Recent studies suggest that the various components found in bovine colostrum may provide effective treatment options for various gastrointestinal conditions. MIP Colostrum is very similar to human colostrum but has the advantage of being more potent and being produced in large amounts compared to that of breastfeeding mothers. Mammals, including humans and cows produce milk to nourish their new-borns early in life. Aside from essential nourishment to support growth and development, their milk, which they produce in the first few days of birth, provides special constituents that are rich in bioactive molecules, such as growth factors, immune factors like immunoglobulins and proline-rich polypeptides, and antimicrobial factors such as lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase.
The Gastrointestinal System
The gastrointestinal system of a newborn baby is immature and needs to be supported by growth factors, which come from their mother’s milk during the first few days after birth. Because of the this incomplete development, the first milk or colostrum which is secreted in breast milk, is important, because it provides proteins which are easily absorbed in the gut, to be distributed throughout the body. These proteins not only provide for growth, but they also protect the newborn from the invasion of harmful viruses and bacteria from the environment.
In adults, however, certain conditions cause the gut to become “leaky,” which makes its inner lining less resistant to the entry of harmful microorganisms. The leaky gut syndrome is a result of poor lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, coffee or other unhealthy substances, and other causes, which upset the balance between the good and bad microorganisms in the gut. In addition, food allergies may develop as larger molecules from food enter the bloodstream, which triggers the body to react with an increase in immune responses leading to inflammation. The intake of certain drugs, and the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) also contribute to many gastrointestinal disorders, which may lead to a host of symptoms that reduce one’s quality of life.
Benefits of MIP Colostrum
MIP Colostrum is packed with natural proteins and nutrients needed to help heal a leaky gut. It is also a 100% natural remedy to eradicate harmful intestinal microorganisms such as pathogens while promoting the growth of healthy intestinal microorganisms. Therefore, MIP Colostrum is beneficial in preventing and treating diarrhoea, bloating and gas. Furthermore, it helps control chronic infections associated with IBS.
Growth factors in MIP Colostrum help heal intestinal lining damage and reduce inflammation. It is rich in nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat, which help the individual recover from nutrient deficiencies more quickly.
Another important effect of taking MIP Colostrum supplements its ability to fight H. pylori infection, which is a major factor in the development of reflux esophagitis and gastrointestinal ulcers.
Some patients who have undergone surgeries for inflammatory bowel disease or other intestinal disorders may have an insufficient length of intestine to digest and absorb food adequately. Bovine colostrum has been found to help provide both nourishment and immunological protection in these patients.
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Am J Clin Nutr 2000 Jul;72(1):5-14 Colostrum and milk-derived peptide growth factors for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Playford RJ, Macdonald CE, Johnson WS. Department of Gastroenterology, Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith
Playford, RJ, et al. Bovine colostrum is a health food supplement which prevents NSAID induced gut damage. Gut 44:653-658 (1999). Although non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are very effective in controlling joint pain in arthritis, their use also causes significant, and sometimes fatal, gastrointestinal damage. Supplementation with colostrum, however, significantly reduced and healed injury caused by NSAIDs.
Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Repair Group, Imperial College, London (2003). Unpublished research. In an in vitro experimental study, colostrum stimulated intestinal cell growth and re-established a healthy epithelial layer following injury. In an in vivo experimental study, colostrum powder was also shown to reduce gastric injury.