What Interferon is and How it Works

July 1, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
posted by Todd Hanson

Our immune system serves our bodies as a safeguard from infections. A wonderfully intricate and multi-faceted system, designed to protect us from likely invaders, including viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Our immune system can also recognize perilous changes in your cells and wipe out these potential pre-cancerous cells. Part of this defense includes the manufacture of interferon.

Interferon is triggered by the immune system when a virus attacks a cell. Interferon serves two central functions. First it signals bordering cells and triggers their resistance mechanisms; secondly it activates other immune cells that kill invading pathogens. Interferon is crucial to the immune system and helps defend us from the daily exposure to millions of microorganisms that can lead to severe infections.

Our world today is filled with challenges that can weaken immune function and reduce the body’s ability to defend you.

Dr. Kojima discovered interferon and its vital role in building the body’s immune response in 1954. While working under Yasuichi Nagano, Yasuhiko Kojima discovered interferon, a substance the immune system produces to facilitate protection from harmful invaders.

During his studies, Dr. Kojima observed that a destabilized immune system produces a reduced amount of interferon. Armed with the understanding that the world around us poses a rising threat to our health and that our immune systems are often compromised by deprived nutrition, stress, fatigue, and the environment. He devoted himself to finding a way to enhance the body’s capacity to make its own interferon.

When asked how to sustain a strong immune system, Dr. Kojima replied;

“A variety of factors, including genetics, aging, the environment, lifestyle habits, and stress can impact your immune system. Maintaining an ordered lifestyle with a balanced diet, plenty of rest and appropriate exercise, the rapid elimination of free radicals, and a good living environment are key.”

Learn More About Boosing Your Immune System and Interferon Production.

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