If you’re feeling under the weather, or you’re coming down with too many colds too regularly, or you seem to be increasingly allergic to things, then you may well want to know what immune system supplements might help you back on the road to recovery.
Indeed, they may play an important role in doing just that, and in giving us the pick-up we need. But let’s first consider how and why our bodies aren’t performing properly in the first place.
How does our body normally protect and care for itself?
Our immune system is the single most important defence our body has not only to protect itself, but also to maintain good health. We have written a really thorough guide to good health. For the purposes of this article, however, we want to focus on one particular area of maintaining optimum health; supplements.
Feeling run down and catching that cold. Again?
You can burn the candle from both ends up to a certain point, absolutely. However, eventually, no matter who you are, you will come unstuck. There’s only so much your body and brain can handle. You can fall short in the self-care department also, but at some point something will start to give here, too. None of us is invincible. In other words, we all crack eventually. It’s just a matter of when.
Doesn’t that sound terribly cheery; not?!
The last thing we want to do is come across all Negative Nelly. However, in order to understand the importance of collagen, we’ve got to look at the bigger picture first. And that involves considering the myriad ways we neglect to really care for our well-being.
- Poor diet
- Bad exercise (by this we mean too little or too much)
- Lack of hygiene
- Exposure to toxins or bacteria
- Over-use of prescription drugs
… All of these wreak havoc on our health. That can manifest itself in a number of ways, for instance:
- Colds and flu
- Aches, pains and inflammation
- Depression or mental ill-health
- Serious illness
They’re just some of the signs our body gives us to say something is not right. More care is needed. Throw me a lifeline, please. Hurry up!
Now there are several measures you might take to minimise symptoms and get the body and mind back on track. One of them may be introducing supplements into your diet, specifically, collagen. Here’s where we get to some really juicy information.
Collagen - the health and well-being heavy-hitter
When it comes to our overall health and well-being, collagen has a mighty role to play.
Within the collagen make-up is the amino acid glutamine, and it is one very busy agent. It’s the role of glutamine to provide energy to our intestinal and immune cells. Moreover, it helps maintain the integrity of the barrier between our intestines and, well, everything else! When our health is compromised our glutamine production levels slow down. This makes us very vulnerable and open to (at the risk of sounding dramatic) attacks on our system.
This is all potentially amplified and leads to other related issues, as well. For instance, because collagen may help to seal the gut, any ‘leakage’ might lead to compromised absorption of nutrients and inflammation, which just exacerbates the body’s decline.
Do you think you’re suffering from leaky gut? Find out more about gut health here.
As a result, taking this might help prop up your levels, maintain your gut health, and keep your defence system on guard, ready and able to do its job.
What collagen supplement do we recommend?
Good news - Edible Health has developed a product specifically for gut health.
Digestive Enzyme Collagen Powder is all about sealing and healing! We have created a unique blend of our Premium Bovine Collagen Hydrolysate with 18 essential amino acids, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, triglycerides and herbs. 'DEC' may improve digestion, reduce bowel inflammation and boost overall health and well-being.
Its additional gut health-enhancers include a range of high quality, carefully-selected ingredients, including:
- Turmeric (a powerful anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties)
- Psyllium (dietary fibre to feed the good gut bacteria)
- N-acetyl-l-glutamine (a water-soluble form of glutamine to heal and seal)
- Slippery elm (traditionally taken to treat conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, and urinary tract infections)
- Acacia (another dietary fibre that’s water soluble)
- MCT (an easily-digestible source of energy)
- Digestive enzymes (to assist effective breakdown of food and uptake of nutrients)
- NAG (N-Acetyl Glucosamine - helps to reduce inflammation)
- Liquorice (traditionally used to soothe gastro upsets)
- Quercetin (a natural pigment with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties)
- Aloe vera (a natural enzyme used to break down sugars, fats, maintain good digestion and promote healing)
- Zinc (helps reduce inflammation)
- Vitamin D3 (helps reduce over-production of anti-inflammatory proteins that cause damage)
- Probiotics (to help achieve a balanced micro ecosystem in the gut)
Blend it, baby
Unlike some of our other products, Digestive Enzyme Collagen is not water-soluble and, as a result, it needs to be blended well into your smoothie or your juice, or stirred well into your soup or casserole. Take 13,000mg per day, which is about the equivalent of three heaped teaspoons.
What other supplements could be beneficial?
Although vitamin C is a key player in maintaining our health, the majority of people in the western world should just naturally be getting sufficient levels, despite the fact our bodies cannot store it.
The B group of vitamins, as well as vitamin E, are also powerful agents in the support and defence of our immune system. We’ve pulled together a great article about foods that help support good health. Why not check that out and if you feel you don’t get enough of these vitamins naturally, then consider a multivitamin.
We really hope this helps you understand the role immune system supplements can play for your overall health and well-being. Feel free to contact us about any questions you might have.
Similarly, we’d love to hear from you about ways in which you look after your health and well-being!
Corinna and the Edible Health Team.
The immune system supplements information we have provided herewith, and all linked materials, are not intended nor should they be construed as medical advice. Moreover, the information herewith should not be used as a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions and consult your General Practitioner for advice specific for you.