Colostrum is the World's Best Superfood
November 4, 2019
Bovine colostrum, aka "life's first food" is a milky fluid produced by mammalian mothers in the first few days after birth.
Bovine colostrum appears before a mammalian mother's true milk. It supports healthy growth and development in newborns. Bovine colostrum also supports a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract and has been shown to help heal leaky gut, a primary cause of autoimmune disease.
Colostrum contains immune and growth factors and other components that support the immune function.
Colostrum includes insulin-like growth factors (IGF), transforming growth factors, immunoglobulins, cytokines, lactoferrin, and lysozyme. It also contains a variety of hormones, such as growth hormone, gonadotropin-releasing hormone, luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, and glucocorticoids. Studies indicate these growth factors and hormones help the immune function, as well as support gastrointestinal integrity and the neuroendocrine system.
The health benefits of colostrum include:
1. Immune System Modulation
Some research shows colostrum's antibody levels are 100 times higher than those found in regular cow's milk. As such, colostrum helps modulate the immune system and protect the GI tract. Colostrum also contains immunoglobulins that stay in the GI tract to further support the immune function.
2. Gut Healing
A healthy gut supports an individual's overall health and well-being, yet certain foods, stress, and environmental factors may harm the gut. Colostrum helps increase the surface area of the gut's intestinal lining to combat leaky gut, a condition that creates holes or openings in the gut lining. When leaky gut occurs, food and other harmful toxins can penetrate the gut lining, resulting in inflammation that causes various digestive health issues. Colostrum helps restore the gut to normal permeability levels. It contains growth factors and hormones to help the gut maintain tight-junction integrity. Colostrum also contains immunoglobulins that support the gut's microbiome. Colostrum may even promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, too.
3. Skin Health Support
Colostrum is a natural source of telomerase, an enzyme that may slow down the aging of DNA. Telomerase is found in DNA strands, and it enables undamaged skin cells to replicate themselves. Colostrum also contains epithelial/epidermal growth factor (EGF) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), both of which have been shown to support cell regeneration. The lactoferrin in colostrum helps the body manage its response to skin cells as well.
Why is colostrum important?
Colostrum is the first food of life, but individuals of all ages can continue to consume it after birth.
Bovine colostrum is available as a supplement intended for men, women, children, and even pets. It can be consumed as either a powder or pill and incorporated into an individual's everyday diet. Plus, colostrum contains powerful components shown to help individuals guard against leaky gut.
What is the difference between colostrum with and without LD (liposomal delivery)?
Many bovine colostrum products are available, but only Colostrum-LD® from Sovereign Laboratories uses a proprietary LD system for maximum effectiveness and bioavailability.
What is LD?
LD is a distinct bovine colostrum delivery system developed by Sovereign Laboratories.
When colostrum is naturally released from the mammary glands, its proteins are protected by plasma membranes. As a colostrum supplement is processed, however, these globules lose their protective coating. If the coating is not replaced, colostrum's components will be exposed to digestive enzymes and acids in the GI tract, lowering the product's overall effectiveness. LD is intended to help optimize the effectiveness and bioavailability of bovine colostrum. It protects colostrum's components against stomach acids and digestive enzymes until they reach the intestines. At the point, colostrum's components are absorbed into the bloodstream.
What is colostrum with LD?
Colostrum with LD features an applied coating to help the product readily dissolve in liquids.
Colostrum with LD is designed to bypass digestion. It moves directly through the bowel wall and circulates throughout the body. Then, colostrum reaches organs and cells in the body, as well as remains bioavailable at the cellular level.
Why you should choose colostrum with liposomal delivery?
LD ensures colostrum's components stay intact while they travel throughout the body.
Colostrum products that lack LD are simply not as effective as those that offer an LD system. As such, when choosing between bovine colostrum products with and without LD, it may prove to be beneficial to select colostrum with LD.