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What is Transfer Factor - does such an ingredient exist?

What is Transfer Factor - does such an ingredient exist?

Transfer Factor is an ingredient used in dietary supplements from the American company 4Life Research, which we have been selling since 2004. Although the manufacturer uses the words "Transfer Factor" in the name of its products, these are not words invented by marketers. Transfer Factor is a specific substance, physiologically active, present in the immune system and associated with T lymphocytes (responsible for the so-called cellular response). It is an ingredient as obvious as any vitamin known today. But it is neither vitamin, nor a mineral, nor a "phytamine" (that is, a health-promoting substance of plant origin).

Transfer Factor is a substance derived exclusively from animals and humans. It can be extracted either directly from blood or other leukocytes rich tissues, or from colostrum (first mammalian milk containing immune fractions, including leukocytes with Transfer Factors), or from bird eggs.

Transfer Factor has a unique effect: when taken from an immunized animal (or human), it can transfer immunity from a donor to a non-immunized individual (and between species!). This discovery was made in the 1950s by an immunologist named Lawrence. Since then, science has subjected Transfer Factor to research. In publications it appears both as Transfer Factor, but also under the abbreviation TF and other names, e.g. Dialyzable Leukocyte Extract, Dialyzable Transfer Factor, DLE, Extrait Dialysable de Leucocyte, Facteur de Transfert, Factor de Transferencia, Human Dialyzable Leukocyte Extract, Human Transfer Factor, Bovine Dialyzable Leukocyte Extract, Bovine Dialyzable Transfer Factor, Bovine Transfer Factor, Facteur de Transfert d'Origine Bovine.

As a substance, Transfer Factor is primarily tested for effectiveness in immunocompromised people in infectious conditions, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic (including fungal). For example, in the review publication: "Transfer Factor: an Overlooked Potential for the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases " Italian scientists discuss its effectiveness in the context of the following pathogens:: BB - Borrelia burgdorferi, CMV - cytomegalovirus, EBV - Epstein-Barr virus, HHV - human herpes virus, HIV - human immunodeficiency virus (AIDS), HSV - herpes simplex virus, VZV - varicella zoster virus, Candida albicans (Candida, tinea ), influenza virus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis, tuberculosis).

Transfer Factors are also being investigated in the context of their therapeutic usefulness in diabetes, autism, infertility, psoriasis and skin allergies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) ), Behcet's syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, alopecia, Alzheimer's disease. They are also used as immunotherapy in cancer. Why so far only in the research phases? Here is what the authors of the work cited above say:

"Currently, research (from the translator: it is research on Transfer Factors) is completely dependent on funding. A vicious circle often arises: lack of funds prevents further research, especially when the interpretations are controversial. The solution may come from philanthropic institutions interested in solving health problems, not from government agencies limited by budget, bureaucracy and politics, or pharmaceutical laboratories that are not interested in testing substances without patent potential. Tuberculosis and AIDS is a real and urgent health problem that requires pragmatic solutions, rather than wasting time on theoretical arguments of "Byzantine complexity." We believe the Transfer Factor should play an important role in fighting infection. "

More about scientific publications on the substance called Transfer Factor here: TRANSFER FACTOR - LYMPHOCYTE EXTRACT - IN MEDICAL PUBLICATIONS. 

Author: Alicja Krzywańska-Podermańska
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