The thymus gland is a highly specialized organ in the immune system; without it, the immune system fails to have the cells that are involved in protecting the body. Alongside the aging process, the thymus loses its spunk. The neo-natal and adolescent years are its prime time, but as the years go on, the thymus shrinks (atrophies) and many of its connective tissues are replaced with adipose (fat) tissue. The decline in size, and functioning, results in a decline in immune function and certain hormonal secretions. Thymic protein A is a supplement meant to counteract the effects of aging on the thymus.
Importance of the Thymus Gland
In addition to providing infection-fighting cells, the thymus gland regularly interacts with the endocrine, or hormone, system to perform its duty as an immune system complement. Primarily, the thymus is responsible for the proliferation and differentiation of mature T-cells, or T-lymphocytes. ‘T’ stands for thymus. These cells attack bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that may invade the body. T-cells and B-cells, both key players in the immune response, both arise from the bone marrow; however, B-cells are fully mature the second they leave (or if they stay in) the bone marrow, while the T-cells must migrate to the thymus gland to become mature (proliferated). Moreover, these now mature T-cells are divided (differentiated) into three different classes:
All of the immune cells, particularly the T-cells in this case, need to have the opportunity to fully mature so as to work properly. The better the entire immune response is, the more invaders that can be fought off. The more invaders that can be fought off, the longer the life span. Need I say more?
Origin of Thymic Protein A
Many thymic supplements have been concocted to boost the body’s natural immune system decline related to the aging process. Up until Thymic Protein A (TPA) was discovered by Terry Beardsley, PhD., the supplements didn’t target a specific part of the thymus. TPA is the first supplement for the thymus that emphasizes one of the above T-cells: the T-4 Helper cells. These Helper cells are critical in regulation because they are the switch that turns on all other immune cells. This, along with the stimulation of antibodies, is the most important in regards to the whole immune system being activated. The goal of Dr. Terry Beardsley was to specifically focus on strengthening the activity of the T-4 cells and not disrupt their natural function.
Action of TPA
As mentioned above, all T-cells are immature until they reach the thymus gland. Once they have reached this destination, their biological pathways are able to be followed. However, in the thymus gland, a critical thing must happen before the cells are free to act in their natural functions: the cells must be activated. This activation and programming must be the consequence of a certain thymic protein. The reason that thymic protein A is so much more effective than the other thymic hormones and extracts is because it is specific to an exact transmitter and the T-4 receptor, as opposed to only fragments of the thymus that don’t target any particular area. This protein, as developed by Dr. Beardsley, is purified and not a combination of thymus pieces. When this thymic protein is given to an individual, longevity, stamina, health, and energy are all products that are boosted because of an improved immune system.
Dosage and Side Effects
Thymic protein A is taken as an oral nutritional supplement in powder form. A dose of only 4 micrograms (mcg) is sufficient to strengthen the immune system and show the benefits. This dose can be administered with 1-3 packets per day. Thousands of people have been prescribed TPA by their medical doctors and no known side effects have been reported, even at higher dosage levels.