17 May 2017

VITAMIN A HELPS PROVIDE DIRECTION TO IMMUNE CELLS

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VITAMIN A HELPS PROVIDE DIRECTION TO IMMUNE CELLS

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

This is how Vitamin A protects you from disease.

Vitamin A directs a key set of immune cells that protect the body from infection.

Within the immune system there are two categories of cells which work together to rid the body of infection: fast acting innate immune cells and adaptive immune cells that arrive later, but are specific to the pathogen and more effective at killing or counteracting it.

These innate immune cells travel though the circulatory system, but to be effective they need to be concentrated in the mucosal barrier tissues, particularly in the intestines because these tissues are the point of entry for many infections from bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Vitamin A activates specific receptors in the cells that enable them to grab onto and bind to molecules in the intestines and keep the cells in place, just where they are most needed.

Foods high in VITAMIN A include:

Liver, lamb, beef, calf, 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.

 

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