Category Archives: Immune System

Chicken Soup: The Traditional Cold Remedy

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Vitamin D: Immunity and Inflammation Regulator

Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but actually a steroid hormone that regulates gene expression in cells. Vitamin D is associated with protection from a number of diseases including cancer. The ability of vitamin D to confer protection from cancer … Continue reading

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Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia

Phytochemistry: echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia contain a large number of phytochemicals. Some of the most interesting are a group of polysaccharides than may have immune enhancing effects. The polysaccharides with immune stimulating effects include fructogalactoxyloglucans and one acidic arabinogalactan. … Continue reading

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More Evidence Zinc Supplements Have Health Benefits

Zinc is an essential trace element. The normal and best routes for zinc intake are foods including nuts and seeds, cereals and certain meats and shellfish. However, increasingly it is being shown that many of those who live in Western … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup To Treat and Prevent Colds?

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Zinc: Supplements Boost Immunity

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Lectins: Widespread in Commonly Eaten Foods

Lectins are proteins that facilitate cell to cell binding. Letins accomplish this by weakly joining to carbohydrate signal molecules on the surface of cells, and when two such conjugations are made, the cells become joined through an intermediary lectin. The … Continue reading

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Gram Doses Vitamin C Stimulate Immunity

In vitro studies show that vitamin C has the ability to modulate the function of immune cells. For example, vitamin C can enhance the motility of neutrophils and monocytes. Vitamin C deficiency in humans causes detrimental effects on the immune … Continue reading

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Vitamin A: Cheap Childhood Infection Fighter

In the nations of the West the average age has risen largely due to a significant decrease in the risk of death in childhood. As more people survive childhood and live to their maximum age, it pushes the average age … Continue reading

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Does Zinc Have Pharmacological Actions on Immunity?

Zinc is an important trace mineral required as a cofactor for a large number of proteins in mammalian nutrition. In animal models of zinc nutrition, it has been demonstrated that zinc deficiency causes a significant deterioration in the response of … Continue reading

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