Natural News: The Thymus May Be the Key to Anti-Aging: How's Your Immunity
The Thymus May Be the Key to Anti-Aging: How's Your Immunity?
In 1982, the New York Times
printed an article postulating that the Thymus Gland may be "the key to
aging." Dr. Roy L. Walford of the University of California at Los
Angeles had spent over a decade researching the connection between a
shrinking thymus gland and aging. You may have never given your thymus
gland much thought, but considering its crucial role in the body, this
might be the best time to consider it.
The thymus gland is one of the principle glands for the autoimmune
system. It is composed of two soft pinkish-grey lobes lying in a
bib-like fashion just below the thyroid gland and above the heart. It is
also known as the longevity gland. The thymus gland weighs less than
half of an ounce at birth, but by puberty, the thymus will reach 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.
The thymus produces T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell
responsible for ”cell-mediated immunity.” This term refers to immune
mechanisms not controlled or mediated by antibodies. Cell-mediated
immunity is extremely important in resisting infection by mold-like
bacteria: yeast, fungi, parasites, viruses, toxins and allergens. The
function of the thymus gland is to program white blood cells, the body’s
immune army, in their various tasks and then send them into the blood
to recognize and destroy pathogens. T-cells come in 2 types: killer
T-cells and helper T-cells. Killer T-cells detect germs or cancerous
growths and destroy them. The helper T-cells create an immune response
in the body, activating other immune cells and stimulating antibody
production. The thymus ”instructs” T-cells what to attack and when.
Without the thymus instructions, the T-cells may fail to attack enemies
like bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells, or they may even mistake some
of your own cells for an invading enemy and attack you–known as
autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune disease are: multiple
sclerosis, cancer, atherosclerosis, adult-onset diabetes, and rheumatic
diseases such as arthritis.
At the critical early twenties stage, the abundance of well-functioning
T-cells regulate the immune system and help the body fight off pathogens
and disease. But with the inexorable shrinking of the thymus gland over
time, by about age forty, the output of thymic hormones has decreased
significantly, and the T-cells have begun to lose their effectiveness.
It is this gradual loss of functioning T-cells that is thought to be
responsible for many of the age-related changes in the immune system.
This is where our Thymus Gland comes in. Glandular therapy is
useful if a patient’s endocrine system is under-producing or
under-secreting a specific hormone. It can also be used when an organ is
weak or diseased–for example, such is often the case with cancer
patients. Because glandular therapy is generally effective for those
diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is also recommended for
preventative measures. Another principle behind the benefit of glandular
therapy is that glandular tissues are rich in many nutrients, including
vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes,
and many other substances, and this is another reason why they work. The
tissues work with all other products and foods you ingest. In this
sense, glandular therapy can supply your missing essential nutritional
needs in a highly efficient manner. For a tissue cell to repair or
replace itself, it must have the raw materials to do so. Glandular
therapy provides these raw materials to your weakened organs, glands,
and other tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.
Our Thymus Gland also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate. B6
deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody
production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus
hormones. Zinc is included because it is the keystone molecule for
thymic proteins, which are immune substances made in the thymus gland –
no zinc, no immunity.
What better way to boost your T cells than to strengthen the gland that
supplies them? The paradox of Thymus Gland is that it is one of the most
important organs for boosting our immune system and yet virtually
unknown. If it were known, it would be selling like vitamin C. We may be
the only company offering true full gland Thymus concentrates (not
extracts) which are taken from New Zealand-raised, grass-fed sheep
without hormones or antibiotics. This includes the brands specifically
produced for the professional community; it just blows me away because
it is so powerful, but not a part of everyone’s immunity program.
As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal
performance. Products like Thymus Gland can ease the body's
immunological load to help you age well.
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