Amino Acids are usually only helpful in gram doses. This makes them very expensive to use as supplements. In addition, the interactions between Amino Acids are even more intricate and complicated than those between minerals. It is not uncommon for an excess of one Amino Acid to result in the deficiency of another. Extreme caution should be used in supplementing individual Amino Acids.
Amino Acids that enhance immune function include:
- Arginine improves wound healing but can cause an outbreak of cold sores.
- L-Cysteine (N-acetylcysteine) may be best taken with 3 times as much Vitamin C Complex.
- DMG (N,N-dimethylglycine) increase oxygen utilization, decreases fatigue, and increases mental function.
- L-Lysine is especially good for herpes simplex (cold sores) in a dosage of 500 mg. with 500 mg. Vitamin C Complex four to six times daily.
- Glucosamine sulfate helps reverse bone, joint, and connective tissue damage in a dosage of 500 mg. three times daily.
- L-Methionine requires adequate amounts of Magnesium, B6, and B12 for optimal benefit.
- D,L-Phenylalanine is best known for its use in controlling pain. The recommended dosage is to take two 375 mg. tablets 15 to 30 minutes prior to each meal for three weeks. If there is no relief, you double the dosage for three more weeks. If still no relief, discontinue.
- RNA (ribonucleic acid) is very expensive to produce with many quality control difficulties.
- L-Taurine has a multitude of uses.
- Other Amino Acids associated with improved immune function include Carnitine, Glutathione, Isoleucine, Leucine, Ornithine, Tryptophan (banned by the FDA) and Valine.
Herbs have been used medicinally since humans began eating plants. All societies have their favorite, local herbs for healing. Herbs are best used as teas or extracts.
Some of the most widely recognized immune enhancing herbs include:
- Astragalus is especially good for your liver.
- Cayenne is one of the best heart and circulatory system tonics.
- Echinacea is best used with a break of several days after using it for a week or so.
- Ginseng (Siberian - Eleuthero)
- Green Tea
- Pau D'Arco (Brazilian)
- Suma (Para Todo, South American)
- Venus Fly Trap
- There are also herbal combinations for improving immune function. Two of the most famous are Essiac and Biocidin.
Enzymes that enhance immune function include:
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- Coenzyme-Q-10 (Co-Q-10)
- Digestive: Carbohydrase (digests carbohydrates and simple sugars)
- Cellulase (digests fiber, cell walls)
- Lipase (digests fats)
- Protease (digests proteins)
- GSH (Glutathione, Reduced Glutathione, Glutathione Reductase, Glutathione Peroxidase)
- SOD (Superoxide Dismutase)
- Sorbic Acid