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Top Six Benefits of Colostrum

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Colostrum is the first fluid produced by human and animal mothers after the birth of a baby; it is rich in antioxidants, growth factors and proteins found to reduce the risk of infection, fight cancer, lower inflammation, promote a healthy gut and improve athletic performance
  • Colostrum is also instrumental in supporting the production and function of natural killer cells, which are part of your cell-mediated immune system used to fight viral infections; lactoferrin, found in colostrum, feeds the lining of your gastrointestinal tract and reduces symptoms of leaky gut syndrome
  • Veterinarians use colostrum to treat sick and wounded dogs and horses; hyperimmune bovine colostrum produced by cows after being vaccinated for specific organisms is in clinical trials for treatment of Clostridium difficile and diarrhea in those suffering HIV/AID or having undergone an organ transplant
  • You may want to refrain from using colostrum while fasting as it promotes growth while fasting promotes autophagy, the removal of old, dysfunctional cells

Your natural immune function is a key component of your health and disease prevention. An integral part of this system is your natural killer (NK) cells, a type of white blood cell important to your innate immune system. Your immune system has two branches — cell mediated immunity (innate) and humoral immunity (adaptive).

As you contract a viral illness, the pathogen infects your cells. Immediately, your cell mediated immune response activates NK cells along with chemicals to attract the cells to the site of infection. The white blood cells attack the viral cells and destroy them, thus clearing the virus from your body. During the recovery phase, your humoral immune system begins generating antibodies to prevent the same type of infection from occurring again.

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