Once you find out about all of the possible benefits of taking bovine colostrum, you might be sold. It is bovine breast milk, so what is different about it than drinking the milk from cows you always drink? Maybe you don’t drink milk, but either way, it is all about the colostrum. You see, the colostrum isn’t the milk itself but an ingredient in the milk. There are people out there not just touting the benefits of colostrum but also how it can help fight specific diseases like cancer.
Colostrum is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory, and that can come in handy in many ways. Do its anti-inflammatory benefits really hold that much merit though is what some people are wondering. What does your doctor say about colostrum? At this point, you are under a doctor’s care for your specific illness, and he or she could have valuable insight as to whether or not the bovine colostrum could be of much help.
It could be that the colostrum is more helpful for certain types of cancers. What type of cancer do you have? It should also be mentioned that it’s not just about cancer treatment but also cancer prevention as well. Colostrum is one ingredient in the bovine milk, and in the colostrum is a compound called Lactoferrin. This compound is supposed to regulate antigen pathways and much more.
When it comes to specific conditions, there might be more information as to how the colostrum can help. That is why it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about colostrum and your condition. The antimicrobial properties of the colostrum is also said to be helpful in fighting off bacterial infections in cancer patients. It is also said that these properties can help when it comes to giving your immune system a boost, but does it?
Do you suffer from any other health conditions? Other conditions can also certainly arise if you have been diagnosed with cancer. It should be mentioned that metabolic conditions can also be addressed by taking colostrum. It should never be assumed that colostrum is a cure all for any of these health conditions, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used in conjunction with all of those other natural remedies.
One of the benefits of colostrum seems a little vague because experts say it works as a defense against cancer. The reasoning behind this benefit is attributed to improved immune system health when it comes to consuming colostrum. However, there is a particular binding protein that your body will produce when you take bovine colostrum, and that binding protein from vitamin D is known as GcMAF.
Since you want all the details so you know whether or not the colostrum is going to work for you, be sure you pay attention to any conflicting reports. In fact, medical experts cite conflicting evidence. Then you start reading about the evidence, and it doesn’t actually appear that there is any conflicting evidence. What it appears is that any evidence looks rather promising, but that the evidence doesn’t necessarily prove much just yet.
Isn’t that the way it always seems to work when it comes to natural substances? It isn’t like you expected to get hard hitting benefits from something all-natural, but you are certainly curious. How do you make sure you get enough colostrum from bovine milk? One other benefit of colostrum that you might want to know about is that it is said to help detoxify the body. Cancer patients have to be careful to make the right changes, but maybe this would be a very positive change to look into.
Elan Organic Coffees supports shade-grown coffee as a means to improve the income and diet of poor coffee farmers and restore habitat diversity in tropical forests that are endangered by development.
What exactly constitutes a coffee plant grown in shade? And why is it more ecologically beneficial than sun-grown coffee?
Coffee is commonly grown in two different ways: in shade or in full sun.
Sun-grown coffee is produced on hybrid bushes that grow in direct sun without any protection from taller trees. Growers must supply these plants with agrochemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.). Consequently, most farmers who produce sun-grown coffee are large growers with ample capital for costly inputs. Those costs are offset by a more intense production and higher yields per hectare than for shade-grown coffee.
Shade-grown coffee bushes grow under shade trees (vegetative coverage). This process is a less-intensive, lower-yielding form of cultivation than sun-grown coffee and may be divided into three forms:
a) Conventional shade-grown coffee, which uses agrochemicals.
b) Natural shade-grown coffee, which uses neither chemicals nor any specific technique to improve the plant condition nor the environment. It is simply left to grow as it may without any attention.
c) Organic shade-grown coffee, which does not use any type of synthetic chemical, but is cultivated using special techniques. There are different stages throughout the process and each stage employs a special technique, such as improvement of the soil, treatment for the plant, pruning of the plant and vegetative covering, etc.
Approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of coffee comes from small farmers who cultivate shade-grown bushes on one to three hectares (about 2.5 to 7.5 acres) of land. This means that most of the coffee we consume every day comes from very poor people with small farms. By diversifying the shade-tree canopy, farmers can enjoy a richer production from their land and the canopy becomes a more diverse habitat for insects, plants and migratory birds.
Coffee producers throughout Latin America use shade. There are different types of shade. In Mexico, for example, a great majority of coffee plantations have a single type of shade tree (called monospecific shade or monoculture) using Inga spp., locally called Chalum. In Guatemala, Chalum shades are used as well as another type called gravilea. Many Latin American producers plant other types of trees among the shade trees, including banana, lemon, orange, avocado and other fruit trees for personal consumption and for sale; this type of shade is called commercial polyculture.
Farmers find many good reasons for using Inga spp. (Chalum). The tree develops rapidly and its plentiful leaves contribute as a natural fertilizer when they fall to the ground. Its shade is non-intense, permitting some sunrays to enter. Its broad canopy shades a large area.
Most small coffee farmers in Latin America begin production by clear-cutting land, usually forest or jungle, and planting corn for personal consumption and sale. After two or more years of corn production, they plant coffee because it is a relatively good-paying cash crop that will earn them a profit. While growing their corn crop, these farmers prepare the coffee bushes and Inga spp. trees for later planting, resulting in growth of the same shade tree throughout their groves.
Throughout our years of contact with these farmers, we have noticed that this monospecific shade is not the best shade for coffee plantations and that harvests are better with another type of shade, which is diversified. The concept of diversified shade uses two or more layers or levels of shade trees and different species of trees.
When small farmers first began using organic production techniques and including them in the regulations for their cooperatives, there was little emphasis on the type of shade trees that should be used. Nevertheless, some small farmers have improved the diversity of the shade of their coffee groves, but this takes years. This has come from the personal initiative of the farmers and from people and agencies providing technical assistance, rather than through regulations established through the organic certification process.
In order to be labeled “organic”, coffee must adhere to rigorous standards in agricultural production, handling, and roasting. The “Organic Foods Production Act” of 1990 is the federal law which governs U.S. organic food standards and labeling. This regulation declares that organic foodstuffs must be grown and processed according to two basic principles; no prohibited substances can be used, and a sustainable organic plan must be implemented. The myriad of details that constitute the regulations have been developed by the organic community over many years of exhaustive, expert debate.
The prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This is especially important in less developed countries where there is little or no protection for the farmers who apply the pesticides. As a matter of fact, many of the pesticides used are banned in developed countries. Unfortunately, damage to the environment and people is hard to calculate. We can say with certainty, though, that these materials are not only toxic but can also be mutagenic and increase immune deficiency, even at low doses. When synthetic pesticides are prohibited, it allows for the development of bio-rational controls such as commercial insectaries that rear a wasp parasite that controls coffee borer (broca). This is very different from so called “green seals” which allow an undefined “restricted” use of synthetic pesticides.
The organic farm plan consists of an organic management system. In the case of coffee, this system would include the use of shade grown trees that provide ecological niches for beneficial insects, nitrogen for the coffee, and erosion control to name just a few benefits. Under organic management, all the coffee cherries would be composted along with other agricultural waste. Ideally bananas or other food crops would be inter-planted with the coffee. The role of the organic inspector is to see that the organic plan outlined in the application is implemented on the farm. In succeeding years, improvements in the management system will be expected.
The certification agent based on the handling plan presented by the importing coffee companies must also verify the transport, handling, roasting, and packing of the coffee. The organic seal guarantees that the coffee was grown according to ecological principles and its integrity protected en-route.
Elan Organic Coffee has been planet and people conscious since our first day in business. We have implemented social programs that help improve living conditions in coffee-producing regions. Proceeds from each pound help fund programs, rural improvements, modern roads, health and education. We make a difference through fair-trade practices and long range business relationships.
Fair Trade Coffee helps small grower communities improve in many ways. It pays our farmers a decent living wage for their harvest even when they market is low as it has been for the past year. It creates direct trade to small coffee growers and their cooperatives. It provides access to affordable credit, helping farmers stay out of debt to local coyotes, and it promotes sustainable practices, such as organic farming, that protects our environment. Because all these practices Elan Organic Coffees was one of the first coffee develpers / importers to sign up for the TransFair USA license and we have been a strong promoter since then.
Look for fair Trade the label it is a proof that your coffee was grown consciously!!