Strengthen The Immune System
Nothing science has discovered can match the power and effectiveness of the body's own natural immune system - when it is operating at full capacity. Boosting the immune system is one of the most important things you can do.
The immune system is a complex network of white blood cells, immune factors, and antibodies that heal us when we are hurt, and protect our bodies from cancers and infection by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other foreign agents. The largest immunological organ of the body is the intestine. About 25% of the intestine is involved in immunity. The digestive system is the major entry way for bacteria and other organisms to enter the body. More than 100 trillion bacteria are in our digestive systems at any one time. These organisms can become such a potentially great threat to our well being that most of our immune cells and glands are located in and around the intestinal tract.
One group of cells, embedded with the intestine wall, are the peyer's patches. These numerous lymph-node glands and immuner action cells are there to prevent the invasion of intestinal bacteria (and other organisms) into the body itself. Since the body needs to defend itself against many of these infectious agents, it is not surprising that 70%-80% of all antibody-producing cells are located in and around our digestive system.
With a strong and balanced immune system, the body can quickly identify and destroy invading and dangerous organisms before they can damage a healthy body. Thousands of studies confirm that numerous diseases, including cancers, AIDs, flu epidemics and countless other illnesses can grow, spread and thrive in a weakened or out of balance immune system.
Imu-Stat is an all natural bile acid sequestrant that not only lowers cholesterol, but also binds and eliminates pathogens entering the body through the digestive tract. These saponins acts favorably on flora organisms in the intestines encouraging the growth of friendly bacteria and flushes toxins from the colon. With the elimination of harmful toxins and the improved nutrient uptake, the body's own natural immune factors and antibodies can now efficiently combat excessive inflammation.
A Thought To Consider . . . . .
Every year thousands of people have heart attacks and strokes that have normal cholesterol levels. The latest research now shows inflammation from ordinarary bacterial infections can play a major role in causing heart diease. In fact, reducing inflammation in the body appears to be just as important as lowering cholesterol.
According to recent articles published in The New England Journal of Medicine, we now know that ordinary bacterial infections such as sinus infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, periodontal (gum) disease and stomach ulcers can be contributing factors to heart disease. Chronic infections may triple the risk of atherosclerosis, even in persons that don't have the well-known risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity or diabetes.
Inflammation is the immune system's natural response for fighting infections and healing injuries. However, excessive inflammation from chronic low-level infection, appears to damage the lining of artery walls and contributes to the buildup of plaque. Heart attacks occur when an inflamed lesion of cholesterol plaque burst, causing a blood clot.
No one knows exactly how many Americans suffer from excessive inflammation, which often produces no symptoms. Doctors can detect the level of inflammation by a simple blood test for C-reactive protein or CRP, which goes up and down as inflammation rises and falls.Inflammation experts have determined that a CRP reading of 3.0 mg/L or higher can triple your risk of heart disease. The danger seems even greater in women than in men. By contrast, folks with extremely low levels of CRP, less than 0.5 mg/L, rarely have heart attacks.
"In those individuals that reduced both cholesterol and inflammation, heart disease was reversing. The plaque was actually coming off the walls of the arteries," says Dr. Steven Nissen , Cleveland Clinic.
Inflammation and Heart Disease
Saponins natural tendency to ward off microbes makes them good candidates for treating fungal and yeast infections. These compounds serve as natural antibiotics, helping the body fight infections and microbial invasions.
These compounds appear to greatly enhance the effectiveness of certain vaccines, including ones for herpes simplex, HIV and influenza, when administered together with them. The compound functions as a helper agent, increasing the potency of the vaccines' action.
Researchers are looking closely at saponins' biochemical properties, which they believe include mechanisms that can stimulate the immune system, ward off microbial and fungal infections, protect against viruses.
Manuel F. Balandrin, Chemist
Science News, Vol 148
Saponins can help humans fight fungal infections, combat microbes and viruses, boost the effectiveness of certain vaccine and knock out some kinds of tumor cells, particularly lung and blood cancers. They can also lower blood cholesterol thereby reducing heart disease. Their natural tendency to ward off microbes may prove to be especially useful for treating those difficult to control fungal and yeast infections.
Mary Clarke, Ph D
Department of Human Nutrition
Kansas State University
Saponins have a direct stimulatory effect on the immune system.
Peter R. Cheeke, Ph D
Professor of Comparative Nutrition
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University
There is strong evidence that some forms of arthritis may be caused or worsened by toxic substances in the intestines and these toxins may be absorbed by the body.
Saponins are not absorbed in the blood, but works within the small and large intestines.
Saponins act favorably on flora organisms of the intestines, encouraging growth of friendly bacteria and decreasing harmful bacteria.
Dr. Robert Bingham, Arthritis News TODAY Vol. 4, No.9