Commonly referred to as the “first food of life,” colostrum has helped promote and maintain optimal health since the beginning of human history. Now, powdered bovine colostrum supplements are available that have been shown to help people in a number of ways. There are many reasons people of all ages and even pets should take colostrum, and these include:
Colostrum helps modulate the immune system.
Colostrum contains antibodies that help protect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract against disease, particularly enteric infectious disease. In fact, various studies have shown that the antibodies in colostrum help the immune system combat both enteropathic and enterotoxic Escherichia coli, Cryptosporidium parvum, rotavirus, and Shigella flexneri.
One study, in particular, revealed that a high percentage of the antibodies and immunoglobulins in colostrum stay in the intestinal tract. Here, the antibodies attack disease-causing organisms before they can enter the bloodstream. A preemptive attack in the gut decreases the amount of work the immune system would normally be subjected to should those pathogens gain access to the bloodstream
Other studies have highlighted the benefits of immunoglobulin G (IgG), antibodies that are found in all fluids, including colostrum. IgG makes up 75% to 80% of all antibodies in the body, according to WebMD, and help the body combat bacterial and viral infections. Plus, IgG can even cross the placenta in a pregnant woman to further protect the baby (fetus) against infection and disease.
It generally doesn’t take much colostrum to help balance and maintain immune function. Colostrum-LD® is a bovine colostrum supplement that is safe to consume in any quantity. It is recommended that adults who want to maintain a healthy immune system take two capsules (or 1 teaspoon powder) twice a day for optimal results. Or, for anyone with a compromised immune system, or advanced need, four capsules (or 2 teaspoons powder) twice a day is recommended.
Furthermore, the dosage of Colostrum-LD® can be lessened to a maintenance level over time as long as an individual continues to achieve the desired results. The benefits of Colostrum-LD® are cumulative, and as such, the longer and more consistent the use, the greater the immune benefits that an individual may achieve.
Colostrum helps lower an individual’s risk of illness.
To better understand how colostrum supplementation can help reduce a person’s risk of illness, let’s consider the impact of colostrum on newborns and infants.
In many instances, newborns and infants who receive colostrum in the first few days after birth, followed by their mother’s breast milk for one to two years are less prone to illness than those who are not breastfed. Also, young children who received the benefit of early and extended breastfeeding often display increased mental acuity and stronger, more vibrant growth than formula-fed babies.
Although breastfeeding is not always an option for women, colostrum supplementation remains a viable alternative and addition to formula. Furthermore, colostrum can benefit a child’s health at any age. Children may be more susceptible to colds and illness in daycares and schools, and colostrum supplementation helps lower the risk of illness. Colostrum-LD® is available as a powder with a pleasant taste, making this nutritional supplement an ideal choice for kids who are unable to swallow colostrum capsules.
The benefits of colostrum extend into adulthood as well. Colostrum supplements contain a wide array of immune-modulating components, including immunoglobulins, cytokines, interferon, lactoferrin, and proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs). Together, these can help restore immunity, prevent infection, and speed up healing and recovery from illness by either (1) destroying pathogens on contact, or (2) signaling the immune system to destroy them.
Colostrum helps heal the gut.
A healthy, functional GI tract plays an important role in a person’s overall well-being. Many diseases affect the gut, and the gut must be able to effectively absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. The macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) are important to fuel the body and to perform metabolic processes throughout the body. Regular colostrum supplementation helps increase the surface area of the intestinal lining (the villi) to improve the absorption of nutrients.
Colostrum has been shown to help restore a leaky gut to normal permeability levels. Colostrum contains an assortment of growth factors and hormones that help repair damage to the intestinal lining, including damage caused by NSAIDs, prescription pain medications, antibiotics, glyphosate, GMOs, and other gut-irritating medications. By restoring gut integrity, undigested food proteins, pathogenic microbes, and other toxins are unable to enter the body via a leaky gut. Colostrum also contains high quantities of immunoglobulins and natural antibodies that help control harmful bacteria and fungi. It has been clinically proven to control harmful bacteria that cause ulcers.
Lastly, colostrum helps promote the re-colonization of the bowel by friendly bacteria. These bacteria grow and replicate better with the help of colostrum’s growth factors, assisting in food digestion, elimination of waste, production of B vitamins, and the prevention of gut-based infections.
People frequently overlook digestive processes or bowel problems until it’s too late or until they experience unpleasant or painful symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, or other GI problems. Colostrum-LD® is a multifunctional supplement that should be used to maintain optimal gut health, even in the absence of symptoms. Leaky gut happens over time, often quietly, but the damage can be serious. Doctors agree that leaky gut and the systemic inflammation it perpetuates is the primary cause of all allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Colostrum-LD® is the lone substance that is clinically proven to heal and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome. This supplement remains biologically active at the cellular level for maximum effectiveness. It has even been shown to be up to four times more effective than other colostrum supplements and features a liposomal delivery (LD) system that makes colostrum up to 1,500% more bioavailable in the body. To learn more about Colostrum-LD®, please check out our blog.