Your immune system is a highly integrated physiologic system that protects you from internal threats as well as external threats such as infections, toxins and malignancies. It plays a key role in helping you grow, develop and live longer, and it stays on alert for anything that threatens your health.
Bovine Colostrum….. What is it?
It is the first form of milk produced by a cow after giving birth, provides a host of immune protecting substances. It is taken in the first twelve hours of a newborn’s life. Colostrum contains the essential nutrients for a young cow to grow and develop. Bovine colostrum is practically identical to human colostrum; however, Bovine contains nearly four times as much immune factors than human colostrum.
Research shows that colostrum supplementation in humans may have similar impact, and strengthen immune defenses, healing injuries, repairing nervous system damage, improving mood and sense of well being slowing and reversing aging, and as an agent for killing bacteria and fungus.
Some athletes use bovine colostrum to burn fat, build lean muscle, increase stamina and vitality, and improve athletic performance. Bovine colostrum is not on the banned drug list of the International Olympic Committee. FYI….. Just in case you were on your way to the Olympics
The Advantages of Bovine Colostrum
- Each serving includes immune factors that help maintain balance and stability in your body leading to a stronger immune system.
- The growth factors in Colostrum may affect the brain’s mood. It does this by regulating certain chemicals inside the brain, which result in a better mood.
- Assists in regeneration and can improve normal growth of aged or injured muscle, bone, cartilage, skin collagen and nerve tissue.
- Help burn fat for fuel instead of muscle tissue in times of diet, and build and retain lean muscle during a non-diet.
In addition to immune factors, colostrum contains an immense amount of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and Minerals are nutrients that are essential for normal metabolism, growth and development. They act as co-enzymes, enabling biochemical processes in the body. Vitamins and minerals are indispensable for the maintenance of health.
A good colostrum supplement should have a range of immune protecting substance within it including immunoglobulins, proline rich polypeptides and lactoferrin.
Echinacea is a flowering plant from the daisy family- Asteraceae. It is also known as the American coneflower. The plants roots and leaves have been used for centuries by Native Americans for the medicinal qualities. It is endemic to eastern and central North America and thrives in moist to dry prairies and open woodlands.
By the early 1800s Echinacea became a popular herbal remedy among those who had settled in the USA, and soon became commonly used in Europe as well. It became much more popular after research was carried out on it in Germany in the 1920s.
Promoters of Echinacea say that the herb encourages the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses, infections and conditions.
What are the active substances in Echinacea?
Echinacea has a complex mix of active substances, some of which are said to be antimicrobial, while others are believed to possibly have an effect on the human immune system.
All species of this herbal remedy have compounds called phenols. Many plants contain phenols, active substances which control the activity of a range of enzymes and cell receptors, and protects the plant from infections and UV radiation damage. Phenols have high antioxidant properties, which are good for human health.
Echinacea also contains alkylamides or alkamides, (not in E. pallida), which have an effect on the immune system. And contains polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and caffeic acid derivatives.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) warns consumers about being careful regarding some Echinacea products which are on the market.
Some are commonly mislabeled; some have been tested and were found to have no Echinacea in them at all.
As we have mentioned before when buying any supplement, make sure the company does a 3rd party quality control testing, before it is put out on the market. A company that has a NO compromise quality program that ensures safe and effective products, A NO compromise ingredient policy and that consumer safety remains a foremost priority.
Reishi Mushroom(pronounced Ray-she)……
Reishi mushrooms have been for over 2,000 years keeping people spry and healthy well into their golden years. Or at least that’s what people have been saying.
It is commonly consumed in Japan as a tea or powder for increased vitality and youthful vigor. Multiple studies have also shown that it supports the function of the immune system and benefits over all health.
According to some herbalists, red reishi mushrooms can cure many of the issues we associate with aging such as high blood pressure, arthritis and liver problems.
You can find reishi mushrooms growing on decaying tree stumps across East Asia and North America. They come in six colors, but it is the red variety that is linked to alternative medicine.
Along with their purported ability to help fight symptoms of old age, the mushrooms are famous for their antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants fight the oxidation process that causes cells to die, and are currently being studied for their potential to kill cancer growths. While the body of evidence is growing, the trials are scarce and the link hasn’t been conclusively proven.
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Natural melatonin levels slowly drop with age. Some older adults make very small amounts of it or none at all.
Melatonin supplement can help guard against lack of sleep and poor sleep, helping to keep your immune system functioning nicely. Getting adequate sleep is probably the most important habit for optimal immune system.
Melatonin is used to treat insomnia.
Other good uses for melatonin are:
- treating seasonal affective disorder
- helping control sleep patterns for people who work night shifts
- preventing or reducing problems with sleeping and confusion after surgery
- reducing chronic cluster headaches
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement.
Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid-to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.
Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder(SAD), or winter depression.
Melatonin supplements are safe in low doses for short-term and long-term use.
Here some common mistakes people make:
- Melatonin is a sleep hormone~ most people think melatonin is a natural sleeping pill. This couldn’t be more wrong. Melatonin on its own won’t induce sleep. If taken in the evening or when it is dark, melatonin can speed up sleep preparation, and it can tell the body clock to shift its sleep cycle to an earlier time
- I can take melatonin at any time~ If melatonin is used during daytime brightness, it can cause adverse effects. If the body clock is receiving conflicting daytime light signals and dark signals from melatonin, it can malfunction and not work properly when it is time to go to sleep later.
- Melatonin is a natural supplement, so it can’t do any harm~ The wrong amounts of melatonin or melatonin at the wrong time of day can cause serious health risks. Daytime melatonin has been shown to cause depression. This makes sense, especially when you consider that melatonin causes us to pull back, withdraw, become disoriented and irritable- the classic hibernation response. It’s best to avoid using melatonin that could be in our system during the day.
- The dosage amount isn’t important~ The problem with melatonin is that is was discovered long before scientists really understood what it does and how much you need. So the average melatonin supplement is 20-50 times more than we need.
- I don’t take melatonin, so I don’t have to worry~ Actually, this could be one of the costliest mistakes people make. Melatonin is an essential nighttime hormone. When in the body at the right time, it does wonderful things, such as help the heart and vital organs rest at night. Melatonin also acts as a powerful antioxidant; while it shuts the body down, it cleans the toxins and free radicals from cells.
But we often do things that keep melatonin from being produced, and that can be deadly.
When we stay up late at night or work night shifts, we keep our body from producing melatonin. This increases the risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Studies show women night-shift workers have a 500% higher risk of breast cancer and male night shift workers have a 50% increased risk of colo-rectal and bone cancer. While not realizing it, many people increase this risk with inconsistent sleep/wake schedules.
Caution: Melatonin should not be taken if eyes are exposed to bright sunlight, and melatonin should be avoided if operating any vehicle.