Digging into the Patient’s Guide to AHCC
Chapter 2: Introducing Your Immune System
- Your immune system is constantly “on,” monitoring your body for any problems including: the presence of abnormal cells, renegade cell growth and antigens (unwelcome bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, toxins and other organisms that could trigger health problems).
- Your immune system is your body’s protection mechanism against infectious organisms and other unwelcome substances. The immune response triggered by your immune system identifies, targets and attacks the bacteria, viruses and other antigens that can cause disease.
- The main cells involved in immune system function are your white blood cells or leukocytes. The lymphatic system is the key transportation system that delivers lymphatic fluid throughout your body. Lymphatic fluid is responsible for delivering nutrients and chemical messengers to your body’s cells and interacts with your circulatory system to carry waste material away from your cells. Read page 19 of The Patient’s Guide to AHCC for a detailed explanation of every aspect of your immune system.
- There are two parts to your immune system: humoral immunity and cell-mediated immunity. Humoral immunity is mediated by the secretion of antibodies produced by B lymphocytes and other processes. Cell-mediated immunity is an immune response to an invasion of antigens. (This is a brief overview, see pages 21 and 22 for more information.)
- It’s important to remember that AHCC is a functional food that can help protect your immune system when it is functioning well and when it is not. AHCC can protect you from getting sick and tackle the factors that cause you to be sick.
- Numerous studies have demonstrated that AHCC has the ability to promote and stimulate significant positive changes in your immune system. Read page 23 to learn how AHCC impacts the key components of your immune system.
- As you age, your immune system begins to weaken and this immunodeficiency makes older adults more susceptible to infectious conditions ranging from the flu to pneumonia, cancer and other serious conditions. To learn about two studies that show very strong results for AHCC and the health of the elderly, see page 24 in The Patient’s Guide to AHCC.