Colostrum and Herpes
Herpes is a disease caused by a herpes simplex virus that infects mucosal tissues and skin. The herpes simplex is highly contagious and is known to cause cold sores. The most common strains are type 1 and type 2.
Some people experience no symptoms. Others suffer with sores, blisters which become itchy and painful, and then heal. The virus can be a threat to newborn babies or to people with a weak immune system.
How holvita™ colostrum can help against herpes
Since the 1970s it has been known that bovine colostrum is able to destroy Herpes simplex virus-infected cells. (Kohl) Colostrum contains important immune factors such as the anti-bacterial and anti-viral iron binding lactoferrin. Studies have shown that colostrum and lactoferrin can inhibit the replication of the several strains of herpes viruses, including the Herpes-Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). (Marchettti, Siciliano, Hasegawa)
“Research has found out that lactoferrin possesses a potent anti-viral activity and may be useful in preventing certain types of viral infections in humans” (Hasegawa) Therefore bovine colostrums lactoferrin and its other beneficial components may help people suffering with herpes. Liquid colostrum and colostrum based cream may help people suffering with herpes.
Colostrum may also provide beneficial help by atopic application of our holvita liquid or colostrum based dermatological creams, as both have anti-pathogenic properties, as well as a soothing effect on affected areas. Growth factors in colostrum can promote skin regeneration and healing. See our skin section for more uses of our creams.
Rouse, B.T. et.al., 1976, Infection and Immunity, 13, pp. 1433. Antibody-dependent Cell-Mediated Cytoxtoxicity in Cows: Comparison of Effector Cell Activity Against Heterologous Erthrocyte and Herpes-Virus-Infected Bovine Target Cells: "Bovine leukocytes have antibody dependent cell-mediated cytoxcity against bovine herpes virus." Bovine Colostral cells with antibody were able to kill cells infected with herpes simplex in vivo
Kohl,S. et.al., 1978, Journal of Clinical Laboratory Immunology, 1, pp. 221-224. "Human Colostral Cytotoxicity: Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity Against Herpes Simplex-Infected Cells Mediated by Colostral Cells ": Colostral cells along with antibody were found to destroy herpes simplex-infected cells.
Isaacs, et. a1.,1995, Science, April p.p. 231: "Reporting in Experimental Biology "95: teams confirmed colostrum delivers not just antibodies but a battery of infection fighting agents. Among them, retinoic acids a Vitamin A derivative. Dr. Charles E. lsaacs et. al. at New York State Institute for Basic Research on Staten Island, NY, infected culture cells with herpes virus, his findings were that only retinoic acids conferred protection and reduced colonization. He concluded that while retinoic acids were not a cure, it effectively reduced the herpes virus to levels ( 11100 to 1/10,000 viruses remained active after treatment ) where the bodies immune system could fight off an outbreak.
Hasegawa, K, et al. Inhibition with lactoferrin of in vitro infection with human herpes virus. Japanese Journal of Medical Science and Biology 47:73-85 (1994). Both human and bovine lactoferrin inhibit infection with human herpes simplex virus and human cytomegalovirus in cell cultures.
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