3 Microscopic Heroes in the Human Body That Deserve More Credit

Ask any medical professional, and they will tell you that if you work with the human body long enough, you will figure out that there are all kinds of ways for something to go wrong with it. There are a whole host of ways for cell growth to go on uninhibited, causing various cancers to exist within the body. Blood clots can occur, which can cause severe pain in mild cases and death in severe cases, such as blood clots in the brain. Moreover, there are all kinds of infections that can occur within the body that if left unchecked can totally poison the whole entire system. That’s the bad news. However, there is good news. The best way to sum this up is that there are a number of “microscopic heroes” that keep us healthy and strong and prevent disease. Consider just three of these examples:

Killer T-Cells

Killer T-cells are extremely important for the immunity of an individual’s body. First of all, they are useful because they can help activate B-cells, equipping antibodies and macrophages to help vanquish ingested microbes that could possibly sicken the body. However, they also can empower a number of other T-Cells in order to kill infected cells that would spread throughout the body unchecked without their assistance. Perhaps one of the main reasons why T-cells are a bit of an unsung hero would be because of the fact that they are only useful if they themselves are activated to become what is called an effector cell.

Source: T-Cell Modulation Group

Redox Signaling Molecules

Redox molecules support the vital activity of cellular communication, enhance immune function, and boost the efficacy of antioxidants. Redox signaling molecules are also produced in abundance in our bodies until about the age of seven. This is one of the main reasons why cuts can heal so fast in a child. However, when you consider that cuts take a much longer time to heal in elderly adults, realize that it is because the body produces less and less redox signaling molecules as we get older.

Source: ASEA


Yes, in certain cases, bacteria can also be the good guys in your body as well. For example, the bacteria in your stomach and intestines work intently to break down all of the foods you eat and harvest the best nutrients from them. Moreover, these bacteria also can play a role in a person’s health and metabolism.

Source: Humm Kombucha

This is just a small sampling of the diverse options we have for treating the human body. There are microorganisms that are the “good guys” and we are just barely starting to harness all of their potential.

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Simon Greenberg

Simon is a health tech enthusiast who believes information technology can bring major improvements in healthcare cost and quality. He is currently working on ways to improve how we can connect and interact with our healthcare system. You can find him on and .

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