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The immune system is like the body’s military defence force. It keeps pathogens and harmful bacteria out and it is also responsible for controlling its own cells; like keeping the body's own quantity of cancer cells at healthy levels. Our immune system is also responsible for rebuilding damaged cells and anti-aging functions in the body. 

Compromised immunity leads to increased vulnerability to illness and faster aging. In some cases, the immune system can get so over-stimulated, that the military starts to attack itself. A force for good with the purpose to protect, has become cannibalized and starts wage war against the cells it previously protected. 

The immune system can attack its own body, leading to autoimmune conditions like asthma and type 1 diabetes. Autoimmune conditions go hand-in-hand with inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s way of isolating an area to prevent a localised infection from spreading. You can support your body’s immune function by giving it the “ammo” it requires to remain strong. 

Hemp’s immune-boosting effects

There isn’t a great deal of data available on hemp extract specifically for immune-boosting effects. However, the studies to date indicate some interesting points that can lead us to an educated understanding of how beneficial hemp extract is as part of an ongoing wellness protocol and to the maintenance of the immune balance: 

  • Hemp extract reduces inflammation levels in the body which improves overall wellness. It takes the strain off the immune system, isolating areas where infection might be festering. 
  • Hemp extract can also modulate the secretion of cytokines. Their role is to regulate the body’s immunity, inflammation, and the production of white blood cells in the bone marrow.
  • Hemp extract can reduce ‘T-lymphocytes’function, preventing the immune system from remembering invading pathogens and hindering the role of ‘Natural Killer Cells’. 
  • Hemp can also suppress the production of chemokine, a cytokine that leads the immune system to the place where an infection and stimulates an inflammatory response. 

When we look at the above points, we can see how hemp extract can be beneficial in managing autoimmune conditions because of its immune-suppressing effects. An overactive immune system that has started to destroy important elements within the body can be slowed down and the harmful actions reduced with the usage of hemp extract.

Vitamin C’s role in preventing illness

Vitamin C has long been known for its immune-boosting effects on the body. This powerful antioxidant plays an important role in gene regulation and assists the body with both innate and adaptive immune functions. Vitamin C also supports the production of interferons which play a crucial role in protecting the body’s cells from invading pathogens.Vitamin C supports the role of phagocytes (white blood cells) that surround and isolate invading pathogens, before neutralising them. Vitamin C also ensures optimal cytokine production, helping to reduce inflammation and fight infection. 

The push and the pull: Vitamin C and hemp extract

As you can see, vitamin C and hemp play very different roles in the body when it comes to regulating the immune system. When it comes to autoimmune diseases, hemp extract will help the immune system to regain its balance and stop self-destructing. For immune-deficiencies, vitamin C helps to increase immune responses and better protect the body. When both vitamin C and hemp extractare used in harmony, an internal immune balance is achieved.