Your immune system is what keeps you from getting sick. When this main line of defense isn’t working properly, it can lead to infections, diseases and even autoimmune disorders. Once you know for certain whether your immune system is compromised, you can take steps to ensure a return to good health.
Vitamin B9, also called folate or folic acid, is one of 8 B vitamins. Knowing your red blood cell levels of the B vitamin folate can help guide your dietary intake and supplementation and can also help diagnose certain medical conditions. This important nutrient also plays a role in our energy level, muscle strength, and immune system.
Vitamin B12 (less commonly known as cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in the functioning of the immune system. If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, your immune system may start to falter, and your body will struggle to ward off pathogens.
Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system -- T cells -- will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body.
Iron is required for many biochemical reactions of immune and non-immune cells, and pathogens. Iron deficiency remains a worldwide public health problem. Indeed, Inadequate intake of iron may lead to suppressed immunity that may predispose the individual to infection.
The total amount of iron bound to transferrin is referred to as total iron-binding capacity (TIBC). TIBC can help you understand between different types of anemia. TIBC is high in iron deficiency anemia and low/normal with anemia of chronic disease.
Having optimal level of omega 3 supports the immune system by influencing the functioning of immune cells such as white blood cells known as B cells.
One of the most common nutritional insufficiencies is having low blood levels of zinc. Take this test to find out whether your levels are appropriate, or whether you should make changes to your dietary or supplementation choices. Zinc deficiencies may result in poor immune function and hormone imbalances. Furthermore, people with low levels of zinc often report altered taste and smell. Zinc is also crtical for emotional well being.
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