(Gut Associated Lymphoid Tisssue) Small Intestine Immune Support, Peyer's Patches
- Peyer’s Patches
- Digestive Disorders
- Crohn’s / Dysbiosis / IBS
- Malabsorption syndromes
- Immune Deficiency
The primary function of the small intestine is the digestion and assimilation of food and nutrients. During this process, it will also be exposed to food antigens, bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens.
More than 60% of the immune function of the body is contained in Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). Located in the intestinal lining, GALT consists of lymphocytes, macrophages, Peyer’s Patches and lymph nodes. Peyer’s patches are lymphoid follicles in the small intestine. They consist of a layer of specialized epithelial cells, called M cells, which sit above follicles containing B and T lymphocytes. Similar in action of the rest of the immune system, M cells trap antigens from the gut and present them to the lymphocytes in the follicles below. This offers a quick and efficient immune response to invading pathogens or food antigens.
Constant assault on the digestive system by acidic foods, bacteria, viruses, or other irritants can result in damage to the delicate lining of the small intestine. This damage impairs the digestive process, leading to poor absorption of nutrients and putrefaction of undigested food particles. Toxic by-products from bacteria that feed on undigested food particles add further to the destruction of the intestinal mucosa.
In response to this constant assault, cells in the small intestine release a layer of protective mucus, seeking to lubricate and protect themselves from further damage. This layer of mucus however, also prevents access by digestive enzymes and immune cells to the food particles and antigens in the lumen of the small intestine.
GALT Fortifier may assist in the repair of the small intestine via restoring digestive and immune function through the dissolution of excess mucus build-up while nourishing/igniting Peyer's patches.
Okra and pepsin work in concert to break down the excess, compromised mucus covering. Okra is a sticky, mucilaginous botanical substance capable of adhering to the built up mucus on the intestinal wall. This in turn allows the proteolytic enzyme pepsin to contact and break down excess protein-based mucus.
Pre-digested white fish protein (Aminotides) provides essential amino acids and polypeptides to restore the integrity of the mucosal lining, while beta 1,3-D glucan and colostrum nourish the immune cells of the Peyer’s patches.
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