The immune system is an integrated system of cells that work throughout the body. These cells have four primary functions. They:
- Identify threats
- Evoke an immune response
- Shorten the duration of the immune challenge
- Learn to identify the threat in the future
For the first three functions, (identifying the threat, responding to it and shortening duration), speed is essential. A fast immune response reduces the intensity and duration of any health threat. A fast response means less stress build-up, less internal clean-up, and less wasted energy. If the immune system can respond quickly, then it can reduce the impact of the problem on many levels.
The last function also impacts the immune system’s ability to respond effectively to a problem. For example, the better it learns to identify threats, the faster it can summon a response. These four interrelated functions must all work properly in order to protect the body against possible harm.
Why antioxidants are so important to immune health
Antioxidants are your body’s internal balancing agents. When immune challengers invade, the body activates numerous processes to fight off the threat. As a result of this activity, scores of dangerous free radicals are created. To ensure ongoing health, the body requires antioxidants to combine with the free radical molecules and stabilize them, so they do not generate ongoing internal damage.
The role of adaptogens in immune health
When the body encounters an immune challenge, it activates numerous processes to meet that challenge. Normally, the situation is resolved within a matter of days and normal physiology quickly returns. Adaptogens support this ability. They help the body maintain homeostasis, so that it activates the right amount of immune activity at the right time. To learn more about the adaptogens in Immune Support, visit our Product page.