Colostrum: Rich Natural Source of Immune and Growth
500 mg. - 30% Immunoglobulin (IgG)
Product No. 770 Fill Size: 120 Capsules
Each capsule contains:
Colostrum - 30% Immunoglobulin (IgG) 500 mg.
Other ingredients: gelatin, magnesium stearate.
SUGGESTED USE: Colostrum should be taken with 8 to 12 oz. of water at
least 2 hours afer eating. Refrain from eating for at least 20 minutes
after taking colostrum.
THERAPEUTIC USE: Adults, start with four to six capsules twice a day,
then reduce to half that amount.
MAINTENANCE USE: Adults, two capsules twice daily.
CHILDREN: Dosage should be based on age and weight.
Colostrum: Natureís First Food
Colostrum is emitted by the mammary glands during the
first 24-48 hours after birth. This thick, yellow substance is rich in
nutrients and other important substances including:
- Immune factors that protect against invading organisms and
facilitate development of a strong immune system.
- Growth factors, essential for creation and maintenance of
bone, muscle, nerves, cartilage and other essential functions.
While colostrum is essential for newborns, adults can
also benefit from colostrum. After puberty, production of immune and
growth factors begins to decrease. By age 60, the body secretes little
or no growth hormone and aging accelerates rapidly. The immune system
also starts to decline so that by age 65 the function of the thymus and
T-cells is reduced and the bodyís ability to respond to pathogens is
cut in half.(1) These declining growth and immune factors may
be restored with supplements of bovine colostrum.
Colostrumís Immune Factors Balance Immune Response
By boosting a weakened immune system,
factors help prevent conditions such as colds, flu, diarrhea,
sinusitis, asthma, allergies, herpes, viral bronchitis, candidiasis and
ear infections. At the same time, it can help balance an overactive
immune system in cases of autoimmune disease. Such conditions include
fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis,
scleroderma, and others.(1)
Immunoglobulins, or antibodies, are the most
important and most prevalent immune factors in bovine colostrum. They
work both separately and together to destroy antigens. Some circulate in
the blood and lymphatic systems to neutralize toxins, viruses and
bacteria. Others reside in the mucous membranes and act as a barrier
against invading organisms. IgG, the most abundant immunoglobulin
in bovine colostrum, is a key factor in the prevention and treatment of
infectious diarrhea. It may also be used to support the immune system in
conditions such as anemia, chickenpox, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),
hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, neutropenia and systemic lupus.(1)
Progressive Labs Colostrum contains 30% IgG. Most other
supplements contain only 20%.
Lactoferrin inhibits bacteria by binding with
iron which the bacteria need for reproduction. It also has antiviral and
anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts the bodyís defenses against
candidiasis, cancer, CFS, herpes and other infections.(1,3)
Protein-rich polypeptide (PRP) regulates the
thymus which produces T-cells. It is also critical in balancing immune
response by inhibiting the overproduction of T-cells and lymphocytes
which is characteristic of autoimmune diseases. This action reduces pain
Lysozyme, cited in 1922 by Alexander Fleming the
doctor who discovered penicillin, damages the outer membranes of
gram-negative bacteria causing them to disintegrate.(2)
Lysozyme is now added to infant formulas to boost immunity.(1)
Cytokines are composed of interleukins that
regulate the duration and intensity of the immune response, boost T-cell
activity, stimulate production of immunoglobulins and are involved in
cell-to-cell communication. Interleukin-10 has shown a profound effect
on pain relief in patients with arthritis and other inflammatory
Lymphokines are hormone-like peptides that
regulate immune response. Oligopoly-saccharides and glycoconjugates
are sugars that attract and bind to various pathogens and prevent them
from entering or attaching themselves to the intestinal mucous
membranes. These and other components of colostrum block the attachment
of many disease-causing organisms, including Streptococcus
pneumococci, E. coli, Salmonella, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidia, Giardia,
Shigella, Clostridium difficile toxins A & B, and others.(1,3)
Glycoproteins and trypsin inhibitors help
protect the immune and growth factors in colostrum from being destroyed
by digestive juices in the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers have
found that these inhibitors can prevent Helicobacter pylori
bacteria from adhering to the stomach wall. Helicobacter pylori
is responsible for causing peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer and gastric
Colostrumís Growth Factors Are Important for
Healing, Weight Management and Anti-Aging Effects
are compounds whose primary effects are to:
- Promote healing by building, maintaining and repairing bone,
muscle, nerves and cartilage.
- Stimulate fat metabolism.
- Regulate protein metabolism during fasting.
- Maintain balanced blood sugar levels.
- Help regulate the brain chemicals that control mood.
- Promote wound healing.
Colostrum supplies the body with growth factors and
stimulates the endocrine system to keep producing its own hormones. The
growth and immune factors in colostrum work together to create potent
anti-aging effects, including tighter skin, which results in reduction
of wrinkles and regrowth of cells and organ tissues that normally
decrease in size with age.(1) Growth factors identified in
bovine colostrum include Epithelial Growth Factor, Fibroblast Growth
Factor, Insulin-Like Growth Factors I & II and Transforming Growth
Epithelial Growth Factor (EGF) is instrumental in
protecting and maintaining the skin. Although EGF alone can stimulate
normal skin growth, it peforms best when combined with IGF-1 and TGF
A&B. Together they repair cells and stimulate normal skin growth.(1)
Insulin-Like Growth Factors I and II (IGF-I &
IGF-II) are the most abundant growth factors in bovine colostrum. They
affect how the body uses fat, protein and sugar; stimulate the immune
system; and promote cell repair and growth. Because every cell in the
body has a receptor for IGF-II, it can help each cell actively heal or
IGF-I is one of the few substances known that can
stimulate growth and repair of the important nucleic acids RNA and
DNA.These healing properties make IGF-I a powerful anti-aging substance.(1)
IGF-I is of interest to athletes, body builders and in weight management
programs because it can help burn fat and stimulate growth of lean
muscle tissues.(1,4) As its name indicates, IGF-I has
properties similar to insulin and has improved blood sugar profiles in
type II diabetics.(5) There is also evidence that IGF-I helps
lower LDL and raise HDL cholesterol levels, which can help prevent heart
Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) performs a helper
function by increasing the binding ability of IGF-I by 60%-70%.(1)
Transforming Growth Factors A & B (TGF-A&B)
stimulate proliferation of cells in connective tissue, assist in
formation of bone and cartilage, help repair tissue and, according to
one study, support the growth of the gut lining, which is important in
leaky gut syndrome.(1)
Bovine Colostrum Is Richer in Immune and Growth Factors
Bovine colostrum is 10 to 20 times richer in immune
factors than human colostrum.(1,2) It also contains more
IGF than human colostrum, including truncated IGF, a type thatís 10
times more potent than regular IGF.(4) While human infants
get about half of their immune and growth factors from their mothers
through the placenta, calves do not. Bovine colostrum has to be
extra-rich since it is the calfís only source of these important
factors.(1,2) Also, while humans produce only a small amount
of colostrum, a cow generally produces about nine gallons.(1)
In a sense, cows are universal colostrum donors. The
molecular structure of immune and growth factors in bovine colostrum is
very similar to those found in humans and its glycoproteins and trypsin
inhibitors keep these compounds from being destroyed by human digestive
WARNING: This publication and the product contained herein have
not been approved or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This
publication, and the product contained herein are not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The product relates to
nutritional support only.
1. Henderson D, Mitchell D, Colostrum- Natureís Healing Miracle,
CNR Publications, Salt Lake City, UT, 1999.
2. Walker M, "The Benefits of Bovine Colostrum", Health
Products Business, April, 1999.
3. Rona Z, "Bovine colostrum emerges as immunity
modulator", Alternative Health Directory, Vancouver, BC,
4. Burke E, "Athletes: Have You Heard About Colostrum?", Health
Journal, Vol. II, No. 13: July 21, 1999.
5. Klatz R, Kahn C, Grow Young with HGH, Harper Collins, New
York, NY, 1997.
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