I am a teacher, and I am around lots of germs. Over the years, I have built up a pretty good immune system, but while I was losing weight (as mentioned in the last blog entry), I kept getting sick with every cold, sore throat, and cough possible. I was eating very healthy, healthier than every before in my life, so I was very frustrated at my sickliness.
One day, while I was home sick yet again, I started researching weight loss and getting sick. I learned that when you lose a lot of weight without regular exercise, you destroy your body’s natural killer cells (not a good idea). These cells help your body fight every nasty thing that is thrown at you from colds to cancer. I began to panic, and frantically researched how to build up natural killer cells. Luckily there was lots of information on line about mushrooms and their magical power. I drove straight to Savemart (our local discount pharmacy/natural supplement center) and asked for a supplement to build natural killer cells. The man instantly took me to New Chapter Host Defense. I explained my situation, and he nodded knowingly, as if to say, “Of course, dummy, you can’t just lose weight and expect to keep your NK cells.” He told me to take the supplement for one month (2 per day) and that should do it. And unless I did something else to cause my NK cells to die, I wouldn’t need more than that one-month’s supply.
I am happy to report that since finishing the bottle over a year ago, I have been very healthy, and I feel my NK cells have been restored – yay!
There is lots of info online, below is just a sampling of sources.
Natural Killer Cell Enhancement And Anti-Cancer Effects Of Proprietary Japanese Mushroom Extract
Dietary Supplementation with White Button Mushroom Enhances Natural Killer Cell Activity in Mice (Disclaimer: I absolutely do not support experimenting on animals, but I am willing to read and learn from information previously collected.)