Do you ever watch movies like Lord of the Rings or Braveheart? When they go into battle, look at their shields they use to protect themselves against incoming harm.
Your body has a shield, too. It’s called an antibody. It rises up to protect you when your immune system is exposed to incoming harm. Antibodies are like warriors protecting your immune system from antigens that are substances that cause your body to produce antibodies, such as a cold or the flu.
Antibodies are found in your blood, and are a specific protein of blood called gamma-globulins. They are a large, Y-shaped protein used by your immune system to identify, and neutralize, foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses.
After you’ve been infected with an antigen like a virus or bacteria, your immune system recognizes the antigen as a foreign substance and forms antibodies against it.
How Your Antibodies Work
- prevent pathogens from entering or damaging cells by binding to them;
- stimulate the removal of pathogens by coating the pathogen;
- trigger destruction of pathogens by stimulating other immune responses.
- your immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defend your body against infection;
- your immune system keeps a record of every germ (microbe) it has ever defeated so it can recognize and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters your body again;
- antibodies protect against abnormalities within your immune system that can lead to allergies, immunodeficiencies, autoimmune disorders, and many other diseases in the future.
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