Interesting, right? But if you’re looking to boost your cytokine numbers, there are other natural methods that don’t involve looking at sick people. One of those methods is AHCC®, a natural, unique extract derived from Japanese medicinal mushrooms. AHCC has been proven to help stimulate immune system function by increasing the production of cytokines, the number and activity of macrophages, T cells, and dendritic cells, all of which are types of white blood cells that search for and destroy harmful pathogens and abnormal cells. This helps the body identify and react to foreign invaders. AHCC has been proven to improve immune system function in over 20 human studies, and has been used extensively by immunocompromised patients.
Simple habits like maintaining a proper diet can also help your immune system. Diversifying your diet and including nutrient dense foods will supply your immune system with all of the necessary nutrients to keep functioning properly. A deficiency in one or several of these nutrients can greatly reduce the immune system’s efficiency, and increase the risk of infection and long-term disease. A proper diet will also increase your overall health, leading to increased energy and decreased risk of diet-related diseases like diabetes.
Other habits include getting adequate sleep. There is a link between adequate sleep and T-cell count, which is important to fight off viral infections such as the flu or common cold. Additionally, your body has a unique way of fighting foreign invaders during sleep: fevers. While fevers can be bad if they are not controlled, they are important for fighting of viruses and bacteria. Without enough sleep, your immune system will be without one of its best weapons. Health experts also recommend at least eight hours of sleep for adults to promote recovery, stress management and a steady metabolism.