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What Kinds Of Vitamins Help The Immune System
Nothing special: If you eat healthy meals with ample amounts of veggies and fruits along with whole grains, you will get adequate amounts of vitamins. So you hardly need to take any vitamin supplements. The only vitamin supplement if you want to take anything at all, would be vitamin-c which appears to have some beneficail effect in enhancing your immune system but even this is debated. ...Read more
Several: First, lifestyle! cut down on sugar, because sugar can weaken the immune system, increase inflammation. You need enough sleep, healthy diet, hydration, minimize stress. You can add bee propolis, oregano oil, vit c (bioflavanoids also help, so better to get your c from foods!) astragalus, elder flower. Maitake mushrooms (beta glucan) also promising. ...Read more
What do doctors think of the recent discovery of the glymphatic system? What are known ways to improve the performance of that organ system?
Interesting: That's why I like medicine, there are always new things to discover or re-evaluation of things we thought we knew. Glymphatics have to do with the nervous system. Nervous system health advice includes the things that are good for general health (eat right, exercise, sleep, minimize stress) and USE of the brain. ...Read more
Many good choices: There are many herbs proven to improve immune function. Some of the best choices include astragalus, ashwagandha, andrographis, echinacea, eleuthero & medicinal mushrooms like reishi, cordyceps, turkey tail, shiitake & maitake. See http://blog.Chestnutherbs.Com/herbs-for-the-immune-system & http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/31/organic-mushrooms-for-immune-support.Aspx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
All fruits are good : Eating fruits with each meal daily is very healthful. Vegetables especially colored ones are also healhty and should be part of each meal. This will allow you to cut on animal based foods(red meat) which have too much harmful(saturated) fat in it. ...Read more
Many, also...: Agree with Dr. Brown re: NAC and please see Dr. Shiller's wise comment. Many vitamins and minerals support liver function so I advise a quality multivitamin such as ONE Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations. Extra Vit. C can help, as can phosphatidylcholine. LIV 52, an Ayurvedic herbal formula has many impressive research studies. Chlorella can also help. See https://tinyurl.com/y85rom6v ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fitness: There's no magic food, pill or herbal product. Get enough sleep and don't overdo mind-altering substances or use tobacco. The one intervention that repeatedly is shown in controlled studies to enhance people's responses to antigen challenges is re-committing to aerobic fitness. You'll be glad. Best wishes. ...Read more
Almost all of them!: Research shows that vitamins a, b complex (esp. B6, B12 & folic acid) c, d, e & k all enhance immune function. Bioflavonoids and minerals like zinc are also important for immune function. I highly recommend the book the road to immunity by kenneth bock md for a detailed holistic approach to the use of diet, nutrients, herbs. Mind-body techniques and other approaches to boosting immunity. ...Read more
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Immunologists: Immunologists are the primary doctors to treat immunodeficiencies. Most of these doctors are also allergists. ...Read more
What are the types of demyelinating disease that affect the central nervous system and what can you do about them?
A demyelinating disease is any condition that results in damage to the protective covering (myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve fibers in your brain and spinal cord: When the myelin sheath is damaged, nerve impulses slow or even stop, causing neurological problems. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. In this disorder, your immune system attacks the myelin sheath or the cells that produce and maintain it. This causes inflammation and injury to the sheath and ultimately to the nerve fibers that it surrounds and may result in multiple areas of scarring (sclerosis). Other types of demyelinating disease and their causes include: Optic neuritis — inflammation of the optic nerve in one or both eyes, Neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s disease) — inflammation and demyelination of the central nervous system, especially of the optic nerve and spinal cord, Transverse myelitis — inflammation of the spinal cord, Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis — inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, Adrenoleukodystrophy and adrenomyeloneuropathy — rare, inherited metabolic disorders. MS and other demyelinating diseases most commonly result in vision loss, muscle weakness, muscle stiffness and spasms, loss of coordination, loss of sensation, pain, and changes in bladder and bowel function. No cures exist for demyelinating diseases and their progression, and symptoms are different for everyone. Getting treatment early is important. Treatment focuses on: Minimizing the effects of the attacks, Modifying the course of the disease, Managing the symptoms. A variety of drug therapies are recommended depending on your specific disorder. These may include medications that decrease the frequency of new lesion formation. Strategies to treat symptoms include physical therapy, muscle relaxing drugs, and medications to reduce pain and fatigue. Talk with your doctor about the best course of treatment for your specific disorder. ...Read more
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Why?: The average layperson is woefully clueless about how incredibly complex and finely tuned our immune systems are. Please repost your question with an explanation of why you think the health of your immune system NEEDS improving. Are you HIV-positive or have some inherited form of immune deficiency? If not, you're probably better off finding something else to worry about. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numerous: A standard textbook of neurology read from cover to cover would answer your question in detail. But common neurological diseases include stroke, epilepsy, migraine, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, and medical illnesses causing neurological complications such as alcohol, and diabetes; ...Read more
Key is balance: The healthiest approach to take is a balance of lots of different kinds of foods containing complex carbohydrates (ie whole grains) , lean proteins (beans, poultry and fish), and fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid filling up on sugary foods, as these may give you a short burst of energy but will leave you feeling tired and hungry again soon. Drink lots of water too, especially in the heat. ...Read more
Can you explain to me the primary and secondary immune response in terms of speed and number of antibodies produced?
Immunity: Very broad subject but the primary response is slower and takes time to make antibody to foreign particles. Secondary response is a memory response that occurs much swifter due to the primary response. The quantity of antibody is dependent on the infection and how long it lasts. There is no benefit to measure quantity. ...Read more
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