After giving birth, a mother’s body produces a special immune and growth promoting substance that is secreted into her milk. This fluid is produced for only the first 24 Œ 48 hours after giving birth, and is called colostrum. This special ﬁpre-milkﬂ is integral in providing a wide range of health benefits, including immunological and growth promoting factors to the offspring. These factors include immunoglobins, transforming growth factors, and other compounds important to the health of the newborn. Over the past number of years, research has shown that supplementation with bovine colostrum is able to positively modulate immune function. Bovine colostrum can be used in place of human colostrum, as it is accepted and transferable to all other animals, including humans. Specifically, immunoglobins, including IgG, and other proteins such as lactoferrin contained in colostrum are thought to play an important role in this supplement’s ability to enhance immune function. Recently, bovine colostrum has even been shown to have an important role in supporting gastrointestinal health. Colostrum has been shown to be safe at various levels of intake and is without reported drug interactions. Douglas Laboratories™ ColostOferrin provides 500 mg bovine colostrum from cattle raised without hormone treatment and in conditions free of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
In addition to bovine colostrum, ColostOferrin contains lactoferrin, and vitamin C. These ingredients are also important for the functioning of the immune system and for optimal health. Lactoferrin exhibits positive regulatory actions on peripheral blood mononuclear cells and modulates the physiological response. Finally, our unique ColostOferrin formulation includes a proprietary blend of prebiotic soluble fiber from chicory root and Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic to support gastrointestinal health and maximize the beneficial properties of colostrum.