Last Updated on September 16, 2020
Colostrum has been around for a long time as a supplement. It’s use probably goes back a few thousand years. It was revered in Ayurvedic medicine.
Colostrum is the first part of the milk that is produced right after the mammal gives birth. The research I’ve looked at focuses on colostrum use in the USA. Some experts believe that American colostrum is higher-grade than most.
It’s best to source colostrum from grass-fed organic cows and in the first few hours after birth. During that period, immunoglobulin production is particularly high to protect the calf. This colostrum has a very high lactoferrin content. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein which provides the calf an added boost to their immune system in the first few hours of their life.
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Humans will also have an immune system boost from bovine colostrum. This colostrum also includes growth factors to encourage quick antibody productions. There are high levels of minerals, enzymes, proteins, and amino acids, and biotics in colostrum. This is a fantastic mix for anyone who is immunocompromised. It would be useful for people living with HIV as well as people with autoimmune conditions like inflammatory bowel disease.
If you are going to buy colostrum, ask for a specification sheet, so you know exactly what it contains. Colostrum is very low in lactose, so it shouldn’t be much of a problem for most people with lactose intolerance.
I consider colostrum to be one of the superfoods that can benefit anyone with a gut or immune problem. Just make sure you get a high-quality product.