After giving birth, a mother's body produces aspecial immune and growth promoting substance thatis secreted into her milk. This fluid is produced foronly the first 24 - 48 hours after giving birth, and iscalled colostrum. This specialpre-milk is integralin providing a wide range of antiviral, antibacterial,immunological and growth promoting factors to theoffspring. These factors include immunoglobins,transforming growth factors, and other compoundsimportant to the health of the newborn.
Over the past number of years, research has shownthat supplementation with bovine colostrum is able topositively modulate immune function and serve as anatural antibiotic in adults. Bovine colostrum can beused in place of human colostrum, as it is acceptedand transferable to all other animals, includinghumans. Specifically, immunoglobins, including IgG,and other proteins such as lactoferrin contained incolostrum are thought to play an important role inthis supplement's ability to enhance immune functionand help our bodies fight infection. Recently, bovinecolostrum has even been shown to have an importantrole in supporting gastrointestinal health. Colostrumhas been shown to be safe at various levels of intakeand is without reported drug interactions.
Douglas Laboratories'ColostOferrin™ provides 500mg bovine colostrum from cattle raised withouthormone treatment and in conditions free of bovinespongiform encephalopathy. In addition to bovinecolostrum, ColostOferrin™ contains lactoferrin,vitamin C, and arabinogalactan. These ingredients arealso important for the functioning of the immunesystem and for optimal health. Arabinogalactan havebeen shown to have remarkable activity inpotentiating the reticuloendothelial system. Thesepolysaccharides, also found in ginseng, have anticomplementaryactivity associated with increasedphagocytosis in response to infection. Lactoferrinalso improves the immune competence of cells whenconfronted with septic conditions. Lactoferrin notonly exhibits positive regulatory actions onperipheral blood mononuclear cells from patientswith sepsis, but also modulates the inflammatoryresponse to septic injury.
Finally, our unique ColostOferrin™ formulationincludes a proprietary blend of fructooligosaccharidesand Lactobacillus acidophilus to supportgastrointestinal health and maximize the beneficialproperties of colostrum.