German scientists link immune cells to reduced stroke damage

German scientists link immune cells to reduced stroke damageResearchers from the Neurology Clinic at Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered that certain immune cells in the blood inhibit inflammation after a stroke.

The cells that offer this protective effect are called regulatory T lymphocytes (Treg), and in stroke models, the scientists were able to observe that mice with no functioning Treg cells suffered greater damage to the brain and greater disabilities when compared to animals with functioning cells.

The finding, published in Nature Medicine, is significant in that it offers a new approach to stroke therapy.

Those who are concerned about stroke may therefore consider boosting their immune system with nutritional health supplements.

Herbal and homeopathic medicines have also been known for centuries to lessen the risk of a stroke.

They include Crataegus oxyacantha, popularly known as hawthorn, well known for their cardiovascular properties and Passiflora incarnata which relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure, according to

The source also recommends other natural products such as Viburnum opulus (guelder rose bark) as a cardiac tonic and muscle relaxant and Ginkgo biloba which improves blood flow throughout the body.