With the arrival of spring, allergies arrive with much more intensity, and that is why our immune system has to be prepared. In this article we explain what immunomodulation consists of and how we can reinforce it.
What is immunomodulation and what does it consist of?
Immunomodulation is the ability of the immune system to self-regulate and on certain occasions be strong to be a defense system that protects us from infections but without being extremely active. Our immune system is made up of a set of body processes and structures made up of a network of cells that interact with each other and with other cells and tissues. It not only has the function of protecting the organism from pathogens, but also of destroying infected and altered cells.
Immunomodulation can occur through direct or indirect mechanisms . The direct involve the interaction of an immunomodulator and/or its metabolite with a component of the cells of the immune system. In the indirect, the immunomodulator interacts with a component that does not belong to the specific cells of the immune system. Such interactions stimulate or inhibit the body’s immune response.
What is an immunomodulator ?
It is a substance that stimulates or depresses the immune system, being able to help the body fight infections and the entry of different pathogens into our body. Some examples of immunomodulators would be antibodies and cytokines (endogenous) and also vaccines and certain immunonutrients adaptogens (external to our body). Immunomodulators _ Adaptogens are substances used in immunotherapy to enhance the body’s immune response to external infections or allergies.
Most immunomodulators act by activating or inhibiting certain defense reactions, to improve the immune response against external agents, toxins or inflammatory cells, as well as certain allergens.
Which molecules can be immunomodulatory?
There are different types of immunomodulators, from drugs, antibodies and vaccines, to the safest ones that are immunonutrients , where the use of antioxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamins, probiotics and certain substances with a specific immunomodulatory profile such as beta-glucans and arabinoxylans should be highlighted .
How an immunomodulator can benefit our body?
They are used in certain allergic and infectious diseases, despite not being part of the first lines of treatment, as adjuvants or second-line treatments, since they have shown that with the usual treatment (anti-infective, antihistamine or antiasthmatic) they can be used to improve the immune response against the pathogen and help reduce the dose of corticosteroids administered.
It is also very important to keep the intestinal microbiota in good condition, because a balanced microbiota makes the body capable of fighting against external pathogens, and at the same time, reduces some symptoms of allergies. Specifically, there are several studies that show that an intake of probiotics from the Lactobacillus strain gasseri KS-13 stabilizes the beneficial microbiota, increasing the proportion of NK and IgA . And at the same time, it reduces nasal congestion in patients with allergic rhinitis.
Therefore, the action of probiotics, beta-glucans and arabinoxylans can help us regulate our immune system, to carry out this action against pathogens and allergenic substances. Bacterial strains of human origin called Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2 improve seasonal allergy.
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