Colostrum became the hot new supplement over 15 years ago.
The evidence is out - colostrum is beneficial to the healthy functions of the body. It is shown to strengthen the immune system, aid in cell regeneration, supply rich nutrients to the body and amino acids that are essential for normal metabolism, growth, and development, and improve lean muscle mass. Colostrum is an important building block for wellness!
1. Bovine Colostrum helps our body achieve homeostasis and balance in all the metabolic functions.
2. Colostrum contains pre-formed antibodies - In an environment where both cows and humans are exposed to the same set of pathogens, the bovine colostrum will contain those antibodies. For example, North American cows have been exposed to West Nile Virus, and have therefore, developed antibodies for that pathogen.
3. Bovine colostrum aids in the recovery from injury by raising the proline-rich polypeptides (PRP)- Which is vital for all organ tissue, and therefore, can help improve the elasticity of the skin.
4. Colostrum has naturally occurring bone and cartilage growth factors that will increase the utilization of minerals and glucosamine in your body.
5. Bovine colostrum contains a high concentration of IgG-type immunoglobulin. IgG antibodies are important in fighting bacterial and viral infections. IgG antibodies are the only type of antibody that can cross the placenta in a pregnant woman to help protect her baby.
Soon after giving birth, female mammals produce colostrum, which is a substance that jump-starts a newborn's immune system. It is NOT milk. Research shows that the benefit of this substance does not end in the first 48 hours of life. Testing results show that colostrum may be able to jump start a compromised immune system and gain added support against infection or immune-related chronic diseases.
The immune-boosting properties of colostrum stem from molecules called transfer factors - "TFs". The TFs can educate or modulate a recipient's immune system, teaching it to recognize specific antigens and communicating the knowledge that they are present.
The quality of the product is based on the process of harvesting and stabilizing. Oral delivery method is critical. We have thousands of receptors in our mouth. These receptors prepare the body for what is coming. There are 2,200 components that make up colostrum. Poor quality and delivery of colostrum can render it of little to no value. The digestive process will destroy most of the components in capsules.
Be Aware: The FDA allows any product to be called colostrum that has been harvested within 72 hours. Most of these late harvests would largely be milk, NOT colostrum.
Newborn babies do not have a swallow reflex when they first begin to breast feed, so mother’s milk is absorbed through receptors in the mouth. There was a study done with babies, half breast-fed, half formula-fed. Half of each group was fed colostrum. The children who got colostrum had far fewer illnesses and had far greater cognitive abilities in standardized tests than those who didn’t have colostrum supplemented...regardless of whether or not they were breast fed.
Renewable Health Tip: Breast fed babies have the additional immune support and benefit of receiving glyconutrients from their mother's breast milk.