New Zealand Bovine Colostrum is a natural food supplement from New Zealand's clean pastures - simply the cleanest farming environment on earth. Southern Country Bovine Colostrum is encapsulated in ISO 9001-certified laboratories and manufacturing facilities licensed by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. We who live in New Zealand are fortunate in regard to Colostrum because in our clean green country side we have BSE free, foot and mouth free, pasture fed cows, producing the best bovine colostrum for human consumption in nature. The colostrum benefit is immense. This is what has prompted me to offer my own brand of finest bovine Colostrum called Southern Country - Try Us at prices that you would pay in NZ.
Most people benefit from taking cow colostrum as an every day immune system supporter. Colostrum contains growth factors that support the anti-ageing process in anybody who takes it. It also supports wound healing, cartilage and nerve regeneration.
Dog Breeders are finding big benefits in giving colostrum to their dogs. Skin health is helped by colostrum. Cats also benefit from it.
Dosage: Take up to 4 - 8 capsules daily in two separate doses on an empty stomach, with a large glass of water, or as advised by your health professional.
Based on a 20% average Immunoglobulin G content, it is suggested that adults take 4 grams of Southern Country Colostrum daily, and children take 2 grams daily, although as a natural food item is is difficult to overdose on it. Many athletes take much more with no ill effects.
Store in a cool and dry place below 30°C.
The shelf life of Colostrum is approximately 3 years.
The immune response is a defence mechanism by which the body fights infection. It is divided into two functional systems, the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system. The innate system is the first line of defence by which the host combats infectious agents and pathogenic microbes. This is a non-specific response which proves effective against most infective agents. In case this primary response is not affective and the invading microbe is lead to proliferate the adaptive immune system comes into action. The adaptive immune system produces a specific response in the form of antibodies to the infective agent that normally proves effective in neutralising that agent. In the case of the innate system resistance (immunity) is not improved by repeated infection. The adaptive immune response involves memory and gives rise to resistance to repeated exposure to the same infective agent. Childhood diseases such as mumps, measles, and chickenpox produce life-long immunity following an infection.
Most infectious agents enter the body proper via the epithelial surfaces of either the upper respiratory, digestive or genito-urinary tract. Once infectious agents have penetrated the body a variety of physical and chemical defence mechanisms come into play to help protect these tissues from most infections. This involves a specialised set of cells called leukocytes (white blood cells) and their products that have evolved to help combat infection and disease. Leukocytes fall into two broad categories of cell types: phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes form part of the innate immune system and provide non-specific immunity. Shark liver oil stimulates the production of these cells. Included in this category are neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils, monocytes, and macrophages. Lymphocytes form the adaptive immune system and provide specific immunity.Colostrum helps to stimulate the formation of these type of cells when they are needed. There are two types of lymphocytes B cells and T cells. The B cells are differentiated in the bone marrow and found mainly in the lymph nodes and spleen. They are the cells that make antibodies (immunoglobulins). The T cells are differentiated in the thymus and fulfil two major functions. They regulate the activity of the B cells and directly attack infectious agents.
Antibodies belong to the specialised group of bio-active proteins called immunoglobulins (Ig's). They are glycoproteins and are present in serum and other tissue fluids, including the milk, of all mammals. Antibodies are produced in response to the host being exposed to immunogenic foreign(antigens) substances such as infectious microbes. They are an important element in the adaptive immune response in that they are directed specifically to the antigen that induced their formation and that they impart memory. In this manner the body is effectively prepared to repel any later invasion by the same organism.
Antibodies are produced by activated B cell lymphocytes (plasma cells). Each plasma cell secretes one class of antibody and all the antibody produced by a single plasma cell is of the same specificity. There are five classes of immunoglobulin that are recognised in mammals IgG, IgA, IgM,IgE, and IgD. The most prevalent class of immunoglobulin in all species of animals is IgG. The function of these molecules is to bind to invading organisms and to activate specific actions that help rid the body of disease causing agents. They function in cell killing, inflammation, andprevention of bacterial and viral attachment.
Local protection in the form of immuno - supplementation with bovine milk antibodies has been shown to be an effective means of providing local protection to the GI tract against disease. Bovine immunoglobulin in the form of specific antibody has been shown to be effective against various enteric diseases. In trials it has been successfully shown that specific antibodies in bovine milk are effective against both enteropathogenic and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, cryptosporidium, rotavirus, and Shigella flexneri (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14).
The manufacture and use of dairy products, and their associated safety and nutritional benefits is well known. Southern Country Colostrum is a natural dairy product manufactured from the early milk of pasture fed, non-immunised healthy New Zealand cows. New Zealand milk products are renowned world-wide for their quality and consistency in both manufacture and supply. Thorough quality management of the entire manufacturing process, from collection of the milk, through to packaging and storage, ensures that Southern Country Colostrum is delivered in perfect condition, certified to be fit for human consumption. Testing laboratories and all manufacturing facilities are certified by international quality auditors to ISO 9001 standards.
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The antibody activity, antibody specificity, and relative antibody titre (quantity) of Southern Country Colostrum has been determined by way of enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Utilising this technique specific antibodies to the following micro organisms have been identified:
|Bacillus cereus||Salmonella enteritidis|
|Campylobacter jejuni||Salmonella typhimurium|
|Candida albicans||Staphylococcus epidermidis|
|Escherichia coli||Streptococcus agalactiae|
|Escherichia coli 0157:H7||Streptococcus mutans|
|Helicobacter pylori||Streptococcus pneumoniae|
|Klebsiella pneumoniae||Streptococcus pyogenes|
|Listeria monocytogenes||Yersinia enterocolitica|
An important consideration is the stability of antibodies in the digestive tract. In a study conducted to ascertain the stability of bovine immunoglobulins to proteolytic digestion it was revealed that antibodies which possess specific activity can pass through the gastrointestinal tract of infants without being completely destroyed (7). This indicates that the specific action of antibodies in the gastrointestinal tract is not adversely affected and that biological activity is retained.
There are currently research trials underway in the following areas;
The natural environment contains a large variety of infectious microbial agents - bacteria, viruses, and fungi. If left unchecked and allowed to multiply, pathogenic species will eventually kill the host. In normal healthy animals most infections are of limited duration and cause little if any permanent damage. This is due to the immune system - a natural defence mechanism that helps ward-off or combat infectious agents. The immunoglobulins play an integral role in this defence system in that they form antibodies. The most prevalent immunoglobulin in all species of animals is IgG. In human trials it has been demonstrated that specific antibodies exist in bovine milk which are effective against both enteropathogenic and enterogenic organisms.
The effect of Southern Country Colostrum on the immune system is particularly relevant to athletes, due to the suppression of their immune system which occurs during intense physical training. Increasing evidence indicates that prolonged and intensive exercise is associated with physiologic stress and inflammation, related changes in immune function , and an increased infection risk (Nieman, D.C. 2000).
The following graph illustrates the effect of an increasing workload on the risk of infection;
This illustrates the difference in a moderate workload as compared to a very high workload. A moderate workload causes a boost in the immuno-surveillance occurring in the body, while a very high workload has a large negative effect on the immune system, which will lead to a large increase in the risk of infection (Nieman, D.C. 2000).
Southern Country Colostrum is a colostrum powder which therefore contains a high immunoglobulin content. The typical composition of Southern Country Colostrum is as follows;
Immunoglobulin G 15-25
Protein (dry basis) 81.0
Supplementation of Southern Country Colostrum in the diet for these athletes will boost their immune system, helping to prevent the illnesses that typically follow intense training or long periods of training.
Southern Country Colostrum powder also contains many minor components which aid in physical performance both during and after training and competition situations. It is likely that the growth factors present increase the rate of muscle recovery after exercise and improve the physical output during physical activity. Southern Country Colostrum contains anti-inflammatory factors, which reduce swelling associated with continuous use of joints. It also contains lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase which have a combination activity against microorganisms.
Excerpt: "Colostrum – Natures Gift to the Immune System".
Beth M Levy. ISBN 0-9642703-7-4 (1997)
"Effective natural supplements without side effects for individuals looking for enhanced athletic ability and muscular growth are available. Body builders and athletes do not need to rely upon massive doses of potentially harmful and expensive hormones to obtain enhancement.
Colostrum is a rich source of natural growth factors (Ballard). Protein breakdown, which is initiated by insulin, is inhibited by growth factors. Colostrum contains Insulin-like Growth Factor I and II ( IGF-I and IGF-II) which are pro-insulin hormones which have anabolic effects. Both bovine and human colostrum growth factors have demonstrated the ability to stimulate protein synthesis and inhibit protein degradation (Francis).
TGF-1 is a peptide (amino acid chain) which resembles the hormone insulin. It is the main catalyst to begin muscle cell division after meals. As insulin moves sugar and amino acids into muscle tissue, the hypothalamus and pituitary secrete growth hormone which in turn stimulates an increased uptake of nutrients by muscles and causes the liver to release IGF-I which stimulates growth of tissues by increasing the number of cells (Burke).
The IGF-I in bovine colostrum contains the identical amino acid segment on the front of the bovine molecule which, when split by digestive acids in the human stomach, releases a molecule identical to human IGF-I (Burke). Bovine Colostrum contains one of the highest concentrations of IGF-I available in nature.
Other growth factors present in Colostrum include Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-Beta). Each of these is capable of stimulating cell division and tissue development (Burke).
Anabolic and tissue repair functions of Insulin-like Growth Factors have been studied extensively, and one could speculate that healing of injuries and post workout recovery could be improved as well.
Finnish Olympic Ski Team members supplementing colostrum confirm its athletic benefits. Blood creatine-kinase levels were measured over a seven day period of heavy training. Creatine-kinase is a critically important muscle cell enzyme which acts as a marker for muscle cell damage. Compared to the Ski Team members who received placebo's, the athletes who received colostrum showed one-half the blood creatine-kinase levels after four days. The individuals in the colostrum supplementation group also reported that they felt better and that their performance was improving. The researchers theorize that the IGF-I in colostrum could encourage muscle cells to repair themselves more quickly after stress from intense exercise (Anderson)".
1. Ballard.J.F., et al. The Relationship between the Insulin content and Inhibitory Effects of Bovine Colostrum on Protein Breakdown in cultured cells. Journal of Cellular Physiology (1982)110, 249-254
2. Ballard.F.J., Nield M.K., Francis G.L., Knowles S.E. Regulation of intracellular protein degradation by insulin and growth factors. Acta. Biol. Med. Ger (1981);40 (10-11):1293-300
3. Francis, Geofry,Upton, Faye,et al; Insulin-like growth factors 1 and 2 in bovine colostrum. Biocem.Jnl.(1998) 251; pp95-103
4. Burke.E.; Colostrum as an athletic enhancer and help for AIDS. Nutrition Science News, May (1996); pp.30-32.
An important consideration is the stability of antibodies in the digestive tract. In a study conducted to ascertain the stability of bovine immunoglobulins to proteolytic digestion it was revealed that antibodies which possess specific activity can pass through the gastrointestinal tract of infants without being completely destroyed. This indicates that the specific action of antibodies in the gastrointestinal tract is not adversely affected and that biological activity is retained. It is further suggested that the IgG in Colostrum manages to escape digestion because of a high buffering capacity of Colostrum. In addition, bovine Colostrum is also thought to contain a globulin-like protein which inhibits proteolytic enzymes - trypsin in particular.
Based on a 15% Immunoglobulin G content, it is suggested that adults take 20 grams of Southern Country Colostrum daily, and children take 6 grams daily.
The manufacture and use of dairy products, and their associated safety and nutritional benefits is well known. Southern Country bovine Colostrum is a natural dairy product manufactured from the early milk of pasture fed, non-immunised healthy New Zealand cows. New Zealand milk products are renowned world-wide for their quality and consistency in both manufacture and supply. Thorough quality management of the entire manufacturing process, from collection of the liquid colostrum through to packaging and storage, ensures that Southern Country New Zealand Colostrum is delivered in perfect condition, certified to be fit for human consumption. Testing laboratories and all manufacturing facilities are certified by international quality auditors to ISO 9001 standards. Our cow Colostrum powder is processed and encapsulated in a laboratory that is licensed by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. . Our packaging complies with International standards, GMP and is USA HACCP based. Every product has a barcode, batch# and expiry date printed.
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