modulate the immune system, especially in cases of cancer prevention and treat- ment.

In addition to these benefits, cur-

cumin improves antibody response and modulates the activity of natural killer cells and T cells, two kinds of cells that form the foundation of your adaptive immune re- sponse.

While researchers remain concerned about the poor bioavailability of curcumin and continue to study its use in hopes of finding a more effective version of this highly nutritious compound -- the main active ingredient in the spice turmeric -- many research studies have demonstrated that daily curcumin consumption presents no adverse effects while improving physi- cal function, decreasing levels of inflam- mation and exerting immunomodulatory effects by altering circulating interleukin concentrations.

6. Fermented Food Fermented foods and beverages like

kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, kombu- cha and miso are often touted for their gut-microbiome stimulating effects, but

their benefits don't end with digestive health.

Researchers theorize that a dietary

deprivation of these types of foods could lead to a fall in immune response, even among healthy individuals, and multiple studies have shown that an associated ac- tion of fermented foods can improve mu- cosal immune function and prevent dis- ease.

By improving the lining of the gastro-

intestinal tract, the beneficial bacteria contained in fermented foods decrease the number of harmful bacteria able to pass from the gut into the bloodstream, prevent- ing pathogens from invading and infecting the body.

7. Echinacea Echinacea extract is a well-known

herbal remedy recognized for decades as a therapeutic treatment for the common cold, and scientists have found that echi- nacea stimulates immune function in both healthy and immune-suppressed patients. Researchers have demonstrated that

echinacea supplementation can be used to successfully enhance cytokine production,

increase leukocyte mobility and activate natural killer cells, which decreases the likelihood of illness. While researchers are still unsure as to the exact mechanisms of echinacea that drive these immuno-stimulating properties, its benefits may be tied to its high glyco- protein, polysaccharide and caffeic acid derivatives content, three compounds with demonstrated ability to activate the natural killer cells needed to fight and prevent ill- ness.

Researchers are excited by the possible

health benefits contained in these well- researched foods and supplements. To reap their benefits, try adding the foods into your weekly meal rotation or adding the supple- ments to your daily regimen. To learn more about additional natural compounds, foods and healing substances and the research being done in this field, visit the Green- therapeutic substances data- base.

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