01 Sep 2015

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A key set of immune cells that protect the body from infection would be lost without directions provided by vitamin A.

It is known that vitamin A deficiencies lead to increased susceptibility to disease

A large percentage of immune cells are concentrated in the intestines.  This is important because these tissues are the point of entry for many infections from bacteria to viruses and parasites.

How do these immune cells find their way to the intestines?

Vitamin A is the key

Vitamin A is essential for directing immune cells to the mucosal barriers in the intestine.

Foods containing Vitamin A include liver, lamb, beef, butter, cheese, egg yolks, fish oils, kidneys, pumpkin, butternut squash, carrot, sweet potato, leafy green veggies, spinach, chives, broccoli, watercress, tomatoes, kohlarbi, parsley, mint, basil, apricots, mango, and rock melon.

Herbs that support the immune system include Andrographis, Astragalus, Echinacea, Olive Leaf and Elder Berry.

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