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Bovine Colostrum and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

August 8th, 2009

bovine-colostrum-ibs.jpgThere are a myriad of illnesses that can afflict the intestines. Some can be life threatening; others can have a range of annoying symptoms like bloating, excruciating pain, and cramping. In recent years, research has branched out and it seems that bovine colostrum can help eradicate certain diseases and symptoms of the bowels. One of the disorders that may very well benefit from this treatment is Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder that has unclear origins. The symptoms can start suddenly in an otherwise healthy person at any age, for any number of reasons. Characteristics of IBS include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps, and bloating. Some people experience all the symptoms at different times, others may only have one or two symptoms that come and go. For some people it can be an annoying condition, but for others it can be a debilitating disease.

The immune system is thought to play a part in IBS. Some researchers think that certain cases may be caused by bacteria. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can also be caused by stress, certain foods, and some types of medications. Some people are more susceptible to problems in the intestines, and therefore may have more issues with IBS and its associated symptoms. Since there are not any specific tests to diagnose IBS it is usually the diagnosis that doctors make after exploring other options, such as tumors in the intestine or other digestive tract abnormalities.

In recent years colostrum, specifically bovine colostrum, has been extensively researched as a treatment option for many diseases. Irritable bowel syndrome is one of those disorders that may very well respond to bovine colostrum, therefore helping to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms that are associated with it.

Colostrum is the liquid that is produced by the mammary glands during the first 1-2 days following birth. It is full of nutrients and has superior immune-building substances in it, along with other elements that sustain and protect an infant’s fragile system during the first few days of its life.

Bovine colostrum carries certain substances in it that have been linked to restoring the health of the intestines and eradicating symptoms of many diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome. One of these elements is a peptide growth factor that causes cells to grow, which can renew intestinal strength. As the intestines get stronger, symptoms of IBS decrease.

Bovine colostrum also contains immunoglobulins. These are made of certain proteins that have the ability to fight off infection. This is another reason that IBS symptoms could be significantly lessened by bovine colostrum, because in some cases it is believed that a certain bacteria contributes to IBS.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, studies of bovine colostrum have shown great promise in treating certain diseases. Although irritable bowel syndrome isn’t a life threatening disease, it can be a life-altering disease, and managing it with bovine colostrum may be just the answer for some of the people that suffer from it.

Lisa Bishop had produced three articles and one sale at Constant Content.

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