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Repair Your Immune System

Thursday, 06 September 2012 08:58 AM

A number of studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of common infections, as well as the chance of developing severe complications from those infections. This is especially true for influenza infections, bacterial pneumonia, and bronchitis. Several studies have shown a link between the number of infections throughout a person’s life and later development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more about the role of vitamin D3 in your overall health, read my special report "Vitamin D's Hidden Role in Your Health."

As we age, our immune systems become less efficient in combating infections. This is mainly due to poor nutrition, and can be corrected simply by improvements in diet. Several nutrients have been shown to correct age-related immune dysfunction. These include:
• Astaxanthin
• Lycopene
• Selenium
• Magnesium
Selective immune stimulation of cellular immunity — the portion of the immune system that fights infections — can drastically reduce the incidence and severity of infections. For example, a compound called beta-1,3/1,6-glucan has been shown to reduce both viral and bacterial infections, and also reduce brain inflammation. This supplement can be taken several times a week during the flu season or when a person is under stress. The dose is 250 mg, taken once a day with water on an empty stomach. (My report "Stop Aging Naturally" gives more in-depth ways to slow the relentless march of time.)
The dose of vitamin D3 depends on your blood level. The normal levels on most tests are too low; ideally, it should be at or slightly above 75 ng/ml. In most people, especially the elderly, this will require a dose of 5,000 to 10,000 IU a day. After a month on the selected dose, have your blood test repeated to make sure you have reached the targeted range.
Studies have shown that these doses are safe in the majority of people. Unfortunately, few doctors have a good understanding about how vitamin D3 can benefit the body and brain.
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