Immune

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Our immune systems are comprised of several organs, tissues and systems. In other words, the immune system is very complex. Given the vital role our immune systems play in maintaining health, it's no wonder that they are intricate and complicated. It's also no wonder that a lot can go wrong with them. Like a machine with thousands of intricate parts, there are many opportunities for something to go wrong with the immune system.

Unhealthy Immune Systems

Everyone wants a healthy immune system. After all, when your system is weak, tired or overburdened, the result is a host of unpleasant ailments. These can include everything from colds and flus, to herpes outbreaks, to a number of different infections. Many people with immune deficiencies, for instance, suffer one infection after another, from yeast infections, to ear infections, to chronic bronchitis.

Keeping the immune system working at maximum performance levels is most important for people who have compromised immune systems. This includes folks with auto immune diseases, such as Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus and so on. An auto immune disorder is a disease in which the immune system mistakes a part of the person's own body for an invader. The immune system attacks this part of the body as though it were a germ, with often devastating results.

Other folks who need to keep their immune systems functioning at optimum conditions are people with AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome and immune deficiencies. In addition to avoiding stress, eating a balanced diet, and getting moderate exercise, they may wish to take supplements, which can boost immune health significantly.

Much evidence points to the powerful impact glutathione levels can have on the health of a person with immune disorders. Glutathione is a tripeptide that naturally occurs in every cell of the human body. In those who are sick, glutathione levels tend to be low. Oral glutathione supplements are not effective, because glutathione is digested and broken down in the stomach, meaning very little actually reaches the bloodstream. It's important to take a precursor or building block of glutathione, and the most important of these is cysteine. Cysteine is best supplied by bioactive undenatured whey proteins. People with immune diseases or weak immune systems can benefit from undenatured whey proteins that raise their glutathione back up to a normal, healthy level.


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