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Fat Beneath Skin May Ward Off Infections

Skin fat

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  • Fat beneath your skin may serve as an important germ-fighting barrier against infection
  • Skin fat produces high levels of an antimicrobial peptide (AMP)
  • AMPs are used by your body’s innate immune response to kill invading pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens

By Dr. Mercola

When you get a cut or a scratch, what keeps invading bacteria from making you sick? Specialized immune-system cells called neutrophils and monocytes ultimately arrive at the scene, gobbling up pathogens.


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