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Immune system supplements should be used by anyone that suffers from yeast infections so your NK cells, or natural killer cells, can help in the fight against these infections. NK cells have the ability to destroy a yeast cell in 1/100th's of a second.
They also kill bacteria, virus's, cancer cells, and all foreign pathogens. They literally roam the body looking for foreign invaders that can adversely affect your health and kill them. Many people that have yeast infections have a low NK cell count as verified by medical lab testing, and are also low on antioxidants in their blood plasma levels.
They sometimes have low white blood cell counts which includes the neutrophils and macrophages which are our first line of defense. Immunoglobulin antibody counts are usually low also, especially IgA, which protects the mucous linings in the body.
As always, being the skeptic that I am, I always look for research and proof that that specific immune system supplement does what they say it does. I want to see the research on that brand, that product, not just the research on the contents. I want to know that it does indeed work, I want them to prove it to me, or I won't take it, or ever recommend it. But before I get to my recommendations to boost the immune system, I want to explain how NK cells work.
Natural killer (NK) cells, white blood cells from our "immunologic army", are constantly on the alert, circulating throughout the body looking for cancer cells or cells infected with viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Approximately 15% of the white blood cells in the peripheral blood are NK cells. In addition to residing in the peripheral blood, these cells are abundant in the spleen, an organ that filters circulating blood. The NK cell's position in the peripheral circulation and the spleen enhances its chance of coming in contact with microorganisms that are trying to invade our bodies.
In addition to killing, NK cells have another major function. These cells help regulate the immune system response. They do so by secreting various cell to cell communication signals called cytokines. Cytokines alert other cells of the immune system immunologic army to the fact that there are abnormal cells present in the body, and then activate these cells.
For example, NK cells secrete particular cytokines that cause macrophages, another white blood cell, to kill an invader. The invader may be a cancerous cell or a cell infected with bacteria, viruses, yeast, or fungi. Regardless of the methods chosen, NK cells are usually successful at accomplishing the goal of killing their prey.
So as you can see, if we boost the immune system with immune system supplements and increase NK cell activity we can kill all of the yeast infection anywhere in the body, along with all foreign and harmful pathogens.
The effects of foods on the immune system might surprise you but everyone should read this and be aware of what effect foods can have on the immune system. However, to be absolutely certain of which foods affect you and your unique physiology, you must be blood allergy tested.
Metabolic acidosis will have an affect on your entire body leading to a weakened immune system and many diseases. These webpages talk about this condition and its relationship to yeast infections and how you can balance your ph levels.
The next four links are about Glyconutrients that the cells use to talk to one another. Glyconutrients can calm an overactive immune system that doesn't recognize your own bodies cells. Or stimulate an under active immune system that just can't seem to get it together by 1743%.
Profase, I developed this probiotic myself and if you click on over and read the research on the bacteria in the formula; I think you will agree it definitely is medically proven to boost immune function.
Lactoferrin is very good immune system supplement for yeast infections since it not only directly
kills yeast, but also stimulates the immune system to do the same. It is so strong that pregnant women are advised not to take it.
Ascorbates, Lysine, and Proline are used by the NK and T-cells in huge amounts when the body is under attack from any infection or disease. They are also absolutely necessary for cellular health since they are the raw material that makes collagen, which forms about 50 to 55% of every cell in the body. The other main component of cells is good fats, especially Omega 3's. This is the most basic vital nutrient that the body must have to remain healthy, because every virus, cancer, and many other diseases travel thru a weak Collagen Matrix.
Colostrum is the old standy immune system supplement for the immune system function because it works. I highly recommend it for babies and children with yeast infections. It works very well for those that are deficient in IgA antibodies, the antibody that defends the mucous lings in the body from yeast.
Beta Glucans is very good for stimulating neutrophils and macrophage activity. The two white blood cells directly responsible for killing yeast and fungi.
Thymic Protein A is an outstanding immune system supplement that activates immature t-cells that migrate from the bone marrow to the thymus gland to be activated. Thymic atrophy occurs in all of us after the age of 20 and is one of the biomarkers of aging.
Marine Phytoplankton is a complete whole food source for all life. The guy that developed the process to commercially grow this had a rare form of cancer, he says marine phytoplankton cured him.
The article talks about immune system and the ways to boost the immune system. There are two strategies that human and vertebrates apply for immunity: innate immunity and acquired immunity. Innate immunity is the first line host defense that includes natural killer cell, which the article is focusing upon.
The functions of immune system mentioned in the article is true. Immune system is, indeed, required for fighting off pathogenic microorganisms. Maintaining the immune system is very critical for staying healthy. If the immunity is weakened and compromised, body is prone to infections. Yeasts such as Candida albicans, are commensal as well as opportunistic pathogen, which are waiting for an opportunity to invade the body to establish infection. Compromised immune system will provide that opportunity for pathogens and that is the reason why keeping immune system boosted is important. This becomes more important in cases of elderly and infants who have weak immunity. And it is also important in people who are taking other medicines such as corticosteroids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has mentioned about the medications that weaken the immune system and their relation to fungal infections on this webpage.
In summary, keeping your immune system boosted is very important to prevent infectious diseases, and prevention is always better than cure.
If you have any questions about these immune system supplements or yeast infections in general, please feel free to contact me.
Wellness Plus: Here is a useful resource for more non-commercial information. That page of the website gives you simple strategies to improve your immune system and be healthier. Follow these 10 easy tips. Enjoy!
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