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Immune Food Solutions – Polysaccharides and Plant Foods

Chapter 5: Polysaccharides – Improving Your Well being

While we’re looking at nutrition and how it benefits your immune system, it’s impossible to overlook the importance of polysaccharides in your diet. You may never have heard this term used before. However, you can be certain that you will have included polysaccharides in your diet.

What Are Polysaccharides?

Polysaccharides are vital for proper nutrition since they contain complex carbohydrates that are essential energy sources for the body. All bodily functions rely on carbohydrates to produce energy, and although the body is capable of producing some energy itself, it cannot produce enough to make it selfsustainable.

Failing to consume enough carbohydrates means that energy needs to be supplemented by other sources. Insufficient carbohydrates in your diet puts you at risk of physical symptoms such as blood sugar drops, along with feelings of lightheadedness and weakness. Polysaccharides help you to overcome tiredness while supporting healthy blood sugar levels and blood pressure, supporting your immune function, promoting good cardiovascular health, and even boosting your libido!

The Most Common Polysaccharides

Commonly, polysaccharides are found in cereal grain husks, certain yeasts, algae, mushrooms and fungi, and plants. Some common polysaccharides include:

· Astragalus root – this polysaccharide is known to stimulate the immune system by increasing stem cell numbers in the lymphatic tissue and spinal cord and encouraging them to turn into immune cells, promoting T lymphocyte activation, stimulating macrophages and immunoglobulin production, stimulating the endogenous production of interferon and inhibiting virus replication.

· Laminaria Japonica – this polysaccharide binds strongly with toxic molecules like heavy metals, encouraging them to be eliminated from your body before their harmful effects can be experienced.

· Cordyceps Sinensis – rich in polysaccharides, adenosine and cordycepic acid, this mushroom stimulates the immune system.

· Goji berries – these contain polysaccharides that powerfully support the body’s defense systems by increasing lymphocyte and NK cell activity.

· Larchwood – this contains polysaccharides known as arabinogalactans that increase the body’s immune system response to disease by stimulating the body’s natural killer cells’ cytotoxicity and acting on inflammation.

How can I add Polysaccharides into my Diet?

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