Our immune system works to protect us from attack by microorganisms such as bacteria, fungal pathogens and viruses. Our skin and mucous membranes are our body’s first line of defence and when these barriers are breached our body triggers an immune response e.g. antibody production. The stronger our immune system the more effective our immune response is at warding off infection. Good nutrition provides the foundation to a healthy immune system and as our immune system (white blood cells, antibodies etc) is built from protein derived amino acids, a good source of high quality amino acids in the diet is essential to optimising immunity. When it comes to protein and amino acid quality, whey protein is unsurpassed as a protein source. Furthermore whey protein has been shown to provide immunoenhancing benefits beyond the supply of essential amino acids. As an example whey protein helps restore and maintain glutamine and glutathione levels in bodily tissues; glutathione being a key component of the body’s cellular antioxidant defence system and regulator of many aspects of immune function, whilst glutamine is our immune systems primary fuel source. Considerate of it superior biological value, excellent amino acid profile, high bioavailability & immune supportive properties . . . not to mention great taste, whey protein is one supplement that is certain to remain a daily staple of mine!