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Supplements help support immune function

and a bowl fulla vitimins and such as to go alongA few weeks ago I began a series of informative articles on the ten most important supplements for overall great health. With busy lifestyles today, eating meals on the go, skipping meals, and finding little time for proper meal planning, supplements are often necessary for supporting cellular function and immune system function to keep at least some semblance of nutrient balance. Supplements, of course, do not make up for improper dietary intake, but can, especially in times of stress, help out.

The first two articles addressed the importance of zinc, selenium, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. If you missed these, please visit sandpointwellnesscouncil.com. Today I am highlighting Vitamin A and Co-enzyme Q-10 (Co-Q10).

Vitamin A is a huge supporter of our immune system. It enables antibody production for fighting off foreign invaders, it protects us from colds and flu, provides for normal cellular division creating those immune fighters, and can help lower our incidence of infections, some serious enough to cause death.

In cancer recovery, Vitamin A has been recognized as reducing the immunosuppressive effects of chemotherapy and radiation bolstering cell membrane integrity and helping healthy immune cells fight the cancer cells.

Vitamin A is very supportive of vision health and may be helpful in reducing night blindness. As with all things, too much is not good. Toxicity can occur with continually high doses of Vitamin A.

Foods rich in Vitamin A are dark green, orange, and red fruits and vegetables, egg yolks, liver, milk, cheese, butter, cod liver oil, and cantaloupe. I always choose foods first, and if a specific condition is not improved, then I look into supplements for stronger support.

Co-Q10 is an important antioxidant for heart health. As we age, we begin to lose a fair amount of Co-Q10. As an antioxidant, Co-Q10 provides antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-tumor protection. Current research has been recognizing Co-Q10s importance in inhibiting breast cancer.

Adequate intake of Co-Q10 is difficult to achieve with food, so supplementation is recommended. Maintenance dosage is recommended at 30 milligrams per day. Fatty fish like sardines, organ meats such as heart and liver, and peanuts contain small amounts of Co-Q10.

If you suffer from heart conditions or breast cancer, it is best to work with your medical care provider and nutritionist to determine the proper dosage of this supplement to add to your regimen. As an antioxidant, it is still an important supplement to consider as preventive.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT, MSHN owns NewTritionally Yours! providing nutrition education classes. Classes begin in September. She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

 

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