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Study Shows Bovine Colostrum Repairs a Leaky Gut

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 Editor’s Note: Intestinal barrier damage is common in people with chronic Lyme disease. Colostrum may therefore be a useful supportive supplement for helping to repair the gut and reduce inflammation.
 
Bovine colostrum prevents bacterial translocation in an intestinal ischemia/reperfusion-injured rat model.
 
Abstract
 
This study evaluated whether or not bovine colostrum (BC) is able to treat or prevent intestinal barrier damage, bacterial translocation, and the related systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in an intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-injured rat model.
 
Fifty Sprague-Dawley rats were used. The rats' intestinal I/R injuries were induced by clamping the superior mesenteric artery for 30 minutes. After 3 hours of reperfusion and then twice daily reclamping during the experiment, the experimental group was given BC (4 mL/kg/day) perorally, and the other groups received 0.9% saline and low fat milk (LFM) after intestinal I/R injury.
 
Seventy-two hours later we assessed (1) intestinal damage and intestinal permeability, (2) enteric bacterial count and bacterial translocation, (3) serum albumin, protein, and hepatic enzyme levels, (4) pathologic findings of ileum and lung, (5) activity of oxygen-free radical species, and (6) pro-inflammatory cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1beta).
 
Intestinal damage, intestinal permeability, and bacterial translocation to other organs were significantly reduced in rats fed with BC after I/R when compared to rats fed LFM/saline after I/R (P < .05). In the evaluation of acute lung injury, neutrophils were found only in the lungs of the saline-fed group after I/R, and the wet/dry ratio of the lung tissue was significantly reduced in the BC-fed group after I/R compared to other I/R groups.
 
A marked difference was found between LFM/saline-fed groups and BC-fed groups regarding malondialdehyde (P < .05) and pro-inflammatory cytokines (P < .01). In conclusion, BC may have beneficial effects in treating and preventing intestinal barrier damage, bacterial translocation and the related SIRS and MODS in the intestinal I/R-injured rat model.
 
Source: By Choi HS1, Jung KH, Lee SC, Yim SV, Chung JH, Kim YW, Jeon WK, Hong HP, Ko YG, Kim CH, Jang KH, Kang SA. Bovine colostrum prevents bacterial translocation in an intestinal ischemia/reperfusion-injured rat model.
J Med Food. 2009 Feb;12(1):37-46. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2007.0613.
 

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