The immune system is an intricate biological protection system responsible for determining what belongs to and in the body versus what does not belong and requires elimination. It defends the body against infection, disease and foreign substances.
Antioxidants are also frequently helpful in treating autoimmune disorders as they assist the immune system in eliminating free-radicals and reducing oxidative stress without directly stimulating an immune response. Antioxidants are extremley useful in countering the effects of some autoimmuine diseases.
Boosting or stimulating the immune system is at times necessary for animals with acute or chronic illnesses or for those exposed to contagious disease. Viral diseases, infections and cancer are some of the disorders in which stimulating the immune system with herbs and supplements is called for. Many immune support supplements will include a combination of medicinal mushrooms, antioxidants, herbs that boost immunity such as gogi berries, astragalus, cats claw, pau d’arco, Echinacea or green tea. Other supplements to consider include Transfer Factors, colostrum, Olive Leaf, and Chinese Herbal Formulas. Using antioxidant supplements in combination with immune stimulating herbs and supplements supports the immune system to an even greater extent.