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T-Cells Are Finally Getting the Attention They Deserve, In the Era of COVID

  Research confirms that T-cells hold the key to lasting immunity against COVID.  While most of us are familiar with the notion that antibodies protect us against a specific virus, it is not as well known that antibodies can fade, sometimes even after just a few months.  T-cells, however, hold a cellular memory of infection for years, sometimes decades.   Further, T-cells are the cells responsible for telling the other immune cells what to do and coordinating a full-... Read More
at Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Glutathione: The Powerhouse Nutrient Purported to Protect Against Severe COVID Symptoms

  Could this powerhouse nutrient be the reason some people fare well while others get really sick from COVID?  One doctor has a theory.   A doctor at the Research Institute for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology in Russia proposes a viewpoint that glutathione – known sometimes as the master antioxidant of the body – holds the answer to why so many people have different clinical courses of COVID.  Some mild, some severe, some short-term, some for mo... Read More
at Monday, May 3, 2021

Immunity Against SARS-CoV-2 May Come from T-cells More Than Antibodies

In many people, antibodies may not be the superstars of lasting immunity against the virus that causes COVID, according to recently published research (January 2021) from a German university, which suggests T cells may be the key to lasting immunity.   In this study, 78% of volunteers for convalescent plasma donations, who had been confirmed positive via PCR testing for the SARS-CoV2 virus, did not have detectable antibodies in their blood.  However, all of them did show T-cel... Read More
at Thursday, January 21, 2021

The T-cell is Fast Becoming the Superstar of Fighting COVID

  T-lymphocytes, the type of white blood cell that plays a key role in fighting infections, are at the center of a recent study on why some patients fare worse than others when infected with the COVID virus.  According to research published in a well-known immunology journal, patients with mild or asymptomatic COVID had both higher numbers and better functioning T-cells (aka T-lymphocytes). In fact, patients who fared worse consistently displayed T-cells that were literally ex... Read More
at Thursday, January 21, 2021

Your Amazing Immune System: Understanding Your Body's Best Defense

Our immune systems - exquisitely designed, flexible, uber-intelligent – and totally underrated.  The immune system is so complicated and only seems to get attention when it is compromised.  So, in an effort to give credit where credit is due, here’s a nod to the system of cells, molecules, and organs that fight off the bad stuff like viruses and bacteria to which we are subjected every day – the AMAZING IMMUNE SYSTEM. Other systems have gotten our attention&n... Read More
at Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Knowledge is Power – Boost Mental Health and Immunity by Doing This

Even the word pandemic sounds ominous. Fear is eerily present now in a way never seen in recent history. People wearing masks trying to keep germs at bay, staying home to reduce exposure to pathogens—it takes a mental toll. Here’s a suggestion—realize that fear is augmented by the unknown. If you want to really take a look at how to stay healthy, learn about your immune system. Not the immune system—YOUR immune system. How do you do that?  Her... Read More

Vitamin K May Boost Performance in Athletes

Vitamin K is often regarded as a nutrient for improving heart health, lowering cancer risk, and increasing bone density, but it also appears to improve fitness even in healthy athletes. Like most nutrients, it seems to have quite versatile roles. In this small study, 26 trained male and female athletes were administered placebo or vitamin K2 supplements for eight weeks while they maintained their regular exercise routines. At the beginning of the study and after eight weeks, each person compl... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, November 20, 2017

Study Sheds Light on How Omega-3 fatty Acids Minimize Cellular Aging

The role of omega-3 fatty acids in health has been well established, and new research helps explain the association. In a recent study, mice given fish oil containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA) demonstrated the activation of several cellular “protections:” (1) the activity of protective enzymes in the liver and heart tissue increased significantly; (2) oxidative stress (as measured by F2-isoprostanes) and damage to sensitive brain tissue (cerebral lipid peroxidation)... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, March 22, 2017