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In Your Defence

Your immune system is vital for good health.
THE immune system, the body's first line of defence, is composed of billions of white blood cells (macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, etc.) that constantly patrol the body to identify, engulf and destroy pathogens (any organism capable of causing disease e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc).

Each day you breathe in millions of germs (bacteria and viruses) that are floating in the air and there are millions more already in your body. If your immune system is strong, it deals with them without a problem.

Occasionally however, a germ or virus gets past the immune system and you catch a cold or the flu. A cold or flu is a visible sign that your immune system is weakened. All these germs (bacteria and viruses) need is your immunity to be sluggish for a few days, and they get into your body and start multiplying.

And it is understood that cancer cannot thrive within the confines of a strong, healthy immune system.

Beta-glucan
The "whole glucan particle" (WGP) is a special form of beta-glucan derived from a patented strain of yeast. WGP beta glucan, with more than 40 patents/patents pending, is the purest form of beta-glucan available. It is this high purity that makes WGP beta glucan very effective in strengthening the immune system.

WGP beta glucan has been documented to enhance significantly the performance of immune cells (macrophages, natural killer cells, neutrophils) to identify and destroy pathogens or cancer cells.

Below are some points on how WGP beta glucan works in our body:

  • Speeds up immune response by stimulating the neutrophils, the most abundant of the innate/inborn immune cells, to move quickly to the site of infection, resulting in faster healing.
  • Increases the killing capacity of neutrophils, macrophages and natural killer cells to destroy foreign intruders or cancer cells.
  • Increases the detection of foreign intruders to other cells of the immune system to call them to join in the fight, thus improving their overall killing ability.
  • Activates other immune cells (T- and B-cells) and stimulate the production of antibodies. The antibodies can completely inactivate the intruders or at least delay them long enough for other immune cells to arrive and kill them.
It is now known that all of us have some cancer cells in our body. Various types of immune cells are constantly watching out for the cancer cells and mark them for destruction. If our immune system is compromised in any way, the risk of cancer cells developing into tumours also increases.

WGP beta glucan does not reduce the activity of existing monoclonal antibody killing mechanisms. It simply (adds another new mechanism that) directs neutrophils (innate immune cells) to kill cells targeted by monoclonal antibodies.

Allergies, viral infections like colds and flu, bacterial infections - they all result either directly or indirectly from an immune system functioning at less than optimum levels.

It's clear that keeping our immune system healthy and strong should be our first priority if we are to avoid disease and achieve optimum health.

How we age and the quality of our lives depend largely on the health of our immune system. WGP beta glucan daily has a profound, far reaching effect on your health and well-being.



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