What is Colostrum and how might it help you?
Colostrum is actually from the first milk that an animal or a human mother produces to feed her baby. It is rich in Immunoglobulins which are a type of protein that is involved in strengthening your immune system and helping it to fight off a variety of harmful bacteria, viruses and for boosting your energy level.
Colostrum also contains other beneficial compounds like growth factors and nucleosides that regular milk does not contain.
Immunoglobulins work a bit like a furnace thermostat: they “turn up the heat” to help your immune system when it comes under attack from disease causing organisms. They also work to “turn down the heat” when the danger of infection or disease is eliminated or neutralized by your immune system.
Colostrum helps to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses such as E. coli, Cryptosporidium parvum, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella (causes food poisoning), Staphylococcus and rotavirus (which causes diarrhea in infants). In fact, before the development of antibiotics, Colostrum was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight infections. When antibiotics began to be widely used the use of Colostrum declined but now that more and more “super bugs” (disease causing bacteria) are resistant to most antibiotics, the use of colostrum is again increasing as a safe, natural alternative to antibiotics.
Proline-rich Polypeptides (PRP) preparations from bovine colostrum have also proven helpful against various diseases including herpes viruses and HIV and difficult to treat bacterial and fungal infections like Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium tuberculosis , cryptosporidosis in AIDS patients and candida.
Last but not least, major health problems that result from an overactive immune system, like allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases may improve when PRP preparations made from Colostrum are taken.
The term “super foods” is applied to foods that are rich in substances that help to promote wellbeing and overall health. Colostrum is one of those rare natural foods that fit the definition of a super food.
Colostrum may help:
- Support and help to regulate the immune system and reduce immune system stress.
- Provide antioxidant support, muscle and tissue recovery.
- Support the digestive tract, help intestinal mucosa, provides pre-biotics for healthy gut microorganisms.
- Support normal blood sugar.
- Burn fat.
- Assist in building lean muscle.
- Increase stamina.
- Reduce lactic acid.
- Recover more quickly from athletic training and competition.
- Support joint health.
- Lower risks of upper respiratory tract infections and diarrhea in children with weak immune systems.
- Reduce risk of intestinal damage from anti-inflammatory prescription drugs.
Why are cows an ideal source of colostrum?
- In many ways colostrum obtained from cows is more potent than human colostrum. Newborn human infants have a better functioning immune system because of antibodies and a variety of proteins and peptides that get transferred to the baby through the mother’s placenta. This same beneficial transfer does not occur in cows so as a result the colostrum of cows has a higher concentration of these beneficial proteins and peptides.
- The biologically active components in colostrum from cows are either identical or functionally identical to those in human colostrum.
You should also know that the calf’s needs for colostrum are always filled first. Only surplus colostrum from cows is humanely harvested for other purposes.
Why Are Colostrum Supplements Necessary?
Between the ages of 20 and 30 our levels of growth factors begin to decrease while our body's dependence on it increases. Stimulation of the normal maintenance of these growth factors may help the body and mind feel and act younger.
These growth factors along with neuroproteins may help to:
- lncrease energy, focus and mental acuity.
- Promote neurite, nerve survival and development
- Promote normal cell growth
- Promote skin health and muscle tone
- Promote weight loss
- Promote joint mobility
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. We recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings and directions before using or consuming a product. Always consult your health care practitioner prior to starting any supplement regimen. If you are sensitive to milk or milk-derived products consult with your healthcare professional before taking any Colostrum containing supplements or products. Citations upon request.