Colostrum is the first form of mother's milk produced by the mammary glands. For a brief period – the first 24-48 hours of a baby's life – it is colostrum that provides early nourishment to a breast-fed new-born. This product is bovine colostrum which has similar properties to those of human colostrum. It comes from dairy cows which have just calved and has the advantage of being obtainable in very large quantities.
Consumption of colostrum first began in Eastern Europe, but it was during the 1970s in particular, with the resurgence in breastfeeding, that scientists focused on the role colostrum could play in the development of the neonatal immune system.
Immunologists subsequently began investigating whether bovine colostrum, rich in proteins, immunoglobulins and growth hormones, could be used to stimulate immunity in humans and to treat a range of health problems - gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis – as well as in many other areas identified by scientists in studies conducted on the substance. Close examination of its composition has identified just how few nutritional substances have as many essential elements as colostrum. These elements can be grouped into three distinct categories:
These are cell signalling factors, which help stimulate the growth, differentiation and maturation of cells. The most significant include:
With its unique composition, colostrum supplementation has two essential applications:
Research has also shown positive effects on blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and on ketones, particularly in diabetics with raised blood sugar levels. To gain the most from all these benefits, the recommended daily dose is two capsules of Colostrum standardised to 30% IgG. Very few unwelcome side-effects have been reported from taking colostrum, except mild gastrointestinal discomfort when supplementation is first started. The only potential contraindication to taking bovine colostrum is in the case of allergy to dairy products.
|Daily dose: 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Amount per dose|
|Colostrum standardized to 30% IgG (Immunoglobulins)||1 000 mg|
|Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran.|