Colostrum is found in the pre-milk fluid produced from human and cow's mammary glands during the first 24 to 48 hours after birth. Research has shown that Colostrum has powerful life-supporting immune and growth factors that insure the health and vitality of the newborn. Colostrum brings the body into a natural state of equilibrium called "homeostasis", vital to health and well being. While supporting healthy immune function, Colostrum also enables us to resist the harmful effects of pollutants, contaminants and allergens. In addition, the growth factors in Colostrum enhance the ability of a healthy organism to burn fat, build lean muscle mass and rejuvenate skin and cellular structure.
Colostrum is highly beneficial in the unique manner in which it provides the body with numerous immune factors. According to medical research, the presence of a wide spectrum of immunoglobulins, antibodies, and potent immune and growth factors found in Colostrum, offers tremendous therapeutic potential for overall health and wellness. Studies show that Colostrum has the unique ability to support normal cell growth and tissue repair, providing exciting, new possibilities for system-wide rejuvenation, Aging and illness occur with the gradual loss of immune and growth factors in the body after maturity. The onset of almost all infections and degenerative diseases, is preceded or accompanied by lowered immune system function. Colostrum contains powerful immune factors (immunoglobulin, lactoferrin, cytokines, etc.) that work to restore optimal immune functioning. Colostrum also contains PRP, shown in clinical studies to both enhance an under active immune system and balance an overactive tendency. Doctors recognize that most pathogens enter the body through the mucous membranes in the bowel, then through to the intestinal tract.
Medical studies have shown that growth factors in Colostrum can help the body;
- Colostrum regenerates normal growth of muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, collagen and nerve tissue
- Colostrum helps burn fat for fuel instead of muscle tissue during dieting.
- Colostrum helps build and retain lean muscle.
- Colostrum synthesizes DNA and RNA
- Colostrum balances and regulates blood sugar levels.
- Colostrum heals burns, cuts, abrasions and mouth sores with topical application.
- Colostrum helps regulate blood glucose levels and brain chemicals providing alertness and better concentration.
As colostrum becomes a more popular treatment for intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), information about the supplement's immune factors and benefits have become more widespread. At the Center for Nutritional Research's website (www.bovinecolostrum.com), doctor's statements to articles about colostrum allow curious individuals to examine the benefits and potential appeal of colostrum supplementation. Donald Henderson, M.D., M.P.H., a gastroenterologist and chief of staff at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, is one who recommends colostrum as a digestive treatment. "Colostrum has the greatest components of ingredients directed toward the digestive tract," said Henderson. "Its growth factors help cells of the digestive tract redevelop themselves and it also has immune factors that reestablish the immunity of the gastrointestinal tract and kill off bad bacteria that is overgrown."Colostrum decreases intestinal permeability and enhances the assimilation of nutrients.
After years of research, doctors have found that bovine colostrum provides similar immune factors as human colostrum. In fact, bovine colostrum may be up to 40 times richer in immune factors, depending on its source and how it is processed.Immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, cytokines and interferon are powerful immune factors found in colostrum and are key to the supplement's effectiveness. Immunoglobulins are large protein molecules that comprise more than 40 percent of proteins and are found in the body's blood serum. There are five classes of immunoglobulins--each with its own amino acid structure and function in the body. These molecules can attach to, penetrate, destroy or immobilize specific antigens. Colostrum contains all five of these molecules and polyproline-rich-pepetides, which have been proven to boost an underactive immune system.A recent study determined that bovine immunoglobulins concentrate (BIC)-Clostridium difficile could pass through the human stomach and small intestine. The study also found that since BIC-C difficile could resist digestion in the human upper gastrointestinal tract, it could be a useful non-antibiotic approach to the prevention and treatment of diarrhea and colitis. (Gut 1999 Feb; 44(2): 212-7).
Since colostrum can decrease Leaky Gut Syndrome i.e. intestinal permeability and enhance the assimilation of nutrients, using colostrum as a foundation supplement can enhance the bioavailability of nutrients and protect the digestive tract from toxins and pathogenic invaders. This effect can also be increased when combined with probiotics.