Food and supplements
Many common foods have potent immunity-boosting properties
when consumed regularly in sufficient quantities, including the following:
The members of this family of vegetable, including
broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and turnips, are rich in betacarotene
and protect mucous membranes, especially in the lungs and intestinal tract, from cancer
and free-radical damage.
Garlic is probably the foremost immune-enchanting food on
Mother Nature's menu. It has a wider spectrum of antibiotic activity than penicillin,
inhibits many viruses and helps prevent cancer.
It is also one of the richest natural sources of selenium,
which is required to produce the potent antioxidant enzyme gluthione peroxidase.
It is most effective when consumed raw.
Deep-water fish such as salmon and tuna are rice sources of
omega-3 fish oils, which contain the essential fatty acids required to produce immune
factors such as white blood cells in the body.
They also prevent heart attacks by keeping the arteries
clear of cholesterol deposits.
These elements are most abundant and easy to assimilate
when the fish is consumed raw, but if you prefer it cooked, then lightly steam or poach
Seaweed's are known to lower blood cholesterol, neutralize
radiation toxicity and enhance overall immunity.
Raw almonds are one of the best natural sources of
essential amino acids and essential fatty acids, both of which are required for optimum
For vegetarians, who often become deficient in these vital
nutrients, raw almonds are an excellent substitute for meat and other animal products.
Another good source of essential fatty acids, be pollen is
also loaded with enzymes and other potent nutritional elements which boost immunity.
Pollen also helps eliminate many food allergies.
Because of environmental pollution and denatured diets,
food alone is no longer sufficient to sustain optimum immunity today.
Without supplements, the body simply does not get the full
range and quantity of vital nutrients and other elements it requires to maintain health
and vitality, regardless how much food you eat.
Judicious use of the following supplements will supply the
elements the body needs most to fight disease, neutralize toxins and free radicals and
guard against premature degeneration of bodily tissues.
Many vitamins function not only as nutrients, but also as
When the body is dis-eased or di-stressed, it utilizes
vitamins at a far greater rate than under normal conditions, a fact that shows how
important these nutrients are to immune functions.
Most important is vitamin C, which helps prevent cancer,
counteracts the immunosuppresive effects of cortisone, protects the heart and boosts
overall immunity. The optimum maintenance dose is 2-6 grams per day and double that amount
Other immunity-boosting vitamins include, in order of
potency, vitamins A (preferably as betacarotene), vitamin E and vitamin B1, B5, B6, and
The minerals selenium and zinc are indispensable to the
human immune system, because they are required to manufacture antioxidant enzymes, which
protect the body from free-radical damage.
Zinc, for example, is used to synthesize eighty different
enzymes, including the body's most potent anti-aging enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Other minerals essential for immune function include
magnesium, potassium, maganese, sodium, copper and chromium.
Argine, when taken with synergistic cofactors such as
vitamin B, stimulates the pituitary to secrete growth hormone, a vital immune regulator.
Argine also enlarges the thymus gland (which produced T-cells), greatly enhances the
body's healing powers and helps prevent cancer.
Other immune-boosting amino acids include ornithine,
cysteine, taurine, methionine and glutathione.
Essential fatty acids
These nutrients, including omega-3 fish oils, oleic acid
and caprylic acid, provide the best protection against arteriosclerosis and other forms of
Since few Americans get adequate levels of these essential
nutrients from their food (as clearly evidenced by the fact that heart disease now
accounts for 53 per cent of all deaths in the USA), supplemental sources are required.
Fatty acids are also essential elements in white blood
cells, antibodies and brain cells.
Since modern diets consist primarily of cooked and
processed foods, the body must divert much of its enzyme power to the stomach and duodenum
for digestive duty, thereby sharply reducing the availability of enzymes for antioxidant
activity and other immune functions.
When taken on an empty stomach, enzyme supplements go to
work digesting microbes, pre-cancerous cells, toxins, pus, mucus and other disease causing
Supplemental sources of lactobacteria such as acidolpholis,
bifidus and fermented cabbage juice replenish the colonies of "friendly"
bacteria in the intestinal tract. Lactobacteria are the body's
only natural defense against candida and other yeast infections, which have powerful
They also facilitate rapid elimination of toxic digestive
wastes and improve assimilation of essential nutrients from food.
Many herbs have potent immune-boosting properties.
In Chinese medicine the most widely used herbs for
enhancing immunity are ginseng, ginkgo, astralaglus, gotu kola,
ligustrum and codonopsis.
The North American herb Echinacea (purple Kansas
cornflower) is also a highly effective immune-system tonic and was widely used by the
Plains Indians to cure and prevent many ailments. Other North American herbs that boost
immunity are chaparral (Larrea divaricata), yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica) and osha
The South American herb pau d'arco (Tabebuia pentaphylla)
enhances the body's ability to resist pathogens and also directly attacks outside
invaders. Shiitake mushrooms and a rare Chinese mushroom call ling-jir also have strong
immunity-enhancing properties and are frequently included in herbal formula's that boost
immunity. Many of these herbs are currently being used to treat AIDS patients.
As the human body ages, secretions of growth hormone
naturally decline. A synthetic growth hormone that costs about US$20,000 per year has
recently been shown dramatically to reverse the symptoms of aging in several studies in
At less cost, you can take other supplements, such as
argnine, which stimulate the pituitary gland to secrete elevated levels of natural growth
Another effective growth-hormone-releasing supplement is
the drug bromocryptine (sold as Parlodel), which is conventionally used to treat senility,
infertility, and other symptoms of growth-hormone deficiency. By taking this supplement,
which has no adverse side effects, for a month or two once or twice a year, you can help
prevent growth-hormone deficiency and its related symptoms.
Women who have gone through menopause should note that
bromocryptine can reverse menopause and restore menstrual cycles and fertility, even in
60-70 year-old women, so if you use it in this stage of life, you should take appropriate
precautions against unwanted pregnancy.
One of the most effective of all immune-system boosters
turns out to be fasting, which all animals do naturally whenever they are ill.
When properly conducted, fasting can cure virtually all
diseases, including cancer and completely rebuild the immune system.
Fasting is the most
effective of all methods for stimulating elevated secretions of growth hormone,
detoxifying the blood and all other bodily fluids and tissues, excreting accumulated
wastes from the colon and other organs, dissolving tumors and cysts, repairing tissues and
healing internal and external injuries.
Source: Daniel Reid, The Tao of
Health, Sex and Longevity.
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