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January 5 2017

The function of the immune system is to defend the body against invaders. Microbes (germs or microorganisms), cancer cells, and transplanted tissues or organs are all interpreted by the immune system as nonself against which the body must be defended. Although the immune system is intricate, its basic strategy is simple: to recognize the enemy, mobilize forces, and attack. Understanding the anatomy and components of the immune system makes it possible to see how this strategy works.

Immune Busters
Lack of adequate sleep
Excessive sun exposure
Stress of any kind
Excessive sugar intake

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Deep Sleep is one of the most important ways to boost one’s immune system.
Garlic may work against fungal infections and parasites, and that it may increase the body’s resistance to viruses, including the common cold.
Flavonoids — Most flavonoids, including Quercetin, have anti-germ activity. Quercetin also has Vision enhancing  properties, along with bilberry.
AHCC Active Hexose-correlated Compound – AHCC is a mushroom extract that has been tested as an immune enhancing, liver protective and anti-cancer agent.
Andrographis — Andrographis has become popular in Scandinavia for use during winter upper respiratory infections.
Astragalus is used by traditional Chinese doctors to stimulate the immune system. In a test tube study, astragalus was found to have anti herpes simplex virus activity. Astragalus has been shown to enhance certain aspects of the immune system.
Beta glucan — one mouse study shows daily ingestion of beta-glucan may offset the increased risk of upper respiratory infection associated with stress.
Cat’s Claw is a medicinal plant from the Amazon River basin that is widely used for inflammatory disorders.
Echinacea — Echinacea plant extract is widely used for upper respiratory tract infections.
Elderberry — A number of important compounds are found in elderberry, including anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants and have immune system boosting properties.
Turnera ulmifolia herb useful for infection treatment
Colostrum could be helpful in certain people in improving the immune system.
Zinc Lozenges work better for common cold prevention than echinacea.

Natural Immune Enhancers
Bacteria — Enhancement of immune system in the elderly by good bacteria. The aging process can lead to a decline in immune function. In an article published in the December 2001 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, thirty healthy elderly volunteers (age range 63–84 y) participated in a 3-stage dietary supplementation trial lasting 9 weeks. During stage 1, subjects consumed low-fat milk for 3 weeks as a base-diet control. During stage 2 (intervention), they consumed milk supplemented with bifidobacteria for 3 wk. During stage 3 (washout), they again consumed low-fat milk for 3 weeks. The results showed an increase in the ability of white blood cells to attack organisms or kill tumor cells after bifidobacterium consumption. The greatest changes in immunity were found in subjects who had poor pretreatment immune responses. Dr. Sahelian says: bifidobacteria and other probiotics may be an effective dietary supplement for enhancing some aspects of the immune system in the elderly. These supplements are usually found in the refrigerated section of health food stores and come in liquid or capsules. Dosage guidelines are on the bottles.
Tea – D
rinking tea appears to boost the immune system. Non-tea drinkers who downed five to six small cups of black tea per day for two weeks appeared to be better able to fight off bacterial infections. As an explanation for tea’s benefits, experiments in the lab revealed that an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas boosted the ability of immune system cells to attack a bacterial invader. The experiments used ethylamine, which is produced when the tea ingredient L-theanine is broken down in the liver.

Impaired immune function from supplements
It is possible that high doses of certain herbs and nutrients can impair immune function. For instance, very high doses of vitamin E taken for prolonged periods could have a negative impact in the immune system.

Lymph nodes
The immune system maintains its own system of circulation–the lymphatic vessels–which permeates every organ in the body except the brain. The lymphatic vessels contain a pale, thick fluid (lymph) consisting of a fat-laden liquid and white blood cells.

Along the lymphatic vessels are special areas–the lymph nodes, tonsils, bone marrow, spleen, liver, lungs, and intestines–where lymphocytes can be recruited, mobilized, and deployed to appropriate sites as part of the immune response. The ingenious design of this system ensures the ready availability and quick assembly of an immune response anywhere it is needed. This system can be seen at work when a wound or an infection in a fingertip leads to an enlarged lymph node at the elbow, or when a throat infection causes the lymph nodes under the jaw to swell. The lymph nodes swell because the lymphatic vessels drain the infection by carrying it to the nearest area where an immune response can be organized.

Common words used to describe parts of the immune system
Antibody: A protein, made by B lymphocytes, that reacts with a specific antigen.
Antigen: Any molecule capable of stimulating an immune response.
Cell: The smallest living unit of tissue, composed of a nucleus and cytoplasm surrounded by a membrane. The nucleus houses DNA, and the cytoplasm contains structures (organelles) that carry out the cell’s functions.
Immunoglobulin: A synonym for antibody.
Leukocyte: A white blood cell. Lymphocytes and neutrophils, among others, are leukocytes.
Lymphocyte: The main cell of the lymphatic system, further categorized as B lymphocytes (which produce antibodies) and T lymphocytes (which help the body distinguish self from nonself).
Macrophage: A large cell that engulfs (ingests) microbes after they have been targeted for destruction by the immune system.
Molecule: A group (aggregation) of atoms chemically combined to form a unique chemical substance.
Natural killer cell: A type of lymphocyte that can kill certain microbes and cancer cells.
Neutrophil: A large white blood cell (leukocyte) that ingests antigens and other substances.
Peptide: Two or more amino acids chemically bonded to form a single molecule.
Protein: A large number of amino acids chemically bonded in a chain. Proteins are large peptides.
Receptor: A molecule on the cell surface or in the cytoplasm that fits another molecule like a lock and key

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Does 5-htp increased serotonin levels help or harm the human immune system?
Most likely in the short term 5HTP does not have much of an effect on the immune system, as to long term effects this is not clear at this time. To be on the safe side we suggest taking breaks from use if planning to take this supplement for many weeks or months.

Immune XL is a high quality, natural dietary supplement, offered in tea and capsule form. Freshly harvested from branch tips of the Pacific Yew tree (Taxus brevifolia), which is found exclusively in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States ( Montana , Idaho , Oregon and Washington ). It has been documented by alternative health care practitioners and patient advocates that users of Immune XL report exceptional benefits. Pacific Yew Tree (Taxus Brevifolia) contains taxanes, naturally occurring compounds scientifically proven to suppress abnormal cell growth and invigorate the immune system. Immune XL we feel is the ultimate in immune support and support of cellular health. Naturopathic doctors, alternative health care providers and patient advocates include ImmuneXL products regularly in their protocols as nutritional support and as an adjunct to other therapies. Taxanes in this product work in a very unique way. It prevents the spindle fibers from disintegrating; this in turn prevents the replication of abnormal cells. “Taxol is one of the most promising of more than 120,000 plant compounds tested for anti-cancer properties”, said Charles Bolsinger in his research book titled “Silvics of Forest Trees of North America ”. Research shows that the Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) is a rich source of beneficial phyto-chemicals (plant compounds and phytosterols) that are known to be health-promoting. These constituents are concentrated in the branch tips during the growing season which is the harvesting period. Compounds include; taxanes (also known as diterpenes), which are unique to the Pacific Yew tree, lignans (lariciresinol and taxiresinol), which have been found to exert significant antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory activities, flavonoids (quercitin, rhamnetin, sciadopitysin), recognized for anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Flavonoids also act as a powerful antioxidant, providing protection against free radicals. The ancient Pacific Yew tree was a valuable source of traditional medicine for Native Americans and pioneers of the Pacific Northwest . Medicines were made from various parts of the Yew tree and included tea, made from leaves and bark. Immune XL is available in capsules and tea, they are the same; they are both made from the branch tips of the Pacific Yew tree (Taxus brevifolia). The capsules go through additional process, the extraction is then more refined.

Does eating insects effect immunity?
Insects, a traditional food in many parts of the world, are highly nutritious and especially rich in proteins and thus represent a potential food and protein source. Rich in nutrient compositions in addition to amino acids and fatty acid compositions as well as mineral and vitamin contents of various edible insects. Many edible insects provide satisfactorily with energy and protein, meet amino acid requirements for humans, are high in MUFA and/or PUFA, and rich in several micronutrients such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc as well as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and in some cases folic acid. Liabilities of entomophagy include the possible content of allergenic and toxic substances as well as antinutrients and the presence of pathogens.