Colostrum helps support immune function.
The key to a healthy immune system is maintaining a state of homeostasis, or balance. Both an underactive and an overactive immune system can be unhealthy. An underactive immune system is ill-equipped to fight microbial pathogens when they first enter the body, and because of this, the pathogens multiply, cause an infection, and produce symptoms of illness. A weakened immune system makes individuals susceptible to infections such as respiratory tract infections, colds, flu, viral infections, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, etc.
An overactive immune system is one in which the inflammatory process — brought about by the body trying to rid itself of an infection — becomes chronic. It’s as if the body can’t turn off the inflammation. Ongoing inflammation damages the body and the result can be allergies or autoimmune conditions, in which the immune system attacks its own (healthy) cells. Examples of autoimmune conditions include arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, type 1 diabetes, fibromyalgia, liver disease, kidney disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Maintaining a well-functioning immune system can be difficult during periods of physical or mental stress, and is hampered by poor lifestyle behaviors and toxic substances that wind up in the G.I. tract. Bovine colostrum contains a plethora of immune system balancers, of which the colostrum polypeptides, also called proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) are the most influential. These components, collectively known as “immune factors” have multiple functions within the body. They are capable of up-regulating the immune system, or “boosting” it when needed to fight infection as well as down-regulating it to quell inflammation.
In athletes, bovine colostrum supplementation has been shown to be valuable in maintaining immune function following strenuous or prolonged exercise. This is especially helpful to athletes during their intensive training periods. The benefit is a reduced risk of upper respiratory tract infections which typically accompanies this type of athletic training. Even the “weekend warrior” and people who do high-intensity workouts may benefit from colostrum, as it’s been reported that two consecutive days of intense exercise can damage the immune system.
Colostrum contains two important immune factors – immunoglobulins (antibodies) and lactoferrin—that may help neutralize viral, bacterial, and fungal microbes. Unlike the PRPs that regulate the immune system, antibodies and lactoferrin have the ability to combat pathogens directly. Research has shown that bovine colostrum contains antibodies against more than 19 specific pathogens. Some of the more common ones include: E. coli, salmonella, streptococcus, staphylococcus, H. pylori, cryptosporidium and rotavirus. Lactoferrin destroys pathogens by various means: (1) taking away the iron that pathogens need to replicate themselves; (2) competing with pathogens for binding sites on the intestinal wall; or (3) binding directly to viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Colostrum may provide athletic and anti-aging benefits.
The growth factors (hormones) in bovine colostrum may support athletic performance by helping to increasing muscle strength and stamina; improving recovery time after intense exercise; increasing lean body mass; promoting fat burning; and balancing blood sugar levels. These benefits, as demonstrated in athletic studies are valuable not just for athletes, but for people as they get older. Colostrum contains a variety of growth factors required by the human body. The growth factors in bovine colostrum are nearly bioidentical to those manufactured by the human body. The body’s normal production of these hormones declines as one ages, so supplementing with colostrum may be a great way to maintain optimal hormone levels.
Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and transforming growth factor (TGF-α and TGF-β) have the ability to regenerate nearly all structural cells of the body, including muscle, tendon, ligament and bone, which tend to decrease with age. IGF-1 also stimulates the growth and repair of DNA and RNA, so that cells can reproduce themselves without errors. The IGF-1 in colostrum is considered the real growth hormone which promotes muscle growth and favors adipose stores over glucose as a fuel source. This suggests that colostrum is a safe and legal alternative to synthetic growth hormone injections used for supporting athletic performance or combatting the effects of aging.
Colostrum may help to prevent and reduce symptoms of leaky gut.
Leaky gut, sometimes called intestinal hyperpermeability, is a primary cause of allergies and chronic or autoimmune conditions. At least eight out of ten people in developed countries have leaky gut, and the problem appears to be associated with the escalating epidemic of disease and disability. The growth factors – specifically epithelial growth factor (EGF) — in bovine colostrum helps encourage healing in the leaky intestinal lining, which helps stop the flow of undigested food, pathogens, toxins, and environmental contaminants into the bloodstream. True healing can only occur when the barrier between the G.I. tract and the bloodstream is sealed.
Colostrum-LD® from Sovereign Laboratories is clinically proven to help prevent and reduce symptoms of leaky gut. With more than two decades of experience manufacturing bovine colostrum supplements, Sovereign Laboratories is considered a leader in the field. We’ve set the gold standard in both colostrum harvesting and supplement manufacturing. Colostrum-LD® is certified to contain a minimum 25-30% immunoglobulins, 1.5% lactoferrin, 3.5-5% PRPs, and 1.5% growth factors. Plus, our proprietary LD Liposomal Delivery™ allows the bioactives to be up to four times more effective than other commercial brands without liposomal delivery.
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