T cells are a type of white blood cell. Why are they so very important? Because they are an integral part of your immune system. T cells help protect the body from infection, and there has been a lot of that going around lately! Here’s something that’s evidently VERY important for your T cells… They need plenty of vitamin D and vitamin C to do their job!
Reuters recently reported (regarding Omicron), “A key part of the immune system’s second-line defense – its T cells – are highly effective at recognizing and attacking the Omicron variant, thereby preventing most infections from progressing to critical illness, a new study shows.”
Similarly, recently reported via The Atlantic, “T Cells Might Be Our Bodies’ Best Shot Against Omicron”. “The new variant may undermine some vaccine-derived defenses. But the immune system’s best assassins [ Killer T cells ] are likely to hold the line.”
This message is being reported quite widely lately… And I am happy to see and read this. Why? Because it has been well know for many years. That is, our natural immune system is exceedingly important to our health! Because of this, we really should do the right things to help our immune system, especially during these times!
Plenty of vitamin D (with magnesium for absorption) and vitamin C for good fighting t-cells. T-cells are the superheroes of the immune system.
Do you know what? A very large percentage of our society is woefully deficient in vitamin D and vitamin C. That’s not good for the immune system! And may partly explain some of what we’ve been seeing. Read to the end where I talk about what I’ve been doing for myself in this regard.
Vitamin D – Crucial to Activating Immune Defenses
Scientists have found that vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin – the killer cells of the immune system — T cells — will not be able to react to, and fight off, serious infections in the body. The research team found that T cells first search for vitamin D in order to activate, and if they cannot find enough of it will not complete the activation process.
You might want to read that again…
The scientists explain further…
“For T cells to detect and kill foreign pathogens such as clumps of bacteria or viruses, the [T] cells must first be ‘triggered’ into action and ‘transform’ from inactive and harmless immune cells into killer cells that are primed to seek out and destroy all traces of a foreign pathogen.”
The researchers found that the T cells rely on vitamin D in order to activate and they would remain dormant, ‘naïve’ to the possibility of threat if vitamin D is lacking in the blood.
For the research team, identifying the role of vitamin D in the activation of T cells has been a major breakthrough.
“Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and the vitamin has also been implicated in diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, but what we didn’t realize is how crucial vitamin D is for actually activating the immune system — which we know now. “
Vitamin C promotes the proliferation and effector functions of human T cells
From a study published via Cellular & Molecular Immunology Journal, “Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an essential vitamin with multiple effects on immune cells.”
“In the present study, we report that Vitamin C…enhance the activation and differentiation of human T cells under different in vitro culture conditions, i.e., during primary stimulation as well as upon restimulation of short-term-expanded T-cell lines.”
My Immune System Approach Since The Onset Of Covid
It’s hard to believe that it has been 2 years already! However, when the news broke, I began a lot of research about all this. I went far beyond the info from the parrots and talking-heads. I decided it was time to really take my health into my own hands, so to speak.
It was a motivator for both Mrs.J and I to get down to a healthy weight. Comorbidity was obviously a big factor here, and we certainly did not want any of those! We’re now down to our approximate college weight. Feeling great about that. Look into Keto if you’re interested (reducing carbs, cutting out sugar).
Anyway, and furthermore, I knew that Vitamin D (and C) play a big role in the immune system. Knowing that the majority of us are deficient, I began to supplement. Although this is not medical advice, I supplement 5,000 IU of vitamin D each day. I supplement ~500mg of vitamin C several times a day in a glass of water (up to one’s tolerance level).
Few foods naturally contain vitamin D!
It comes from the sun on your skin. A conversion process occurs.
My last blood work indicated my D levels were up to 47 ng/mL. Nice! My historical levels had been in the low 30’s, almost on the low side, probably like many others. I’m shooting for 50+ ng/mL.
I was very disturbed about the mainstream silence and complete avoidance of potential preventative measures and/or treatments. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why (there were / are several reasons). So, I took it upon myself to research the science. Real science.
There’s more to this story (zinc and others), but I wanted to make you aware of the very high importance of vitamin D (and vitamin C) for your immune system Killer T cells.
Nature Wise D3, 5000 IU
Natural Acquired Immunity: