Are You an Infrequent Victim of Infection & Disease?

Are You an Infrequent Victim of Infection & Disease?

No one wants to be sick but we all get run down from time to time. Some of us seem to catch every bug that comes around while others seem forever healthy. What makes some of us more susceptible to infection?  The answer lies not only in our different life styles but also in the body’s immune response.

We all know that we should wash our hands frequently and keep them away from the face where the eyes, nose and mouth are entry points for infection. We also know that eating nutrient rich foods and getting regular exercise is important. Stress can also predispose us to disease. Learning to relax is subjective; what is found stressful for one person may not be nearly so stressful for another. What can we do if we do not always eat right, get regular exercise or are unable to relax? The answer is we can fortify the immune response by supplementing with Beta Glucans, Selenium, Zinc and N-acetyl-L-cysteine. These nutrients are essential for a strong immune response to fight disease and infection.  As we age our body’s ability to fight pathogens deteriorates, this makes supplementing the immune response all the more important.

Dr Paul Clayton says in his article Bird ‘Flu and Beta Glucans:

The beta glucans’ ability to activate macrophages has been extensively tested and has been shown to protect animals such as mice against otherwise fatal infections. Trials have shown the same substantial protective effects in human infections also. Looking at the references above shows that most of the key studies had already been completed by the mid-1990s; but the work was not thought to be commercial and was not developed for clinical use. Antibiotics still ruled the roost and were highly profitable for the drug companies, while yeast/fungi extracts were cheap and belonged to everybody. This meant that none of the drug companies were interested in investing in them. The US Army, however, was taking careful note. Starting in the late 1980s, it ran an exhaustive test programme to measure the immuno-protective effects of beta glucans and over 100 other immuno-stimulants, and as recently as 2004 reported that the beta glucans were the most effective of them all. Not only did they protect against infection with bacteria and viruses, they also conferred protection against radiation injury.

The collective use of Beta Glucans, Selenium, Zinc and N-acetyl-L-cysteine can help prevent a cold or flu from taking hold in the first place and will lessen the severity and duration of a cold or flu if it does take hold. These natural ingredients will strengthen your immune response to reduce the incidents and severity of a number of bacterial and viral infections including zoster, shingles, cold sores and herpes outbreaks. Those diagnosed with HIV are well advised to fortify their immune response with Beta Glucans, Selenium, Zinc and N-acetyl-L-cysteine. This does not mean we should ignore the basics of washing our hands, exercising and eating well– add Beta Glucans, Selenium, Zinc and N-acetyl-L-cysteine to this routine to fortify the immune response and enjoy supreme health.

Dr. T. Stokes – Natural Health Clinical Researcher / PhD Biochemistry

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