Sneak Peek – Supercharging your Immune System With MAF Yogurt
T This article is a primer to give some background on a new product being developed which will provide you with the ingredients and tools you need to make a powerful immune boosting probiotic as a yogurt drink which is macrophage-activating. You can make it at home fresh each week which may help improve many health conditions.
The MAFMAker kit (now launched) will come with 14 strains of probiotic bacteria, colostrum collected at 6 hrs and adaptogenic fruiting bodies Reishi, Maitake and Cordyceps in powder form and which offer immune system support in their own right but are the supercharged when fermented together as a raw-milk based yogurt drink you can make at home and will provide 2 weeks supply (2 Litres).
Yogurt type probiotics are one of the most powerful immune supports you can give your body. “Probiotic” is a term used to describe foods and supplements that contain living micro-organisms.
“It has been suggested that MAF can be formed by probiotic bacteria in a yoghurt medium. This probiotic mixture has been found to be helpful in various immune disturbances including ME/CFS.
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Bacteria are by far the most common type of micro-organism found in probiotics, but there are some probiotic supplements in the marketplace that are yeast-based and these should be avoided.
Most commercial yogurts are chock-full of artificial colors, flavors, additives, and sugar, typically as fructose (high fructose corn syrup), which actually nourishes disease-causing bacteria, yeast, and fungi in your gut. Since your gut has limited real estate, this smothers your beneficial bacteria and gets you sick.” ~ Dr J Mercola
Sugar also promotes insulin resistance, which is a driving factor of most chronic disease. Virtually all commercially available yogurts use pasteurised milk (heated at high temperature) even before it is reheated to make the yogurt itself, and this has its own drawbacks and they only include 1 to 3 bacterial strain and many contain none!
The top-rated yogurts are generally VAT pasteurised at relatively low temperatures, and are made from raw milk rather than previously pasteurised milk. While not as advantageous as making yogurt drinks from raw milk in your own home, it’s certainly better than most commercial yogurt.
Probiotics are microorganisms that line your gut and support nutrient absorption and protect you from foreign invaders like E. coli and parasites. The best way to include probiotics in your diet is in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products such as cheese, kefir and yogurt. Some disorders which probiotic rich foods are known to help which include:
Colon cancer (9072762, nu3060637)
Inflammatory bowel disease
Irritable bowel syndrome
Weakened immune system
Auto Immune Diseases
Urinary track infections
Vaginal yeast infections
While most commercially sold yogurts contain some living bacteria and might very loosely be referred to as “probiotic” for this reason, it’s definitely incorrect to think about all yogurts as being equivalent in terms of their probiotic benefits. For example, some yogurts in the marketplace may contain less than 1,000 bacteria per gram. While that number might sound large, it’s actually quite small when you are talking about bacteria.
While there are no required industry standards for labeling a yogurt as “probiotic,” a commonly adopted voluntary standard in the industry is at least 1,000,000 living bacteria per gram of yogurt, and we’re aiming for many times that figure with MAFMaker.
Since measurement of living versus dead bacteria in a yogurt can be complicated, most companies also report the live bacteria content of their yogurt in terms of “cfu” or “colony forming units. CFUs are best thought of as viable bacterial cells that capable of multiplying and forming larger colonies of bacteria. It’s also worth noting here that in scientific notation, the number one million (1,000,000) is typically written as 106. So you might see a phrase like “106 CFUs” on package information about yogurt.
This phrase tells you that the yogurt contained at least 1,000,000 viable bacterial cells at the time when it was manufactured. The use of fermented foods by ancestral cultures to preserve food, enhance nutritional value, and protect health goes back thousands of years and spans the globe. The practice served to significantly bolster immunity and increase the longevity of traditional societies as consumption of these probiotic rich foods introduced a constant stream of beneficial bacteria into the gut on a daily basis which improved digestion and nutrient absorption, discouraged pathogenic activity, and maintained top notch intestinal health.
Why We Need Probiotics
Our body contains about 100 trillion bacteria, mostly in your gut, which is more than 10 times the number of cells you have in your entire body. It’s now quite clear that the type and quantity of micro-organisms in your gut interact with your body in ways that can either prevent or encourage the development of many diseases.
A healthy microbiome is not only important for optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, these bacteria also help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals, aid in the elimination of toxins, and are responsible for a good part of your immune system and mental health, including your ability to resist anxiety, stress, and depression.
We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. Among other things, the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.
Unfortunately, several features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
- Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- Diets low in fermentable fibers
- Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
- Chronic stress
- Chronic infections
Antibiotics are particularly harmful to the gut flora. Recent studies have shown that antibiotic use causes a profound and rapid loss of diversity and a shift in the composition of the gut flora. This diversity is not recovered after antibiotic use without intervention.
As shown in earlier research, certain microorganisms are particularly efficient at binding to certain toxins and/or chemicals, including pesticides. Here, they found that L. Rhamnosus had a preference for binding (and eliminating) mercury and arsenic.
According to the authors: “Probiotic food produced locally represents a nutritious and affordable means for people in some developing countries to counter exposures to toxic metals.” Probiotics also have dozens of other beneficial pharmacological actions,3 including:
|Anti-infective||Antioxidant||Antiproliferative||Apoptopic (cellular self-destruction)|
|Radio- and chemo protective||Upregulates glutathione and certain glycoproteins that help regulate immune responses, including interleukin-4, interleukin-10, and interleukin-12||Downregulates interleukin-6
(a cytokine involved in chronic inflammation and age-related diseases)
|Inhibits tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha inhibitor, NF-kappaB, epidermal growth factor receptor, and more|
Most of the research on live culture yogurts shows the ability of live bacteria in yogurt to become metabolically active in our digestive tract and to support digestion and absorption of nutrients. Consumption of probiotic yogurts has also been show to help steady the passage of food through our digestive tract and to lessen the risk of certain digestive problems (such as diarrhea).
Studies have also shown the ability of yogurt bacteria to convert food sugars found inside our digestive tract into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). These SCFAs can then be used as an energy source for cells that line our large intestine, providing better function in that part of our digestive tract.
It’s important to recognize the diverse range of nutrients provided by grass-fed yogurt. With the exception of dietary fiber, virtually all key nutrient groups are represented in the nutritional profile of grass-fed yogurt. We’re talking about all B-vitamins, most key minerals, proteins with the vast majority of amino acids in good supply, high-quality fats like omega-3s and CLA, and also phytonutrients like sphingosine and sphinganine.
What is MAF?
MAF is a sugar protein that acts as a Macrophage Activating Factor (MAF) in the immune system. It is part of the Active Vitamin D Molecule (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3), produced in the liver, is completely natural and the body expects it. Over 57 research papers have been published that demonstrate MAF activates Macrophages in both in vivo and in vitro studies, Macrophages are known as the ‘Big Eaters’.
Macrophages function in both non-specific defense (innate immunity) as well as help initiate specific defence mechanisms (adaptive immunity) of vertebrate animals. Their role is to phagocytise (engulf and then digest) cellular debris and pathogens, either as stationary or as mobile cells. They also stimulate lymphocytes and other immune cells to respond to pathogens. They are specialized phagocytic cells that attack foreign substances, infectious microbes and cancer cells through destruction and ingestion.
The MAF molecule is part of the larger Vitamin D process, and to work effectively, sufficient levels of vitamin D should be available. The vitamin D that the body finds easiest to assimilate is that produced in sunlight on bare skin. Vitamin D3 capsules or tablets should be taken where sunlight is deficient, up to 5000 iu per day. Vitamin D is a fat covered molecule so a healthy intake of good quality virgin oils such as olive, coconut or organic dairy produce such as MAFMaker yogurt drink may help the immune system.
Many autistic children suffer from intestinal problems, so a diet that excludes dairy and glucose products has been shown to offer relief from intestinal problems for many patients, tho be aware most of these are pasteurised which de-natures the material.
Certain probiotic yoghurt types can help to rebalance the intestinal flora, and by fermenting the culture for 24 hrs ferments out the lactose and casein elements during production and includes healthy bacterial strains that will encourage the activation of macrophages via the intestinal tract. Good results have been seen by using the two variants of macrophage activation with MAF yogurt.
Using and Side effects of MAF
Autism is not limited to, but is the result of many viral and bacterial infections. An awakened immune system will deal with these pathogens in no particular order. Be aware, and make note of any immune responses such as low grade fevers and bacterial flare ups. These can be seen as a positive sign that the immune system is functioning. If the symptoms become aggravated then reduce the dosage of MAF.
In addition to this nutrient diversity, yogurts with a sufficient number of live bacterial cultures (“probiotic” yogurts) can provide us with an even greater nutritional diversity because their bacteria can continue to metabolize food and transform nutrients after the yogurt has been consumed. It’s worth remembering that yogurt is similar to all traditionally fermented foods in this respect: it belongs to a group of foods that are especially diverse in nutrient content.
The problem, however, is that fermented foods, while potent, do not contain the correct type and therapeutic strength probiotics necessary to destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi that have taken up residence within the intestines.
Fermented foods contain lactic acid based probiotics, in other words, strains like Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus that do not aggressively attack pathogens.
So what’s missing from fermented foods that a person on a gut healing diet really needs? According to Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome and creator of the GAPS Diet, the soil based probiotics, and in particular, the strain Bacillus subtilis are a very important piece of the gut healing puzzle.
While specific strains have been studied for certain therapeutic applications, generally it is best to make sure the probiotic you choose contains a variety of beneficial bacterial species from each of the three main probiotic types:
Soil based organisms (SBOs)
Bacillus subtilis is a soil based organism discovered by German microbiologists during WWII. It was used to protect troops from dysentary and typhoid. Since that time, B. subtilis has been studied in depth all over Europe and Asia. Important subspecies to B. subtilis have been identified.
However, if your gut is currently imbalanced and/or you are suffering from autoimmune disease or gastrointestinal disorders, you really need the help of soil based probiotics to help resolve the situation. The lactic acid based probiotics in fermented foods need a cleaning crew consisting of powerful soil based organisms to come through and clean up the mess before they can effectively take over dominance once again.
The Russian scientist Ilia Metchnikoff began to study probiotics for the very first time in the late 1800s. He noticed that the people of Bulgaria who regularly consumed fermented milk enjoyed great health and lived to unusually old age.
Working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Metchnikoff isolated the first probiotic – Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which we now know is one of the main beneficial microbes in yogurt.
The last 20 years or so has witnessed a massive resurgence in interest in the subject of probiotics for human and animal health, and these helpful microbes have been shown to not only improve symptoms, but in some cases completely heal a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders.
- Most commercial yogurts are chock-full of sugar, processed fructose (high fructose corn syrup), and/or artificial sweeteners and flavors, which nourishes disease-causing microbes in your gut
- A healthy microbiome is not only important for optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, these bacteria also help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals, and even aid in the elimination of toxins
- Recent research suggests yogurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus can help protect children and pregnant women against heavy metal poisoning
- Your absolute best bet, when it comes to yogurt, is to make your own using a starter culture and raw, organic grass-fed milk. However, there are high-quality 100% organic yogurts on the market; the Yogurt Report reveals the top brands
Brain Health Is Strongly Tied to Gut Health
While many think of their brain as the organ in charge of their mental health, your gut may actually play a far more significant role. Mounting research indicates that problems in your gut can directly impact your mental health, leading to issues like anxiety and depression.4 For example:
- One proof-of-concept study5,6 conducted by researchers at UCLA found that yogurt containing several strains of probiotics thought to have a beneficial impact on intestinal health also had a beneficial impact on participants’ brain function; decreasing activity in brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation such as anxiety.
- The Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility7 reported the probiotic known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 normalized anxiety-like behavior in mice with infectious colitis by modulating the vagal pathways within the gut-brain.
- Other research8 found that the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a marked effect on GABA levels—an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is significantly involved in regulating many physiological and psychological processes—in certain brain regions and lowered the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety- and depression-related behavior.
Previous studies have confirmed that what you eat can quickly alter the composition of your gut flora. Specifically, eating a high-vegetable, fiber-based diet produces a profoundly different composition of microbiota than a more typical Western diet high in carbs and processed fats.
Surprisingly, Mark Kastel (in video) notes that some of the organic brands of yogurt actually contained some of the highest amounts of sugar! It’s important to realize that some yogurt can contain as much sugar as candy or cookies, which most responsible parents would not feed their children for breakfast. Artificial flavors are also commonly used.
Why a Yogurt Drink instead of a thick Yogurt?
Most Yogurts are traditionally made thicker by separating the whey from the fermented milk, not only is this wasteful but it reduces the volume by up to 30% and you miss-out on the amazing health-giving properties of the whey itself, such as regenerating the intestinal flora. Read further down the page for more on whey.
But I’m Lactose intolerant and I’ve heard that I might be able to drink raw milk?
Answer: There are at least two elements of Milk that human beings can be allergic to, the first is the sugar called Lactose and the second is usually a protein call Casein, the most common is A1. Some people are allergic to one or other or both. The good thing able raw milk is that if you are Lactose intolerant then you can drink raw milk. The reason is that in raw milk the enzyme that helps us to digest lactose is present, whereas when they pasteurized milk it destroys the lactose digesting enzyme, and your just left with Lactose without any way for your body to digest it.
The milk protein Casein comes in two main types A1 and A2, and depending on the breed of cow will depend on whether or not you might be able to digest it. Older, more traditional breeds such as Jersey and Guernsey produce the A2 type of protein that your body can more easily digest, whereas more modern breeds which were specifically bred for large volumes of milk production such as Fresian and Holstine commonly produce the A1 Casein protein which some people find difficult to digest.
Colostrum, what is it?
Inadequate levels are associated with an increased incidence of Type II diabetes and difficulty in losing weight despite a proper nutritional intake and adequate exercise. Colostrum provides a good source of IgF-1 as a complementary therapy for successful weight loss.
Colostrum is natural and more anabolic than synthetic compounds. Whether you are looking to enhance your physical and mental performance, endurance, strength, stamina, health or energy; Colostrum has all the natural building blocks to help you on your way!
Heart Disease of all kinds can be helped by colostrum’s ability to regenerate heart muscle via its growth factors. The interferon and lymphokine components of colostrum fight cancer while diabetics can benefit from colostrum’s growth factors. Colostrum benefits over 60 known immune and auto-immune diseases
The Colostrum we are including is the ONLY colostrum in the world that has been certified by associates of Cornell University to be “true colostrum”. Certified Colostrum powder is harvested from organically raised cows and only harvested after the newborn calves get their share. Our colostrum is low heat spray dried, chemical-free, and 100% natural with NO fillers of any sort! It also contains natural chymosin which protects and ensures bio-availability as it passes through the gut.
COLOSTRUM is the first “whole food” produced by all mammals for only the first few hours before and after birth (6 to be exact). Loaded with over 95 immune factors and 87 growth factors, Bovine (cow) Colostrum is Mother Nature’s “first whole food”.
IgF-1 is required by the body to metabolize fat for energy through the Krebs cycle. With aging, less IgF-1 is produced in the body. Inadequate levels are associated with an increased incidence of Type II diabetes and difficulty in losing weight despite a proper nutritional intake and adequate exercise. Colostrum provides a good source of IgF-1 as a complementary therapy for successful weight loss.
You Can Easily Make Your Own Yogurt Which Is More Powerful than Probiotic Capsules
Your absolute best bet, when it comes to yogurt, is to make your own using a starter culture and raw grass-fed milk. Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows not only contains beneficial bacteria that prime your immune system and can help reduce allergies, it’s also an outstanding source of vitamins (especially vitamin A), zinc, enzymes, and healthy fats. Raw organic milk is not associated with any of the health problems of pasteurised milk such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin rashes, diarrhea, and cramps.
Find a local source of Raw grass-fed milk in UK
Raw, unpastuerised milk is a vitally important food that has nourished humans for many generations. We are indebted to a small band of committed and artisan milk producers around the country who still produce and sell high quality raw, unpastuerised milk direct to the consumer. Our unique, interactive raw milk map allows you to quickly identify your closest, local supplier so that you can enjoy this delicious and nourishing food once again.
The people from natural food finder have created this Raw Milk locater map. They have met, visited, tried and tasted the milk and dairy produced from many of the farms and suppliers listed, but cannot vouch for every producer. The listing found on this map are for information only and we advise strongly that interested consumers enquire effectively to ensure safety and satisfaction of milk production.
Click on the markers on the map to bring up producer details including contact and website information where applicable.
Green = High quality raw milk producer that meets all NFF criteria
Light green = Quality raw milk producer that meets some of the NFF criteria
Orange = Raw milk producer where NFF has insufficient known information to rate them otherwise
Questions that they ask before listing a supplier on the unpasteurised, raw milk map include:
Do they have their license to sell raw milk from the FSA? A simple yes is needed.
What breed of cattle (or animal) is farmed? We prefer closed, pedigree herds, but are not restricted to this.
What feed is provided during summer and winter months? We prefer a dominant grass based diet with home grown silage or haylage in winter, but do not exclusively list only farms that meet this criteria.
What farming standards do they adhere to? Is the farm organic, biodynamic or do they hold another independently recognised farming standard such as Pasture fed Livestock Association.
Are there any routine anti-biotics used on the cattle? Almost unheard of within the raw milk producing community, but some farmers will separate sick cattle and give anti-biotics if there is illness. This may be a necessary action to care for an individual cow, but should not be a common practice across the herd.
There is a host of further information on our website regarding unpastuerised raw milk that may help answer questions or concerns regarding this traditional, nourishing food:
Here is a list of Organic Raw Milk producers (UK), serving most of England, some deliver to your door. If you can’t find a Raw Milk provider, we also aim to offer this service via courier.
To find a local source of raw grass-fed milk in USA, see RealMilk.com
While delicious as is, you could add a natural sweetener to it. You could use whole food sweeteners such as raw organic honey, for example. You can also add flavor without sweetening it up by adding some vanilla extract, or a squirt of lime or lemon juice. Whole blueberries or fruits are another obvious alternative, you can simply blend them all together to make a compot and add it to the yogurt drink before bottling. Just be mindful not to overdo it, especially if you’re insulin or leptin resistant.
Whey – an amazing by-product of Yogurt made from Raw Milk
Whey contains potassium, calcium, magnesium & phosphorous. The most important minerals for the body in ionic form. Whey also makes a great source of electrolytes and is very hydrating. For more health benefits of whey – read here. One of my favorite benefits of whey is that it can actually regenerate the intestinal flora, it actually feeds our gut microbes and nourishes the colon helping it to maintain the proper pH. Most of us do not have healthy colons as it is, so to me this is a super food worth incorporating into one’s diet. This is why yogurt is so prized as a healthy food to maintain gut flora throughout history.
Albeit, modern day yogurt is not at all the form you want for this since it is pasteurised, made from ill quality milk and loaded with additives, preservatives and sugar. Whey is like the adult version of breast milk because it contains all the nutrients necessary for the multiplication of colon acidophilus. Whey acts as a natural antiseptic, destroying or inhibiting the growth of pathogenic microorganisms while causing no harm to human tissues. (source: Acidophilus and Colon Health. The Natural Way to Prevent Disease. David Webster)
Proline rich peptides (PRP’s) in Colostrum act as hormones that regulate the thymus gland and help modulate the immune system (much in the same way as the nutrients mentioned above). Specifically, PRP’s promote better functioning of T-lymphocytes, they help produce cytokines, they stimulate the activity of natural killer cells (NK cells) and they stimulate and modulate many other immunological functions. What makes cow colostrum one of the best antiaging foods is that PRP’s increase the permeability of blood vessels in the skin, resulting in the improved uptake of nutrients into the skin which results in a healthier and more youthful complexion!
Our New Probiotic Kits
We are busy working on a kit formula providing at least 15 strains of bacteria including those mentioned in this article, one of the most powerful organic colostrums available (ethically collected 6 hours after calving) to ensure the most potent immunoglobin content possible and containing two of the most powerful adaptogenic mushrooms, both proven clinically to boost immune system function. There will also be a package including an electric yogurt maker. Please sign-up here if you’d like to be informed when this is available.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG induces tumor regression in mice bearing orthotopic bladder tumors
Regulation of microflora composition (e.g. by probiotics and prebiotics) offers the possibility to influence the development of mucosal and systemic immunity but it can play a role also in prevention and treatment of some diseases. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15158604
Antipathogenic activity of probiotics against Salmonella Typhimurium and Clostridium difficile in anaerobic batch culture systems: is it due to synergies in probiotic mixtures or the specificity of single strains? Of the probiotic treatments, two single strains namely L. casei NCIMB 30185 (PXN 37), and B. breve NCIMB 30180 (PXN 25) were the most potent in reducing the numbers of S. Typhimurium and C. difficile.
Selective and differential enumerations of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium spp. in yoghurt–a review.
Synbiotic (Lactobacillus rhamnosus+Lactobacillus acidophilus+inulin) attenuates oxidative stress and colonic damage in 1,2 dimethylhydrazine dihydrochloride-induced colon carcinogenesis in Sprague-Dawley rats: a long-term study.
Effects of vitamin D(3)-binding protein-derived macrophage activating factor on angiogenesis.
Nucleosides and nucleotides: natural bioactive substances in milk and colostrum.