The intestinal lining is subject to injury from many sources: the foods we eat, over-the-counter medications, alcohol, antibiotics, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and a multitude of infections, bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. It is no wonder that gastrointestinal symptoms comprise the most common maladies leading to doctor’s office visits.
The most common offending drugs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat pain, usually muscle and joint pain. Many people take these NSAIDs to start the day or prior to exercise. They are the drugs most commonly causing gastritis, ulcers in the stomach and intestines, and GI bleeding. Most of them are available in your local grocery store: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Aleve, and plain old aspirin. How can we heal or prevent this damage?
Immunoglobulins from colostrum are highly effective in protecting the gastrointestinal lining. Immunoglobulin G is the main component in this preparation. IgG enhances healing of lesions in the intestinal mucosa.
“Leaky gut” indicates loss of integrity of the intestinal lining that allows toxins from bacteria and other microorganisms, and undigested food, to penetrate the intestine and enter the systemic circulation. These toxins may cause chronic fatigue, cognitive problems, pain, and other symptoms that may not resolve until damage to the gut is repaired.
IgG binds with bacteria before they can pass into the circulation, and attracts other components of the immune system to destroy them. Other components of this preparation are lactoferrin, which enhances iron absorption, IGF-1, proline rich peptides, and sialic acid, which also help to activate the immune system and heal the gut.
Individuals with intestinal problems, including inflammatory bowel disease, gluten sensitivity, diverticulits, and antibiotic related diarrhea, and all those who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs routinely, should take IgG regularly. They should also take probiotics and nutrients that assist healing, especially glutamine.
The dosage of IgG Protect is four capsules daily. It should be started prior to taking NSAIDs or antibiotics, maintained throughout treatment, and continued for at least one week after therapy. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and diverticulosis should continue a maintenance dose indefinitely, in order to prevent relapses.
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Allan Sosin, MD