Supplements to boost your immune system

Almost everyone benefits from some good supplements to boost the immune system, but some people go overboard on vitamins.  I have to admit that I was one of those people not so long ago, but I have pared down my supplement list to what really works.

A few basics would benefit nearly everyone, but these will especially help those of you who have dysplasia or, like me, want to keep HPV under control after cervical cancer.

This is what I take:

  • Curcumin
  • Astaxanthin
  • Silymarin

Curcumin

Curcumin, by far, is the most amazing supplement I've come across for so many reasons.  It is a powerhouse of antioxidant and anti-tumor activity.  Some studies have shown efficacy in treating dementia, depression and even arthritis (perhaps through activity with COX-2).  It is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, but of course, the reason I mention it here is the ability it has to encourage cancer cells to self-destruct.  Cancer cells are cells that just won't die naturally as a cell should, so curcumin stops them. Combined with bromelain, curcumin can help reverse cancer.  The bromelain will cut through the exterior cell wall and then the curcumin goes in and helps the cell to die a normal death.  But even after you're clear of cancer, you should take curcumin because it helps prevent any new cancer from cropping up.  Because it's difficult to absorb, a good product will contain black pepper to enhance absorption, but you can buy curcumin almost anywhere.  

DO NOT take curcumin if you are pregnant without your doctor's permission!  

Curcumin can stimulate uterine contractions or even a period, so do not take it if you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

I have found a good combination curcumin, bromelain, boswellia and cayenne pepper product from People's Chemist

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is another one I will not go without anymore.  This is produced by algae, and it's the substance that makes flamingoes and salmon pink.  It gives your skin a nice healthy pinkness like what children's skin has.  But it's also a powerful antioxidant. Oxidation is basically damage to our cells, so an anti-oxidant helps prevent that damage.  No cell can or should live forever, but you don't want your cells going rogue from oxidative damage.

You can find astaxanthin pretty easily online or in pharmacies.

Silymarin

Silymarin is derived from milk thistle, you know, that weed that monarch butterflies use to lay eggs?  It is a very potent liver agent.  It helps the liver produce glutathione, which is probably the most powerful antioxidant in the body.  It might even regenerate the liver.  Since the liver is such an important organ for cleaning up the toxins in your body, silymarin is something I consider essential.  Look for a standardized extract.

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