by Natasha Turner
Attempting to boost the cells of your immune system is especially complicated because there are so many different kinds of cells in the immune system that respond to so many different microbes in so many ways. Which cells should you boost, and to what number? So far, scientists debate the answer. What is known is that the body is continually generating immune cells. Certainly, it produces many more lymphocytes than it can possibly use. The extra cells remove themselves through a natural process of cell death called apoptosis — some before they see any action, some after the battle is won. No one knows how many cells or what the best mix of cells the immune system needs to function at its optimum level.
As we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, which in turn contributes to more infections and more cancer risk. As life expectancy in developed countries has increased, so too has the incidence of age-related conditions.
While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are more likely to contract infectious diseases and, even more importantly, more likely to die from them. Respiratory infections, including, influenza, COVID-19 virus, and particularly pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide. No one knows for sure why this happens, but some scientists observe that this increased risk correlates with a decrease in T cells, possibly from the thymus atrophying with age and producing fewer T cells to fight off infection. Whether this decrease in thymus function explains the drop in T cells or whether other changes play a role is not fully understood. Others are interested in whether the bone marrow becomes less efficient at producing the stem cells that give rise to the cells of the immune system.
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Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbate) is one of the most important antioxidants and has antihistamine, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is helpful for infection, wound healing, scurvy, detoxification, capillary fragility, common cold, and sore throats.
Astragalus is a Chinese herb that strengthens the immune response by increasing the production of white blood cells. Astragalus seems to improve the response of mononuclear cells and stimulate lymphocyte production.
Andrographis is useful for improving immune system function. It is useful for preventing and diminishing symptoms of the common cold. It increases antibody activity, and phagocytosis by macrophages and mast cell-stabilizing and has anti-allergy activity.
Elderberry contains anthocyanins which boost the production of cytokines, the protein messengers within our immune system. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties which have a positive effect on aches, pains, and fever.
American Ginseng is an adaptogen that can be used for convalescence, poor immunity, and debility due to chronic disease. It causes the innate immune system to increase both the proliferation and activity of macrophages and NK cells.
Rosemary is an antibacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory agent. Rosemary is capable of increasing the flow of blood to the head and can be helpful in treating migraines and other forms of headaches.
There also is a connection between nutrition and immunity. A form of malnutrition that is surprisingly common even in affluent countries is known as “micronutrient malnutrition.” Micronutrient malnutrition, in which a person is deficient in some essential vitamins and trace minerals that are obtained from or supplemented by diet, can happen at all ages, but particularly in the elderly. Older people tend to eat less and often have less variety in their diets. One important question is whether dietary supplements may help older people maintain a healthier immune system. For example, there is some evidence that deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E — alter immune responses. If you suspect your diet is not providing you with all your micronutrient needs — maybe, for instance, you struggle to consume enough vegetables — taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement may bring other health benefits, beyond any possibly beneficial effects on the immune system. Our Clear Essentials is an easy-to-swallow multivitamin capsule and a balanced formula with nutrients provided in their optimal forms for absorption and bioactivity. It is also very reasonably priced at $46.99 for 120 capsules for the iron-free formula.