Colostrum is the first milk produced by humans and other mammals to nourish their newborn offspring. It is rich in important immunity and growth factors and essential nutrients to provide the optimum life-enhancing boost for the infant.
Traditionally bovine colostrum has been used by humans for thousands of years. It was appreciated as a nutrient to support normal responses of the immune system as well as assisting the body’s response to ills and chills. A nutrient-dense source of immunoglobulins (these are antibodies that the body produces to deal with harmful invaders), amino acids and other bioactive molecules, this substance has been the subject of much research, revealing an extensive list of health benefits for children and adults.
Colostrum – nature’s helper for better health
Colostrum’s primary actions help to both support strong immunity and to support natural defences. Other properties of colostrum that have been researched include aiding balanced digestive flora, helping to increase lean muscle mass, supporting endurance and healthy ageing. The proteins in Colostrum support maintenance and regeneration of various tissues including muscle, bone, collagen, cartilage, nerves and skin. Research has shown that colostrum helps with repair and health of intestinal membranes and balances their response to inflammation or damage.
Sources of colostrum
Colostrum supplements are derived from animal sources. When compared with human colostrum which is secreted in breast milk, bovine (cow) colostrum contains all the immune and growth factors that are found in human colostrum, in much higher amounts, making it an option for supplement manufacture.
Bovine Colostrum originating from New Zealand is recognized as the world’s premium colostrum. Several favourable conditions combine to give our country the advantage in colostrum production. New Zealand cows are pasture-fed year-round in climate conditions that challenge them to develop their natural immunity to a variety of microorganisms. Colostrum is collected from the first milking and is pasteurized.
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What is the recommended daily dosage?
Colostrum supplements are commonly available capsules, chewable or powder. , One serve usually contains around 500mg of colostrum. It is best practice to follow the dosage instructions on the label. The best effect may be achieved when taking colostrum on an empty stomach 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a regular meal.
Are there any contraindications or adverse effects reported?
In general Colostrum is considered well tolerated when taken as directed. As with any form of supplementation, long-term use is not recommended without professional guidance. Although likely to be able to be used in pregnancy it is recommended to seek advice from a professional health provider in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Colostrum contains much less lactose than milk and may be tolerable for lactose intolerant individuals. If in doubt check with a professional health provider.