A Daily Supplement That Supercharges Your Immunity

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At this time of year, many of us will experience bouts of colds, infections, catarrh and similar concerns. Often we blame bugs as the cause of our illness rather than addressing varying weaknesses in our immune system.

How does the immune system work?

The immune system is unlike any other system within our bodies with a complex interaction between several glands, proteins, tissues, chemical compounds, hormones and gut bacteria. These interactions are all involved to help achieve optimal immunity and in its simplistic form,the immune system comprises specialised white blood cells, which learn what belongs to the body and what does not. The role of the immune system is to protect the body against many pathogenic bacteria and viruses on an ongoing basis. Any organism that attacks our system will cause infection and disease and it is the optimal working of the immune system that helps destroy these organisms in order to prevent any further damage and infection. This process is referred to as the immune response.

The skin has a strong immune system capacity, which is why a healthy person who suffers a cut will heal quickly; this is a gateway for viruses to penetrate the body and our immune system works to close the gate as quickly as possible. The ear, nose and throat are other possible entry points, which can lead to a variety of concerns including sore throats, catarrh, bronchitis and middle ear infections.

To further complicate matters, there are three categories of immunity: innate, passive and adaptive. Innate immunity gives the body general protection against germs that affect other species; passive or ‘borrowed’ immunity is taken from another source and lasts for a short period of time, an example would be breast milk from a mother to a baby; adaptive immunity develops throughout life as we are exposed to different kinds of viruses and bacteria.

When bacteria and viruses, known as antigens, are detected in the body, white blood cells work together to respond to the threat. They prompt a specific type of cell, called a ‘B lymphocyte’ to produce a specific protein called an ‘antibody’, which locks onto the bacteria or virus. Once an antibody has been created, it exists in the body for the rest of one’s life and confers immunity against that specific bacteria or virus. The antibody itself does not destroy the pathogen but allows a specialised cell called a ‘T lymphocyte’ to actually destroy it. The T lymphocyte also signals other cells and organs to assist in the destruction of the pathogens.

This is a very simplistic view of the immune system, however the immune system is so complex that modern science is still not able to pinpoint the exact mechanisms involved.

Factors that affect the immune system

There are many possible factors that can weaken the immune system and I have listed some of them below:

  • High sugar diets: Sugar decreases the ability of white blood cells to kill pathogens almost immediately. It is especially important to cut out sugar when you feel that you are coming down with an infection.
  • Dehydration: Every process in the body takes place in the fluids within our bodies; lack of hydration will hinder the normal biological processes and thus affect immunity.
  • Sleep disturbances: Sleep is absolutely essential for optimum health; during sleep there is growth and regeneration of the immune system, nervous system and the musculoskeletal system; if your body is fatigued due to lack of sleep, then you will feel tired and it will be harder to fight disease.
  • Stress: Most stress is unavoidable and we all face some degree of stress, however if stress levels becomes overwhelming, then your body will find it difficult to fight off disease.
  • Exercise: When you exercise, you increase circulation to every tissue and organ within the body; the individual components that make up the immune system are better circulated and help ensure the immune system has a better chance of acting on the pathogens before they get a chance to spread.
  • Poor diet: A balanced and healthy diet is important to ensure optimal immunity; try to consume whole grains and healthy fats found in fish, seeds and nuts; include garlic and onion into your foods for their antimicrobial properties.
  • Lack of vitamin D: Vitamin D’s role in maintaining a healthy immune system is unquestionable and most of us are vitamin D deficient.

How to improve your immunity

In order to ensure that we do not go down with a cold or an infection, our bodies require that we obtain the maximum nutrients from food and avoid sugar and processed foods, which weaken our immune system.

I strongly believe that cutting-edge supplementation plays a key role in helping to protect against infections and I recommend Daily Immunity by Food Science of Vermont, which should be taken from autumn right the way through to spring. Daily Immunity may also help shorten the duration of an infection by increasing the dosage. It contains a comprehensive blend of ingredients including:

  • Astragalus: I am a great advocate of this herb for its safety and efficacy in helping to keep the immune system at its peak. Astragalus works to increase interferon and white blood cell counts, both of which are vital to detect infection causing bacteria and viruses. The role of white blood cells is to destroy these pathogens and hence defend the body against infection.
  • Elderberry: Rich in several beneficial nutrients such as vitamins C and B, as well as flavonoids, numerous studies indicate that the oral administration of elderberry extracts helps reduce the duration of infections from an average of 6 days to 48 hours. This may be due to their ability to inhibit vital replication.
  • Oregano: Contains carvacrol, one of the most potent antibacterial and antiviral compounds; it has other beneficial properties including helping to alleviate catarrh and help suppress coughs.
  • Olive leaf: The active compound ‘oleuropein’ has powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties helping to inhibit a variety of organisms; additionally olive leaf may help reduce a fever.
  • Garlic: An incredible herb offering numerous benefits to the body including enhanced circulation, protection against insect bites and helping to lower cholesterol; garlic also possesses powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
  • Bee Propolis: Propolis is a bee resin and has a broad spectrum of activity against bacteria; it is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that have been known to aid the immune response. I have previously referred to the fact that the immune response is the complex interaction of chemicals, blood cells and organs to send signals for the destruction of pathogens in the body, Propolis helps to ensure the immune system responds quickly and efficiently.
  • Maitake and Shitake mushrooms: Mushrooms contain powerful compounds called ‘beta-glucans'; these compounds have been scientifically studied and found to activate the immune system through a variety of mechanisms, one of which is to bind to white blood cells activating their ability to scavenge for invading organisms.
  • Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium: These are the most widely studied probiotic organisms in the world; friendly bacteria have a powerful beneficial effect on restoring optimal gut health and aid the production of antibodies; over 80 percent of our immunity is derived from these friendly bacteria.
  • Vitamin D3: Research has confirmed that ‘catching’ a cold or an infection may actually be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency. A group of Danish scientists found that specialised cells, called ‘T-cells’, are critical for immune defence and are dependent upon adequate levels of vitamin D in the blood. When a T-cell is exposed to a foreign bacteria or virus, it sends a signalling device known as a vitamin D receptor. If there is vitamin D deficiency in the blood then this T-cell remains dormant and cannot attack the bacteria or virus.
  • Zinc and Vitamin C: Although a deficiency in any essential nutrient can compromise immunity, zinc is considered to be the most important of all nutrients. It is vital for the thymus gland, the primary gland of immunity, and is required for white blood cell production. Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to boost white blood cell counts, antibody production and help the immune response and also antagonises viruses by inhibiting an enzyme that helps them to spread through body tissues.

If you wish to maintain good health, it is important to boost the immune system not only to prevent infection, but to ensure the optimal working of many other processes carried out within our bodies. Daily Immunity has been specifically formulated to help improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • Lorraine Duskwick

    Can you take Daily Immunity all year round or do you take a brak in the summer months??

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Lorraine,
    I normally recommend Daily Immunity from autumn through to spring with a gap during the summer months. Shabir

  • Lorraine Duskwick

    My Son has been taking it all year, does that matter?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    I would recommend a break of a few months. Shabir

  • Lorraine Duskwick

    Is there anything else he should take, or just take a break now till end of summer?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Lorraine, Take a break from Daily Immunity for a couple of months and consider the use of a good probiotic such as Mega Probiotic ND since over 80% of one’s immunity arises out of the gut. Shabir

  • Lorraine Duskwick

    Thank you

  • Eveie

    is this suitable for someone who only has one kidney?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Eveie, Daily Immunity is perfectly safe and suitable. Shabir

  • CP

    Will taking this improve my Rheumatoid arthritis or will it have an adverse effect?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi CP, I would not recommend Daily Immunity since RA is affected by an over-active immune system. For RA, please consider the use of Superior Joints which works to alleviate pain and aid long term joint repair. Shabir

  • CP

    Ok thanks I wanted to take it for cold sores but thought I had best check cos if the RA

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi CP, I would recommend that you consider vitamin D3 in a sublingual form, the most absorbable, such as D-Lux 3000 Spray to help support your immune system. Shabir

  • Joan Murphy

    Hi, Could you tell me if this supplement will help my Asthma symptoms I seem to have very sensitive airways which results in me constantly coughing when I have an infection I also find my ability to fight any sort of infection is appalling with some symptoms lasting for up to ten weeks. I really feel I need something to help me through the Winter months Thank you

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Joan, Daily Immunity is one of the most comprehensive immune
    enhancing supplement currently available with a nutrient profile that
    ensures that the body is protected against infection, that white blood
    cell counts are increased and that the immune
    enhancing compounds are produced in the gut. Some of the herbs will
    also ease breathing. Shabir

  • Joan Murphy

    Many thanks for your advice and prompt reply

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Joan, You are welcome. Shabir

  • irene watkinson

    I have bronchiectasis and I am just recovering from a bad bout of flu .what would you recommend to build up my immune system

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Irene, Daily Immunity would certainly be my choice because it enhances immunity through a variety of processes and also addresses possible nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin D3. Shabir

  • irene watkinson

    can I take daily immunity with alive daily

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Irene, you can indeed use Daily Immunity alongside Alive Multivitamins since inadequate supply of vitamins is also a factor in a compromised immune system. Shabir

  • Debra Rea

    I am taking Daily Immunity by Foodscience but am getting horrible taste keep coming back all day, any suggestions

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Debra, a highly unusual concern but nonetheless I would recommend that you consider taking just one capsule twice a day in divided doses with some food to encourage digestion of the contents of the capsule. Shabir

  • Debra Rea

    Thankyou, the repeat taste is pure garlic, not so pleasant in the mornings

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Debra, completely understand and think that using Daily Immunity the way I have stated should help alleviate this. Shabir

  • Debra Rea

    Thankyou will give this a try

  • Abdulla Khan

    Can I take immune supplements for long term on a daily basis?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Abdulla, you can take many supplements such as vitamin D and vitamin C which play a role in immunity and in numerous processes within the body. With particular reference to immune boosting herbs such as astragalus, if you have a compromised immune system, then you can take them for a few months but not all the time. Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Susan, Daily Immunity is not suitable for auto-immune concerns such as psoriasis and hence my recommendation would be to take Liposomal D by Food Science of Vermont. Numerous studies indicate vitamin D3’s role in immunity and primarily it tends to activate the specific white blood cells which helps support the immune system. Daily Immunity may make matters worse because with auto-immune concerns, you do not wish to stimulate the immune system, you wish to maintain it at its peak level. Specifically for psoriasis, I have found Burdock Root capsules work very effectively at cleansing the bloodstream of inflammatory substances which can be a causal factor and topically Kerecis Psoria offers real hope at calming skin. Shabir

  • Susan

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I am learning something new every day about this situation. I cannot thank you enough, I will try your suggestion. Many thanks.

  • Susan

    May I just ask, in your opinion, whether taking any other supplements would hinder the work of Burdock Root? I currently take 3 Food Science mega probiotic tablets along with a hyaluronic acid tablet and a siberian ginseng capsule. Thank you.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Susan.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Susan, Mega Probiotic contains probiotics which support the immune system and hence is deemed to be perfectly safe. Hyaluronic acid capsules are not known to have any impact on immunity and hence please continue to take these. Siberian ginseng is known to enhance white blood cell activity and support a weak immune system and this is a supplement which some say can stimulate the immune system whilst others state that it is an adaptogen and will not do so unless your immune system is low. I would recommend that you stop taking this for now, just being cautious. Shabir

  • Susan

    Thank you again, your advice is very welcome.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Please keep us informed if you can. Best wishes Shabir

  • ashley

    Hi Shabir, I am currently suffering with a recurring bladder infection and have taken 3 lots of antibiotics over the last 4 months and feel that my immune system has weakened. What would you recommend for me to boost my immune system and avoid further infection ?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Ashley, you may wish to consider the use of a good probiotic supplement to replace the lost beneficial bacteria due to antibiotic usage. These probiotic bacteria help to also enhance our immune system. Consider Mega Probiotic ND at a dose of two capsules twice daily for at least a month. Shabir

  • ashley

    Thank you Shabir

  • Carolyn Coverdale

    Hi,, I have spent many months in hospital with bone infection from my artificial hip, I have been on antibiotics large doses for 6 months, I MAKE KEFIR AND I THINK THIS HAS PROTECTED MY GUT, should I take daily immunity. I take vit d,c zinc magnesium and turmeric paste, il try anything for this not to happen again, it is the 2nd time in 4 yearsxxx

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Carolyn, the herbs and various extracts do work to enhance white blood cells as well as displaying antimicrobial properties so I believe it to be a supplement that you should consider. Although the formulation contains vitamin D,C and Zinc, you may still wish to continue with vitamin D3 separately in case your levels are low and of course please ensure that you do not take more than 30mg of zinc per day if using on an ongoing basis.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Dear Laurie, in my opinion Daily Immunity is a great immune enhancing supplement – the formulation contains nutrients and herbs that help to bolster immunity through a variety of processes and can be taken at any time of the year. You may wish to use two capsules twice a day for a quick boost and then perhaps maintain the system with a lower dose.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir