Immunoglobulins (antibodies) are substances formed from human plasma and aid the immune response. They are essential for the passive immunity of neonatal mammals after birth. Following mammalian birth, immunoglobulins are transported from the mammary epithelial cells to the mammary gland by colostrum and milk ejection during suckling. Next, immunoglobulins enter the gastrointestinal tract of the newborn and provide the newborn with protective benefits.
Immunoglobulins are produced by white blood cells, and there are five classes of immunoglobulins:
- Immunoglobulin A (IgA)
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG)
- Immunoglobulin M (IgM)
- Immunoglobulin E (IgE)
- Immunoglobulin D (IgD)
Immunoglobulins bind, recognize, and destroy bacteria, toxins, viruses, and other antigens. The body produces antibodies to fight off antigens. Then, the next time an antigen enters the body, it stimulates the production of identical antibodies.
In most instances, doctors will measure IgA, IgG, and IgM together. This enables doctors to study the immune function relative to infection and autoimmune conditions.
Additionally, the importance of immunoglobulins is key to understanding why bovine colostrum supplementation may be critical to human health. Immunoglobulins and other active immune components in bovine colostrum have been shown to help reduce the risk of autoimmune, infectious, and idiopathic (unknown cause) conditions, including:
- Chicken pox
Raw, fresh bovine colostrum contains several different types of immunoglobulins:
- IgA: is an antibody with potent, broad-based antiviral and antibacterial abilities by which it helps prevent infection.
- IgG: Used to address immune system problems and infections. Bovine colostrum contains more IgG than any other immunoglobulin.
- IgM: Found in the blood and lymph fluid, IgM antibodies are the first type of antibodies to form in response to an infection.
- IgE: Located in the lungs, skin, and mucous membranes, IgE antibodies are frequently associated with allergic reactions and parasitic infections.
- IgD: Produced in a secreted form that is found in blood serum, IgD has been studied extensively, and research indicates the immunoglobulin supports vital immunological functions.
Clearly, immunoglobulins have a vital role in mammalian health. Raw, fresh colostrum contains these key bioactives and by extension, bovine colostrum supplements should contain immunoglobulins to be effective. It should be noted that not all bovine colostrum products contain the same types of immunoglobulins or in recommended quantities. Key reasons to select a bovine colostrum product that contains many types of immunoglobulins and in high quantities are:
- Healthy Immune Function: Bovine colostrum with immunoglobulins may help an individual balance and maintain healthy immune functions.
- Combat Bacteria: Immunoglobulins can help lower the risk caused by harmful microbes, thereby preventing or minimizing certain health issues.
- Safeguard the Stomach Lining: Bovine colostrum with immunoglobulins has been shown to help support the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and stomach lining.
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