What are Immunoglobulins?
Immunoglobulins (IgG) are proteins that are present in bovine whey protein. One of their functions is as a transporter of antibodies against harmful microorganisms like viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders. IgG has been used to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis A, anemia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and chickenpox, among others. IgG are essential elements to maintain a humans immunity from detrimental microorganisms and toxins. This substance is transferred from mother to child inside the womb to protect him/her from the introduction of pathogens in the outside world. This way the child is born with a passive immunity. IgG work together and separately to battle antigens. They circulate in the blood and lymphatic systems, and also reside in the mucous membranes to act as a barrier against invaders.
These immunoglobulins are of a critical importance because many bacteria’s become more resistant to antibiotics every day. These bacteria infect our food supply and there are more viruses created at a faster rate than the vaccines used to battle them, science is constantly having to catch up. More and more diseases are being linked to bacterial infection, including peptic ulcers and heart disease.The claim of a link between bacterial infection and heart disorders have very strong evidence to support them(1). ImmunoPro®, with its high amounts of IgG, plays a major role as a supplier of these key protein fractions.
How The Body Utilizes Immunoglobulin Gs?
Our body’s first line of immune defense to unhealthy organisms is the intestinal tract(2). The IgG has been found to resist break down by the digestive enzymes within the digestive tract (due to the glycoproteins and trypsin inhibitors), therefore the IgG enters the intestinal wall fully intact where they defend the lining against invading organisms, and prevent the absorption of foreign proteins. The IgG is a factor in increasing the immune system activity level. This substance is important in stabilizing and restoring a damaged intestinal tract so it can function once again at its optimum capacity for nutrient absorption and utilization.
The antibodies derived from bovine milk have many of the mothers milk IgG characteristics and may be active against the same diseases in humans. Immunoglobulins consist of four polypeptide chains with two of the same heavy chains linked by covalent and non-covalent bridges. The light and heavy chains both have areas with constant amino acids and with a variable region. This variable region is where the antibody meets the antigen (foreign molecule). The bovine milk antigens are resistant to the peptic digestion process, which is good for those of us using an non-denatured whey protein abundant in IgG proteins(3).
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3. Watson DL. Immunologic functions of the mammary gland and its secretion – Comparative review. Aust J Biol Sci 1980; 33:402-422