The immune system is a complex and dynamic system and has an extremely important function as the body’s defense against pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Another major role of the immune system is to detect cellular malfunctions such as pre-cancerous cells.
There are different types of immunity, including innate and adaptive immunity and this is essentially how quickly the body responds to illness. Innate immunity is the first line of defense. How our body responds also depends on how our body was pre-programmed through genetics to fight illness or how the immune system needs to adapt to new and different invaders.
Let's take a look at some ingredients you can include in your diet that can help strengthen your immune system.
Vitamin E is an important free radical scavenger. Immune cells have a higher Vitamin E (also known as α-tocopherol) and therefore vitamin E likely plays an important role in the immune system response. Vitamin E has also been shown to increase the activity of several immune cells including lymphocytes and natural killer cells. Vitamin E is found most abundantly in vegetable oils and seeds and nuts. Supplementing with vitamin E is not necessary and since vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be toxic in large doses.
Ginger Root Extract
Along with being delicious, ginger is an incredibly healthy spice. Ginger has often been used to help digestion, fight nausea, and combat the flu and common cold.
Ginger is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This comes from gingerol, which the main bioactive compound found in ginger. Ginger can thank gingerol for many of its medicinal properties.
Studies show that consuming 2 grams of ginger per day, for 11 days, can significantly reduce muscle pain.
Other studies have shown that though it does provide an immediate impact, Ginger can be effective in the long-run for reducing day-to-day muscle pain.
Ginger consumption can drastically help lower blood sugar factors according to this study.
I could keep going, but the point has been made. Please eat more ginger.
Asian Ginseng Root Extract
Ginseng has been commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries because of its many health benefits.
What are those benefits? Let's list them:
- Ginseng is known to have beneficial anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory properties
- Ginseng may help strengthen your immune system
We aren't steering you wrong here. This is some good stuff.
Caffeine also has an impact on your immune system. Caffeine acts as an immunomodulator, which are agents used to help regulate or normalize the immune system.
According to a review published in 2006 in Pharmacology & Therapeutics by the National University of Ireland, caffeine suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokine production. This can have a positive effect on patients experiencing chronic inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and arthritis.
Green Tea Extract is another ingredient that helps boost your immune system. Polyphenols, a potent plant antioxidant, is given credit for what gives Green Tea it's immune-boosting properties. These polyphenols' important anti-inflammatory properties come from their ability to regular innate and adaptive immunity through the modulation of cytokines. One study has suggested that polyphenols can help kill flu viruses.
Is there a drink that can help boost my immune system?
YES! KILL CLIFF Ignite has ALL of the ingredients listed above.
Kill Cliff IGNITE is a sugar-free, naturally sweetened energy drink that delivers the jolt you crave with 150 mg of naturally-sourced green tea caffeine (about a cup and a half of coffee). Additionally, Kill Cliff IGNITE includes only FDA-regulated ingredients in its specialized blend of B-vitamins and electrolytes. Ignite has vitamin E, Ginseng, Ginger, and Green Tea Caffeine that will help boost your immune system. It provides you with 10% of your daily values of magnesium and potassium, which helps regulate hydration and blood flow.