What is Thymosin Alpha 1?
This particular peptide is in the Thymosin family and is an excellent immune modulator.
Thymosin is a peptide, or small protein, produced naturally by the thymus gland.
It is one of several polypeptide hormones secreted by the thymus that controls the maturation of T-cells,
which actively participates in the immune response.
The thymus is a critical part of your immune system, where individual T-cells
are tailored to respond to the millions of bacteria, fungi, or viruses that could
invade your body. It is most often given for chronic viral diseases,
but has also been shown to increase innate immunity factors and help fight
against harmful autoimmune processes. It is given to help control inflammation
associated with chronic diseases, which can cause excess fatigue.
How does it work?
T-cells come in two forms: killer and helper cells. Killer T-cells are responsible for hunting down and destroying our body’s own cells that are cancerous or infected with bacteria or viruses. TA1 is thought to modulate the immune system by augmenting T-cell function. TA1 may affect thymocytes by stimulating their differentiation or by converting them to active T-cells.
TA1 is in Phase III trials for the treatment of hepatitis C and in Phase II trials for hepatitis B. Additional possible indications are malignant melanoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, drug-resistant tuberculosis, and Di George’s syndrome as well as any chronic cancer or viral disease. Some physicians are using thymosin for chronic fatigue and Lyme disease as well.
Possible Side Effects?
Thymosin Alpha 1 appears to be quite well tolerated. No adverse drug interaction have been observed. No side effects, other than some irritation or burning sensation at the site of injection, have been seen.