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I'm actually asking this for my 20 year old daughter, who has no definable disease, but seems to get sick a lot more than most people, and has for years. This winter she has basically been sick all winter. She's not very energetic, either. What supplement or supplements would you recommend for immune system boosting?

Also, I am about to go on a system immune suppressant for my autoimmune disease. Now, all winter, while everyone around me was sick, I haven't been sick. An immune booster would run counter to the suppressant, wouldn't it? I'm not sure what supplement/s I take that help my immune system, but I rarely get sick since I started them. So the question is, would taking an immune booster be counter productive to the immune suppressant, or are there supplements that you can take (like, say, zinc) that help without interfering with the action of the suppressant? If it is counter productive, do I need to go thru my supplements to see which are boosting my immune system?

I suppose a quick list of supplements is in order here. So:
EGCg, Calcium, Magnesium, Rhodiola Rosea, Phytosterols, Resveratrol, Vitamin D, multivitamin, Curcumin, CoQ10, Melatonin, flaxseed, and fish oil.

Thanks!!


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Cynthia:

Most of the components of the Edge-CAM regimen have some appreciable positive immunomodulatory activity (especially melatonin, but also curcuminoids and EGCG among others).  But as to agents that are primarily targeted  immune system support (aka, adaptogens), the best evidenced are ginseng (panax), rhodiola, ashwagandha (Withania), and andrographis.  

However, we simply have no data as to whether the benefits in a normal setting carry over when the patient is undergoing powerful immunosuppressant therapy; they may, but there's no decisive data on the issue (the immune system is complex and is in fact not a unitary entity, so there may be different subsystems that are affected in a non-overlapping fashion).  However, it is unlikely to be of any harm.


Constantine Kaniklidis

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edge@evidencewatch.com


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Thank you, Edge! As always, you come through with the information.

Well, your list of immune boosters explains why I haven't been getting sick like the rest of my family; I'm already on several of the supplements you say are good! But I had no idea which ones it would be, so very glad I asked. I also hope they will continue to do well for me while I'm on the methotrexate. I'm only starting at 15mgs a week. I don't know if this will control the ELP, but I am, of course, hoping for the best. Thank you for your help!

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