The immune system is the set of cells and their activity against antigens or infectious agents that comprise the body's defense system against diseases.
The immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections. Besides foods and nutritional supplements, herbs also play an important role in helping the immune system defend against viruses and bacteria attacks.
Immunomodulatory activity is an action that improves the underactive immune function that is susceptible to the invasion of the foreign microorganism and inhibits the overactive immune system that causes autoimmune diseases.
In other words, the immunomodulatory activity involved antimicrobial agents is to modulate the genes involved in immune reactions, or of the neurohormonal system which regulates immune functions and any toxic or immunotoxic effects such as allergic reactions or destruction of immune effectors, that may cause harm to the body or interfere with the body normal function.
The widespread chronic inflammatory diseases in modern society are a burden to humans because of life-long debilitating illness, increased mortality and high costs for therapy and care.
Sometimes, temporarily weaken the immune system may also be caused by the intake of certain conventional medicine, such as chemotherapy or drugs that treat cancer.
Cabbage is a species of Brassica oleracea belongings to the family Brassicaceae (or Cruciferae), native to the Mediterranean region along the seacoast. The veggie has a short stem with a crowded mass of leaves, usually green but in some varieties, it may be red or purplish.
On findings a natural wholefood for the improvement of immune functioning, researchers examined the immunomodulatory effect and mechanism of Lactococcus lactis A17 (A17), isolated from Taiwan fermented cabbage, on ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized mice.
Based on the results, researchers wrote, "the ameliorative effects of A17 may be caused by modulating NOD-1 NOD-2, and TLR-4 expression".
Taken altogether, cabbage processes immunomodulatory activity, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.
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(1) Immunomodulatory Activity of Lactococcus lactis A17 from Taiwan Fermented Cabbage in OVA-Sensitized BALB/c Mice by Mei HC1, Liu YW, Chiang YC, Chao SH, Mei NW, Liu YW, Tsai YC. (PubMed)