The incredible mix of immune and growth factors in colostrum can inhibit the spread of cancer cells. And, if viruses are involved in either the initiation or the spread of cancer, colostrum could prove to be one of the best ways to prevent the disease in the first place.
Cancer is currently one of the most lethal diseases worldwide and metastases are the main cause of cancer-associated mortality. It has been recognized for thousands of years as a disease, yet only in the past century has medical science understood what cancer really is and how it progresses.
Throughout our lives, healthy cells in our bodies divide and replace themselves all the time. According to Louise Chang, MD., cancer starts when a cell is somehow altered so that it multiplies out of control. “There’s a lot in cancer right now where the immunotherapy approaches are having fantastic positive effects and we’re now exploring all of those types of therapies in brain tumors as well” Susan Chang, MD (cancer.net). Immunotherapy is the treatment of disease by activating or suppressing the immune system.
How Cytokines Help Cancer
In 1985, Steven Rosenberg published “Quiet Strides in the War on Cancer” and it popularized the use of cytokines to treat cancer. Studies showed that this therapy is still successfully used today. Cytokines are protein molecules that help regulate and direct the immune system. Our cells release cytokines, which act as messengers to other cells, telling them when and where to instigate an immune response.
In cancer treatment, cytokines are synthesized in the lab and injected in larger doses than the body would normally produce. They are released in response to infection and inflammation and function to inhibit cancer development and progression while stimulating a host response that is aimed at controlling cellular stress and minimizing cellular damage.
Cytokines interfere with the way cancer cells grow and multiply. It also encourages cancer cells to produce chemicals that attract immune system cells to them. Stimulating the immune system encourages killer T-cells and other immune system cells to attack cancer cells. To this day, cytokines have been the single most researched elements in the search for a cure for cancer.
How Lactoferrin Helps Cancer
Another substance with strong anti-cancer activity is lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein that belongs to the transferrin family. It is predominantly found in the secretions of the exocrine glands located in the gateways of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems, suggesting a role in the nonspecific defense against invading pathogens.
Lactoferrin is also present in many other tissues and biological fluids and is documented to have anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-cancer and immune modulating/enhancing effects. This makes it a natural compound of choice in the treatment and prevention of a host of human ailments. It helps defend against infection and inflammation, regulation of cellular growth, and differentiation and protection against cancer development and metastasis.
Colostrum – Cytokines, Lactoferrin & Immunoglobulins
Colostrum contains cytokines that can help enhance the body’s response to cancer and are thought to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It supports the immune system and helps fight viruses which can initiate the growth and spread of cancerous cells. Colostrum also contains lactoferrin, which is an anti-inflammatory substance that fights viruses and bacteria and has been extensively researched for its role in treating and preventing cancer.
Beside cytokines and lactoferrin, colostrum also contains large amounts of immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies. Immunoglobulins are glycoprotein molecules produced by white blood cells. They act as a critical part of the immune response by specifically recognizing and binding to particular antigens, such as bacteria or viruses, and aiding in their destruction.
Colostrum is a natural product produced specifically for the complex and intricate workings of the mammalian immune system. While science is often successful at extracting specific compounds to treat individual body systems and diseases, it can often lead to adverse side effects in other areas of the body.
The beauty of colostrum is that it is a multi-functional complex of bio-active ingredients produced by mammals for mammals. Instead of isolating certain properties out for a specific function, like in medical drugs, all ingredients are available to work in synergy as nature intended. It treats the body as a whole system instead of isolated symptoms. There are no harmful side effects and the science of how and why it works is now readily available.
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