A healthy immune system is one that is neither underactive nor overactive. Immunodeficiency is a disorder that results in the immune system being unable to effectively combat foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. It leaves the person open to everything from common colds to pneumonia, staph, and other dangerous infections.
When the immune system is too reactive, however, it can attack parts of the person's own body. This is called autoimmune disorder and can result in a variety of debilitating conditions such as lupus, diabetes, arthritis, and psoriasis. Autoimmune diseases are often chronic, and few can be cured. Studies indicate, however, that anything that supports the health of the immune system may help suppress symptoms of these diseases.
One such source of support for the immune system is a substance known as plant sterols, a naturally occurring component of all plants. Sterols and their glucosides, sterolins, are not easy for the human body to use in their vegetable form, however. They are bound to plant fiber, which makes them hard to absorb, so it would be extremely difficult to eat enough plant products to have a significant effect. Furthermore, any cooking or processing destroys the compounds.
Natur-Leaf®, however, is a dietary supplement that obtains sterols from Lupins sprouts, Fenugreek sprouts, Barley sprouts, Soybean sprouts, African Sunflower sprouts, Pygeum africanum, and the Wild African Potato root without damaging their structure. This supplement has only been available in America since 1999, but research indicates that it has an excellent modulating effect on the immune system. To date, Natur-Leaf® has been used by thousands of customers with no reported side effects.