By Farrell Seah
One of the primary functions of the immune system is the production of antibodies in response to the presence of invading organisms like viruses or bacteria. When this response is mistakenly initiated against the body’s own cells, it triggers a runaway production of antibodies tailored for the targeted destruction of these cells by the immune system.
This process is called autoimmunity because it turns the body’s immune systems against the body itself, and autoimmune diseases are characterized by the particular body cells under immune system attack.
Colostrum has a long history in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and bovine colostrum offers a proven means of effectively alleviating disease symptoms and treating the underlying conditions associated disease progression over time.
While the direct causes of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases are not yet known, their occurrence is almost always associated with leaky gut syndrome. In addition to tempering the overactive immune response, the effective treatment or successful reversal of autoimmune diseases must therefore begin with the repair of the GI tract. Colostrum supplementation is proven to be successful in achieving both of these goals.
The component in colostrum that is most beneficial in regulating the immune response in patients with autoimmune disease is Proline-rich polypeptide (PRP). Discovered in 1983, PRP is a small protein chain present in colostrum that has the same ability to regulate the immune system as the hormones of the thymus gland.
The PRP component of colostrum was first shown to be effective in reducing the pain, inflammation and swelling associated with many autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and myasthenia gravis. Further study of PRP’s in the treatment of autoimmune diseases has also revealed that it has the ability to regulate an overactive immune response and reduce further damage to body tissues.
While the PRP immune factors in pure bovine colostrum work in regulating the immune systems of patients with autoimmune disease, its growth factors and immunoglobulin components further aid in the healing of the intestines, first by repairing damaged tissue and then by sealing the mucosal linings to restore their impermeability to parasites and toxins.
The growth factors in colostrum also aid in the reduction of pain and swelling in other parts of the body by stimulating the repair of nerve sheaths, skin tissues, and connective tissues attacked throughout disease progression.
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