COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, and the number of infected people continues to surge despite a high number of vaccinated populations. The newest COVID-variant, Omicron, has not only been shown to be easily spread but also has an unprecedentedly large number of mutations.
Scientists are worried that the mutations give Omicron the ability to evade some of the immune protection afforded by vaccines, many of which are based on the original spike protein, and past infections. This means that the theory of generating antibodies through infection or vaccine, might not be as effective as we first thought.
The good news is that scientists might have found a solution: T-Cells.
Breakthrough Cases Due to Mutations
A new variant, mutation, of a virus occurs when there is a change to the virus gene. Mutations are expected in RNA viruses, as they all mutate over time. Virus mutations are a challenge to vaccine developers, as the vaccine effectiveness decreases as the virus variant changes. This is why doctors recommend people to take the flu vaccine yearly.
COVID-10 is no different than any other virus when it comes to mutation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the SARS-Cov-2 that causes COVID-19 has mutated. The first Variant of Concern was the Alpha variant that appeared in Great Britain in November 2020. Shortly after, the Delta variant started spreading, and reports indicated that the Delta variant spread quicker than previous mutations.
The variant that is most common right now is the Omicron variant. According to the CDC, Omicron is a milder form of the virus, but the variant is spreading more easily than any other COVID-19 variant so far. Due to the mutation, the current vaccines are reported to be less effective in protecting the body against the virus.
How Do T-Cells Fight Against Viruses?
As the COVID-19 virus mutates, scientists are becoming increasingly concerned that the new variants are partially resistant to the antibody response from Covid infection and vaccines. To combat this problem, scientists are now exploring the theory that the T Cell immune response can provide immunity to COVID-19.
T-cells are a type of white blood cell that attacks viruses that invade the body. There are two types of T-cells, the “Helper” T-cell and the “Killer” T-cell. The Helper T-cells do not fight the virus, but they help the Killer T-cells to locate the infection in the body.
When exposed to pathogens like viruses and bacteria, the body is developing B cells and Killer T cells ( CD8+). The B cells create antibodies to neutralize the microbes and render them harmless. The T cells target the virus and destroy infected cells, and they also activate other immune cells to fight the virus.
T cells only react once the body is already infected by a virus, and therefore do not prevent infection. However, they have been proven to be effective against viruses, like the flu and common cold, once they are in the body.
After the T cells kill the virus, the body retains some of the disease-fighting cells and stores them as memory cells. The next time the body is infected by the same virus, the memory cells work as antibodies to better protect you from the, now familiar, virus.
Study Suggest - T Cell Vaccines Protects Against Mutations
An early study made by Immunologist Alessandro Sette, and his colleagues at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California, has shown indications that people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 generate T cells that target at least 15-20 different fragments of coronavirus proteins. But which fragment of proteins is used as targets varies from person to person, which means that a population will generate a large variety of T cells.
The large variety of T cells serves as a huge benefit compared to normal antibodies, as the large variety of T cells makes it harder for the virus to mutate. Although the results are yet to be confirmed, scientists hope that the first peptide vaccine designed to elicit T-cell immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could be a good alternative to the spike-based vaccines.
The vast majority of health scientists are in agreement that vaccines are the best protection against Covid-19, but there are other options. Some parts of the American population are getting T cell vaccines in addition to Covid-19 vaccines, as people are still getting infected despite being vaccinated.
T Cell Vaccine Alternatives
Some people are skeptical about vaccines in general, but there are other ways to boost your T Cell growth naturally. Below are some methods to boost your immune system and T Cell growth, without getting vaccinated.
Sleep is a key ingredient in a well-functioning immune system and an easy way to help your body maintain overall health. Studies show that when the body is well-rested, the number of T Cells increases in your body.
T Cell growth is not the only benefit you get from getting a sufficient amount of sleep. There are multiple other health risks associated with a poor sleeping schedule, including:
- Increased risk of inflammation
- High blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Weight gain
- Cardiovascular disease
Health experts recommend adults to sleep at least seven hours per night
Vitamin D is not only good for your overall health but has also been shown to increase your T Cell growth. When examining Covid patients at hospitals, a significant amount of patients that had to seek medical help had Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D also has a series of other health benefits, including:
- Increased bone strength
- Improved cognitive health
- Improved skin health
- Weight loss
The best source of Vitamin D is through outdoor activities in the sun, but Vitamin D can also be found in:
- Dairy products
- Salmon, swordfish, and tuna
- Orange juice
Health Supplements - IMMUNE+++
We understand that it’s sometimes hard to always incorporate a healthy diet in our busy lives, but one easy and efficient way to get your vitamins is through supplements.
IMMUNE+++ is a proprietary triple-shield formula that offers a unique vitamin C source called Life-C Blend. IMMUNE+++ is also fortified with an Opti-Shield Blend of Reishi, Turkey Tail and Maitake mushrooms, that is studied for defense against certain viruses and bacteria. These three blends have been shown to work together to boost your body’s immune system by increasing production of white blood cells and T cells.
In a clinical study, a group of subjects took two tablets daily of IMMUNE+++ for 12 weeks. The number of white blood cells and T Cells was enhanced by a highly significant amount, indicating the IMMUNE+++ supplement was supporting the integrity and production of healthy immune cells within normal ranges.
When IMMUNE+++ and LAMININE were taken together, the benefits of IMMUNE+++ were even more enhanced. These cells are necessary for helping to protect against foreign invaders and eliminate mutated and dead cells in your body. By increasing your body’s production of these cells, you are naturally strengthening your immune system’s self-defense.
Early studies are showing encouraging signs that show that T cells may be effective against Omicron. You can take extra precautions by taking IMMUNE+++ today, to boost T cell growth and your overall immune system.