One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system. Scientific studies have shown that reishi can affect the genes in white blood cells, which are critical parts of your immune system. What’s more, these studies have found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells.
It is prized as an effective adaptogen, or mediator, to help support the body’s defences against disease. Schisandra helps the body to cope with added stressors during times when we may be susceptible to illness, and brings a sense of calm. It’s an excellent tonic and immune booster against lurking winter illnesses, helping you to fight off infections and strengthen your immune system’s effectiveness in those times when you might get run down or when there’s a cold or flu going around.
Silymarin from milk thistle appears to modulate multiple metabolic pathways that converge on suppressing inflammation in diverse immune cell types, independent of the inflammatory insult or stimulus.
Elderberry extract is effective in treatment of flu. Elderberry showed mild inhibitory effect at the early stages of the influenza virus cycle, with considerably stronger effect in the post-infection phase.
Vitamin B3 ( Niacin)
Clinical research demonstrates that Niacin, is a highly efficient precursor to NAD+. Incorporating Niacin into the body has been shown to restore NAD+ levels in laboratory models, combating age-related decline in the NAD+ supply that cells experience. Preclinical studies link the restoration of NAD+ supplies to an improvement in metabolic efficiency and overall health. A recent article published in the Journal Nature, by a team from China, presents new evidence suggesting that niacin or vitamin B3 may help strengthen the lungs and protect the tissue. The article suggests starting vitamin B3 when you develop a cough may offer some protection from the potential damage the virus can cause.
It is now clear that vitamin D has important roles in addition to its classic effects on calcium and bone homeostasis. As the vitamin D receptor is expressed on immune cells (B cells, T cells and antigen presenting cells) and these immunologic cells are all are capable of synthesizing the active vitamin D metabolite, vitamin D has the capability of acting in an autocrine manner in a local immunologic milieu. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
CBD (Cannabidiol isolate)
The endocannabinoid system has an influence on most cells in the body, including the ones belonging to your immune system.