The benefits of bovine colostrum and how it may best serve you are now obvious.
Colostrum has been called the promise of life. It is the first food fed to the new born, containing all immune and growth factors it needs to kick-start life.
I have been researching bovine colostrum for many years now and have come to understand how much colostrum's powerful properties can support important immune functions and provide essential cellular nutrition required by the human body.
For many years there has been ongoing clinical research with contradictory results. Much of the evidence regarding reduced symptoms and recovery from injuries is anecdotal.
So, what is in Bovine Colostrum?
1. Bovine Colostrum contains many growth factors, including insulin-like growth factor-1 and 2 IGF-1 and IGF-2, epithelial growth factor EGF, fibroblast growth factor FGF, platelet-derived growth factor PDGF, and transforming growth factors alpha β TGA-α and TGF-β.
2. Proline-rich polypeptides PRPs act systemically, modulating the complex immune system and are therefore the most important ingredient in colostrum.
3. The immunoglobulin fraction in bovine colostrum is composed of approximately 70-80% IgG, 10-15% IgA, 10-15% IgM, while IgE and IgD are found in small amounts.
4. Colostrum is a combination of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are naturally occurring in a perfect combination. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, and E are found in small amounts while traces of all other vitamins, as well as minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium and zinc, are also present in colostrum.
Although IgF-1 is a banned substance in sports, there is no clinical proof or otherwise that Colostrum acts as an anabolic steroid. Colostrum has been tarnished by false allegations and innuendos of illegal use. It is suggested that colostrum supplementation during intense training improves performance.
The reality is that the athlete can recover more quickly when he/she takes colostrum - therefore the training schedule can be more intense, all of which supports improved performance. There is no evidence of residue of IGF-I found in tissue of athletes taking up to 60 g per day but these athletes have been able to recover more rapidly as shown below in the PubMed clinical trial.
Colostrum supplementation during endurance running training improves recovery, but not performance.
Let's look at the benefits of colostrum in regards to health. It maintains good health, it is an anti-aging agent, it is an immune system supporter and regulator, it assists with skin repair, it stimulates nutrition supporting the production of stem cells in the body and the list goes on.
Colostrum can assist in supporting proper immune function and works at its best when it is taken orally. Taken orally, the transfer of IgF-I and other nutrients is passed through the esophagus and the GI tract, finally absorbed by the walls of the gut.
There have been many studies which I will list from time to time regarding research and results of the supplementation of Bovine Colostrum.
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