With the new-found interest in bovine colostrum supplements, the Center for Nutritional Research has a responsibility to educate the public about the important facts to consider about this remarkable substance. Especially, how colostrum works, how best to choose a brand of colostrum, and how best to use it for optimum health.
Colostrum supports the human organism in two main ways. First, its multiple immune factors and natural antibiotics provide strong support for the immune system. Second, its many growth factors offer a broad- spectrum boost to the organism to encourage optimum health and healing.
Studies show colostrum contains powerful immune factors (Immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin, Cytokines and Interferon) that work to restore potent immune function.
Immunoglobulins are large protein molecules, soluble in saline solutions but not water-soluble. These immunoglobulins comprise more than 40 percent of the proteins found in our blood serum. There are five classes of immunoglobulins found in all mammals, including humans. They all begin with the abbreviation/prefix Ig and are distinguished from one another by the capital letters A, D, E, G and M. Each has its own unique amino acid structure and specific function to perform in the body. They occur in the body separately and in multiple combinations. Each type is able to attach to, penetrate, destroy or immobilize a specific antigen. Colostrum contains all five immunoglobulins.
IgA is found in blood serum and in saliva, tears and mucous membranes. IgG (the most abundant immunoglobulin found in bovine colostrum) is carried in the lymphatic and circulatory systems, where it helps neutralize toxins and other unwanted invaders. IgD and IgE are highly antiviral and IgM is a powerful bacteria fighter (antibiotic).
Colostrum also contains PRPs (Polyproline-Rich-Peptides), which have been shown in studies to help stimulate an underactive immune system, such as in the case of an infection. PRPs help restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capability. The thymus produces the vital T-cells which fight viruses and antigens. The PRPs found in colostrum also help balance, or tone down an overactive immune system, such as what occurs in autoimmune diseases — conditions in which the body actually attacks itself. This makes colostrum extremely effective with illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Scleroderma.
Finally (last but certainly not least) colostrum contains lactoferrin, which has been shown in numerous research studies to be a potent, broad-spectrum natural antibiotic and anti-viral agent (pharmaceutical antibiotics have no effectiveness against viruses). A study from The Netherlands, proved that lactoferrin was a powerful inhibitor of the HIV-1 virus, the main virus which causes AIDS. It also contains antibodies against a wide range of bacterial, fungal and protozoal pathogens. Plus, lactoferrin is a potent anti-oxidant which inhibits the harmful effects of free radicals.
Since the onset of almost all infectious and degenerative disease, including cancer and heart disease, is preceded or accompanied by lowered immune system function, the powerful support that colostrum gives the immune system can help prevent these dangerous conditions.
Equally important to the organism and one reason colostrum has been shown to be such a broad-spectrum remedy, are the many growth factors found in colostrum. These seemingly miraculous substances have been shown to benefit tissue repair, boost the body’s ability to metabolize fat and build lean muscle tissue, balance blood sugar and brain chemical levels and even repair DNA and RNA.
Colostrum contains Insulin-like growth factor (IgF) which stimulates cellular growth and repair, transforming growth factors (TgF) alpha and beta, which promote the synthesis and repair of RNA and DNA and the repair of muscle tissue in athletes; and epithelial growth factor (EgF) which stimulates normal skin growth.
Colostrum’s growth factors have been shown to have so many positive effects that a detailed description of these would take more space than we have available in this paper. For a more detailed description, please refer to “Colostrum The Ultimate Anti-Aging Weight Loss and Immune Supplement” by Daniel G. Clark, MD and Kaye Wyatt.
Unfortunately, colostrum’s biological activity can be severely compromised if it is subjected to the wrong types of processing. Excessive heat is particularly harmful (including the high temperatures that result when the substance is made into tablets).
Be sure to select colostrum that comes from cows that are pasture fed (eating only live feed), and are pesticide, antibiotic and hormone free. Artificial hormones, antibiotics and other toxic chemicals can minimize the effectiveness of the product and create unwanted effects in the person consuming the colostrum. Keep in mind that the “factory” for producing colostrum is the cow itself, and if the cow is contaminated with these toxins, hormones and drugs, the colostrum will be contaminated as well.
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