By Barbara Bourke
Colostrum is the thin yellowish fluid produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including humans) in late pregnancy. This special non-milk fluid contains powerful immune enhancers and growth factors to insure the survival and healthy growth of the newborn. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease. This is the reason why it is so important to breast-feed the infant for at least 6 month as all the immune and growth factors are transferred from the mother to the child.
As a supplement, Bovine Colostrum is used as a therapeutic agent because its constituents are almost identical to those present in human Colostrum.
The Wikipedia states that before the development of antibiotics, colostrum was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight infections. In fact, when Albert Sabin made his first oral vaccine against polio, the immunoglobulin he used came from bovine colostrum. When antibiotics began to appear, interest in colostrum waned, but, now that antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens have developed, interest is once again returning to natural alternatives to antibiotics, namely, colostrum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colostrum
Colostrum is one of the best immune boosters there is. It functions as signal transducing molecules that have the unique effect of modulating the immune system, turning it up when the body comes under attack from pathogens or other disease agents, and damping it down when the danger is eliminated or neutralized. It is most helpful in autoimmune diseases and Leukaemia and it may be a valuable treatment for many Bacterial & Viral Diseases (infections).
To protect against the flu many people are recommend the flu vaccine, but there are so many strains of flu virus that it is impossible to create a vaccine to immunize people against all of them. To have a vaccine is not without risk. They are made using dead or weakened viruses and bacteria and they can have serious consequences. So why not take colostrum? Either for prevention by boosting your immune system or take it as soon as you feel that cold or flu is getting a hold of you.
It would be limiting to think that Colostrums only advantage is for the health and strength of the immune system. Its health benefits have a far wider application.
Colostrum is a nutritional food and not a man-made supplement and has therapeutic value for many conditions. Its ability improves the health of the Intestinal Wall and may prevent and treat intestinal permeability (primarily due to the Lactoferrin content of Colostrum). It has been shown to relieve diarrhoea as well as gastritis and Duodenal Ulcers (by inhibiting the Helicobacter pylori Bacteria that causes many cases of Duodenal Ulcers).
Colostrum is well-known for its use in the field of athletics, as its ability to increase performance and stamina and aids in the recovery time after strenuous exercise.
It is even indicated in milder cases of Alzheimer’s and may also help lowering blood sugar levels in diabetes II cases.
With age our immune system declines and the production of human growth hormones as well. Human growth hormones are called the fountain of youth. Do you feel that your skin is starting to sag and your energy and zest for life begin to ebb? Maybe your stamina and vigor decreases and your bones thin and hair is starting to fall out – then maybe Colostrum is the answer. The IGF-1 from Colostrum performs many of the functions of human growth hormone
Last but not least Colostrum is also a powerful support during detoxification. To enhance the detoxification process I suggest to complement it with the intake of a green drink including wheat and barley grass, spirulina, alfalfa and chlorella as well as our “Liver Detox Mix”
However, I would not mix them together as you will want colostrum to reach your small intestine intact, without damage from saliva and stomach acids. So take it on an empty stomach with a good amount of water.
Colostrum does NOT contain the Antigens that are present in Cow’s Milk, therefore it does not cause allergic reactions like cow’s milk can. However, some caution may be advised for extreme sensitivities to cow’s milk.
Our Colostrum is processed using low heat. The country of origin is New Zealand and only comes from pasture feed animals that are pesticide, antibiotic and rBST (artificial growth hormone) free.
The general therapeutic dosage of Colostrum is 700 – 9,000 mg per day.
The dosage of Colostrum used by athletes for improving performance is 20 – 60 grams per day.
Bovine Colostrum main constituents:
Amino Acids: Proline
Cytokines: Interleukin 1
Growth Factors: Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1)
Insulin-like Growth Factor-2 (IGF-2)
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-b)
Proline Rich Polypeptide (PRP)
Proteins: 63% Glycoproteins
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