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Our Body’s Immune System
Inside your body there is an amazing protection mechanism called the immune system. It is designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to invade your body. To understand the power of the immune system, all that you have to do is look at what happens to anything once it dies. That sounds gross, but it does show you something very important about your immune system.
When something dies, its immune system (along with everything else) shuts down. In a matter of hours, the body is invaded by all sorts of bacteria, microbes, parasites. None of these things are able to get in when your immune system is working, but the moment your immune system stops the door is wide open. Once you die it only takes a few weeks for these organisms to completely dismantle your body and carry it away, until all that’s left is a skeleton. Obviously your immune system is doing something amazing to keep all of that dismantling from happening when you are alive.
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What Is an Antioxidant?
You may have heard about the health benefits of antioxidants, but do you know what an antioxidant is — and how they actually work?
Antioxidants are dietary substances including some nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium, that can help prevent damage to your body cells, or repair damage that has been done.
Antioxidants work by significantly slowing or preventing the oxidative — or damage from oxygen — process caused by substances called free radicals, that can lead to cell dysfunction and the onset of problems like heart disease and diabetes. Antioxidants may also improve immune function and perhaps lower your risk for infection and cancer.
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Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Vitality
The importance of vitamins and minerals to health, fitness and vitality is undisputed. A sufficient intake helps us to look good, feel good and enjoy life to the full – whatever our age! It is recommended that we eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day in order to achieve an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals. However, a supplement may also help to safeguard your dietary intake.
Vitamin A – essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth. Also an important antioxidant and immune system component.
Biotin – takes part in the metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates and plays a helping role in the production of antibodies.
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