Immunity & Health

The immune system exists to protect the host from pathogenic invaders and from other noxious insults.

Upon infection, there is a marked increase in demand for substrates by the immune system; these substrates provide energy and are the precursors for the synthesis of new cells, effector molecules, and protective molecules.

Cell culture studies show that peptides are absolutely essential for lymphocytes to synthesize protein, RNA, and DNA and to divide in response to stimulation. In mice, dietary BCAA restriction impairs several aspects of the immune function and increases the susceptibility to pathogens.

Postsurgical or septic patients given certain peptides intravenously showed improved immunity and this may relate to improved outcome. Peptides are therefore absolutely essential for lymphocyte responsiveness and are necessary to support other immune cell functions.

In your body there is a continuous process of build-up and breakdown of cells. That build-up or growth of cells is impossible without peptides. The lining of your intestines changes every 4 days, your skin every 28 days etc. Insufficient peptides cause your body to produce a poorer quality and a lower quantity cells. A shortage of peptides results in less than optimal body function.

Keep in mind

Not only the BCAA’s (leucine, iso-leucine, valine) are important, 18 out of the 22 amino acids are needed for sustainable muscle build-up, maintenance and endurance. All amino acids play their role. If one is missing the whole process stops. A lack of one or more amino acids can mean less or no muscle build-up or regeneration of muscles mass, less endurance and strength, hampered recovery, immunity, concentration and stress resistance etc.

Amino acids at work for your immunity & health

Histidine (Essential Amino Acid)
  • important for the maintenance of the myelin sheaths, which protect nerve cells
  • is needed for the production of both red and white blood cells
  • is studied for its capabilities of lowering blood pressure
  • aids in the removal of heavy metals from the body
  • protects the body from radiation damage
  • is found abundantly in haemoglobin; has been used in the treatment of allergies, ulcers and anaemia
Isoleucine (Essential Amino Acid)
is needed for haemoglobin formation
Leucine (Essential Amino Acid)
is recommended for those recovering from surgery
Lysine (Essential Amino Acid)
  • supports the immune systems functions
  • helps the immune system manufacture antibodies and enzymes
  • maintains a proper nitrogen balance in adults;
  • aids in the production of antibodies which have the ability to fight cold sores and herpes outbreaks. Research has indicated it might be effective against herpes by creating the balance of nutrients that slows the growth of the virus causing it
  • lowers high serum triglyceride levels
  • strengthens circulation
  • helps control the body’s acid/alkaline balance
  • influences the pineal and mammary glands
  • plays a role in gallbladder function
Methionine (Essential Amino Acid)
  • assists the breakdown of fats, thus helping to prevent a build-up of fat in the liver and arteries, that might obstruct blood flow to the brain, heart, and kidneys
  • protects against the effects of radiation
Phenylalanine (Essential Amino Acid)
  • used to treat arthritis, depression, menstrual cramps, migraines, obesity, reduces hunger pains
  • decreases pain
Threonine (Essential Amino Acid)
  • aids liver and Lipotropic function when combined with Aspartic Acid and Methionine
  • prevents the build-up of fat in the liver
Tryptophan (Essential Amino Acid)
  • helps the immune system function properly
  • helps reduce the risk of artery and heart spasms
  • works with lysine to reduce cholesterol levels
Valine (Essential Amino Acid)
for the maintenance of proper nitrogen balance in the body
Alanine (Non-essential Amino Acid)

    plays a major role in the transfer of nitrogen from peripheral tissue to the liver

    strengthens the immune system by producing antibodies

Arginine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • enhances the immune system
  • increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which manufactures T cells, crucial components of the immune system
  • reduces the effects of chronic alcohol toxicity
  • is important in liver health and assists in neutralizing ammonia in the liver
  • has been shown to have positive effects on heart disease symptoms
  • can contribute to the maintenance of the healthy blood circulation
  • Nitric oxide is a compound that relaxes blood vessels, it helps keep arteries flexible and boosts blood flow
Aspartic Acid (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • protects the liver by aiding the expulsion of ammonia
  • combines with other amino acids to form molecules that absorb toxins and remove them from the bloodstream
  • helps facilitate the movement of certain minerals across the intestinal lining and into the blood and cells
  • aids the function of RNA and DNA, which are carriers of genetic information
Cysteine & Cystine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • functions as a powerful anti-oxidant in detoxifying harmful toxins
  • protects the body from radiation damage
  • protects the liver and brain from damage due to alcohol, drugs, and toxic compounds found in cigarette smoke
  • promotes the recovery from severe burns and surgery
Glutamic Acid (Non-essential Amino Acid)
aids in the transportation of potassium into the spinal fluid
Glutamine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • assists in maintaining the proper acid/alkaline balance in the body
  • promotes a healthy digestive tract
  • shortens the healing time of ulcers
  • has shown promise in the treatment of senility, depression and fatigue
  • effect on replenishing the body after stress or trauma have been shown in Europe where it is commonly given to patients in hospitals to support immune system
  • supports a healthy digestive system and contributes to strengthen the natural defences
  • is considered essential for repair and recovery
  • is a vital nutrient for those cells req
Glycine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • promotes a healthy prostate
  • promotes central nervous system
  • useful for repairing damaged tissue and promotes healing
  • facilitates the release of oxygen for the cell-making process
  • key role in manufacturing of hormones
  • key role in health of immune system
  • speeds the healing of wounds
Ornithine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • is necessary for a healthy immune system
  • detoxifies ammonia and aids in liver regeneration
Proline (Non-essential Amino Acid)
helps in the healing of cartilage and the strengthening of joints, tendons, and heart muscle
Serine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • needed for a healthy immune system
  • is a component of the protective myelin sheaths that cover nerve fibres
  • aids in the production of immunoglobulin’s and antibodies
Taurine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
  • strengthens the heart muscle
  • boosts vision
  • helps prevent macular degeneration
  • useful for people with atherosclerosis, edema, heart disorders, hypertension, or hypoglycaemia;
  • is vital for the proper utilization of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium
Tyrosine (Non-essential Amino Acid)
has been used to help chronic fatigue, narcolepsy, anxiety, depression, low sex drive, allergies and headaches

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