What is the role of the immune system?

The immune system is complex and is made up of a network of cells, proteins, tissues and organs that work together to protect our bodies. Its function is to defend us against germs and microorganisms which help to prevent bouts of illness and infection.

A lowered immunity may result from an unbalanced diet, exposure to environmental pollutants, certain drug therapies or pre existing disease. Mental and emotional factors also influence the immune system. The liver and gut also has an important role to play in immune health. 70% of our immune system starts in the gut.

There are many factors that can compromise our immune system – some we cannot control. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity and increases the risk of developing disease. A healthy balanced diet will depend on individual health needs. A good intake of vitamins and minerals is essential for immune health. There are certain nutrients that are known to specifically enhance immune function, you can find details of these in our factsheet:  MenuMentors Top Tips for a Healthy Immune System.

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