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:
1. Colostrum helps modulate the immune system.
Colostrum contains antibodies that may help protect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract against infection-causing microbes. 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.
Other studies have highlighted the benefits of immunoglobulin G (IgG), which is found in all fluids, including colostrum. IgG makes up 75% to 80% of all antibodies in the body, according to WebMD, and helps 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 functions. Colostrum-LD® is a bovine colostrum supplement that is safe to consume in any quantity. It is recommended that adults who want to support 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 suggested serving size 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 potential benefits to the immune system that an individual may achieve.
2. Colostrum may help 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 may benefit a child’s health at any age. Children may be more at risk to colds and illness in daycares and schools. Colostrum supplementation may help 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. Colostrum-IC® oral spray containing colostrum polypeptides (CPs) can also bolster the immune system in a convenient travel size for both children and adults.
The range of potential benefits of colostrum extend into adulthood. Colostrum supplements contain a wide array of immune-modulating components, including immunoglobulins, cytokines, interferon, lactoferrin, and proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs). Together, these bioactives may help restore immunity, curtail infection, and speed up recovery from illness.
3. Colostrum supports a healthy gut.
A healthy, functional GI tract plays an important role in a person’s overall well-being. The gut must be able to effectively absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. The macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) are important to fuel the body and to perform metabolic processes throughout the body. Regular colostrum supplementation may help increase the surface area of the intestinal lining (the villi) to improve the absorption of nutrients. Research has demonstrated increased villi height in pig models (a good model for humans).
Colostrum has been shown to help restore a leaky gut to normal permeability levels, particularly in clinical trials utilizing NSAID-induced G.I. damage. Colostrum contains an assortment of growth factors and hormones that are known to 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 may help control harmful bacteria and fungi.
Lastly, colostrum may help 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 G.I. problems. Colostrum-LD® is a multifunctional supplement that may be used for 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 allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Colostrum-LD® is the lone natural substance that is clinically proven to repair the gut lining, thereby attenuating leaky gut. This supplement remains biologically active at the cellular level for maximum effectiveness. It is up to four times more effective than other colostrum supplements due to its proprietary LD Liposomal Delivery™ system. LD makes colostrum up to 1,500% more bioavailable in the body than colostrum without LD. To learn more about Colostrum-LD®, please check out our blog.This article was brought to you by Sovereign Laboratories, a world leader in the development of liposomal delivery to maximize the bioavailability of our dietary supplements.