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Immune Function Stack

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The immune system is a complex network of tissues, organs, cells, and chemicals that protects the body from infection and illness. When functioning properly, it identifies a variety of threats that may hram the body and distinguishes them from the body's own helathy tissues. The major components of the immune system include the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, lymphocytes, thymus, and leukocytes. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

104 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
Insulin Sensitivity2 Zinc, Whey Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
VO2 Max2 Cordyceps, Vitamin C, Echinacea, Ashwagandha
Blood Flow2 Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Free Testosterone2 Zinc, Ashwagandha, Vitamin E
IGF-1 (aka Insulin-like growth factor-1)2 Zinc, Whey Protein
Sperm Quality2 Vitamin C, Ashwagandha
Anaerobic Exercise2 Eleutherococcus senticosus, Ashwagandha
Interferon Gamma1 Vitamin E
Motivation1 Ashwagandha
Lean Mass1 Whey Protein
Skin pigmentation1 Vitamin A
Power Output1 Whey Protein, Ashwagandha
Muscle Protein Synthesis1 Whey Protein
Skin dryness1 Vitamin A
Cognition1 Zinc
Plasma Vitamin C1 Vitamin C
Interleukin 41 Vitamin E
Immunity (aka Immune system)1 Vitamin E
Dysmenorrhea1 Vitamin E
Leptin1 Zinc
Sleep QualityNeutral Echinacea
White Blood Cell CountNeutral Vitamin E
Prostate Cancer RiskNeutral Selenium, Vitamin E
Total CholesterolNeutral Vitamin E
HDL-CNeutral Vitamin E
EuphoricNeutral Vitamin E
MemoryNeutral Vitamin E
DNA DamageNeutral Vitamin E
Cognitive DeclineNeutral Vitamin E
TriglyceridesNeutral Vitamin E
Serum T3Neutral Vitamin E
Cell Adhesion Factors (aka sCAM-1Neutral Vitamin E
Symptoms of the Common ColdNeutral Echinacea
Exercise-Induced Immune SuppressionNeutral Vitamin C
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Dosage Compound Form Frequency Dates Notes
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25 mg daily. Zinc supplements have been reported to increase immune function. Some doctors recommend zinc supplements for people with recurrent infections.
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Whey protein appears to improve some aspects of immune function. One trial showed that whey protein increased blood glutathione levels in a group of HIV-infected people.
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A deficiency of vitamin B12 has been associated with decreased immune function. Restoring vitamin B12 levels may improve levels of immune cells.
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Studies show noni to have some immune-enhancing activity.
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Complex polysaccharides present in maitake appear to increase immune function.
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Large amounts of the carotenoid lycopene have been shown to increase the activity of natural killer cells in the elderly.
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Ligustrum appears to stimulate the immune system and is often combined with astragalus in traditional Chinese medicine.
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Green tea has stimulated production of immune cells and has shown anti-bacterial properties in some studies.
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Preliminary research suggests that fo-ti plays a role in a strong immune system and has antibacterial action.
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Supplementing with the hormone DHEA may improve immune functioning.
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Cordyceps has immune-strengthening actions and may be helpful in a wide range of conditions in which the immune system is weakened.
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Beta-glucan activates white blood cells, which in turn can recognize and kill tumor cells, correct oxidative damage, and speed up recovery of damaged tissue.
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Complex polysaccharides in astragalus affect the immune system. One study showed that astragalus elevate antibody levels in healthy people.
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Vitamin C stimulates the immune system. While taking it has only a small effect in preventing colds, it does significantly reduce the duration of a cold when taken at the onset.
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Vitamin A plays an important role in immune system function and helps mucous membranes, including those in the lungs, resist invasion by microorganisms.
1 mgThymus Extracts ,,,,,,
1 to 1.5 mg thymus polypeptides per 2.2 lbs body weight. The thymus gland is responsible for many immune system functions. A thymus extract known as Thymomodulin has been shown to improve immune function in some people.
100 mg ,,,,,,
100 mcg daily with 20 mg zinc daily. Selenium supplements have been reported to help improve immune function in seniors.
10 Unit(s) ,,,,,,
10 billion colony-forming units a day of acidophilus or bifidobacteria-only for intestinal infections. Probiotics help stimulate the intestine's immune system and slow the growth of infectious organisms.
10 ml ,,,,,,
10 ml of tincture three times per day. Eleuthero has historically been used to support the immune system.
3 ml ,,,,,,
3 to 5 ml of liquid extract three times per day. Studies have found that echinacea stimulates the function of a variety of immune cells, particularly natural killer cells. Taking it appears to speed recovery from the common cold.
25000 iu ,,,,,,
25,000 to 100,000 IU per day for nonsmokers only. Beta-carotene has been shown to increase immune cell numbers and activity. It has also been shown to enhance cancer-fighting immune functions in healthy people.
100 mg ,,,,,,
100 mg of a standardized extract twice per day. Asian ginseng has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine for preventing and treating conditions related to the immune system.
3 g ,,,,,,
3 to 6 grams daily of the dried root as tea or in a capsule. Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system and is considered a tonic or adaptogen an herb with multiple actions that counteract the effects of stress and generally promote wellness.
200 iu ,,,,,,
200 IU daily. Vitamin E enhances some measures of immune-cell activity in the elderly.
0 Multivitamin ,,,,,,
Follow label directions. Taking a daily multivitamin can help prevent deficiencies that make you a target for infections.
48 mgAndrographis ,,,,,,
48 to 60 mg andrographolides in two to three divided doses daily. Andrographis, with its immune system enhancing actions, has been shown to reduce the severity of the common cold and may prevent the onset of a cold in healthy people.

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Potential Interactions
Studies in animals and humans suggest that supplementation with large amounts of either vitamin C or vitamin E increases the requirement for the other nutrient.
Refrences
  • Chen LH. An increase in vitamin E requirement induced by high supplementation of vitamin C in rats. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1981 Jun;34(6):1036-41
  • Brown KM,Morrice PC,Duthie GG. Erythrocyte vitamin E and plasma ascorbate concentrations in relation to erythrocyte peroxidation in smokers and nonsmokers: dose response to vitamin E supplementation. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1997 Feb;65(2):496-502
Vitamin E appears to increase intestinal absorption and tissue uptake of vitamin A. Because of this effect, some doctors have used the combination of vitamin E and vitamin A for various skin conditions that are usually treated with vitamin A alone. The addition of vitamin E improved outcomes, while allowing for lower (and safer) doses of vitamin A.
Refrences
  • Oaks L, Russell R, Jacob RA. Decreased serum vitamin A levels during vitamin E supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr 1978;31:716.
  • Ames SR. Factors affecting absorption, transport, and storage of vitamin A. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1969 Jul;22(7):934-5
  • Gaby AR. Vitamin A. In Gaby AR. Nutritional Medicine. Concord, NH, www.doctorgaby.com, 2011; chapter 11.
Supplementation with zinc, iron, or the combination has been found to improve vitamin A status among children at high risk for deficiency of the three nutrients. This interaction has only been shown in a developing country with higher incidence of multiple deficiencies.
Refrences
  • Muñoz EC, Rosado JL, Lopez P, et al. Iron and zinc supplementation improves indicators of vitamin A status of Mexican preschoolers. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;71:789-94.
Vitamin C appears to convert sodium selenite (a form of selenium used for supplementation) to elemental selenium, making it unavailable for absorption. This interaction occurred when 1 g of vitamin C was taken with sodium selenite on an empty stomach, but not when these nutrients were taken together with a meal. Vitamin C does not appear to interact with selenomethionine, another commonly used form of supplemental selenium.
Refrences
  • Robinson MF,Thomson CD,Huemmer PK. Effect of a megadose of ascorbic acid, a meal and orange juice on the absorption of selenium as sodium selenite. The New Zealand medical journal. 1985 Aug;98(784):627-9
  • Ip C. Interaction of vitamin C and selenium supplementation in the modification of mammary carcinogenesis in rats. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 1986 Jul;77(1):299-303

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