An abnormal production of the chemical interleukin-6 by the body is associated with autoimmune disorders and inflammatory and allergic conditions. Plant sterols and sterolins block this abnormal production on interleukin-6 and thereby, help prevent autoimmune disorders, inflammation, and allergic conditions.
The immune system is composed of these three “layers” or mechanisms.
- The first layer is the skin and mucous membranes, which acts as a physical barrier.
- The second layer is the “innate immune system,” a broad-acting, short-term, non-specific immune response to pathogens such as bacteria or viruses. Microbes that evade the innate system encounter a third layer of protection;
- A powerful mechanism called the adaptive immune response. Here populations of white blood cells known as lymphocytes – B cells and T cells – mount a powerful, highly specific attack on specific pathogens. “The adaptive immune responses to virus and bacterial infections, for example, are quite different.”