TGF Beta: Have You Had This Important Inflammatory Marker Checked?
Reaching optimal health requires addressing your areas of inflammation.
TGF Beta is an inflammatory marker that plays a pivotal role your body's ability to effectively fight inflammation. However, too much TGF Beta can wreak havoc with your immune response, making it important to have your level checked.
TGF Beta: The Benefits
Whenever inflammation occurs, your immune system sets off a cascade of events in order to combat infection, promote healing, remove tissue debris, and then return the affected area back to normal.
One group of the immune cells that are involved in regulating this response are cytokines. TGF Beta is one such cytokine. When your levels of TGF Beta are normal, your body experiences the following benefits:
Accumulation of Collagen
Restored Tissue Strength & Integrity
Protection of Mucous Membrane Surfaces (epithelium) of Your Organs
Protection against Rupture of the Heart Muscle
Defensive Action Against DNA & Tissue Damaging Reactive Oxygen Species
These defensive actions help to suppress cancer development.
Elevated TGF Beta: Too Much of a Good Thing
Uncontrolled inflammation can lead to excessive production of TGF Beta as your body attempts to bring the immune response by your T-Helper cells back into balance. When your body has high levels of Reactive Oxygen Species, such as in mold toxicity, TGF Beta is overproduced which can lead to fibrosis and scarring of your tissues/organs, including:
Heart, Liver, Kidney, and Lung Disease
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
This overactive immune response drives your levels of TGF Beta higher and higher, leading to a number of serious health conditions, including:
Autoimmune disease, including Asthma
Increased susceptibility to infections.
Loss of Oral Tolerance resulting in Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Factors that contribute to inflammation and an overactive immune response include:
By identifying and addressing your areas of inflammation, you can stop your immune response from getting caught in a cycle of escalating inflammation and tissue damage. Testing for elevated inflammatory markers such as TGF Beta is an important aspect of addressing chronic inflammation. Ask your healthcare provider if you should have your TGF Beta levels checked.
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