Immune Support Helix Plus (Snail Lectin Complex)
Helix Pomatia-Aspersa (a species of edible snail) has a powerful lectin which helps the immune system work more effectively and efficiently. This species of snail is not the common edible snail (escargot), but a rather hard to identify distant relative.
Eat Right 4 Your Type brought to your attention dietary lectins; however the primary emphasis of the book was on negative effects of lectins, with recommendations, in general, for their avoidance. In the complex world we live in, where sometimes good is bad, and bad can be good, it should come as no surprise that some lectins actually have beneficial activities under specific circumstances.
In fact some lectins, or lectin containing substances have been used in medicine (traditional and conventional), for a variety of purposes, particularly for their impact on the immune system. One of the largest uses of lectins by medical research is to convince certain immune cells to proliferate by mitosis. Another common use of lectins is as a probe or tool to identify and thwart cancer cells. This is the area where Helix Pomatia snail overlaps the gray area between food and medicine. Concidentally, snail has a historic reputation as an anti-cancer food.
It appears that as breast cells become malignant and more prone to metastasis, their surface glycosylation products alter in a predictable manner, resulting in an elaboration of markers characterized by the presence of a terminal sugar, which can make the cancer cell more “A” like and “M” like to your immune system. The manufacture of and elaboration of a protein is referred as a “ligand-like-complex, makes it easier for the cancer cells to spread throughout the body, because it acts like a “molecular passport”. This in turn allows the cancer cell to more easily exit the lymph nodes. This can make the cell more difficult for the immune system to recognize, especially for Blood Types A, AB and sub type MM.
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