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InVite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Welcome back to Part 2 of our episode looking at how to get your immune system ready for winter. In Part 1, we spoke about nutrients that decline in the winter that you need for the immune system and why it’s more likely to get a viral infection like the flu or a cold in the wintertime. Now we’re going to talk about other nutrients that really help your immune system work effectively during the winter.†
Nutrients to support winter immune health
In addition to zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin D, which I discussed in Part 1, you can also take a supplement called nucleotides, which works differently within the body.†
When a virus enters your body, it’s quickly replicated into millions of viral particles. To meet this head on and defeat the virus, our immune cells must also quickly replicate to match the number of viral cells. This takes a lot of energy. Nucleotides quickly supply energy to our immune system. If you feel yourself starting to get sick, you can take a supplement like our Nucleotide Complex to help give the immune system energy function properly.†
There’s also Beta-Glucans. These are powerful constituents in some edibles such as oats. Mushrooms are rich in Beta-1.3-Glucans, which have been studied for infections and cancer patients. These important constituents are not well-absorbed from food, so a better source of Beta-1.3-Glucans for the immune system is an algae that is loaded with essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The name of this beautiful algae is Euglena gracilis. The Beta-Glucans in this algae are not coated, so when you consume this algae, you very easily absorb the Beta-1.3-Glucans. They pretty much immediately give your immune system a boost and support your body’s ability to fight viruses.†
Probiotic bacteria are also important for the immune system. About 70% of our immune system comes in contact with our intestines and that’s where we have the highest level of bacteria. If they’re bad bacteria, they confuse the immune system and they increase the risk of leaky gut syndrome, allergies and autoimmune diseases. If they’re good bacteria, they train the immune system.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. concludes his conversation about the nutrients you need in winter to help your immune system function properly. He explains the functions these vitamins, minerals and antioxidants have in the body and also details studies about their benefits.†
- What is immunonutrition?
- How Beta-Glucans impact the immune system
- The benefits of probiotic bacteria in aging people
- Additional nutrients that benefit the immune system
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