How Does Protein Consumption Affect Your Immune System

How Does Protein Consumption Affect Your Immune System

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How Does Protein Consumption Affect Your Immune System- Thomas DeLauer

Innate immune System

The innate immune system responds and destroys invading organisms – this includes changes that range from body temperature to white blood cell creation and the elevation of inflammation

Adaptive Immune System

The adaptive immune system provides what is “immunological memory” (think antibodies) that allow us to remember foreign pathogens so that we are better equipped to combat them the next time

Protein & the Immune System

Per the British Journal of Nutrition, amino acids (protein) do have crucial roles when it comes to the immune system

Amino acids regulate the activation of our immune cells (T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, natural killer cells, and macrophages) AND assist in the creation of antibodies and cytokines

Some specific amino examples:

Alanine

Per the British Journal of Nutrition article, alanine is a key energy substrate of leucocytes

Arginine

Our bodies require arginine, specifically L-arginine, for white blood cell proliferation

Glutamine

Glutamine include helping to create and mobilize white blood cells and aiding in phagocytosis (ingestion of bacteria or other material by phagocytes)

Isoleucine

Isoleucine, one of the branched-chain amino acids, can be found in many cells of the immune system, such as lymphocytes, eosinophils, and neutrophils

Threonine

The thymus gland uses threonine to produce T lymphocytes, which then fight off infections

cysteine, glycine, and glutamate – Glutathione

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References

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/amino-acids-and-immune-function/B1A9C1587A8602613F6447BA8404D8E1/core-reader
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4272512/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9344231/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14600124/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3792777/

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