The supplements that we carry, have been selected because we believe they are the finest available. Our supplements are geared toward whole-body wellness vs supplements that are designed to target specific conditions. We believe that it is important to use broad-spectrum nutrients that will have an overall greater impact than individualized supplements. Our supplements are organic and minimally processed.
Why are supplements important?
Let me first start out by saying we don’t promote overdosing on supplements and in most cases we recommend about half of the dose recommended on the bottle. Modern-day lifestyles do not lend themselves to healthy lifestyles. In many cases, we are eating processed foods or fast foods. Very few of us in this modern age eat a diet that has the ability to meet anything more than our very basic nutritional needs. By taking high quality, whole food organic vitamins we can help offset some of but not all of those Nutritional deficiencies.
CGF-Colostral Growth Factors
Thymosin (alpha & beta chains). A hormone that acts on the thymus gland independently or in concert with each other to stimulate activation, development, and maintenance of the immune system.
Proline-rich peptide (PRP). A small protein that acts on the thymus and other organs associated with the immune system to keep it the immune system from over-responding to injury or illness.
Cytokines. Proteins produced by cells in the body that generate specialized types of white blood cells signals them to come to the site of an illness or injury and help in their passage through tissues.
Lymphokines. Proteins that are produced by white blood cells that tell other cells to transform themselves into higher functioning cell types that release substances that will destroy invading microorganism.
Immunoglobulins (IgG, IgM, IgA). Antibodies, that make up a significant portion of the proteins found in colostrum. These antibodies were produced by the mother’s immune system in response to her exposure to many different microorganisms during her lifetime and then transferred into the colostrum prior to birth. Antibodies offer protection against bacteria, viruses, and fungi that infect the gastrointestinal tract of humans.
Transfer factors. Small proteins produced in response to the body’s exposure to certain types of microorganisms, particularly those that reside in deep tissues for a long period of time, like the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. They are specific for a particular microorganism and are carried inside of certain types of specialized white blood cells. Transfer factors have limited effectiveness alone in defending the body against infection by such microorganisms, but, rather, act in concert with various white blood cells and other factors in an attempt to keep the microorganisms under control.
Lactoferrin. A mineral-binding protein that attaches to iron. Certain bacteria, like E. coli, require iron to reproduce and, therefore, lactoferrin is a substance, when operating in the presence of antibodies will work to impede the growth of microorganisms in the intestines.
Transferrin. A mineral-binding protein that attaches to iron and will act independently or in concert with lactoferrin to inhibit the growth of aerobic bacteria in the intestines.
Lysozyme. An enzyme that will attach itself to the cell wall of pathogenic bacteria breaking down the bacterial structure.
Lactoperoxidase. A mild enzyme that can attach to the wall of bacteria, degrade proteins and prevent the bacteria from replicating.
Xanthine Oxidase. A mild enzyme that will attach to the wall of bacteria, degrade other proteins than those affected by lactoperoxidase and, therefore, also inhibit the bacteria from replicating.
White blood cells (leukocytes). Three types of white blood cells are present in colostrum, neutrophils, macrophages, and polymorphonuclear cells. Each one has the ability to phagocytize (engulf) microorganisms and other foreign bodies and cause the destruction of microorganisms.
Oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates. Complex carbohydrates (sugars) that adh will bind to specific sites on the surface of the GI tract, preventing the attachment of microorganisms.
The Growth Factors
Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs). Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its counterpart insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2) are hormones that are found in almost all cells in the body. They are in a group of 90 different proteins, called the “IGF Binding Protein (IGFBP) Superfamily”, responsible for the processes by which cells grow and replicate. These hormones are also responsible for maintaining the metabolic pathways in the body, which is how cells convert glucose to glycogen, an energy resource, and use amino acids to make proteins. The event that initiates the functions of the various proteins in the IGFBP Superfamily is the binding of IGF-1 to a site on the surface of a cell. Growth factors found in colostrum include the following substances;
- Transforming growth factors A & B. Transforms cells from an immature form to a mature, functioning cell
- Epithelial growth factor. Responsible for the generation and maintenance of cells in the epithelial layers of the skin.
- Fibroblast growth factor. Responsible for the regeneration of various types of tissue, including skin and other organs.
- Platelet-derived growth factor. Associated with the generation of cells and functions responsible for blood clotting.
The Metabolic Factors
Leptin. A hormone-like protein that helps suppress the appetite and lead to weight loss. Fat cells (adipocytes) give off leptin in the presence of insulin, Leptin, also found in colostrum. Insulin-producing cells of the pancreas have binding sites for leptin and it’s believed the size of fat cells is a contributing factor in determining the amount of leptin released. Leptin deficiency can be associated with obesity, especially in diabetics.
Insulin. A hormone involved in the utilization of blood sugar. Insulin binds with cells, allowing the interaction with IGF-1 and initiating the conversion of glucose to glycogen, an important energy source for the body.
Vitamin-binding proteins. Proteins that act as carriers to deliver complex B vitamins to the body. Carrier proteins and the associated vitamins folate (B6), B12 and orotic acid are in colostrum.
Fat-associated vitamins. Large quantities of vitamins A, D, E and K are in or associated with the fat in colostrum.
Mineral-binding proteins. Iron-binding proteins, lactoferrin, and transferrin interfere with the replication of certain microorganisms, they also capture Iron and Copper from food and present it in a form that the body can utilize. There are also two carrier proteins in colostrum that aid in the absorption of calcium, Casein, an abundant source of amino acids to build new protein molecules, and alpha-lactalbumin present in colostrum soon after birth.
Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). A phosphorylated nucleotide in a form that transfers the chemical energy necessary to drive metabolic reactions to form new protein, carbohydrates and fat molecules.
Enzyme inhibitors. Proteins that slow down or inhibit the breakdown of proteins by enzymes. They provide limited protection to the immune, growth and metabolic factors as they pass through the digestive tract.
There are two additional substances, they are the hormone melatonin, which has a direct effect on the establishment of biological rhythms and proper sleep patterns; and relaxin, a hormone known to directly affect contracted muscles.