Blog: How Our Immune System Gets a Boost!
Updated: Mar 30, 2022
The current scenario demands us to have stronger immunity. Let us read about how our immune system boosts from birth with Colostrum, Lactoferrin and Plant Sterols.
What is Colostrum? Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours after birth. It provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that ensure the health and vitality of the newborn. Why do we need Colostrum? As we age, it takes us a little longer to fight off a cold or flu. We become more vulnerable to disease, our energy and enthusiasm lessen, our skin loses its elasticity, we gain unwanted weight and lose muscle tone. After maturity, we gradually lose the immune and growth factors in our body. This impacts us to search for anti-ageing and health products and knowledge. We've looked to plants and minerals for an answer, isolating and mega-dosing on vitamins and minerals. Ageing, illness and death occur with the loss of immune and growth factors in our bodies. Medical science has shown in many published reports worldwide that these can possibly be replaced in the human body....with bovine colostrum. Bovine colostrum is not new. In India, for thousands of years, Ayurvedic physicians and spiritual leaders have documented the physical and spiritual health benefits of colostrum. It is dried and delivered by the milkman and is known for its healing and therapeutic ability. Scandinavian countries have been making a delicious colostrum pudding and dessert topped with honey to celebrate the birth of calves and good health for hundreds of years. It was used in the US as an early antibiotic in much favour until penicillin and other antibiotics were discovered. In the late 18th Century, Western scientists began studying colostrum and documenting its benefits for the newborn's survival, growth, and development. Today, thousands of published scientific and clinical studies of significant health benefits associated with colostrum. What is Lactoferrin? Lactoferrin helps increase natural iron bio-availability and is a powerful antioxidant, supporting a healthy immune system. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein found in human secretions like tears, saliva, milk and mucous.
enhance iron transport and absorption
promote a healthy balance of natural intestinal flora
increase bioavailability and absorption of nutrients in the body and helps decrease the bioavailability of iron to pathogens
provide anti-ageing properties by helping prevent the formation of free radicals that trigger oxidation
contribute to host defence against pathogens by protecting lymphocytes against free iron
What are plant sterols? Plant sterols are extracts of certain plants that, when ingested, inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. Thus, dietary cholesterol never gets into the system. Plant sterols are present naturally in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, vegetable oils, and other plant sources. Plant stanols occur in even smaller amounts in many of the same sources. Both stanols and sterols are essential components of plant cell membranes and structurally resemble cholesterol. Foods supplemented with plant sterols may reduce cholesterol and are a promising addition to lower heart disease risk interventions.