Elderberry (Sambucus nigra): Setting the Record Straight

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By Jessie Hawkins, PhD/ Elderberries–dark purple berries from the Sambucus nigra plant–have become a universal natural remedy for respiratory complaints such as the common cold and seasonal influenza (Roxas, 2007; Blumenthal, 2003). Native to northern Europe, the elderberry has a centuries-long history of medicinal use. Since the onset of theRead …

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Paper Suggests Vitamin B6 May Calm Cytokine Storms Linked to COVID-19

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Studies have so far explored the benefits of vitamins D and C and minerals like zinc and magnesium in fortifying immune response against COVID-19 (read more on that here). But research on vitamin B6 has been mostly missing. Food scientist Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee hopes a paper published in Frontiers in NutritionRead …

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Tissue Stiffness Contributes to Immune Responses & Chronic Aging Diseases

A new study shows that tissue stiffness causes tension in cells, which likely drives immune responses in many chronic diseases. The findings suggest the cellular tension likely sets off an inflammatory loop that contributes to the development of chronic diseases of aging. Research from the Buck Institute, the University HealthRead …

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Part 1: Melatonin, Immune Function, and Inflammation

A look at the physiological role of melatonin beyond its sleep-supportive and antioxidant effects. Melatonin and Respiratory Health Melatonin has been shown to improve various markers of lung function and/or reduce pulmonary inflammation in numerous settings not having a primary infectious etiology. Although we typically think of melatonin as aRead …

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The Immune and Gastrointestinal Benefits of Colostrum

From Top-Notch Athletes to the Critically Ill, this Colostral “First Milk” Provides Nutritional Protection What’s the nutritional superfood almost all of us have had at some time in our life, and new mothers, dairy farmers, and Ob/Gyn’s know best? It’s colostrum, the first milk that comes at birth. Colostrum isRead …

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The Immune Enhancing Effects of Alpha-Tocopherol and the Tocotrienol Family

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We all are familiar with the antioxidant principles of the vitamin E family, their importance as an essential nutrient, and the protection they provide against lipid peroxidation.[1],[2] However, many are less aware of their importance for healthy immune system function, particular with age. Although severe vitamin E deficiency is uncommonRead …

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Zinc and Selenium: Key Players for Healthy Immunity

Adequate nutrition is essential for the normal functioning of the immune system, although some nutrients are more important than others when it comes to defending the body from infection.[1] Among the essential minerals, deficiencies in either zinc or selenium can greatly increase one’s susceptibility to infection and may worsen theRead …

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Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls May Increase the Risk of Infections

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Ideally, a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats can meet all of one’s daily requirements for vitamins and minerals, as well as essential fatty acids and other nutrients.  In practice, however, it is difficult for many individuals to obtain aRead …

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