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Understanding And Managing Autoimmune Disease


For the immune system to perform as it should, there needs to be a balance. Autoimmune Disease is a condition where your immune system attacks your body’s healthy cells. NZ Astaxanthin has been shown to ease the symptoms of Autoimmune Disease, which we will explore further in this article. 

Conservative estimates are that 7% of the western world suffers from an autoimmune disease (AD). This substantial minority of the population suffers from diseases that are often chronic, debilitating and life-threatening. Our immune system has a simple role of keeping us healthy. But have you ever thought about how complex must it be internally to keep the body functioning as it should? 

Composed of the lymphatic system, white blood cells, specialized cells and chemical factors, it’s truly a holistic system in that its function has been shown to be closely associated with psychological, neurological, nutritional, genetic, environmental and endocrine factors.   

There are two types of immunity: 

1. Adaptive immunity – a sophisticated system that learns what pathogens to attack and adapts throughout a person’s life. It has a memory, and once exposed to a pathogen (bacteria, virus, parasite and cancer cells), it makes antibodies to wage war and then retains a memory of it, for example, the flu.

2. Innate immunity – a more primitive system that uses white blood cells and acute inflammation to attack pathogens. It is activated by triggers in cells that causes a cascade of inflammatory responses to the threat, for example, a fever.

Immune system: A balancing act

For the immune system to perform its vital role, it requires a balanced state of appropriate and adequate biological responses and defences to avoid over-reactions (allergies/inflammation) and to prevent immune-mediated disorders (autoimmune diseases).

Immune Balance

Autoimmune Disease: Imbalance in Immune Responses


Autoimmune disease is the dysregulation of normal immune responses and a malfunction of adaptive immunity, resulting in the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy cells. Initially, symptoms and inflammation may be localised to an area of immune dysregulation, however, it typically progresses to other parts of the body. 


Why is there Immune System Dysregulation? 

There are many theories but the truth is, we just don’t know - yet.  

Medical researchers have identified that in some suffering there is an initial trigger, an injury or virus but the mounted response becomes a complete overreaction.  In others instances, the antibody blood tests conducted are negative, highlighting a possible genetic mutation that leads to the activation of the innate immune system to promote immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.

These immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID), autoimmune diseases (AD) or autoinflammatory diseases are characterized by common inflammatory pathways that lead to chronic inflammation and the activation of specialized immune response cells like antibodies (a type of protein) and cytokines including interleukin and tumor necrosis factor (TNF).  

As long as the causes behind a malfunctioning immune remain unknown, treatment options are limited to managing the symptoms; doctors opt for long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) drugs and immunosuppressant drugs like corticosteroids, mTOR inhibitors, Biologics etc. all of which have significant side effects.

Supporting the Immune System Without Causing More Harm

Supporting the normal response of the immune system is essential to good health and conversely, good health is essential to supporting the immune system. As we’ve seen inflammation is a tool that a regulated immune system uses to help prevent disease but when the immune system is dysregulated, inflammation becomes an enemy of good health and wellbeing.

Lifestyle factors that promote inflammation that can compromise the immune system including: -

• Smoking
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Allergies
• Obesity
• Excessive exercise
• Nutrient deficiencies
• Protein deficiency
• Food Intolerances
• Sugar/ sucrose consumption
• Stress

Identifying the unique lifestyle factors that also promote inflammation, offering nourishment that is nutrient rich to dampen down inflammation, and choosing therapeutic natural anti-inflammatory supplements can help autoimmune disease sufferers to greatly diminish symptoms and gain quality of life again.

Natural Astaxanthin: A Powerful Immunomodulator

Natural Astaxanthin has been shown in numerous studies to offer a modulating effect to both an under or overactive immune responses, increase the production of lymphocytes T-cell, B-cell and natural killer (NK) cells, suppress the degranulation of mast cells (a type of white blood cell) which subsequently decreases inflammatory pathways.

Aside from scientific evidence, people with autoimmune disease have also experienced benefits through astaxanthin supplementation. Read about Natalia’s experience with astaxanthin

Supreme Health Advanced Immune Support is formulated with high-quality Astaxanthin (AstaNZ™) for optimal absorption, to support and strengthen the immune system and improve its innate and adaptive ability to resist a broad spectrum of infections and modulate (normalize) the inflammatory responses of the body.  

Taken daily, Advanced Immune Support encourages the natural defence mechanisms of the immune system that protect against harmful pathogens and cancer cells, reduces oxidative DNA damage and modulates the production of antibodies and natural killer cells to help normalize immune responses. 



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