Colostrum has dozens of health related natural components, the primary being immune and growth related. Colostrum is made up of various macro and micro constituents such as cytokines, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, growth factors and hormones, etc. These components have various biological roles that are vital to proper health and immune function.
Natural Components found in bovine colostrum and what biological role they play:
Cytokines: Cytokines are part of our systemic immune system. These hormones keep communication between immune cells active. No communication = No immunity
Growth Factors (IGF-I, IGF-II, EGF): Growth factors assist with maintenance and growth of certain body tissues.
Lactoferrin: Lactoferrin assists with iron absorption and has shown anti-microbial characteristics. It is a part of our defence system.
Growth Hormone: Works individually as well as together with growth factors to help aid in growth and function of gastro-intestinal tissues.
Immunoglobulins (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, IgM): Immunoglobulins are also known as antibodies. These small proteins are used by the immune system to seek out and destroy foreign antigen invaders.
Proline-Rich Polypeptide: Different types of proteins that work with the thymus gland and regulates the immune system.
Cytokines: Help to boost T-cell activity, and help to regulate the bodies response to exercise and other stimuli.
Vitamins and Amino Acids: Colostrum contains many vitamins and minerals. Among the most important are the B vitamins and antioxidants. It also has a host of essential and non-essential amino acids.
Leukocytes: White blood cells that stimulate the production of interferon which has been shown to slow viral reproduction and inhibit the viruses’ penetration of the cellular wall.
Cytokines: These are composed of Interleukins that regulate the immune response. They also control cell to cell communication and boost the activity of T-cells. One cytokine, interleukin-10 is highly anti-inflammatory, especially in arthritic joints. Cytokines are also highly antiviral and anti-tumorous.
Glycoprotein and Trypsin Inhibitors: They keep the immune and growth factors in MIP Colostrum from destruction in the stomach and Gastro Intestinal tract. They also prevent the Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria (shown to be the cause of stomach ulcers) from attaching to the stomach wall.
Lymphokines: Hormone-like peptides that regulate immune response. Oligo polysaccharides and glyco-conjugates are saccharides (sugars) that attract and bind to pathogens such as streptococcus E coli, salmonella, cryptosporidia, giardia, entamoeba, shigella, clostridium difficile toxins A & B and cholera and prevent them from attaching to or entering the body’s intestinal mucus membranes.
Lactoferrin: An iron binding protein with antiviral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It has been shown to effect cancer, HIV, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, Candida albicans and other infections. Lactoferrin plays an important role in our body’s defence against disease.
Polyproline-Rich Peptides (PRP): A hormone that regulates the thymus gland, which regulates the production of Tcells. PRP can stimulate a weak immune system and can balance an overactive immune system. An overactive immune system has been shown to be linked to multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma and allergies.
Antibodies: They are very specialized molecules that are produced by the body’s immune system. They are produced in response to the host being exposed to an immunogenic or foreign substance (antigen) such as an infectious microbe. Their action is to ward off and or neutralise potentially disease-causing agents. A very important feature of antibodies is that they are directed specifically to their antigen that induced their formation.