Colostrum helps treat leaky gut syndrome
Heavy-training athletes, and runners in particular, often suffer from “leaky gut syndrome,” a condition in which bowel health becomes damaged due to increased permeability of gut lining. But a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology has found…
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Health-promoting effects of bovine colostrum in Type 2 diabetic patients can reduce blood glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride and ketones.
Bovine colostrum (BC) has been reported to enhance immune function, reduce fat accumulation and facilitate the movement of glucose to the muscle. However, very few attempts have been made to examine its anti-diabetic effects in diabetes patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether BC decreases blood glucose, as well as cholesterol, triglyceride (TG) and ketones levels, which can be elevated by obesity and stress in Type 2 diabetic patients. Sixteen patients (men=8, women=8) with Type 2 diabetes were randomized into the study. Each ingested 5 g of BC on an empty stomach every morning and night for 4 weeks. Blood glucose, ketones (beta-hydroxybutyric acid), total cholesterol and TGs were measured every week. In both the men and women, blood glucose levels at 2 and 8 h postprandial decreased continually during the experimental period. The rate of decrease in blood glucose at 8 h postprandial was not different between the men and women, but was higher in the women (14.25+/-2.66) than in the men (10.96+/-1.82%) at 2 h postprandial. Total cholesterol and TG levels decreased significantly in both the men and women after 4 weeks. Also, beta-hydroxybutyric acid level decreased with BC ingestion, but this was not significant. These results suggest that BC can decrease levels of blood glucose and ketones, as well as reduce cholesterol and TGs, all of which may cause complications in Type 2 diabetic patients.Courtesy of: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
The immune-boosting property of colostrum stems from molecules called transfer factors, which were first discovered in 1949 by Sherwood Lawrence. While treating tuberculosis patients, Lawrence noticed that immune response factors could be transferred from blood donor to recipient, hence the term “transfer factors.” According to Burton Goldberg in Alternative Medicine, transfer factors “can ‘educate’ or modulate a recipient’s immune system, teaching it to recognize these specific antigens and communicating the knowledge that they are present.”
Of course, HIV and hepatitis concerns make modern blood transfer a risky method of boosting recipients’ immune systems with transfer agents. In 1999, fifty years after Lawrence’s discovery, researchers discussed the potential role of transfer factors in modern medicine at the Eleventh International Conference on Transfer Agents in Mexico. Bovine colostrum was a hot topic at the convention; it is the most abundant source of transfer factors known today.
Bovine colostrum is replete with transfer factors such as hydrogen peroxide and IgG-type immunoglobulins. You may already be familiar hydrogen peroxide — the stuff the school nurse put on your skinned knees. Our healthy cells regularly produce hydrogen peroxide to attack invading pathogens; in fact, doctors in the British army who were aware of this fact used intravenous hydrogen peroxide to treat influenza in India.
Bovine colostrum’s high concentration of IgG-type immunoglobulins is especially significant for people suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome. While a healthy immune system can easily fight a form of diarrhea called cryptosporidiosis, it can be deadly for AIDS patients. IgG-type immunoglobulins are particularly effective against Cryptosporidium parvum, the microorganism that causes this form of disease. In fact, according to the Health Science Institute’s Underground Cures, “colostrum is able to ameliorate or completely eliminate the clinical symptoms of those suffering from cryptosporidiosis.”Courtesy of: www.naturalnews.com
Colostrum contains the growth factor IGF-1, which may help build muscle, and on this basis colostrum has been proposed as a sports supplement. However, results are conflicting on whether it really works.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, use of colostrum over an 8-week training period did not improve performance on an exercise-to-exhaustion test; however, it did improve performance on a repeat bout 20 minutes later. This suggests potential benefits for enhancing recovery of energy following heavy exercise.
Another 8-week, double-blind study found that use of colostrum enhanced sprinting performance, but not endurance exercise in elite hockey players. Previous double-blind studies found improvements in rowing performance and vertical jump.
A small double-blind study found that colostrum, as compared to whey protein, increased lean mass in healthy men and women undergoing aerobic and resistance training.Courtesy by healthlibrary.epnet.com
Most commercial colostrum preparations come from cows, not humans. The antibodies a mother cow gives to her calf are designed to fend off bacteria that are dangerous to cows; these may be very different from those that pose risks to humans. Nonetheless, colostrum also contains substances that might offer general benefits, such as growth factors (which stimulate the growth and development of cells in the digestive tract and perhaps elsewhere) and transfer factor (which may have general immune-activating properties). In addition, some researchers have used a special form of colostrum called hyperimmune colostrum, created by inoculating cows with bacteria and viruses that affect humans. The cow in turn makes antibodies to them and secretes those antibodies into its colostrum. Hyperimmune colostrum has shown considerable promise as an infection-fighting agent.Courtesy by healthlibrary.epnet.com
- COLOSTRUM :
Colostrum, a substance that occurs naturally in bovines, contains large protein molecules known as immunoglobulins, which help defend the body against viruses and bacteria. Colostrum also contains specific antibodies, broad-based immune enhancers, insulin-likegrowth factors and transforming growth factors, as well as leukocytes that inhibit virus penetration of cellular walls.
* Accelerates healing.
* Balances blood sugar.
* Reduces insulin needs.
* Increases the metabolism of fat.
* Regenerates and accelerates the normal growth of agedor injured muscle, bone, cartilage, skin collagenand nervous tissue.
* Regulates neurotransmitters, providing alertnessand better concentration.
*Jump-Start Your Immune System.
Introducing readers to the wonders of Colostrum, an incredible healing food that gives an amazing boost to the body’s immune system, as well as helps repair much of the damage caused by both diseases and aging, is the book: Colostrum : Mother Nature’s healthy alternative for every generation! Written by Dr. Lance S. Wright and Anthony Kleinsmith.
Colostrum is actually a non-milk substance secreted by the mammary gland of all female mammals during the later months of pregnancy. This secretion increases dramatically just before the mother gives birth, and then stops at birth, either it is used by the baby or reabsorbed by the mother, at which time, regular breast milk begins to be secreted. Thus, the first real meal of most babies, is the perfect combination of all the necessary immune and growth factors. In fact, these components are not naturally found anywhere else in such high concentrations. Besides jump starting the baby’s immune system, and stimulating growth, colostrum also promotes very rapid healing. All in all, it is estimated that the ingredients in colostrum work to activate at least fifty different physical processes in the newborn body, all of which are vital to health and growth.
In previous issues we have discussed colostrum’s power in fighting leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also has shown tremendous in boosting the immune system and strengthening the body of AIDS sufferers.
A couple of features make the HIV virus one of the most frightening bugs to catch. First of all, the virus mutates so quickly that the body cannot produce an antibody to destroy it. Secondly, how can we fight off a virus that directly targets the body’s main defense—the immune system? In fact, it is not finally the HIV virus itself that poses the deadly threat, associated with the AIDS disease. Instead, the HIV virus attacks the immune system, rendering it extremely vulnerable to other invaders. In cases of severe immune damage, a simple cold or flu can be deadly.
In a 1995 study in the Scientific American, researchers concluded that “traditional” disease fighting methods (the vaccine, for example) are just not effective in fighting the HIV virus. Instead, they recommend reducing the viral level on the body and stimulating the body’s natural immune response to have the best chance against the tricky virus.
Another study from 1995, this on by Martin C. Harmsen and associates from the Netherlands, indicates that the colostral immune factor lactoferrin is one of the best ways to reduce viral levels in the body.
Many of the immune factors in colostrum also help to stimulate or “jump start” a weakened immune system. Lactoferrin, for example, is responsible for “turning on” the immune system in newborn babies, and has been proven to do the same thing for adult AIDS patients. In addition, colostrum’s growth factors also boost the body’s immune function. Clinical studies have shown that HIV positive
patients who are treated with certain growth factors (in particular growth hormone or IGF-1) were much less likely to develop full-blown AIDS than were patients who received different treatments.
The growth factors also play an important role in preventing AIDS associated wasting, or severe weight loss. Wasting occurs when the AIDS-infected body begins using muscle for energy. Treatment with growth hormones and IGF-1 showed an increase in lean muscle mass among AIDS patients. This increase in muscle mass is one of the main keys to improving the quality of life of AIDS sufferers.
Mass wasting is most often brought about by severe, chronic diarrhea, one of the first symptoms of AIDS. Cryptosporidia and rotavirus take advantage of the weakened immune system, causing acute diarrhea. This results in a loss of vital nutrients and fluids and also depletes much of the supply of intestinal antibodies leaving the sufferer even more susceptible to dangerous pathogens.
Because this is one of the most serious problems that AIDS sufferers face, (even leading to death in the absence of other infections), much of the research thus far has focused on finding a way to prevent diarrhea. A 1992 study by Rump and associates, showed that, out of 37 immuno-deficient patients with chronic diarrhea, 72.4% experienced a significant improvement with the use of immunoglobulins from colostrum. Over half of the patients remained diarrhea free for at least four weeks after the treatment. A 1992 study said that colostrum immunoglobulins have been able to treat opportunistic, diarrhea-causing infections in AIDS patients where no other treatment was effective.
While we can’t yet fully wipe out the HIV virus, the immune and growth factors in colostrum show absolutely tremendous power in boosting the immune system and strengthening the body of AIDS sufferers. At the very least, colostrum will benefit the AIDS patient by prolonging and greatly improving the quality of life.