Nutritional approaches and other natural alternatives can make a dramatic difference immune health. Probiotics(including certain strains of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli) are a helpful alternative to some conventional approaches. With probiotics, the body is receiving “friendly” bacteria that help colonize the intestines for enhanced nutrient absorption. The body’s own level of probiotics tends to decline sharply as we age.
CoQ10: Antioxidants are needed to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system, According to researcher and author Emile Bliznakov (1987), CoQ10 works "at a molecular level by increasing the utilization of every single important cell in the immune system."
Andrographis may help support healthy immune response by activating the NFkappaB, which is the key immune regulator of our body defense system. When NFkappaB is activated, cytokines such as Interferon's which is the first line of defense against vira Influenza is increased.
Echinacea has been used widely for prevention of the common cold, and to stimulate immune response. Clinical studies showed that Echinacea extracts improve white blood cell count and create other immune responses. In a study done with over 200 children, children who took Echinacea, along with two other herbs had fewer colds occurrence and shorter duration of sickness.