Supporting and strengthening your immune system is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your good health. The highly evolved functions of that system work in a complex synergy to protect your body from invading viruses and bacteria. Such a delicate system can malfunction in several ways.
Sometimes, because of a genetic condition or as a result of an infectious disease such as AIDS, the immune system fails to function effectively, leaving the body open to opportunistic diseases. More commonly, the immune system is overactive. It may simply overreact to ordinary irritants, as is the case with an allergic reaction to dust or pollen.
A much more dangerous problem occurs when the system fails to distinguish between foreign substances and the patient's own body. This results in autoimmune diseases such as lupus, arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and scleroderma. It's important, therefore, to help the immune system modulate itself to avoid either of these extremes.
Plant sterols have recently been found to provide support to the human immune system. The problem is that they can't be accessed by adding more plant products to the diet. The sterols are bound to fiber, for one thing, and would be simply excreted. Also, any cooking can break down or destroy them.
Natur-Leaf® is a nutritional supplement that contains approximately 40 mg of plant sterols and sterolins. Natur-Leaf® has only been available in the United States since 1999. To date, thousands of people have used Natur-Leaf® to help build healthy immune systems.