10 thousand cancer cells died 3 hours after NK cells are put in. (Fig. 1) When they were left as they were, they increased by double in 2 days. (Fig. 2)
Therefore, the strength of NK cells is equal to the strength of the immune system and that is the essential requisite to make the body not to get any diseases.
But the immune system possibly weakens gradually. One of the reason is aging. The activeness of NK cells is peak at the age of 20 and it becomes a half at the age of 70. So it is pretty natural that we tend to have cancer with age.
There is an unusual reason that immune cells become weak. Immune cells which are supposed to protect our body take a rest without doing their jobs!
Immune cells wait in lymph nodes located at important parts of the body and patrol all the body through blood vessels regularly. Once immune cells find a foreign substance, they attack and kill the foreign substance. (Fig. 3)
If the activity of the immune cells is decreased by some cause, the immune cells keep resting in the lymph nodes and don’t go to patrol. That is considered as one of the biggest causes of the lowering of the immune strength.
What should we do to boost up the immune strength once lowered?
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