WHICH SUPPLEMENT DO I CHOOSE FOR MY PET’S IMMUNE SYSTEM?

ESTER-C® OR COLOSTRUM?

Ask yourself, “Does my pet’s Immune System just need to function better, or do I need to strengthen my pet’s Immune System?”

ESTER-C®

ESTER-C®- -VITAMIN C (I-ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble antioxidant that has been widely used as a vitamin supplement for several decades. An antioxidant is a substance that can help remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents from within a living organism.

Dogs and cats synthesize Vitamin C in the liver, which is widely distributed throughout the body’s soft tissue. Vitamin C has an essential physiologic role in numerous metabolic functions, including the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissue while improving oxidative stress and Immune System regulation. Vitamin C can also help heal wounds and help repair and maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin, and cartilage. Vitamin C is also known to help reduce the risk of cartilage loss associated with osteoarthritis.

★The Bottom Line: Consider giving Wholistic Ester-C® as a preventative and immune booster to help support and regulate normal Immune function. Some Veterinarians suggest giving vitamin C to dogs before and after vaccinations, to dogs that have been exposed to contagious diseases, and to pregnant and lactating dogs.

Wholistic Ester-C® is a patented, non-acidic, Body-Ready® form of Vitamin C that is easily absorbed for maximum effectiveness. Dogs do produce some Vitamin C, but not nearly the amount necessary for peak health. Ester-C® has been found to be four times more readily available to body tissue than basic Vitamin C. There is an increased demand for Ester-C® during times of stress such as heavy exercise or injury. Being an essential constituent of connective tissue, Ester-C® also serves as a chondroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and immune responsive substance. Ester-C® is very easy on the stomach lining. 

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COLOSTRUM

Colostrum is a milky fluid released by mammals that have recently given birth. The release of colostrum happens before the production of breast milk. Colostrum is an important source of nutrients that promotes growth while helping to fight illness in newborns. Still, it can be consumed during other phases of life to aid in periods of normal recovery. This is normally done through the introduction of supplements.

Even though all mammals produce colostrum, supplements are usually made from the colostrum of cows. This supplement is known as bovine colostrum. Bovine colostrum is similar to human colostrum — rich in vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, illness-fighting proteins, growth hormones, and digestive enzymes.

Available data indicates that bovine colostrum is generally considered safe and well-tolerated in dogs and cats. After all, it is just “high octane” milk. Colostrum contains very high levels of nutrients needed in the first days of life, and hence, is rich in fat and proteins such as Immunoglobulins.  

Immunoglobulins (Ig) are glycoproteins with antibody (Ab) activity found in the blood, lymph, and vascularized tissues. Immunoglobulins are produced by plasma cells (white blood cells) and are known as antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the Immune System to fight foreign substances, like viruses and bacteria. 

Your pet’s body makes different types of immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG, and IgM) to fight different types of foreign substances. Immunoglobulins act as a critical part of the Immune Response. By supplementing with colostrum, the body can get a boost of immunoglobulins which in turn, specifically recognize and bind to bacteria or viruses, and aid in their destruction.

★The Bottom Line: Consider giving Wholistic Colostrum Powder when you need to strengthen your cat or dog’s Immune System with Immunoglobins (Ig). These antibodies (AB) act as a critical part of the Immune Response and aid in destroying bacteria and viruses. Colostrum is essential to companion animal species like dogs and cats since all domestic animals receive very little if any, Immunoglobulin trans-placentally. Bovine colostrum supplements have become popular in recent years to promote immunity, fight infection, and improve gut health. They are also helping cats and dogs who suffer from respiratory infections, diarrhea, periodontal disease, and deterioration with aging.

Wholistic Colostrum Powder is a highly concentrated powdered form of bovine colostrum. It is the first choice in providing your pet with passive immunity (Immunoglobulins IgA, IgM, IgG, lactoferrin) and to strengthen their Immune System during times of stress, illness, and/or periods of recovery. It can be useful for helping to reduce allergic reactions because it contains praline-rich polypeptide, which helps soothe symptoms experienced during allergic reactions. It is thought to suppress the release of white blood cells and T-cells, which are responsible for the Immune System’s response to allergens.

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