The immune system is one of the most complex systems in the body. It is composed of the lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, and thymus. (Our lymphatic vessels and organs). It also includes white blood cells, for example lymphocytes, monocytes, and basophils, as well as other specialized cells such as macrophages, and mast cells. The immune system's primary function is to protect the body against infections and cancers, and to regulate the healing process. It does this by recognizing the difference between "self" and "not self."
Our immune system is our defense system against outside invaders by recognizing that which is "not self" (e.g. Bacteria, Viruses or foreign proteins). Thus, it helps us to maintain our own integrity and health. A weakened immune system results in colds, flu, cancer, chronic infections, fatigue, viral infections, yeast infections, chronic diarrhea, and poor wound healing.
Sometimes our immune system is too strong or directed at the wrong target (i.e. our own body). When that happens, we develop "autoimmune" disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and possibly diabetes, asthma, and allergies. Autoimmune disorders occur when our immune system cannot tell the difference between "self" and "not self."
Proper immune system function requires proper nutrition and the avoidance of toxins and stressors. Certain nutrients, such as vitamin E and zinc, seem to have immune stimulating properties, whereas some nutritional deficiencies are a primary cause of a depressed immune system. Stress also reduces our immune system's ability to function properly. Adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng and andrographis can then be helpful. Exposure to toxins, pollutants, and artificial chemicals are all hard on our immune systems, so antioxidants are a good idea. We can ensure a healthy immune system by following all of the elements of a healthy lifestyle. Our immune system helps us to maintain good health when we give it the right nutrients and the right environment.
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|Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support|
|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
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