If you see ads or labels claiming a product somehow revs up or boosts the immune system, beware.
First of all, there’s scant, if any, evidence that consuming a specific food or supplement will bolster your body’s ability to fend off viral, bacterial, or fungal infections.
Secondly, a supercharged — if misdirected — immune response is what wreaks the damaging effects of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.
So what can you do to keep your immune system in fighting form?
Thank-you to Dr. Marc Ouellette, the former director of the CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Institute of Infection and Immunity, and professor at the Centre de Rechercher du CHU de Quebec Université Laval.