Mother Nature’s Vaccine is Colostrum
Having a strong immune system is like owning a personal army that helps to fight off illnesses. This ‘army’ is made stronger and more powerful by taking incorporating Colostrum into your diet. Colostrum is a source of immunoglobulins, particularly IgG, plus a wide range of other immune supportive nutrients.
Bovine colostrum is the first milk produced by cows after the birth of their calves. It is highly nutritious and is rich in vitamins, minerals, immunoglobulins, anti-microbial peptides and growth factors1. It is also a good source of protein and contains all amino acids, especially glutamine2, which has been shown to aid in intestinal cell health and most of our immune system is in our intestines.
Interesting Fact: Colostrum may help to boost immune function following exercise. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that supplementing with bovine colostrum for 4 weeks reversed the decrease in function of immune cells that accompanies intense physical activity. The colostrum was shown to speed recovery and prevent the decrease in the innate immune.
Source: British Journal of Nutrition
Volume 103, Pages 1425–1432 doi:10.1017/S0007114509993503
“Bovine colostrum supplementation attenuates the decrease of salivary lysozyme and enhances the recovery of neutrophil function after prolonged exercise”
Authors: G. Davison, B.C. Diment
1 Playford R, Macdonald C, Johnson W (2000) Colostrum and milk-derived peptide growth factors for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. AJCN; 72(1): 5-14.
2 Wu G, Knabe D (1994) Free and Protein-Bound Amino Acids in Sow’s Colostrum and Milk. J. Nutr.; 124(3): 415-424.