By immune system we mean a complex complex of defensive reactions that take place inside the body. Their role is to protect our health from diseases and inflammations caused by various viruses, bacteria and other foreign organisms.
Figuratively speaking, the immune system is like a protective steel shield that protects the body from dangerous attacks from outside (various foreign organisms, viruses, bacteria) as well as from inside (tumor cells, autoimmune reactions).
Autumn, which is characterized by unpleasant cold weather, frequent rains as well as lower intensity of sunlight, gives our body (immune system) the most.
In today's article, we will take a closer look at two important substances that significantly strengthen our immune system, ie the body's defenses.
The first important substance is colostrum. It is a specific fluid produced by the mammary glands of all mammals shortly before birth as well as during the first days after birth. Recently, the colostrum has enjoyed great interest from scientists. Many scientific studies confirm that colostrum is indeed very effective in strengthening the immune system, in combating unpleasant allergies, in inflammation of the joint apparatus, in digestive problems as well as in oncological diseases.
The beneficial effects of colostrum were already known to the ancient Incas, Egyptians, Greeks as well as Germans and Celts. They kept it in rare containers for rulers to live to old age, but also for athletes and fighters to perform better.
Why is colostrum so important?
What makes colostrum significant is the high content of bioactive substances that directly support the body's defenses.
What does colostrum contain?
- Immunoglobulins - antibodies that are produced by an organism when attacked by a foreign organism or a foreign substance. These important substances (antibodies) arrive at the site of action (on the battlefield) when the organism is attacked, where they begin to gradually eliminate the unwanted visit.
- Lactoferrin - lactoferrin is responsible for the transport of iron in the body. Its significance lies in the fact that it removes iron from dangerous bacteria that need it for reproduction, thus directly preventing their further spread.
- Growth factors - support and restore the growth of muscles, tendons, bones, nails and hair. They improve the quality of the skin. We can consider them the elixir of youth.
- Lysozyme - an enzyme that has the ability to disrupt bacterial walls, thereby promoting the extinction of bacteria (antibacterial effect).
- Vitamins - affect biochemical processes in the body.
- Minerals - especially calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
- Amino acids - colostrum contains up to 26 amino acids.
Cow versus human colostrum
Many scientific studies confirm that bovine colostrum contains many times higher amounts of immunoglobulins (especially IgG immunoglobulins). It is IgG immunoglobulins that are responsible for the body's rapid defense response to a dangerous guest (virus, bacteria, dangerous substance, etc.). However, cow colostrum also excels in its higher content of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
A very important factor that determines the quality of cow colostrum is the method of processing:
- Colostrum should be cooled (below 4 ° C) immediately after collection to maintain its freshness.
- Colostrum must not be exposed to high temperatures which cause it to denature (damage) and rapidly reduce the content of biologically active substances.
Kompava Premium Colostrum is processed in the most gentle way, which does not reduce the content of active ingredients.
Colostrum and science
Colostrum is one of the most researched functional foods (nutritional supplements). The Internet is full of professional scientific work and research that clearly confirms its contribution to consumer health.
Another important substance is beta-glucan. He has received very much attention in the last decade. It is considered a very effective means of supporting the functions of the immune system. Its mechanism of action is that it stimulates macrophages (cells that play an important role in immune responses). These cells (macrophages) are responsible for phagocytosis. Phagocytosis is a very important process in which foreign, non-functional or dead cells are taken up and processed. This is the oldest immune process that can be observed in lower animals.
The ability to stimulate macrophages makes beta-glucan an important substance that effectively strengthens the immune system. Macrophages kill unnecessary and dead cells (antioxidant effect) and kill foreign, potentially dangerous cells or substances (immune support).
Studies from Japan and China have confirmed that beta-glucan suplementation significantly prolonged life in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
Unlike colostrum, which is more difficult to isolate and process, and whose regular supplementation is possible only through supplementary nutrition, beta-glucan can be obtained (supplemented) practically every day from a very simple and cheap source, which is ordinary bakery or brewer's yeast. In addition, yeast contains a high amount of B vitamins, which are needed for almost all biochemical processes taking place in the body.
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