It seems that nearly every week there's a new superfood or health product directed at every health complaint under the sun. Since I've been writing about natural health, nutrition, and alternative medicine for over 20 years, I've seen a lot of these so-called "miracle" substances come and go. That is not to say that there aren't powerful natural remedies being discovered, or more accurately "rediscovered," but there are also quite a few that fall short of the over-the-top claims that they make.

Whenever a new, broad-spectrum supplement appears on the market — you know, the one that everyone jumps on the bandwagon because it's supposed to do everything from boost the immune system, to burn fat, to improve your sex life — I tend to not only be very skeptical, but I put on my detective's hat and investigate it thoroughly.

That's exactly what happened withbovine colostrum. When I first heard about bovine colostrum, the health claims seemed simply too good to be true. Yet, I was intrigued, and so, I began researching it. Then, I began to get excited. Perhaps, some of the claims were true, and just maybe colostrum was this complete and natural substance that could help the body return to a state of homeostasis — a state of vibrant health and vitality, just as Mother Nature intended.

What Is Bovine Colostrum?

Colostrum is what is often referred to as "pre-milk," the fluid produced by the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours following the birth of her child. Colostrum helps provide immune and growth factors that support the health and vitality of a newborn. In fact, all mammals produce colostrum after giving birth to their young, and colostrum is important for newborn growth and development.

During the 1950s and 1960s, some doctors spoke out against breastfeeding. In my view, this was the height of the "arrogance of science," and these doctors were trying to convince us that manmade infant formulas were better than mother's milk. Because so many babies were not breastfed, the natural "seeding" of the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria in colostrum was often lacking. Mother Nature, in all her wisdom, had given infants an amazing substance that helps them grow and develop. But, by not having this initial boost to both the immune and digestive systems, non-breastfed individuals were unable to enjoy the benefits of colostrum's components.

As I learned more about colostrum, the more I realized that supplementing one's diet with bovine colostrum could be a real game-changer. Now, the medical evidence shows that adults — not just infants — may benefit from colostrum.

Colostrum Helps Modulate the Immune Function

Studies show that colostrum contains powerful immune factors (immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, cytokines, and interferon) that help support the immune function. 

Colostrum also contains proline-rich-polypeptides (PRPs), more recently termed “colostrum peptides,” which help modulate the immune system. Some PRPs work by stimulating an underactive immune system and help restore the thymus gland; the thymus gland is important because it produces T-cells that help the body fight viruses and antigens. Other PRPs work by toning down an overactive immune system, which is typical for individuals dealing with diabetes, fibromyalgia, food allergies, and other autoimmune conditions.

Is Bovine Colostrum Safe and Effective for Humans?

Colostrum is not a new discovery, but rather a rediscovery, and the medical use of colostrum goes back thousands of years. Colostrum is not some sort of "designer supplement" made in a laboratory somewhere; instead, I consider colostrum to be nature's own wonder drug.

One of the things that impresses me most about colostrum is that it is a natural substance that doesn't need to be overly processed to be effective. In fact, minimal and gentle processing may be preferred.

Bovine colostrum is safe for consumption by humans, too. Research has shown that bovine colostrum is easily assimilated by humans. Also, research shows that only cows' colostrum contains glycoproteins and protease inhibitors that help protect colostrum's active components against digestive degradation by adult human digestive enzymes and stomach acids. And according to Dr. Robert Preston with the International Institute of Nutritional Research, "Colostrum is so safe, it has been prepared by nature as the first food for infants. It would be hard to imagine any nutritional substance more natural or beneficial."

On the topic of side effects, colostrum has no known side effects and is not contraindicated if you are taking other medications. And we do know that colostrum helps treat leaky gut, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other autoimmune disorders.

Colostrum's Effectiveness Varies Based on Its Source and How It Is Processed

Colostrum must be collected and processed properly, and the desired or anticipated health results can vary widely depending upon the quality of the colostrum you take. 

First, colostrum should come from pasture-raised cows that are pesticide-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free — essentially "organic." Since the cow is the "factory" for producing colostrum, this factory shouldn't be contaminated with harmful chemicals and unwanted drugs. When a cow eats green grass, it receives live enzymes, and its colostrum contains beneficial enzymes. Additionally, live food from the pasture contains both beneficial and non-beneficial soil-based organisms. Surprisingly, these both contribute to colostrum. A cow develops natural immunity to harmful soil-based bacteria and other pathogens, which is passed on in its colostrum. The beneficial soil-based organisms help create positive conditions within the human bowel and are likewise passed along to the human consumer via the cow's colostrum.

Second, colostrum processed at high heat loses much or most of its biological activity. Flash pasteurization (to kill pathogens) plus low-heat spray drying is critical to an efficacious supplement.

Third, aliposomal delivery(LD) system is important so that the body can assimilate colostrum's healing components. Colostrum needs to be water-soluble and encapsulated with liposomes (fat molecules) so that it can readily disperse in the human bowel and thus, be absorbed by the body's cells. The LD system ensures that colostrum stays undigested as it travels from the stomach throughout the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, colostrum's bioactives stay biologically active at the cellular level for optimal effectiveness.

Unfortunately, most of the colostrum products on the market today do not meet the above criteria. The industry and infrastructure in the United States for collecting and marketing colostrum has been established largely for veterinary purposes. In fact, some colostrum brands marketed for human consumption are simply veterinary-grade colostrum repackaged for human use. Most veterinary-grade colostrum is frozen before transportation, and once it is frozen, it is virtually impossible to ensure that it will be water-soluble.

Why Should You Choose Sovereign Laboratories for Bovine Colostrum?

Sovereign Laboratories has been at the forefront of colostrum research, processing, and standardization for more over 25 years, and we provide quality bovine colostrum supplements in capsule and powder forms. The fresh, raw colostrum in our bovine colostrum products is certified to come from healthy dairy cows that are hormone-, BSE-, antibiotic-, and pesticide-free. We also apply our proprietary LD system to every colostrum particle in our state-of-the-art processing plant. Our bovine colostrum products are intended for adults, children, and pets, too. And according to Dr. Robert Milne, MD (one of the leading experts on liposomal delivery), "Colostrum with Liposomal Delivery is up to 1,500% more bio-available and is the most effective colostrum in the world." That's good news for anyone who wants a superior bovine colostrum product. 

To learn more about Colostrum-LD® and other bovine colostrum products from Sovereign Laboratories, please visit our website, email us, or call us at 928-202-4031.