We all know that boosting the immune system is a good thing for us all……..right?
Not in everyone’s case. Conditions when the immune system has become out of control and starts attacking the body’s own tissue, (as in the case of Auto immune conditions like Multiple sclerosis and Rheumatoid arthritis and even conditions like eczema and psoriasis), do not respond positively to even more immune stimulation – no matter how natural it is. In fact it can make these conditions worse.
What’s really needed is something that creates balance in the immune system. That is, something that stimulates an underactive immune system when needed, yet tones down and over active immune system when needed.
Proline-Rich-polypeptides (PRPs) do just that. Whether you have a nasty viral or bacterial infection (showing a weakened immune system) or allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease or Rheumatoid arthritis (showing an over active immune system) PRPs can help restore balance.
So where do PRPs come from?
Proline-Rich-polypeptides (PRPs) are a natural component in colostrum known for their advanced immune balancing function. Colostrum is the first milk that a mammal produces in the first 24- 48 hours to ensure the baby gets a strong immune system. Without it the baby may struggle to thrive. Standard colostrum powder contains many immune factors including, Immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM) and Growth factors (IGF-1) and Lactoferrin but only some colostrum powders contains high levels of PRP’s.
So how do PRPs work in the body?
PRPs support the regulation of the thymus gland (the gland responsible for normal immune function) and have the unique ability to modulate and regulate the cytokine system. Cytokines are the bodies chemical messengers responsible for cell to cell communication to either stimulate an under active immune system or tone down an overactive one, and normalize the functional activities of cells and tissues.
Autoimmune diseases and allergies are due to an overactive immune system where the body gets carried away and causes over production of immune cells and the body starts attacking itself, leading to inflammation, pain, swelling and tissue damage.
PRPs help switch off this inappropriate inflammatory response by regulating cytokines which then inhibit the production of the over reactive immune cells thus reducing the signs and symptoms of inflammation.
The PRPs also help the immune system to provide a more effective immune response to chronic viral or bacterial infections by increasing specific white blood cells (immune cells) called B-cells and T-cells. These cells have various actions and attack viral and bacterial infections and inhibit viral replication. PRPs also stimulate the activity (up to 10 times) of an even stronger immune cell called Natural Killer (NK) cells which have an even faster immune response.
Can anyone take PRPs?
Just about! From children right through to the elderly PRPs are safe to take for a whole range of health conditions. It is not recommended that pregnant women or people with organ transplants take PRPs due to their immune balancing properties. When a woman is pregnant her body goes into a certain immune state to protect the fetus from her immune system attacking it. Therefore it is not recommended (unless under the guidance of a healthcare professional) that she tries to put it into balance.
So what conditions are PRPs best suited to?
There are so many – but just to name a few;
- Viral & bacterial infections
- Treatment and preventative for colds and flu
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
All in all it’s a pretty exciting ingredient that is safe, natural and suited to a wide variety of health conditions and ages.
By Lynley Baker
Good Health Naturopath
New Zealand farmer, Dr Andrew Keech, recognized the valuable PRP component (the important immune balancing component) that gets lost during processing and after many years in research and development – found a way to maintain high levels of PRP’s – up to 20 times the amount found in some regular colostrum powders. In 2003 APS Biogroup was formed and by 2009 it become the largest manufacturer of high quality colostrum products in the world, setting a new standard for quality and therapeutic effectiveness. So innovative and effective was this process – he patented it and called this PRP rich ingredient, Immulox. Buy Immulox now from our secure on-line shop.
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