APRIL 7, 2003 -- It's a critical time in the world…and also for your health. The war in Iraq is a great cause for upset and concern, while the outbreak of the mysterious SARS virus, ('Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome') has Canadian health officials and media talking 'killer flu pandemics'. While paying attention to your immune system may seem like a low priority, in fact, according to Dr. James LaValle, R.Ph., N.D., C.C.N, a pharmacist, naturopathic physician and author of Cracking the Metabolic Code (Basic Health 2003), supporting immune system function is never more important than during times of crisis.
Dr. LaValle advocates plant nutrients to support healthy immunity
Of primary concern is the effect of all this stress on the immune system, or the intricate system that fights sickness and disease. Under acute and chronic stress the body's adrenal glands secrete excess cortisol. High levels of cortisol cause cells to die in the thymus gland, spleen and lymph nodes, the centres of immune cell production and activity. Dr. LaValle says, "the impact of stress and excess cortisol on the immune system makes us more vulnerable to sickness. By maintaining a healthy immune system, especially during times of stress, people can increase their odds to fight infection."
One of the most important things people can do for immune system is to ensure adequate nutritional intake, get plenty of rest and exercise daily. In addition to vitamins and minerals, plant sterols and sterolins are known to help support the immune system. Sterols and sterolins are essential plant nutrients that occur naturally in all fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and soy products.
Dr. LaValle notes that Professor Patrick JD Bouic, Ph.D., the Head of Immunology at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and one of the world’s leading experts on natural plant molecules, has reported that, "more than two decades of clinical research shows that phytosterols play an important role in optimizing the immune system."
While healthy lifestyle and dietary choices are critical, individuals may also benefit from an immune support supplement. Moducare®, a scientifically-proven and award-winning supplement (2003 'Best Immune Supplement' from Health Products Business) containing a proprietary blend of sterols and sterolins offers support to the immune system ensuring it is ready when needed.
Science shows Moducare® to be safe and effective
Dr. LaValle notes the safety and effectiveness of Moducare® has been tested extensively. Since 1994, studies using Moducare® have been published in six major medical journals including:
• International Journal of Immunopharmacology and Cell Biology International;
• Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care and
• The International Journal of Sports Medicine.
These studies investigated the effects of the proprietary blend of plant sterols and sterolins on various types of immune suppression. In addition, in long-term and standard toxicology studies, and pre-clinical and clinical testing, Moducare® was found to have no negative side effects.
Other immune system support includes…
Dr. LaValle says, "even in times like this we can limit the impact of stress. Once we understand the connection between stress and the immune system, we can begin to take steps to control it. We can exercise more often, adopt a healthier attitude and choose foods rich in immune-support nutrients." These immune-support nutrients include vitamins A, C and E, minerals such as magnesium and zinc, antioxidants such as coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene and lycopene as well as indoles, a natural substance found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.
• More about Dr. James LaValle
James LaValle is a licensed pharmacist, naturopathic doctor, certified clinical nutritionist and author of seven books including, Smart Medicine for Healthier Living and Breaking the Metabolic Code. For the past 18 years, Dr. LaValle has operated a consulting practice at the Living Longer Institute in Cincinnati. He is President of Natural Health Resources, Inc., which provides consulting services for the natural health field. He is also on the scientific advisory board for the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance and is board member for the Dietary Supplement Information Bureau. Dr. LaValle is the nutrition expert on Body Shaping, the number-one rated fitness program on ESPN. He is an adjunct professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. LaValle is a frequent guest on radio and television. His articles can be seen in many trade publications. Dr. LaValle was named one of 'The 50 Most Influential Pharmacists of 1998' by American Druggist magazine.