Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Newsletter 5.4: Thymus Gland And The Immune System

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Thymus Gland and the Immune System

The key to a healthy, functioning immune system rests largely with the thymus gland, a small organ lying just beneath the breast-bone. Weighing less than half of an ounce at birth, by puberty, the thymus will grow to its maximum size of about 10 ounces. After age 20, the thymus begins to shrink (atrophy) and thymic cells progressively die off to be replaced by fat and connective tissue.
Thymosin: The Hormone of the Thymus
Thymosin stimulates the development of T cells. Throughout your childhood years, white blood cells called lymphocytes are created in bone marrow. T cells emerge from bone marrow in an incomplete state; they must be matured in the thymus to be useful.

Once T cells have fully matured in the thymus, they transform into one of three types of specialized T cells: T-4 Helper cells (which activate other immune cells and stimulate antibody production); T-8 Cytotoxic (Killer) Cells (which attack/destroy virus and cancer cells, as directed by T-4 cells); and T-8 Suppressor Cells (which signal the termination of an attack). From there, T-cells migrate to the lymph nodes (groups of immune system cells) throughout the body, where they aid the immune system in fighting disease.

Though due to aging and atrophy, the thymus gland is only active until puberty, its double-duty function as an endocrine and lymphatic gland plays a significant role in your long-term health. Thymic extracts are known to be some of the most effective immune-enhancing agents; they have even prolonged the life of some experimental animals.

Especially for those who face constant immune system battles, such as HIV patients, or those whose health conditions involve battling a compromised immune system, such as cancer and Multiple Sclerosis patients (MS is an autoimmune disease characterized by the inflammatory demyelination of neurons in the central nervous system (CNS), Life Choice Thymus Gland could be a great support system, offering a long-term immunity boost.

Medicinal Claim: Helps to maintain healthy immune function
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