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Colostrum, the natural vaccine for newborns

Colostrum, the natural vaccine for newborns


Colostrum is synthesized by the body in the first hours after birth, different from the composition of the milk, poorer in gases and richer in bioactive ingredients that offer exceptional properties in terms of supporting immunity and developing the newborn.

Due to its exceptional properties, colostrum is considered a natural vaccine, which the mother administers to the baby. It contains abundance of immunoglobulins and antibodies that are in a higher concentration in this liquid than in the milk that comes later. The immune factors contained in colostrum are those that protect the child in the first months of life.

This "vaccination" is necessary because newborns do not have their own immune system, which is why they receive antibodies from the mother through colostrum. They then develop their own defense mechanism against infections and viruses. Superior to breast milk, colostrum contains oligosaccharides, prebiotics and probiotics, but also growth factors that stimulate development and help the baby's body recover from the traumas that labor causes.

Why is colostrum effective?

Immunoglobulins, present in colostrum, make up more than 40% of the proteins in the blood. Moreover, there are four types of immunoglobulins that work in all mammals, including humans. Each of these immunoglobulins have a specific amino acid sequence in their structure and have a specific action in the body. Immunoglobulins can act in the body alone or in various combinations, but each of them is capable of blocking, penetrating and destroying a specific antigen.

Colostrum contains all 5 types of immunoglobulins necessary for the effective defense of the body. Thus, IgA is found in blood, saliva, tears and mucus in the membranes, IgG circulates in the lymphatic and circulatory system where it helps to neutralize toxins and kill the invaders of the body, IgD and IgE have antiviral role, and IgM fight against bacteria, so it has antibiotic effect.

In addition to all these immunoglobulins, colostrum also contains PRP, the protein-rich polypeptide, which studies show stimulate a "lazy" immune system. Also, PRP helps the proper functioning of the thymus, which produces T lymphocytes (immune cells) that fight viruses and antigens.

The protein-rich polypeptide (PRP) in colostrum balances hyperactive immune systems that generate autoimmune diseases, that is, those conditions in which the body "attacks" itself. The PRP polypeptide is also part of the blood plasma and is also involved in the modulation of the immune system.

It is a complete food and repairs DNA

Colostrum is high in carbohydrates, proteins, antibodies and is low in fat because the stomach of newborns cannot digest fat. Also, colostrum is a "concentrated" food because babies have a very small stomach, so their food should not be too large.

Therefore, colostrum delivers all the nutrients the baby needs in a concentrated form. Moreover, colostrum has a moderate laxative effect, which regulates digestion. Equally, in the first days of life, colostrum helps to eliminate excess bilirubin from the baby's body. Bilirubin is a residual product consisting of dead blood vessels, resulting in large quantities at birth as a result of reduced blood volume, and colostrum thus helps prevent jaundice.

Growth factors in colostrum, which help the baby to develop smoothly, are a broad-spectrum remedy for a myriad of health problems. Colostrum substances make it possible to restore tissues, increase the body's ability to metabolize fat, and stimulate the development of muscle tissue. Also, growth factors balance the level of blood sugar and that of brain neurostransmitters and help restore DNA and cellular RNA.

Babies benefit from colostrum only for a short period of time because, in the first week after birth, colostrum turns into milk. But, the benefits can be sustained, in the long term, with the help of colostrum dietary supplements. They help protect against infection by strong antiviral, antibacterial, antimycotic, antiparasitic action, help the normal functioning of the immune system, develop and protect the beneficial intestinal flora, which plays an important role in restoring the intestinal mucosa.

It also helps reduce bloating, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, protein synthesis, B complex vitamins, zinc, calcium, manganese and phosphorus, as well as regulating the acid-base balance. In addition, colostrum provides protection and reduces the negative effects of antibiotic and corticosteroid use when children need these specific therapies.

In the long term, colostrum helps to optimally develop the cardiovascular, central nervous, muscular, osteoarticular and vision systems and contributes to healing of wounds and burns. Also, colostrum helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and this is extremely important especially for children whose mothers developed diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Equally, colostrum helps reduce the symptomatology in allergic reactions, which is why it is indicated for children with dermatological sensitivity, especially since diaper dermatitis and irritation are common in the first year of life.

About the benefits in improving digestive symptoms there is also a study performed on adult subjects, which demonstrates the beneficial effect in the special conditions, of the gastrointestinal disorders that appear in the runners after the races. Researchers at Queen Mary University in London have researched the possibility of natural solutions to remedy digestive disorders that occur in performance athletes, disorders that include accelerated transit, such as diarrhea, or vomiting. Research has shown that the administration of colostrum had the effect of alleviating these symptoms, but also reduced the manifestations of "permeable bowel syndrome".

The results of the research were published in March in the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. Professor Ray Playford, who coordinated the study, tested the intestinal permeability of some athletes who ran for 20 minutes at 80% of their aerobic capacity. The study tracked changes in the level of intestinal permeability by measuring parameters in the urine and also measured the body temperature of the athletes. In the conditions of effort, the athletes increased their intestinal permeability by 250%, and their body temperature by 2 degrees. When, for 2 weeks before testing, the athletes were given colostrum, they had a reduction in intestinal permeability during exercise by 80% versus 250% initially, although they were tested under the same conditions, and the temperature had all increased by 2 degrees.

Gastrointestinal disorders caused by intense exertion are commonly encountered in athletes as a result of intense exertion. The study conducted by Professor Playford continued in the laboratory where he analyzed intestinal cell cultures, initially at 37 degrees, normal body temperature and then at 39 degrees, the temperature induced by atelical effort. Research has shown that intestinal cells tended to die at high temperatures, but when colostrum was added over cultured cells, their mortality rate was reduced by two-thirds. "Our research indicates that a natural product such as colostrum can be a real boon for performance others, as well as for other categories of people who work in high stress conditions," said Professor Ray Playford.

Considering the results obtained under these conditions, the efficiency of colostrum under normal stress and temperature conditions is manifested by the alleviation of digestive symptoms, as well as by supporting the development and protection of the beneficial bacterial flora. Normal bacterial flora plays a role in restoring the intestinal mucosa.

With the addition of probiotics, it helps digestion

The product Colostrum plus Probiotics, 50 g powder (orange or pineapple flavor) from Secom® is the only formula for children that associates colostrum with probiotics. Colostrum plus Probiotics has a unique and innovative composition for balancing immunity and improving the functions of the digestive system, is an important source of immunoglobulins, and FOS prebiotics are soluble fibers that support the action of probiotics and act even in the large intestine.

Colostrum plus Probiotics from Secom® offers anti-infectious protection through strong antiviral, antibacterial, antimycotic, antiparasitic action and helps reduce symptoms and prevent their recurrence, as evidenced by the observational study entitled "Effects of Colostrum plus Probiotics Infection Treatment Respiratory: immune deficiency (hypogamaglobulinemia, selective IgA deficiency), toxicoseptic states, asthma, recurrent respiratory infections ", performed in 2010-2011 in the Clinical Emergency Hospital for Children" Grigore Alexandrescu ", Bucharest.

Another observational study entitled "The effects of Colostrum plus Probiotics in complementary treatment of urinary tract infections", also performed at the Emergency Clinical Hospital "Grigore Alexandrescu", highlighted the role of Colostrum plus Probiotics food supplement from Secom® in the normal functioning of the immune system. .

Another observational study carried out by the doctors of the Grigore Alexandescu hospital in Bucharest, entitled "Effects of Colostrum plus Probiotics as an adjuvant of the allopathic treatment of gastrointestinal disorders: malabsorption syndrome, intestinal candidiasis, gastro-oesophageal reflux, intestinal dysmicrobism, insufficiency syndrome irritable colon "has shown that this dietary supplement helps to develop and protect the beneficial intestinal flora, which supports the restoration of intestinal mucosa, reduces bloating, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, protein synthesis, B complex vitamins, zinc, calcium, of manganese and phosphorus and contributes to the regulation of the acid-basic balance.

The Colostrum plus Probiotics product from Secom® lasts up to 50 days.

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