Natural Killer cells play a key role in your immune system as the first line of defense against dangerous, abnormal cells.
Natural killer (NK) cells are a type of white blood cell that is part of your innate immune system. These cells play an important role in your immune response since they are the first line of defense against dangerous infected or abnormal cells. NK cells are the “first responders” constantly moving through your body looking for abnormal (target) cells to destroy. When a target cell appears, the NK cells immediately recognize it and begin their attack. NK cells are quick and effective at finding and destroying target cells.
Natural Killer cells are one of your body’s most important defense mechanisms against infections and cancer. Without the presence of strong functioning NK cells, pathogens and disease would continue to spread throughout the body and cancer cells would continue to grow. Highly active and functioning NK cells are always circulating through the body looking for abnormal or infected cells to destroy. The sooner these cells are found and eliminated the better equipped you are to battle pathogenic threats to your body.
It is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure a strong immune system and NK cell function. NK cell function has been shown to be decreased in people who are stressed, overweight, inactive, or not sleeping or eating well. NK function is also affected by illness, inflammation, cancer and other conditions. It is essential to do all that you can to support your NK cell function through lifestyle changes or immune boosting therapy. Optimizing your NK cell function can put you on the right track towards healthy living.