Immune System

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Immune System

Postby Canuck Singh » Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:44 pm

The immune system is a whole body network of specialized cells and processes. The first of two divisions is humoral immunity. Humoral immunity produces specific antibodies to antigens and they become your life long 'immunologic library' to fight thousands of infections. The second is the 'cell meditated' immune response. These are the lymphocytes, T and B cells - phagocytes and natural killer cells. They all work in tandem with the antibodies produced by humoral immunity to recognize and attack invading antigens. These guys fight thousands of foreign organisms every day without you even knowing it.

The only time you know your immune system is struggling is when you fall ill. The training you perform every week has a profound impact on immune function. Exercise is a stress like any other that your body has to cope with. It taxes your immune system in a very big way. That's why training intensely while being ill isn't a real smart idea.

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important to immune function. Echinacea is an herb widely accepted as an immune strengthener. However, they are all micronutrients which are not the foundation of your immune system.

The components of your immune system are complex molecules - specifically coded proteins that are made entirely from the proteins you eat. The quality of the protein you eat is built right into your DNA structure. The higher the quality of protein you put into your body the stronger your immune system will be. Therefore it makes sense to eat the highest quality proteins you can, and by far the highest quality is correctly processed whey protein. A stack of literature clearly shows whey protein is the most immune enhancing protein you can consume. In direct comparison to milk, egg, red meat, algae, soy and even spirrilina, whey protein comes up trumps as the premier immune booster.

In addition to whey's immune boosting effect at the cellular level, it also has its own spectrum of immunigloubulins (antibodies) built in to its protein profile. If the whey is processed correctly (this is an important consideration as most wheys are processed incorrectly) the immunoglobulins remain intact. These rather large molecules are shown to be absorbed intact and go straight to the blood stream. No other protein food has these unique and sought after characteristics.

The immune system's primary fuel source is the critical amino acid glutamine. Literature again clearly shows that in times of metabolic stress such as illness, disease, infection, or hard training, the body's demands for glutamine far out strips its glutamine production rate. It is clearly established the normal diet simply cannot supply enough glutamine to meet athletes' demands. (This is why glutamine is considered by many experts to be "conditionally-essential" - under certain conditions it must be supplemented))

1. It incorporates L-glutamine directly into its fraction profile in peptide-bound form. When competing with other amino acids for absorption, peptide bound glutamine is shown to be more effectively absorbed in this manner.

2. Up to 15% of whey's profile is glutamine's immediate source glutamic acid.

3. Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) constitute around 50% of whey's amino acid profile. Whey protein is the highest source of BCAAs found in nature. BCAAs actually by-pass liver metabolism and go straight to the muscle not to provide energy, but for direct synthesis of glutamine. Infusion studies show BCAA actually increase intramuscular glutamine levels. Oral administration of BCAAs is shown to maintain an athlete's plasma glutamine level.

It is established by science that an athlete's physiology cannot keep up with the continuous, ravenous demands for glutamine.
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