Research and Sciences
Research & Sciences
The science and wide ranging research behind the many benefits of bovine colostrum!
We are industry leading in utilising and processing colostrum to the highest quality to ensure the biological activity levels are not compromised and you are supplied with 100% pure and undiluted colostrum in our pure MIP capsules and powder products as well as having the option of adopting our optimised daily formula in our MIP Day Boost.
With over 6,000 studies illuminating the science of bovine colostrum, and new studies continuing to explore the most beneficial applications of colostrum for human and animal health, the industry continues to expand and you can trust that we are passionate about this field and continue to pursue quality.
Thousands of Years of Impressive History
This “first milk” substance has been used for thousands of years – especially before pharmaceutical drugs were available to help treat diseases and common ailments. Many scriptures and ancient medicinal practices have noted the use of colostrum in the treatment of hundreds of medical conditions that we treat with pharmaceutical drugs today. Some early references to the use of colostrum, referred to as “first milk”, date back as far as between 300 and 275 BC. In a book that was titled “The Book of Sirach”, colostrum was ranked at the top of beneficial substances for life, which were dubbed as one of the “necessities of life” at that particular time.
Colostrum was also utilized in the later parts of the 18th century, particularly in the treatment of bacterial infections as antibiotics, such as penicillin, were not yet discovered.
Studies Supporting the Benefits of Colostrum
Later, in the 1950’s, a doctor, named Albert Sabin, closely studied the structure and components of colostrum and noticed that certain antibodies found within it could be beneficial as a potential treatment against polio disease. Dr. Albert Sabin was the first to develop a polio vaccine that worked effectively in children that were susceptible of this particular disease.
This was not the only advancement made in the 1950’s regarding the use of colostrum as medicine. During this time, another scientist also discovered that some components contained within colostrum are able to assist with treating patients who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack joints in the host’s body; thus leading to joint inflammation, pain, tenderness and damage.
Many other scientific studies have been conducted on the use of colostrum in medicinal practices. Furthermore, scientists have also discovered that colostrum is not only beneficial for treating some diseases, but also an excellent supplement for simply maintaining a better overall wellbeing. Today, there are thousands of different scientific reports available on the potential benefits and medicinal properties that colostrum offers – from fighting against disease, infection and viruses, to providing the body with higher levels of energy and reducing fatigue.
Selected Clinical Studies
Colostrum is one of the most highly researched supplements in the world and here is a selection:
Viral Defence & Immune Support:
- Colostrum has a virus antibody that acts against viral invaders. A wide range of antiviral factors was acknowledged to be present in Colostrum. E.L. Palmer, et. al.; Journal of Medical Virology
- Colostrum contains Non Specific Inhibitors that inhibit a wide range of respiratory illness, notably Influenza viruses. Colostrum is specifically cited for its unique effectiveness against potentially deadly outbreaks of Asian Flu viruses that emerge from animal/human mutations. Shortridge, et.al.; Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
- Immunoglobulins (found in Colostrum) are able to neutralize the most harmful bacteria, viruses, and yeasts. Per Brandtzaeg; Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
- PRP, in bovine Colostrum, has the same ability to regulate activity of the immune system & Thymus gland. It activates an under active immune system, helping it move into action against disease-causing organisms. PRP also suppresses an overactive immune system, such as is often seen in the autoimmune diseases. PRP is highly anti-inflammatory and also appears to act on T-cell precursors to produce helper T-cells and suppresser T-cells. Staroscik, et. al.; Molecular Immunology
- Study provides evidence suggesting bovine colostrum may be effective in reducing upper respiratory infection episodes and total sick days due to URTIs. These effects were especially pronounced in participants aged between 3-6 years. Uchida K et al. Japanese Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010
- A study providing evidence suggesting that bovine colostrum can be responsible for the effective reversal of inappropriately increased intestinal permeability. Hałasa M, et al. Nutrients. 2017.
- Glycoproteins, in bovine Colostrum, inhibit the attachment of the Helicobactor Pylori bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. Colostrum contains significant amounts of Interlukin-10 (a strong inflammation inhibitory agent), found significant in reducing inflammation in arthritic joints and injury areas. Olle Hemell, at the University of Ulmea, Sweden; Science
- Study suggests that bovine colostrum may be effective in children with recurrent URTI and diarrhea to lessen the impact of both as it relates to number of infections, episodes, and the need for hospitalization. Patel K et al. Indian Journal of Pediatrics 2006
Cartilage, Bone & Muscel Repair:
- Cartilage Inducing Factor-A, found in Colostrum, stimulates cartilage repair. Seyedin, Thompson, Bentz, et. al.; Journal of Biological Chemistry.
- Study provides evidence which suggests that bovine colostrum can improve physical performance and reduce measures associated with muscle damage. Kotsis Y, et al. European journal of nutrition. 2018
- IGF-1, found in Colostrum, stimulates bone and muscle growth and nerve regeneration. Also found that topical administration to wounds resulted in more effective healing. Skottner, Arrhenius-Nyberg, Kanje and Fryklund, Acta. Paediatric Scandinavia
- Clinical studies show that IgE (Immunoglobulin), found in bovine Colostrum, may be responsible for regulating allergic response. Tortora, Funke & Cast; Microbiology