Are you looking for a powerful cancer fighting food? Tiny single cell organisms known as spirulina,were designed by nature 3.6 billion years ago. Spirulina generated the oxygen we have in our atmosphere and created an environment that allowed all higher forms of life to evolve into the rich diversity we find on earth today. Just think what it would mean to capture the energy of this food in your body and free yourself or someone you love from the threat of disease.
Spirulina is in the highest order of superfoods. It contains one of the most remarkable concentrations of nutrients known in any food, or herb. Spirulina is 60 percent highly digestible vegetable protein, and contains a huge concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, trace minerals, and the rare essential fatty acid GLA, missing in people who were not breast fed. Spirulina is rich in polysaccharides, another name for essential sugars sometimes referred to as glyconutrients. It has a balanced spectrum of amino acids, cleansing chlorophyll, and the blue pigment phycocyanin with tremendous antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. (more…)
Echinacea is a coneflower that is found most commonly in eastern and central North America. It is typically found in early to late summer in the open wooded areas and prairies. Echinacea was used by the North American Indians and the early settlers as an anti-microbial for relief of infections, pain and to reduce symptoms of snake bite and anthrax. Others have used Echinacea for relief of scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning and diphtheria.
Big pharma would like you to forget about herbal medicine
The advent of antibiotics and the massive marketing and prestige that went behind this new medical technology reduced the usage and understanding of herbal medicine. The Germans picked up echinacea in the 20th Century and began to study it immensely. The Germans performed numerous studies that have demonstrated echinacea’s effectiveness at enhancing immunity. (more…)
By Michael A. Smith, MD
In case you didn’t already know it, most of your immune system is located in your gut.
That’s why if your gut isn’t healthy, neither is your immune system.
For instance, people with inflammatory bowel disease often suffer from immune hypersensitivities and other allergies as well.
Fortunately, new research shows that eating more cruciferous and leafy green vegetables is a great way to boost your gut immune system and improve your overall immune function throughout your entire body.
Let’s dive into the details!
Maitake D-fraction, a highly purified b-glucan extracted from the maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa), stimulates natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells kill virus-infected cells and some tumor cells. People with cancer typically show a decline in NK cell activity and immune function as the disease progresses. Patient responses to D-fraction during a 2003 study indicate that “changes in NK cell activity may be an effective clinical marker of disease progression in cancer patients,” according to Noriko Kodama and colleagues. (more…)
Many researchers have suggested that the blood lipids play a key role in the immune defence system.1–,21 There is also a growing understanding that an inflammatory response of the arterial intima to injury is a crucial step in the genesis of atherosclerosis. and that infections may be one type of such injury.22 These two concepts are difficult to harmonize with the low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) receptor hypothesis, according to which high LDL cholesterol is the most important cause of atherosclerosis. However, the many observations that conflict with the LDL receptor hypothesis, may be explained by the idea that high serum cholesterol and/or high LDL is protective against infection and atherosclerosis. (more…)
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Medicine have recently reviewed the important role vitamin D plays in regulating the immune system, including its ability to help you prevent and combat viral infections such as the flu. (more…)