In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the top supplement choices out there to boost your immune system. The immune system, which is your body’s primary line of defense against pathogens and disease, is a diverse group of bodily systems that can be impacted by several external factors, including the kinds of substances put in your body.
At Apollo Chiropractic, many of our services – from chiropractic care to massage therapy and others – relate directly to the immune system and improving its function. In addition, we also recently launched an online supplement dispensary that has several fantastic supplements, including many that show specific benefits to the immune system. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some more great natural supplements to boost immune function and related areas within the body.
Many people are well aware of melatonin based on its usefulness within the sleep realm. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body’s pineal gland, and its primary function is to help the body begin the onset of sleep by communicating when it’s become dark outside. This area itself has direct impact on the immune system based on sleep quality.
However, melatonin also has several additional bodily impacts in addition to assisting with sleep. It’s also a strong antioxidant, for instance, which helps regulate several parts of the innate immune response if you pick up a virus. Melatonin supplements have also shown increases in bone marrow and the number of macrophage cells.
A spice extracted from the turmeric plant, curcumin is known for both helping limit body inflammation and boosting the immune system. It enhances the body’s antibody response, for one, and has also been shown to promote immune response of white blood cells.
One tip if you’re considering curcumin supplements: Look for an optimized supplement that circumvents low bioavailability concerns (it has poor solubility in water and may not be absorbed well in its native form).
We went over vitamin D as an enormously helpful addition to the immune system in supplement form in part one, but it’s not the only vitamin supplement that may have beneficial results here. There are several other vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin E and various B complex vitamins, that can all have varying impacts on immune system response in various individuals. Vitamin E is the most questionable of these based on research – both vitamins C and B areas have shown enormous potential impacts in several areas, from antioxidant benefits to the body’s actual reliance on B vitamins to create immune cells.
For more on various supplements that are great for immune system boosting, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care or massage therapy services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.