Immune boosting products

  • Roslynn Van Schoor


The human body is constantly exposed to potentially disease-causing micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses or ‘pathogens’. To fend off these unwanted pathogens, the immune system must come into play. The main role of the immune system is to identify potential pathogens and to coordinate with other immune cells to destroy the invader. When these processes don’t function optimally (when the immune system is ‘down’), the body is more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold.1,2 Sub-optimal immune function can be caused by environmental factors such as stress. In such cases, it becomes necessary to boost immune function and following a healthy lifestyle is, undoubtedly, the best way of doing so. However, some foods, vitamins and herbal extracts may also have an influence on improving immunity.