Colostrum Supports a Healthy Immune System
After giving birth, colostrum is the first form of milk produced by the mammary glands. Colostrum is a rich source of antioxidants, lactoferrin, insulin-like growth factor I and II, immunoglobulin, oligosaccharides, vitamin A, and alpha tocopherol. This potent combination of active compounds makes colostrum a powerhouse when it comes to supporting the health of the immune system.
Many studies have illustrated the positive immune system effects of breast feeding on infant health. This is due, in part, to the early exposure to colostrum. There have been many studies specifically with colostrum demonstrating its positive impact on immune system function.
Colostrum influences innate immunity by initiating phagocytosis, binding to pathogens for neutralization, and binding to Fc receptors. In addition, it supports adaptive immunity via cytokine production, as well as the enhancement of T-cell and B-cell responses.
Human clinical studies published between 2014 and 2018 that have confirmed the immune-system support benefits of supplemental colostrum for both children and adults.
As a dietary supplement, high quality colostrum is available in different forms including powders, capsules, tablets, and chewables. Patients needing additional immune system support will likely benefit from a colostrum supplement as part of their daily diet.
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