Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Colostrum, aka "life's first food" is a fluid produced by mammalian mothers in the first few days after birth. Colostrum appears before a mammalian mother's true milk. It supports healthy growth and development in newborn mammals. 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 includes insulin-like growth factors (IGF), transforming growth factors, immunoglobulins, cytokines, lactoferrin, and lysozyme. It also contains a variety of bio-identical hormones, such as growth hormone GH gonadotropin-releasing hormone GRH, lutinising hormone-releasing hormone LH, 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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Improved Metabolism by Correcting Insulin Resistance
By reversing insulin resistance and glucose storage as fat, Colostrum can help to reverse pre-diabetes and diabetes, fatty liver and weight gain.
With the abundance of growth factors and peptides found in Bovine Colostrum and when delivered to the gut with a liposomal protective coating there is a potent enhancement of one's own anti-aging hormones and receptor response which results in anti-aging with restoration and balance of anti aging hormone levels and biomarker improvement.
4. 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.
5. 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 look for a product that has a liposomal delivery method and is obtained from Grass Fed Cows that are hormone and antibiotic free. Without a liposomal coating the colostrum will be exposed to digestive enzymes and acids in the gut which markedly lowers the effectiveness.
Our recommended colostrum is safe for Lactose Free Diets.
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