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6 Minute ReadInterview by Prof. Paul Clayton, PhD
28.08.20 (Updated 23.08.22)
Prof. Paul Clayton is the best nutritional scientist in the UK and the world’s leading expert in the fast-developing science of pharmaco-nutrition. A former President of the Forum on Food & Health at the Royal Society of Medicine, and Senior Scientific Advisor to the UK government’s Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
Specialising in immune response, Prof. Clayton works with leading doctors and clinical scientists at centres of clinical expertise in many countries, designing and supervising pre-clinical and clinical trials of pharmaco-nutritional interventions. Prof. Clayton’s latest book Strengthening Your Immune System: How to Fight Infection, Allergy and Autoimmune Disease is more timely than he could possibly have imagined. His cutting-edge research and unrivalled expertise are currently informing scientists and nutritionists as to how they should be navigating the unique challenges posed by Covid-19 .
Prof. Clayton frequently presents at and chairs international conferences on nutrition and health and sits on or leads the advisory boards of many of the world’s leading nutrition institutions. We should all be following Prof. Clayton’s salient advice for strengthening the immune system and boosting immunity in the shadow of the coronavirus. Prof. Clayton shared with us the very best way to boost your resilience and fire up your immune system.
The immune system is an exceptionally complex network of cells throughout the body that prevents or limits infection from potentially harmful pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Although the immune system is one fully integrated system, it’s useful to think of it as having two parts: the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system.
Innate immune cells are the body’s first line of defence. They identify microbes and other potential threats, triggering a response to terminate them. Adaptive immune cells possess what’s known as ‘immune memory’: meaning when those cells see a pathogen that previously entered the body, they don’t just aim to expel the invader, they also make more copies of themselves to build a stronger line of defence going forward. This makes the body better equipped to fight off future reappearance.
In the case of a new virus, such as COVID-19, our bodies haven’t had a chance to develop immunity yet because we haven’t previously encountered it. This leaves us more susceptible. Scientists around the world are working on developing a vaccine, but at the time of writing we don’t yet have any immunisation against COVID-19. Vaccines are based on immune memory and expose our natural defences to a particular version of any virus, allowing us to enhance immune cell development if we get exposed. Just like a flu shot, it doesn’t make us bulletproof to colds, but it boosts our immune response to the specific strains of a flu that the vaccine was designed to protect us from.
Prof. Clayton is adamant that now is not the time to leave your immunity to chance. The immune system is one of the most complex parts of the human body and if we want it to work in our favour, we need to learn how to hack it to our advantage. Modern lifestyles, Prof. Clayton argues, are harming our immune systems. Not only are they becoming less able to protect us, they are increasingly turning against us. We see this in the growing epidemics of allergy and autoimmune disease, and our increased vulnerability to infection.
By including many nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in our diet, we can boost our daily vitamin and mineral intake to keep our immune system strong. Choose colourful fruits and vegetables, such as dark leafy greens or bright purple aubergines, as they contain high levels of antioxidants. Aim to eat a few serving of beta-glucan rich foods each day to further support your body’s natural defenses. Garlic, ginger and dark chocolate are all great mood and immune boosters. Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine as this can inhibit your immune system and negatively affect sleep.
While the old adage “you are what you eat” certainly holds true, and nobody would ever expect to perform at their prime whilst living off poor nutrition, there is emerging evidence to suggest that maintaining an optimal immune system requires the enhancement that comes from consuming the correct balance of food and supplements. Prof. Clayton refers to this potent combination of lifestyle hacks as ‘pharmaco-nutrition’.
When searching for the right supplement to ensure that you feel your best, Prof. Clayton reminds us that the only way to be assured that your supplements will work in your favour is to ensure that all ingredients are backed by peer-reviewed clinical evidence. LYMA’s formula is fully patented and contains the highest quality potent peer-reviewed ingredients and proven nutraceuticals, all of which have been rigorously tested and proven to provide functional and beneficial attributes.
Prof. Clayton has designated LYMA “a world class product”, stating that: “Never before has so much validated science and patented technology been combined into one formula, in a combination that no diet or multi-vitamin could ever deliver. LYMA has changed the industry and will transform the lives of its consumers.”
Boosting your immune system has never been more urgent: “Right up until the early 20th century, infectious diseases were always the most important cause of illness and death. Improved sanitation, vaccination and then antibiotics briefly tipped the scales in our favour but in the 21st century, the infectious diseases are making a comeback. Antibiotic and antifungal drugs are losing so much of their effectiveness that if current trends continue, many elements of modern medicine, from anticancer drugs to intensive surgeries, will become unusable. And new viruses are entering the human population at an increasing rate”, Prof. Clayton writes.
LYMA is the ultimate blend of science and nature, and has been formulated specifically to strengthen your natural defences and to increase your immunity. LYMA has been proven to enhance your mind and body’s resilience at a time when it’s most needed. When your health needs it most, trust LYMA.