What is Colostrum? Colostrum is arguably nature’s most effective immune support supplement, featured in Susan Clark’s ‘What Really Works in Natural Medicine’. The ‘first milk’ produced by dairy cows in the days immediately after calving, it has a high concentration of proteins with antibodies. Colostrum is completely transferable to humans hence we can enjoy the significant health benefits from this natural and potent protector. What does it do? Rigorous scientific testing of Colostrum in the US and the UK has found it to:
- Improve energy levels
- Increase concentration
- Support normal healing
- Support the immune system
What can Colostrum help? Its composition is so potent and varied that it can be used to help a wide range of conditions. In particular it can:
- Help support normal gastrointestinal function
- Help support normal gut wall integrity
- Help with immune support
What Are the Major Components in Colostrum?
The most important components of colostrum can be broken down into three major categories: Immune System Factors, Growth Factors, and Nutritional Components.
Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRPs)
Insulin-like Growth Factor
Transforming Growth Factor
Epithelial Growth Factor
Epidermal Growth Factor
Fibroblast Growth Factor
Platelet Derived Growth Factor
Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRPs)
Proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) act systemically, supporting the complex immune system and are therefore the most important ingredient in colostrum.
Immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgE, IgM, IgD)
The immunoglobulin fraction in bovine colostrum is composed of approximately 70-80% IgG, 10-15% IgA, 10-15% IgM, while IgE and IgD are found in small amounts.
Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein that helps deprive bacteria of the iron they require to reproduce and releases iron into the red blood cells enhancing oxygenation of tissues. Lactoferrin supports normal cytokine release and its receptors have been found on most immune cells including lymphocytes, monocytes, macrophages and platelets.
α – Lactalbumin and β – Lactoglobulin
These are the major nutritional whey proteins in milk and colostrum.
Cytokines are small proteins that are secreted by specific cells of the immune system. They are a category of signaling molecules that are used extensively in cellular communication. They are proteins, peptides, or glycoproteins.
Lysozymes can help support the immune system.
Lactoperidase-thiocyanate, peroxidase, and xanthine oxidase oxidize bacteria through their ability to release hydrogen peroxide.
Glycoproteins are a digestive factor that has been shown to help immune and growth factors survive the passage through the highly acidic digestive system.
Colostrum contains many growth factors, including insulin-like growth factor-1 and 2 (IGF-1 and IGF-2), Epithelial growth factor (EGF), Fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and Transforming growth factors alpha β (TGA-α and TGF-β).
Growth factors, are peptides that function as intercellular signaling molecules to turn on or turn off the production of specific proteins in the target cells.
Their presence in colostrum is primarily to complete the growth and development of the newborn gut, but in older children and adults they help support a healthy gut wall.
Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, and Essential Oils
Colostrum is a combination of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are naturally occurring in a perfect combination. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, and E are found in small amounts while traces of all other vitamins, as well as minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium and zinc, are also present in colostrum. Colostrum is a rich source of both essential and non-essential aminoacids, as well as essential fats, including phospholipids, which enable colostral protein protection and easy absorption in the gut by forming liposomes around them.
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Research on the many benefits of bovine colostrum is very plentiful, with over 2500 scientific articles from the most prestigious medical and scientific journals in the world available on the National Library of Medicine website alone.
Dosage instructions: Take one capsule the first day, two the second, and so on, adding one each day until you reach eight a day. Then take eight a day for a week, and then drop down to four a day which is the normal maintenance dose. Each dose should be taken with a large glass of tepid water on an empty stomach. Immunecare Colostrum comes in bottles of 120 vegetarian capsules, which is a normal month’s supply. We use only 100% pure colostrum from New Zealand and Australia, from pasture fed and free ranging cows. We source higher strength colostrum, with an IgG content of 22%. Most colostrums are around 15% IgG. Our pure Colostrum is guaranteed hormone, pesticide and antibiotic free, and we only source ethically collected supplies where the calf is not deprived or harmed in any way. Both New Zealand and Australia are recognised as being BSE free countries by the WHO. Contraindications Although Immunecare Colostrum may be taken by those suffering from lactose intolerance with no ill effects, we do not recommend that you takecolostrum if you suffer from a clinically diagnosed dairy allergy. 120 Vegetarian Capsules (480mg Pure Colostrum).