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Colostrum research intensifies

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. Colostrum has long been advocated as a perfect supplement by the healthfood industry. It is touted as supporting the immune system, assisting in healing, and being of particular value for people with inflammatory bowel disease. Colostrum is the first milk produced after birth and is particularly rich in growth factors, immunoglobulins, and antimicrobial peptides. Researchers at the Imperial College School of Medicine have just released an excellent review of the current knowledge regarding colostrum. Colostrum contains peptides which are essential to the welfare of the intestinal tract and help heal injuries caused by aspirin, alcohol, excessive stomach acid, and high-dose chemotherapy. It also contains many hormones affecting the thyroid and sexual glands and is rich in cytokines which help combat inflammation.

The researchers conclude that defatted bovine colostrum preparations may be useful in the treatment of short bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gut injuries caused by aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and prevention and treatment of infective diarrhea. They note that several clinical trials are underway to further define the benefits of colostrum and conclude their report with "Early results are encouraging and we envisage the standard use of these products (colostrum and derivatives) in the clinical management of gastrointestinal diseases within the next decade." [104 references]
Playford, Raymond J., et al. Colostrum and milk-derived peptide growth factors for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 72, July 2000, pp. 5-14

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