If the Immune System response keeps us healthy, what can we do to keep it healthy?
The immune system is comprised of cells contained in the blood, lymph nodes, thymus gland, spleen and liver. These cells cope with infection by virus, bacteria or foreign substances by clumping them with protein antibodies, dissolving them with enzymes, or chemically inactivating them. This is accomplished in most cases at the expense of the immune system cells, ie., they must be replaced.
Their replacement calls for optimal amounts of cell repair substances, such as vitamins B12 and Folate, and nucleic acids derived in part via ribose and Niacinamide. In addition, the antibodies produced by the immune system require optimal amounts of Vitamin A, zinc and amino acids. The white blood cells produce Hydroxy ion, a toxic free-radical capable of destroying bacteria, but also toxic to adjacent body cells. These cells are protected if the antioxidant system of the body is fully supported at the cell membranes by vitamin E; at the mitochondrial level within the cells by superoxide dismutase (which requires manganese and zinc); and in the intercellular fluids by vitamin C and free radical scavenging enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, which depends on selenium and catalase which require iron for full activity.