SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY'S IMMUNITY
Recent evidence suggests Vitamin D supplements
can offer some degree of resilience
against respiratory viruses.
LIPOSOMAL VITAMIN D3 AND VITAMIN C
Vitamin C also contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Vitamin C and Vitamin D contribute to the maintenance of normal bones
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How Can I Strengthen My Immune System?
Your immune system is composed of your innate and adaptive immune system.
These exist as a complex array of millions of different cells. Immune cells are born in bone marrow from a single type of cell; hematopoietic stem cells. These cells have the ability to evolve with many developing into the white blood cells, whilst others are recruited for a far bigger purpose and become specialised cells. These cells are divided between the innate and adaptive immunity and take on particular roles.
Some specialised cells include T and B-Lymphocytes and Natural-Killer-Cells which are experts in tracking invaders using a process known as opsonization, essentially hunting the virus or bacteria and identifying them to the attack team.
Other cells such as macrophages, neutrophils and dendritic cells are experts in the phagocytosis of many harmful pathogens; they are the specialist cells that track and eat bacteria and viruses. They even have the ability to recognise future attacks from the same enemy to prevent further invasions.
On average, children across Europe will contract between six and twelve infections per year whilst adults will get between two and five infections per year.
That is a lot of potential sick days and disruption for the whole family so it’s important to do what you can to safeguard against any potential threats.
How do you Build Up Your Immune System?
High doses of Vitamin C increase a protein messenger called “interferon.” This molecule interferes with viral replication, helping to reduce the spread of viral cells in your body. Vitamin C may also enhance your T-cell lymphocytes.
Vitamin C supplementation can be taken as a prophylactic measure, meaning when taken regularly, it has a preventative benefit, which may decrease the likelihood of needing to reach for that quick-hit medication. Doses upward of 200mg a day are required to saturate Vitamin C levels in your body but higher doses of Vitamin C have also been found to be beneficial, sometimes necessary and completely harmless.
It is widely known that low Vitamin C intake causes suppression of immune function and increases the risk of infections. An illness then increases Vitamin C turnover which compounds the problem; your immune system does not have the capacity to fight further infection.
Vitamin C is highly concentrated in your immune cells so it's no surprise that research has shown supplementation of 1g – 2g of Vitamin C per day can reduce the duration of common colds by up to 12% in adults and more significantly by up to 21% in children.
Vitamin D and Your Immune System
Vitamin D encourages the development of your specialised, hematopoietic stem cells into phagocytic cells. Vitamin D supplementation has proven to be effective at enhancing adaptive immune function and is also associated with a lower chance of getting ill.
Clinical trials have specifically shown that just 400IU of Vitamin D supplementation can be used as an effective preventative measure against respiratory tract infections and doses up to 4000IU may further increase the chances of remaining infection-free. Similar clinical trials involving children resulted in the same evidence, with supplementation of Vitamin D helping to ward off winter colds.
Research also shows supplementation with 10,000IU of Vitamin D just once per week in young adults is effective at preventing airway infections. Those who have lower levels of Vitamin D also experience the greatest immune-boosting benefits when supplementing, indicating sufficient Vitamin D levels in the body is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.
Which Vitamin is Best for Immunity?
Vitamin C and Vitamin D may well be the answer to those unforeseen sick days with regular supplementation being the healthier, more effective method of maintaining long-term immunity success.