Bovine Colostrum Boosts Immunity Against the Flu
Monday, November 21, 2011
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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Colostrum is well known as a primary way in which a mother helps her child with immunity. Bovine colostrum is a well studied nutrient for boosting immunity, metabolism, and even bone health. The latest study adds to the immune support science supporting bovine colostrum, demonstrating the ability to help defend against the flu.
In this animal study mice were fed colostrum for three weeks and then subjected to flu infection. The colostrum mice, compared to controls, had much better function of their natural killer cells that are needed to help knock out viral infections of any kind. This included a specific boost in natural killer cells in their lungs, needed to help fight off respiratory infection such as the flu. In response to the induced flu the colostrum mice had much fewer symptoms.
This study demonstrates that one way colostrum helps fight the flu is by making the immune system more effective.
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