The Immune System
The Immune System
The best health care is a powerful immune system that stops illnesses before they take hold. The purpose of the human immune system is to protect and sustain life, so it fights every threat to your existence, from bruises, burns and colds to cancer, heart disease and serious infections – even the harmful effects of your own behaviour.
A healthy immune system is largely dependent on your lifestyle – what you eat, how you cope with stress, the exercise you take and other controllable factors. Medicine, in spite of its great advances, has its limitations, but a strong immune system is within everyone’s power.
The immune system consists of about one billion immune cells. There are two types of immunity: what you are born with and one you acquire during your life as you meet different pathogens (disease carriers). Your system remembers every encounter with a pathogen and can reproduce and effective formula to destroy the invader if it attacks again.
The immune system is like a highly sophisticated police force. Its communication and early warning systems act like highly sensitive trip wires, which, once triggered, alert headquarters to the presence of an invader and enable the body to mount a counterattack.
The Key Players
Granulocytes: the highway patrol officers
Macrophages: undercover agents and special investigators
Lymphocytes: police chiefs and superintendents in charge of training
Cytokines and interleukins: messengers
B cells and antibodies: special forces with chemical weapons
Viruses - the terrorists:
These parasitic organisms (for example, measles, smallpox, flu and the common cold) move stealthily into the body’s cells. They can’t produce, so they induce your cells to make more virus-carrying cells.
Bacteria - the common criminals:
These are generally less threatening, although some forms can be lethal. Antibiotics are increasingly ineffective and some bacteria are now untreatable.
Cancer - the insidious enemy:
Most tumors grow very slowly at first, so targeting the cancer cells among the many trillion normal cells is an incredibly difficult task. Yet a healthy immune system does this all the time.
Boosters enhance communication within the immune cell, which makes the actions of the cell more efficient and powerful. They make immune cells more numerous, more aggressive and more effective in the face of an antigen. They significantly slow down and, in some cases, halt production of free radicals, the molecular villains believed to cause more than 60 illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, brain disorders and most of the symptoms of ageing. Long term, they significantly improve the environment within your blood and tissues, where immune cells work, so that your immune system functions optimally.
What are antioxidants?
ANTIOXIDANTS are important protectors of your health because they provide electrons that neutralize “Free Radicals” in your body. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, which have the power to cause degenerative and life threatening diseases. They are produced from normal oxygen metabolism within the body, from exposure to certain chemicals, environmental pollutants, sunlight, radiation, burns, cigarette smoke, drugs, alcohol, viruses, dietary fats, and more.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are inherently unstable, since they contain “extra” energy. To reduce their energy load, free radicals react with certain cells in the body, interfering with that cells’ ability to function normally. In fact, free radicals are believed to play a role in more than sixty different health conditions, including the ageing process, cancer and cardiovascular disease to name but a few.
Free radical fighters
The antioxidants known to fight “free radicals” today include Grape Seed Extract, Lycopene, Lecithin, Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc, Beta Carotene and Vitamin E. By reducing exposure to free radicals and increasing your intake of antioxidant nutrients, you can reduce the risk of free radical related health problems.
Bioflavanoids are natural plant components that strengthen and protect living tissue. PROANTHOCYANINDIN is one of the names used to describe this powerful Bioflavanoid known as PCO (Procyanidolic Oligomers).
PCO extracts have been scientifically studied and medically used in Europe since the 1950’s. Scientifically documented, observed benefits include:
Enhanced capillary strength and vascular function, which helps the heart and decreases – PMS problems, bruising, edema from injury and trauma, varicose veins and leg swelling.
Enhanced immune resistance
Increased peripheral circulation, improving vision
Reduction in skin ageing and loss of elasticity.
NATRODALE PROANTHOCYDIN COMPLEX
Natrodale Proanthocydin complex is a potent antioxidant formulation containing Grape Seed Extract, Lycopene and nutritional Antioxidants, which are potent scavengers and blockers of free radicals.
Each high strength capsules contains:
Grape Seed Extract 15mg
(50 to 1 strength which equates to 750mg of Grape Seed Extract)
Lycopene - 1mg Vitamin C - 112,49mg Beta Carotene - 1980 iu
Selenium - 25mcg Vitamin E - 15iu Grape seed extract
Comes from the seeds of seeded species of grapes and contains the highest concentration of PCO (95%). It is known as one of the most potent antioxidants available.
Grape seed extract enhances capillary strength & vascular function, enhances the function of immune resistance and helps the reduction in skin ageing & loss of elasticity.
Lycopene is a natural extract from tomatoes, which protects the body from the oxidative damage of free radicals. Lycopene also enhances the immune system function and maintains normal eye functioning. Lycopene is known to retard the growth of abnormal cells in the body.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, which strengthens the cell walls and boosts the immune system.
Vitamin E prevents saturated fatty acids and Vitamin A from breaking down and combining with other substances that may become harmful to the body. Vitamin E also protects the cells membranes.
Selenium is a natural antioxidant that protects against free radical and appears to preserve the elasticity of tissue that becomes less elastic with ageing. Selenium can also take the place of Vitamin E in some antioxidant functions such as the protection of cell membranes
Known as Pro-vitamin A, is a potent immune booster, which also inhibits the growth of abnormal cells. As an antioxidant, Beta Carotene protects the body from the toxic effects of polyunsaturated fatty acid free radicals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Should my health care professional be advised before I take Grape seed extract?
A If you are demonstrating any symptoms or ailments that cause you discomfort, worry, or are of a serious nature (arteriosclerosis, vascular problems, etc) you should always alert your health care professional. In addition it is always good to keep them informed of any supplements you may be taking.
Q What side effects may I notice from taking Grape Seed Extract?
A Adverse reactions with Grape seed extract usage are considered relatively rare and it is usually considered to have a low toxicity. If you experience any side effects, stop usage immediately and report them to your health care professional.
Q What are the actions that have been associated with the herb?
A Grape seed extract is thought to neutralize free radicals (anti-oxidant), reduce inflammation, stabilize collagen and elastin, act as a natural antihistamine, and protect and heal connective tissue. Its anti- inflammatory action is thought to be derived form it's ability to inhibit the release of histamines and prostaglandin.
There have been numerous studies that show the benefits of moderate red wine consumption on health most of these studies distinguish red wine from white wine. A recent study shows that a particular polyphenol in grape skins, resveratrol, inhibits blood platelet aggregation. The difference between red and white wine is that red wine is fermented with the grape skins, while white wine has the skins removed prior to fermentation. So, red wine contains the beneficial resveratrol, while white wine does not. This is one way that red wine consumption protects the heart.
Sources of PCO
The PCO complex is found in many types of foods, but usually only in extremely small amounts. Some of the best sources of PCO are seasonal fruits such as grapes, blueberries, cherries and plums. The PCO is found mainly in the peels, skins, or seeds. Food processing and storage is detrimental to PCO availability.
The PCO bioflavanoid complex can also be found in the barks of the lemon tree and the Landis pine tree, as well as the leaves of the hazelnut tree. The highest known concentration (95%) of the PCO complex is found in grape seeds, and the second-highest (80-85%) in pine bark.
Until further studies are completed, eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidant vitamins may be the best way of improving your health. Resolve to include more of these foods in your daily diet.
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