A normally functioning immune system is essential for one's health and well-being. Due to its complex makeup our immune system is especially prone to insult from the modern world's environment and the resulting damage of autoimmune diseases. Sadly, we are daily confronted with an ever-growing assault of a toxic environment and other offenses thrust upon our body's metabolic machinery.
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can be debilitating. Historically, treatment of the immune system has been limited to costly prescription drugs, which, in turn, are often followed by numerous and potentially dangerous side effects. But plant sterols appear to offer hope in maintaining an integrative immune system.
This new approach takes advantage of the cell-modulation properties of plant sterols (which already possess potent anti-inflammatory properties) found in the all-natural supplement Natur-Leaf ®. It has been demonstrated that plant sterols and sitosterolins are potent immune modulators capable of reversing abnormalities of the immune system.
The immune system is a complicated network of cells and molecules that normally works to defend the body and eliminate infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and other invading microbes. Sometimes the immune system mistakenly attacks the body itself, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person's own body. This is generally referred to as autoimmune disease. There are many different autoimmune diseases; each one can affect the body in different ways. For example, lupus may affect the skin and joints in some people, and the skin, kidney, and lungs in another.
Autoimmune diseases afflict millions of Americans. Most autoimmune diseases strike women more often than men--in particular, women of working age during their childbearing years. Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in certain minority populations. Lupus is more common in African-American and Hispanic women than in Caucasian women of European ancestry. Rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma affect a higher percentage of residents in some Native American communities than in the general U.S. population. It can be difficult to diagnose, particularly early in the course of the disease. Symptoms of many autoimmune diseases, such as fatigue, are nonspecific. The early phase of disease may be a very frustrating time for both the patient and physician. Laboratory test results are often inconclusive. On the other hand, symptoms may be short-lived.
Autoimmune diseases are often chronic, requiring lifelong care and monitoring, even when the person may look or feel well. Currently, few autoimmune diseases can be cured or made to "disappear" with treatment. However, with proper care, many people with these diseases can live normal lives. Plant sterols and sterolins are proven to be effective compounds modulating the immune system and, as a result, relieving people of symptoms associated with numerous autoimmune diseases.
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