Upload Date: 1 April 2020
Our immune system is essential for our survival. Without an immune system, our bodies would be open to attack from pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and many more. It is our immune system that keeps us health as we drift through a sea of pathogens.
Pathogenic microbe as follow:
a. Bacteria Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that thrive in many different types of environments. Infections caused by bacteria include: strep throat, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections.
b. Viruses Viruses are even smaller than bacteria and require living hosts – such as people, plants, or animals. Otherwise, they can’t survive. When a virus enters your body, it invades some of your cells and takes over the cell, redirecting it to produce the virus. Diseases caused by viruses: chickenpox, AIDS, common cold, Ebola, SARS COVID-19.
c. etc. This immune system is spread throughout the body and involves many types of cells, organs, protein, and tissues. Crucially, it can distinguish our tissue from foreign tissue – self from non-self.
Dead and faulty cells are also recognized and cleared away by the immune system. If the immune system encounters a pathogen, for instance, a bacterium, virus, or parasite, it mounts a so-called immune response. How can you improve your immune system? On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganism. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. In this COVID-19 as world pandemic, especially in Indonesia we must strengthen our immune system so we are not getting sick quickly. You can strengthen your immune system with healthy ways. Following general good health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy living strategies such as these: - Don’t smoke - Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables - Exercise regularly - Maintain a healthy weight - Get adequate sleep - Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently - Try to minimize stress
In addition to healthy living strategies as mentioned above, we can strengthen our immune system with immunodulatory supplements such as IMUNVIT PLUS. IMUNVIT PLUS contains Echinacea, Black Elderberry, Zinc picolinate, and Selenium. Echinacea or cone flower is a flowering plant from Asteraceae family. Echinacea purpurea is one of the most widely used species for immunodulator. Based on research by Manayi, et. al. said that Echinacea purpurea has immunodulatory effects by increased activity of the body’s immune system such as neutrophils, macrophages, polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) and Natural Killer cells (NK). Based on research by Dapas, et.al. Echinacea also has anti-inflammatory properties, with down-regulating IL-6 as inflammatory marker. Based on Wasielica, et.al. Black Elderberry extract also found to alleviate the inflammatory response in activated RAW 264.7 macrophages by down-regulating the expression of pro inflammatory genes (TNF-α, IL-6, COX-2, iNOS) and suppressing the enhanced production of inflammatory mediators (TNF-α, IL-6, PGE2, NO). Zinc picolinate and Selenium will increase the activity of immunodulator immune system so that is suitable to be used for prevention of disease.
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