Ways to improve the immune system: 5 HTP, chlorella and spirulina
Perhaps you’ve heard that the best way to get the vitamins, minerals and immune boosters your body needs is the natural way – through the foods you eat. That’s true but, for a variety of reasons it’s not always possible to get these essentials in sufficient quantities from foods alone. That’s where supplements come in. But before taking any supplement, you should check out what dosages are recommended and specifically how each supplement benefits your health.
5-hydroxytryptophan (5 HTP) is an important chemical the body cannot get from food. The body manufactures 5 HTP from tryptophan. The tryptophan is then converted into 5 HTP, which is converted into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that relays signals between brain cells. Unfortunately eating foods that contain tryptophan does not significantly increase 5 HTP levels in the body so it is usually necessary to take 5 HTP dietary supplements in order to raise serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior so taking 5 HTP supplements may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.
Another increasingly popular supplement is chlorella and spirulina powder. Chlorella (green algae) and spirulina (blue–green algae) are often promoted as “superfoods.” Between them, chlorella and spirulina contain almost everything a human body needs for a nutritionally balanced diet. Chlorella and spirulina are also a powerful combination of disease fighters that are believed to serve a myriad of functions, from shrinking cancerous tumors, to regulating blood sugar, to reducing cravings for carbohydrates, to boosting brain function. They are reported to protect against arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, and cardiovascular disease, as well as correcting a common nutritional deficiency which results in poor cardiovascular health and increased risk of osteoporosis. Chlorella and spirulina also protect against pesticides, PCBs, and other environmental toxins that are hard to avoid.
Certain supplements can also improve the functioning of your immune system and each works in a slightly different way. Vitamin C is perhaps the most important because of its ability to increase the production of infection-fighting white cells and antibodies and to increase levels of interferon. Vitamin E is also an important supplement to take if you want to improve your immune system because it stimulates the production of natural killer cells, those that seek out and destroy germs and cancer cells and it enhances the production of B-cells. Beta carotene can improve the immune system by increasing the number of infection-fighting cells, natural killer cells, and helper T-cells. Bioflavenoids improve the immune system by protecting the cells of the body against environmental pollutants, whereas garlic has been known to improve one’s immune system by stimulating the multiplication of white cells and increasing the efficiency of antibody production.
Nothing replaces a healthy diet but the right supplements, taken in the right amounts, can go a long way to correcting imbalances in the body and protecting against disease.
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