Imagine if one body system contributes to the ability of other body systems to function optimally. Would that system be considered the most important? Perhaps. Though we can’t answer that question empirically, we do know such a system exists. It’s called the immune system and its primary job is to look after your health.
Your immune system is a complex network of cells that perform synergistically. Together, they communicate vital information to one another throughout the body. Each cell is unique in its makeup and has a different role. Your immune system exists to help you keep the “good stuff” and get rid of the “bad stuff”—the “good” being cells that promote normal body function, and the “bad” being microbes, viruses, and other harmful cells.
4Life Transfer Factor® acts as a moderator of immune cell actions—balancing processes and educating the immune system. It does this by supporting specific immune system actions— called ‘The 3Rs’.*
Your immune system’s job is to identify and recognize the good and the bad in your body. Some are good, such as healthy bacteria and regenerated cells. Others, like microbes or defective cells, are not. Efficiency and speed in the recognition phase are crucial. The system must act quickly so its response will be effective, but a case of mistaken identity can cause the body to attack itself or a bad cell to invade.
4Life Transfer Factor aids in speeding up recognition and helps immune cells more accurately identify what should be kept or destroyed.†
After recognition is complete, your body calls in the soldiers. Specific immune cells are tasked at ridding your body of health threats. When in action, these immune cells destroy what your body has labeled as “bad,” leaving the “good” untouched. It’s a high-level operation with little room for error. Failure to destroy a harmful invader can lead to its multiplication and eventual takeover.
In addition to destroying invaders, your immune system also does post-battle cleanup. Cleanup occurs when dead cells are absorbed or eaten by other cells. This process provides balance and gives old and new cells a clean place to live and thrive.
Every health threat encountered by your body leaves its unique fingerprint in a comprehensive database. This database includes important information on past invaders, like their identifying traits and instructions on how to defeat them should appear again. This immune memory is important because cells are constantly regenerating. New immune cells don’t always possess the same knowledge of experienced immune cells. Access to this immune information gives new cells the same advantage as experienced cells, and gives your body a better chance of destroying something harmful.
Consider a newborn who has not been exposed to much invaders. How does it survive with limited immune information? The answer lies in its mother’s immune system. Mothers pass important immune information to their newborns. Much of this immune memory in mammals comes from colostrum. In other species, such as birds, it comes from nutrients found in the egg.
4Life Transfer Factor contains cow colostrum and chicken egg yolks. Both chickens and cows are exposed to countless health threats on a frequent basis and possess heroic immune systems. These specific ingredients, when consumed, have been shown to supports your body in remembering potential health threats.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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