Colostrum is nature’s way of protecting newborns from infections, since they have immature immune systems. Research has shown that colostrum is not only beneficial for newborn babies, but it can also be used as a supplement to combat bacterial and viral infections in older children and adults.
Colds and Flu
The common cold and flu are infectious diseases caused by viruses that lead to the inflammation of one’s mucous membranes in the upper respiratory system. While the influenza virus causes the flu, the common cold may be the result of infection from one of many viruses such as rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, coronaviruses, or respiratory syncytial virus. These viral infections are often transmitted by sneezing, coughing and close contact.
Symptoms of the common cold are often things such as a blocked nose, runny nose, slight fever and cough. However, a person who has flu may have more serious symptoms such as high fever, headaches, body pains, sore throat, and general weakness. Colds and flu are highly contagious and can cause children to miss school and adults to be less productive at work.
Although there are no known cures for colds or flu, people often take medications to relieve the symptoms and shorten its course. However, it is far more beneficial to prevent infection and avoid its complications.
In taking MIP Colostrum, you are helping your body strengthen its immune system against infections and viruses as well as avoiding the side effects that come with taking medications. Antibodies or immunoglobulins have been found to provide superior protection in the treatment and prevention of viral infections. Studies have shown that colostrum supplements contain antibodies that can boost one’s immunity against these viral infections.
Antiviral Effects of MIP Bovine Colostrum
MIP Colostrum has a molecular structure that is very similar to human colostrum, which is what makes it a great choice for nutritional supplementation. Furthermore, it contains factors like immunoglobulins in significantly larger proportions compared to that of human colostrum. It also contains compounds called trypsin inhibitors and glycoproteins that prevent the destruction of the immune components during digestion.
One of the many health benefits derived from bovine colostrum is prevention and treatment of respiratory infections caused by viruses, such as flu and colds.
How it works
MIP Colostrum is a high protein, low fat dairy product that contains immune cells and antibodies, which are components of the immune system. It also contains other protein components that help the body to become more immune, such as lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase and proline-rich polypeptides. These components help the body to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause common diseases such as the cold, flu, diarrhea, herpes, and more.
There is a growing body of evidence that shows bovine colostrum bears antimicrobial and antiviral activity, particularly from its lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase content, as well as its lipid and casein components. Studies from various countries have reviewed the effect that colostrum has in the treatment of viral and bacterial infections. One study, conducted by Cesarone, et al., showed that colostrum is at least three times more effective than anti-influenza vaccination to prevent the flu in both healthy and high-risk patients with heart disease. They also found that the incidence of hospital admission and complications was higher in patients who received only a vaccination compared with those who received colostrum supplements.
Shortridge, et.al reports in the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics that colostrum contains non-specific components that inhibit a wide range of respiratory viruses, such as influenza viruses, and may be effective “against potentially deadly outbreaks of Asian flu viruses that emerge from animal/human mutations.”
The benefits of taking MIP Colostrum to fight against common viral infections such as the common cold and flu lead experts to agree that it is a highly recommended nutritional supplement for children and adults.
van Hooijdonk AC, Kussendrager KD, Steijns JM. In vivo antimicrobial and antiviral activity of components in bovine milk and colostrum involved in non-specific defence. Br J Nutr. 2000 Nov;84 Suppl 1:S127-34
Cesarone MR, Belcaro G, Di Renzo A, et al. Prevention of influenza episodes with colostrum compared with vaccination in healthy and high-risk cardiovascular subjects: the epidemiologic study in San Valentino. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2007; 13(2): 130-6