Sugar and the Immune System

SUGAR depresses the immune system and lowers our immunity to diseases. Over-consumption of sugar paralyses our white blood cell’s phagocytic ability (ie its ability to engulf and absorb waste material, harmful microorganisms, or other foreign bodies in the bloodstream and tissues), increasing the risk of viral infections.


There are 60-400 trillion phagocytic white blood cells active in the body. White sugar causes these defenders to become sluggish in their work, thereby lowering resistance to disease.

And it doesn’t take much sugar to impair the immune system.


A blood sugar value of 120 is enough to reduce the phagocytic index by 75%. (“Phagocytic index” is a laboratory method of measuring how rapidly a particular macrophage or lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell.)


Did you know:
> Refined white sugar is treated as a toxic foreign agent by the immune system because of its unnatural chemical structure and the industrial contaminants it retains from the refining process.
> It is reported that after ingesting white sugar, the power of your immune system drops 50% for 24-48 hours.
> In fact, “The average person loses more than 90% of their immune function within 15 minutes of indulging in this poisonous substance. This deficiency lasts for about 2 hours after the stress occurs.” – Dr Walt Stoll
> In a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100 grams of sugar from glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey or orange juice caused a significant decrease in the ability of white blood cells to engulf and destroy bacteria. This decrease in immune function was still present 5 hours after sugar was consumed.


Excerpt from CAP Guide: “How Sugar Destroys your Health”
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