Colostrum may improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms – exciting findings
Colostrum from especially immunised cows may be able to reduce inflammatory activity of rheumatoid arthritis, a team explains in the Journal of Dairy Science.
The onset of rheumatoid arthritis is complex and one factor believed to play a part is infection. As a consequence, many foods have been studied as possible dietary therapies, including cow colostrum (the milk produced just before and after the birth of a calf) as it contains higher levels of nutrients, immune factors and immunoglobulins than milk.
Hyperimmune milk and colostrum is produced by dairy cows that are immunised with a polyvalent bacterial vaccine, and has been shown to suppress inflammation and even reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis in humans.
Now a team has looked at if hyperimmune colostrum can alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in mice. Mice were fed colostrum from immunised cows, either 5mg/day or 10mg/day for 49 days. Compared to mice not fed hyperimmune colostrum, they had lower total swelling scores, collagen-specific antibody, inflammation-associated antibody and the inflammatory cytokines TNF-alpha and interleukin levels.
“The results strongly suggest that colostrum from immunized cows may have anti-inflammatory activity in a mouse model of rheumatoid arthritis,” the authors conclude. “Additional research would be needed to determine whether hyperimmune colostrum could alleviate the inflammatory symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in humans.”
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