6 Supplements to Boost your Child's Immune System
By Joshua Ng (Pharmacist, Caring Pharmacy) | Malaysia | Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:46am
HFMD: 6 Supplements to Boost your Child’s Immune System
- It is a potent antioxidant that acts against oxidative stress that may lead to cell damage
- It supports the cell walls of cells, thereby creating a stronger barrier against pathogens
- It enhances the ability of white blood cells (i.e. neutrophils) fight against harmful organisms
- It can prevent and treat respiratory infections
- It can improve the function of immune cells i.e. dendritic cells, macrophages, T and B lymphocytes
- It is able to increase the production of cytokines needed fight off infections
- Antiviral properties have been observed in strains such as Bifidobacterium Breve, B. Longum, L. rhamnosus, L.acidophilus & L. casei
- It has iron sequestration abilities (it can “remove” iron from harmful organisms)
- It can bind to the cell membranes and protect the host cells from the entry of virus
- It can increase maturation of immune cells such as T cell and B cells and improve antiviral activity
- It is shown to be resistant to low PH therefore will not degrade easily when passing through the stomach
- Sourced from cow milk (within 16 hours of a calf birth)
- Contains lactoferrin which has antiviral abilities
- It is rich is immunoglobulin, growth factors and antibodies that improves the immune system
- Metabolites are substances required in a biological activity
- The mechanism is based on creating a “friendly” environment for probiotics to grow and thrive
- In the context of boosting the immune system, metabolites can increase the effects of existing probiotics
- It therefore can improve the antiviral effects of existing probiotics
- It is shown to increase production of inflammatory cytokines
- It activates the immune system by increasing production of TNF-alpha
- Supported by strong clinical studies – one study showed it was able to reduce duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days
- It is also contains flavonoids that has antioxidant properties
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