daily habits including healthy food and fitness choices, regular sleep routines, stress management, positive mental wellbeing and reducing toxin exposure support the adaptive immune response.
Specific clinical nutrition for immune response support can also be beneficial.

Vitamins A, D, E, C, K and B6 are known for their immune-boosting properties.
Other essential minerals and herbal ingredients also play a key role in optimal immune function, including: selenium, zinc (picolinate), copper, Lysozyme, L-Lysine, and Echinacea Puperea

Read more: Immune Function, 2/2020 News & Science
Video: Vitamin D & Immunity (DECK+), by Dr. Campbell


Antioxidants

Prolonged oxidative stress is like rusting from the inside out. Free radicals disrupt and destabilize the structures of neighboring cells, including polyunsaturated membrane lipids, enzyme proteins, and the nucleic acids of DNA. Left unregulated, free radicals can lead to oxidative stress and contribute to a feed-forward cycle of cellular damage that is difficult to control. While these issues are both complex and multifaceted, research has established that one of the best ways to disrupt this feed-forward cycle of free radical damage is through adequate antioxidant therapy.*  

Chronic inflammation accompanies oxidative stress as free radicals activate Nuclear Factor Kappa B, which induces the synthesis of proinflammatory cytokines and additional free radical production. This unregulated inflammatory cascade eventually leads to a loss of cellular function and cell death. Chronic inflammation is often experienced as local or generalized pain, aching, fatigue, and brain fog. Over time it can impair immune function and lead to degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and more. 

Well-known anitioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E can help counteract the damaging effects of oxidation by supporting cellular integrity and function. Astaxanthin plays a role as a potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. 
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is also a factor, as tissues and cells involved with function of immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems are highly energy-dependent, requiring an adequate supply of CoQ10 for optimal function.

Read more: About CoQ-10 (NCBI, off-site link)
> Read more: About Asaxanthin (NCBI, off-site link)

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