Dr. Daniel G. Clark, author of Colostrum, Life’s First Food states, “bovine colostrum rebuilds the immune system , destroys viruses, bacteria, and fungi, accelerates healing of all body tissue, helps lose weight, burn fat, increase bone and lean muscle mass and slows down and even reverses aging.”
Colostrum is in the milk any mammal produces. Its purpose is to pass immunity from mother to the offspring, and stimulate growth in the newly born. After a short time this wondrous substance that supports rapid growth and disease prevention is no longer in the milk.
Although most of the first milking after delivery goes to the calf, colostrum produced during the next few hours can be sold as a dietary supplement . But not all cows are appropriate sources of colostrum. Factory farmed cows fed grain and given rBGH drugs and antibiotics should be excluded. Only cows without added hormone drugs and antibiotics that have grazed on grass or non-GMO alfalfa in open pastures should be used for colostrum supplements.
Colostrum provides glutathione
Glutathione or GSH is considered the ultimate antioxidant. It cannot be supplemented orally because it gets disassembled in the gut and cannot get into cells where it belongs. It has to be manufactured internally, mostly by the liver. People with serious debilitating diseases, including cancer and AIDS, usually have low glutathione levels .
Glutathione triggers and regulates the immune system response with lymphocytes, or T and B white blood cells to counterattack pathogenic invaders in our bodies. Glutathione is composed from three amino acid precursors – glycine, glutamic acidand cysteine. Cysteine is very rare in our food supply.
Free molecules of cysteine can be toxic in the gut, but cystine,which is two bound cysteine molecules, is abundantly present in colostrum and is passes through the digestive system where the cells then break it down into two cysteine molecules. Yes, colostrum has these three amino acids raring to produce GSH for you!
It appears there are information feuds festering between colostrum providers and whey based GSH precursor providers, each claiming their product outperforms the other. But research has shown no significant difference between properly processed colostrum and whey for glutathione production.
Colostrum significantly outperforms whey in other areas to offer a more complete nutritional package. Anti-aging depends more on certain hormones that diminish as we grow older. Enter the coveted growth hormones and growth factor isolates. A small amount of growth hormone (GH) is available in colostrum. Since growth hormone is very potent, a small amount is good enough to have an impact.
In addition, there are five Growth Factors ( GFs )attached to growth hormone: platelet derived GF, insulin-like GF, transforming GF, epithelial GF, and fibroblast GF. Maintaining an adequate supply of growth hormone and associated factors promotes cellular growth and minimizes cellular destruction. Thus healing is promoted more quickly and aging takes place more slowly. Colostrum is rich in anti-aging factors beyond glutathione.
Immune System Enhancement
Yes, glutathione plays a major role, but with colostrum you get glutathione plus other immunity factors. Remember, this is first food for newly born mammals. The need all the immunity they can get.
Immunoglobulins found in colostrum destroy bacteria and neutralize microbes and toxins in the lymph and circulatory system. Lactoferrin, a protein in colostrum, is antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
Proline-rich polypeptide (PRP) in colostrum is essential to the thymus gland , which regulates the immune system up or down as needed.
In addition to at least matching whey’s ability to provide the ingredients for glutathione production, colostrum offers more anti-aging potential and immunity. Just make sure the colostrum you buy is complete with fats, and is taken from properly raised cows within the first few hours after giving birth.
Colostrum products are available on line. Just make sure the provider you choose uses grass fed cows that are humanely treated and not inoculated with antibiotics or synthetic growth hormone drugs.
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