Amino acids for the immune system – the right way to prevent flu

When it comes to boosting the immune system, most people think of the classic vitamins, such as vitamin C and D. What is less well known is that amino acids – the smallest building blocks of protein – have an immense influence on basic immune functions. A good immune system is not only crucial for preventing and fighting off colds, flu and C viruses.

The video with Dr Spitzbart takes a closer look at the system in his video “Healthy or sick – your immune system tells the tale”. (in German)

How does the immune system work?

The immune system is vital: it protects our bodies from pathogens, harmful substances and disease-causing cell changes. It is a complex network of organs, defence cells and proteins called plasma proteins.

When the body’s defences are working well, we rarely notice them. But when the immune system fails, because it is weakened or unable to deal with unknown or particularly aggressive pathogens, we become ill.

What does the immune system do?

Without the immune system, the body would be defenceless against the harmful bombardment of the environment. The immune mechanism is also responsible for protecting the body from long-term degenerative damage through apoptosis, the elimination of damaged or degenerated cells.

The main functions of the body’s immune system are to:

  • Render pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi harmless and remove them from the body.
  • Detect and eliminate harmful substances from the environment
  • Fight pathological changes such as cancer cells

What organs are part of the immune system?

The human body’s defence system includes whole organs and vascular systems such as the lymphatic system, as well as individual cells and proteins called plasma proteins. The barriers involved in immune defence are primarily the skin and mucous membranes, but also the blood and lymphatic organs. The lymphatic system includes the bone marrow and thymus, which produce lymphocytes.

It also includes the lymph nodes, the spleen, the tonsils and the mucous membranes of the body, especially the intestines, which contain about 80 % of immune cells. It is in these organs that the defence cells do their real work, fighting foreign substances and pathogens.

Which defence cells work for the immune system?

There are many specialised defence cells. They are either mobile (e.g. in the blood) or localised in different tissues. What they all have in common is that they are made up of the body’s own proteins. Different types of immune cells are active in a healthy organism: granulocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, natural killer cells, T lymphocytes (including T helper cells, regulatory T cells and cytotoxic T cells) and B lymphocytes.

What immune-active plasma proteins are important?

There are also important immune-active proteins called plasma proteins. These include antibodies, complement factors and interleukins.

Factors that strengthen or weaken the immune system

Our lifestyle or environmental factors influence an individual’s immune response. For example, the immune response can be weakened by

  • Excessive intake of toxins
  • Stress
  • Harmful environmental factors such as environmental toxins and radiation
  • Age
  • Severe chronic pre-existing conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Wrong and inadequate diet, especially lack of micronutrients and protein

We often have no control over environmental factors. However, we can control our lifestyle and diet. A good supply of high-quality micronutrients and essential amino acids is therefore recommended, especially to nourish the cells and organs that work for the immune system.

Essential amino acids are the basic building blocks of the body’s proteins

Almost all structural tissues, and even the immune mass our body needs, are converted from different amino acids into peptides or proteins. This process is known as the body’s protein synthesis. Amino acids are the actual building blocks of life, which are transported through the blood to the parts of the body where they are converted and incorporated into the body’s own proteins (organ tissues such as skin, muscles, liver cells, enzymes, etc.). Amino acids also form the basis of hormones or neurohormones, supporting and scaffolding proteins, structural, transport or plasma proteins and immune cells.

MAP® for your immune system

MAP® provides the building blocks for the construction of the entire protein-containing immune mass, i.e. the lymphatic organs, blood, defence cells and plasma proteins.

MAP® is the only formula that contains the specific human amino acid profile.

All living organisms have their own very specific amino acid pattern, a so-called ‘master pattern’ for achieving optimal protein synthesis – including humans. For maximum utilisation:

  • all 8 essential amino acids must be present at the same time
  • the composition must match exactly the specific amino acid profile of the organism
  • the quality must be free and crystalline

With > 99% Net Amino Acid Utilisation (NAV), MAP® achieves the highest protein nutritional value in the world, i.e. almost all amino acids can be used for protein synthesis and thus for the body’s anabolic cell formation. On the other hand, this almost complete conversion to protein-rich body substance means that almost no metabolic waste (SA < 1%) is produced. This relieves the breakdown organs, primarily the liver and kidneys, but also the intestines, of toxic end products of protein metabolism.

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What are the ingredients in MAP®?

MAP® is the leading scientific protein supplement and cannot be compared to conventional protein shakes or capsules. It is made up of 100% high purity, free and crystalline amino acids: L-Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Lysine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methionine, L-Tryptophan.

MAP® is free from any additives, excipients (such as starch or stearates) or doping substances. MAP® is not a drug, but a concentrated, highly purified food. Its amino acids are obtained by fermentation from non-GMO plant sources and contain no allergens.

The body synthesises all other non-essential amino acids from MAP®

There are other amino acids that have specific functions in immune defence, such as the maturation of lymphocytes or the formation of antibodies. These are mainly arginine, cysteine, glutamine and glycine, but also taurine, theanine, threonine and carnitine.

You do not need to eat these amino acids as they are non-essential. This means that the body can produce them as needed from the essential amino acids in MAP®. This is why it is so important to provide the body with basic building blocks. This is how the body helps and heals itself.

Weiterführende Literatur:
Dr. med. Hans-Günter Kugler: Die immunologische Bedeutung der Aminosäuren, 1999