Some background first: Innate immunity is the body’s next line of defence against foreign organisms that have made it past physical barriers like the skin and mucosal linings. Innate immunity works fast and aggressively but isn’t very targeted. White blood cells are part of this immune system rapid response team.
Adaptive immunity is slower to work but is more targeted. It learns to recognise particular invaders so they can be quickly picked out and attacked if they appear again. Vaccination harnesses this power by teaching the immune system to look out for specific microbial troublemakers.
Could deer velvet give the immune system a helping hand? The immune function research built on earlier 2021 work investigating the composition of two significant velvet grades: SA Traditional (SAT) and SA Non Traditional (SANT).
This work showed that the amino acid profiles of the two grades were essentially identical, although it’s possible there are differences in the way these building blocks are assembled if you drill down to analyse the various bioactive products for each grade. More work is needed on this.
The same extracts used in the composition research, five each from SAT and SANT velvet, were used in the immune function work.