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Colostrum contains five types of immunoglobulins, specifically IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM. Bovine sources contain mostly IgG with small amounts of IgA, IgD, IgE, and IgM. Human sources typically contains 2% IgG content, while bovine sources can have from 8 to above 25% IgG content. These are protein molecules that are effective in fighting bacterial and viral infections, colds, flu, parasites, yeast infections, etc. Immunoglobulins are the energizing elements in colostrum that are also anti-inflammatory in nature.
It has been shown to contain specific antibodies to more than 19 specific disease causing pathogens including: rotavirus, h. pylori, cryptosporidium, salmonella, candida, streptococcus, staphylococcus and E. coli.
Proline-rich Polypeptides help regulate the thymus gland and can stimulate a weakened immune system, as well as balance an overactive immune system, as in the case of many autoimmune diseases. This is significant because the stem cells in the bone marrow produce white blood cells that then migrate to the thymus gland to mature and be activated.
Colostrum contains lactoferrin, which is an iron-binding protein with antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Glycoproteins protect the immune system and the growth factors in colostrum from destruction by the digestive juices in the stomach and intestinal tract.
It contains lactalbumins that can be highly effective against numerous forms of cancer and viruses.
Lysozymes help protect the body from bacterial infections.
Medical studies have shown that the vital growth factors from bovine sources are practically identical to human sources in composition. Furthermore, it has been shown that growth factors stimulate normal growth, as well as help regenerate and accelerate the repair of aged or injured muscle, skin collagen, bone, cartilage, and nerve tissues. Growth factors also stimulate the body to burn fat for fuel instead of the body's own muscle tissue in times of fasting and build lean muscle mass. In addition, the growth factors can be used as an effective topical application for burns, injuries and skin rejuvenation.
It helps regulate cytokines known as Interleukin 1 and 6, Interferon Y, and Lymphokines, which are chemicals that are involved in cell-to-cell communication. It increases antiviral and anti-tumor activity and regulates the intensity of immune responses. Cytokines help alert our immunologic army when there is a threat of foreign invasion.
It has been found to raise immune system activity by 240% above normal when needed by the body to fight disease, foreign pathogens, fungi, and viruses.
The most potent colostrum product I have been able to find is Symbiotics® Wild Cherry Colostrum Plus®, which contains 1.2 mgs per tablet.
Colostrum Plus is also a good one and also contains Arabinogalactan, Oive leaf extract, beta 1/3 glucan and lactoferrin. All are helpful for immune function.
Colostrum is easily destroyed by the stomach acids when you take it around meals and this leaves you with absolutely no benefits from the supplement. Because of this, you should take a chewable but if you take the capsules with water away from meals you should be ok. The suggested dose for Symbiotics® Colostrum Plus when treating yourself for yeast is 8 tablets a day for adults, and 4 to 6 a day for children. It is best to just let the tablet dissolve in the mouth if possible.
I just wanted to let you know that the colostrum chews are fantastic! My son's eczema has finally GONE after many years of trying so many different things. He has been taking the colostrum chews in the morning before breakfast, he has two per day and the itchy red eczema on his feet, legs has finally disappeared after only two weeks of taking it! His groin has also stopped itching. I am so grateful as he has just started school and I had visions of him scratching all through class but he doesn't. His feet and legs are smooth again. I have just added in custom probiotics 6 strain powder, now that his eczema has gone I will try to repopulate his gut a little faster.
Thanks you so much for all your helpful advice and support!
Front Microbiol. 2017 Oct 25;8:2100. Role of the Human Breast Milk-Associated Microbiota on the Newborns' Immune System: A Mini Review.
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