Category Archives: Immune System

Mushrooms to Boost Immunity

Mushrooms are a unique group of foods that belong to the fungi kingdom of organisms. Biologically, mushrooms are the fruiting body of fungi and while some are poisonous many have important health effects. One health effect of mushrooms that has … Continue reading

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Minerals and Immunity

Mineral deficiencies arise through various mechanisms and are prevalent in both Western nations and the developing world. Mineral deficiencies can have an impact on host immunity and a number of mineral deficiencies are known to cause severe immune dysfunction. Copper … Continue reading

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Selenium and Human Immune Health

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that is required for human health. Without adequate selenium in the diet disease is inevitable. Selenium is required because it forms part of a number of important cellular components called selenoproteins, where selenocysteine molecules … Continue reading

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Intermittent Fasting: Anti-Inflammatory, Pro-Immunity Diet

Intermittent fasting describes the style of fasting where there is a repeated cycle of fasting, followed by non-fasting behaviour. The exact definition of intermittent fasting varies because the cycle length is not defined, but every person intermittently fasts to some … Continue reading

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Sleep Deprivation and Interleukin 6

Sleep is a restorative process that plays a significant role in maintaining the homeostatic functions of the body. The immune system is particularly affected by sleep, and during periods of sleep there are changes to certain aspects of immunity. For … Continue reading

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Immune Boosting Mushrooms

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Mushrooms as Immune Stimulants

Edible mushrooms are an excellent source of nutrients. Some of these nutrients contribute to the ability of mushrooms to stimulate the immune system. The first way that this occurs is through the presence of polysaccharides within certain mushrooms that may … Continue reading

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Stress and Sugar: Immune System Disruptors

The immune system is incredibly complex and its workings are not fully understood. However, it is known that nutrition and lifestyle factors can have a significant impact on the immune system. Sugar and exposure to stress have been identified as … Continue reading

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The Use Of Vitamin D To Fight Infection

Vitamin D is an important hormone that has a number of different functions in human physiology. One of the most important roles for vitamin D is the maintenance of the immune system. Evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency significantly increases … Continue reading

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Sabucus nigra (Elderberry)

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