Chlorella Boosts Mucosal Immune Defense
Friday, July 06, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Your saliva contains an immune boosting compound that acts as a first line of defense against infections and digestive troubles, but it may not contain enough to be effective. A human study has demonstrated that taking 6,000 mg of chlorella per day over a four week period significantly increased the production of salivary secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA). This finding is important for those who catch the latest bug, are under high stress, or struggle with ongoing digestive health issues.
It is vital that your saliva contain proper amounts of SIgA for front-line immune chores. Your immune system needs it to form complexes with hostile germs, rendering them neutralized, so that they cannot attach to your digestive lining and wreak havoc with your health.
For example, if someone coughs or sneezes around you there can be plenty of airborne germs. Once you breathe in some of these, then you swallow them. Now they are in your digestive tract. Your saliva is one of the first points of contact with potential invaders and it must have SIgA in it to defend you. A person who easily catches “every bug” is typically lacking in SIgA as a baseline of function.
Your SIgA can also be suppressed on a short-term basis, typically from stress. This is one reason why people who are under stress are more prone to infection. Another example is the stress of heavy exercise, which can also depress SIgA; this is why athletes or whole teams can get sick if they let their systems get worn down.
SIgA is often depleted in those with ongoing digestive problems. Many times digestive problems start after a bad viral infection, which persists on a low-grade basis and uses up your SIgA trying to fight off the problem. In turn this reduces your digestive health and allows other germ gangs to take up shop. Problems such as recurring tonsillitis, oral health issues, vaginal issues, Candida overgrowth, and overgrowth of other bacterial germ gangs are indicators of low SIgA defense. If problems persist then highly inflammatory conditions of the GI tract will follow including multiple food intolerance, celiac-like issues, and other inflammatory bowel disorders.
In short, SIgA can be depressed by stress on a short-term basis that places you more at risk for any infection. It can be depressed on a long-term basis that also places you at risk for any infection as well as developing ongoing digestive health problems of significance. As the years go by such digestive problems build on themselves, resulting in quality-of-life deteriorating issues. People with repeated antibiotic use as children are at high risk for such issues as they get older.
The fact that chlorella can help boost up an important aspect of your immune system to help overcome these issues can help you to get over the hump and turn these important issues around. I have previously explained the broad scope of chlorella as a nutritional super food, that chlorella can lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and that it is a helpful weight loss nutrient. Thus, the reasons to have chlorella as part of your nutritional support team keep on growing.
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