Why Bovine Colostrum

What is Colostrum?

Many people know what breast milk is and where it comes from; but, have you ever heard of colostrum? Did you know there is a difference between breast milk and colostrum?

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Colostrum is commonly referred to as the “first food of life.” We get it from our mother’s breast immediately after giving birth. Humans, cows and all other lactating mammals produce Colostrum during pregnancy and continuing through the early days of breastfeeding. This special milk is yellow to orange in colour, thick and sticky. Human colostrum is very low in volume and might not seem like much, but it actually provides huge benefits for infants, including:

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  • Advanced protection against infection.
  • Nutrients and vitamins to help an infant grow and develop.
  • Closing of the holes in the stomach to prevent permeability.
  • Seeding the G.I. tract with beneficial bacteria for a healthy microbiome.

Additional support to minimize the pain and physical stress of birth.

It is important to note that human colostrum is for babies only. Most mothers’ colostrum can be measured in just teaspoons. However, adults can enjoy many of the health benefits of human colostrum if they take bovine (cow) colostrum supplement.

Why Bovine Colostrum?

To understand how bovine colostrum benefits your health, you have to first understand what it is and what it's composed of.

Bovine colostrum is the pre-milk fluid secreted by the cow for a period of 48 hours after calving. This special milk is yellow to orange in color, thick and sticky. Some People also refer to Colostrum as “Liquid gold”.

The important contents that make up bovine colostrum and Human colostrum can be broken down into the following groups, at a higher rate in bovine colostrum for some components

  • Immunoglobulins
  • Growth factors
  • Metabolic factors
  • Amino acids
  • Minerals and trace elements
  • Vitamins

All these components are held within colostrum in exact proportions and are not found in this concentrated balance in any other food.

Bovine Colostrum is at its most concentrated and potent for the first 24 hours, and in highest quality for the first 6 hours. it's low in sugar and fat but it is full of antibodies and contains large amounts of proteins, carbohydrate, oligosaccharides, immunoglobulins, growth factors, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and anti-microbial compounds.

The health benefits of Bovine colostrums and human colostrum also can be attributed to the fact that Bovine colostrum contains 97 immune factors, 87 growth factors (at a higher rate in bovine colostrum), and a variety of different probiotics along with prebiotics that help grow and feed the beneficial flora in the colostrum and in your gut.

Bovine colostrum contains a high concentration of immunoglobulins G (IgG), A (IgA), E (IgE), D (IgD), and M (IgM), that provide extra protection against infection.

Antibodies are important disease-fighting proteins produced by the immune system that attack and kill microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.

The antibodies and immune factors in bovine colostrum are almost identical to those found in human colostrum while the amount of immune factors is 40 times higher than human colostrum. It also contains about 111 times more antibodies than human colostrum for greater protection against pathogens.

And that's not all, colostrum also contains fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants, helps to colonize the intestine with lactobacillus (protective bacteria), and has a natural laxative effect that promotes pooping.

All these components are held within Bovine colostrum in exact proportions and are not found in this concentrated and unique natural balance in any other food.

Researchers in the US and Japan have verified, in laboratory analysis, that the most important immune and growth factors in cows are identical in molecular combination to humans and are not species specific, meaning that they are transferable from one species to another which makes it highly suitable and useful for human consumption. Furthermore, dairy cows produce an abundance of colostrum more than enough to supply human needs without depriving newborn calves.