Universally hailed as the new ‘wonder’ supplement, colostrum in its original form has been around for as long as it has existed; in fact colostrum is the initial food source of all mammals.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is the first secretion produced from the mammary gland, which precedes milk. During the first 24-48 hours following birth, colostrum provides life supporting immune and growth factors (IgG and IGF). These help form the building blocks for healthy development. Colostrum is so important to animals that they would die without it. The benefits of colostrum in the natural state are well documented, however availability in supplement form is a more recent development. This development is due to a revolutionary low temperature process, which enables the product to be powdered and encapsulated, without losing beneficial properties.
Why You Need Colostrum?
High levels of IgG (immunoglobulin) provide unparalleled immune boosting properties to ward off disease. A high level of IGF (insulin-like growth hormone) accelerates tissue building and repair in adults. It is highly beneficial in combating the effects of ageing joints, leaky digestive systems and assisting athletes build lean muscle.
The Universal Healer
Colostrum has been shown to assist in the healing of a variety of ailments such as allergies, candida, sinus problems, auto-immune disorders, high cholesterol, colds and flu, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, stomach ulcers, chronic fatigue (M.E.), diabetes, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis – to name a few.
What Experts Say
In recent years, medical journals around the world have published numerous articles on the benefits of colostrum: Dr Olle Hernell from the University of Ulmea in Sweden states, “Glycoproteins in bovine colostrum inhibit the attachment of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. Colostrum also contains significant amounts of interleukin 10 – a strong inflammation inhibitory agent found significant in reducing inflammation in arthritic joints and injury areas”.
Dr L Khazenson, a microbial and epidermal expert states, “Studies with human volunteers found that the preservation of the biological activity of IgG (immunoglobulin) in the digestive secretions of adults receiving bovine colostrum orally, indicates passive internal intestinal immunization for the prevention and treatment of acute intestinal diseases.”
Dr Dwyer , New England Journal of Medicine – Immunobiology states “Immunoglobulin in colostrum has been used to successfully treat: Thrombocytopenia, Anaemia, Neutropenia, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, “Multiple Sclerosis, Systemic Lupus, Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bullous, Pemphigoid, Kawasaki’s Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohns Disease among others.”
Scientific Data on Colostrum
Presence of Growth hormones – TGF, IGF-I, IGF-II
Immunoglobins – IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD, IgE
Lactoferrin iron binding protein – for resisting intestinal bacteria and free radical damage
Retinoic Acid – destroys viruses, stimulates healing
Proline-rich Polypeptides (PRP) – for calming overactive immune system; stimulating under-active immune system
Glycoproteins – help immune and growth factors survive the highly acidic digestive system
Lactobacillus Bifidus Acidophilus – helps promote healthy bacteria to combat Candida albicans and irritable bowel syndrome
Interferon – inhibits viral activity
Interleukin-2 – a cytokine that stimulates cell growth in the immune system
Lysoenzyme protein – attacks bacteria
Oligosaccharides – block attachment of bacteria especially S.pheumponococci to mucous membranes, thereby aiding in the prevention of respiratory inflammation
Cartilage Inducing Factor A, as well as vitamins and minerals
Source by Leanne M James