Bovine colostrum is a product unlike any other. To better understand colostrum, let's examine some of the key questions surrounding this product.
What is Colostrum?
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.
What is in bovine colostrum?
Bovine colostrum contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Bovine colostrum is nutritious, and it contains a rich combination of powerful components. It has higher volumes of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamins A, C, and E in comparison to cow's milk. It also contains lactoferrin and growth factors; the lactoferrin in bovine colostrum support the body's immune response, and colostrum's growth factors stimulate growth.
Where does colostrum come from?
Bovine colostrum comes from mammalian mothers.
Mammalian mothers produce bovine colostrum late in pregnancy and immediately following birth. Then, mammalian mothers' colostrum production tapers off within about 72 hours of birth. At this point, true milk emerges.
What does colostrum look like?
Bovine colostrum is usually yellow or orange and tends to be thick.
Bovine colostrum gets its color from its high levels of beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment commonly found in plants and fruits. At the same time, bovine colostrum generally appears clear. Bovine colostrum also tends to be thicker than breast milk.
History of Colostrum?
Colostrum dates back to ancient times, when it was used for both nourishment and remedial purposes. In "The Book of Sirach," which was written between 300 BC and 275 BC, references are made to colostrum as the "first milk" produced by female animals who had given birth. Colostrum is listed with wheat, honey, salt, water, fire, and iron as "necessities of life."
The Hebrews referred to colostrum as "new milk" produced by animal and human mothers. They used the term "halab" in the Old Testament, which referred to colostrum as "nature's perfect food."
In ancient times, colostrum was primarily derived from goats and cattle. It was commonly stored in leather skins as well.
The story of Cain and Abel includes a reference to colostrum, too. In the story, Josephus mentions Abel presented new milk, i.e. colostrum, as a sacrifice to God.
Josephus seemingly attributed the longevity of people in the Antediluvian Era (Pre-Flood Era) to colostrum. Since colostrum was recognized for its renewal properties, it was believed to have played a key role in the survival and success of the antediluvians.
Over the years, colostrum's growth hormones and other compounds have had far-flung effects on individuals across the globe. In 1979, interviews were conducted with people in the Soviet Union have had verifiable ages between 110 and 126 years old. These individuals consumed black rye bread, dark raw honey, green onions, and garlic cloves regularly. They also consumed colostrum as part of their diets. The results: long lives in which they rarely – if ever – experienced heartburn, diarrhea, indigestion, and constipation.
How Does Bovine Colostrum Work?
How long does it take for bovine colostrum to work?
Oftentimes, colostrum works best when it is consumed on an empty stomach. It can be consumed in either powder or pill form, and it generally delivers the optimal results when consumed with 6- to 8-oz. of water. Regardless of how colostrum is consumed, it should be taken approximately 20 minutes before a person eats to achieve the best-possible results. Meanwhile, people sometimes notice the benefits of colostrum within about four to six weeks of initial use. If individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle, they may be better equipped than ever before to maximize the benefits of colostrum, too.
What are the mechanisms of colostrum?
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.
How does colostrum affect intestinal absorption?
Colostrum contains immunoglobulins that support intestinal growth and development in newborns.
Research shows the immunoglobulins in colostrum support intestinal growth and development in newborns. In one study of immunoglobulin A (IgA), immunoglobulin G (IgG), and immunoglobulin M (IgM) in cord blood, infants who did not receive colostrum experienced reduced levels of IgG on day five after birth in comparison to infants who received colostrum. The study also indicated colostrum-fed infants had a higher concentration of IgG than infants who did not receive colostrum.
What are the effects on villi?
Studies indicate colostrum may increase villi length and width, along with crypt depth.
Villi refer to thread-like projections from the surface area of the small intestine, and they facilitate the passage of fluid or nutrients to the small intestine. In one study, researchers found calves fed colostrum had the greatest villus length and width. Researchers also discovered that these calves had villi with the greatest crypt depth.
What are the Benefits of Colostrum?
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.
Where to buy bovine colostrum
Sovereign Laboratories is a leading provider of bovine colostrum products. We currently offer Colostrum-LD® that:
- Provides an all-natural source of immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, polypeptides, and growth factors
- Is sold in both powder and capsule forms
- Helps protect GI health
- Comes in various sizes to meet specific usage needs
- Can be consumed daily by individuals of all ages
- Contains first-milking bovine colostrum that has been flash-pasteurized, low-heat-dried, and instantized for optimal safety, solubility, and efficacy
- Uses a proprietary LD that ensures colostrum's components can survive transit through the digestive tract and are well-absorbed into the bloodstream
- Contains a minimum of 25-30% immunoglobulins, 1.5% lactoferrin, 1.5% growth factors, and 3.5-5% colostrum peptides (PRPs)
- Is suitable for lactose-free diets
- Uses an exclusive LD system that increases colostrum's bioavailability up to 1,500%
- Contains higher levels of key components than other USA and New Zealand colostrum products; this is reflected in various clinical studies
- Has the most low molecular weight polypeptides of any colostrum on the market, and has recently been upgraded to contain up to 50% more than before
- Contains up to 40% more immune factors than human colostrum
- Contains a unique combination of bioidentical growth factors
- Is backed by more than 24 years of research and study
- Comes from pasture-raised dairy cows that are certified to be healthy and not supplemented with rBST or BSE and are antibiotic-free
- Is tested to confirm that bovine colostrum is from the first milking (after the calf obtains its needs) and free of hormones and herbicides
- Is flash pasteurized according to international standards of 161°F for 15 seconds; this helps ensure colostrum will reach the organs and cells and stay bioavailable at the cellular level
How long will I need to wait before I experience the effects of Colostrum-LD®?
There is no set timeline for Colostrum-LD® to start working, and the results of bovine colostrum supplementation generally differ based on the individual. In some instances, Colostrum-LD® starts delivering results shortly after first use. Colostrum-LD® supports the immune system, and it may help a person maintain tight junctions in the gut. Some people report improvements within a few days of their first use of Colostrum-LD®, too.
Will I need to take Colostrum-LD® for a set period of time, then stop taking the supplement?
Consistent use of Colostrum-LD® is key to achieve the best results. Colostrum-LD® is designed to provide the body with a steady supply of growth factors and immunomodulators that are paramount to optimal immune health. Using Colostrum-LD® daily helps the body maintain this supply. Once a person starts using Colostrum-LD®, he or she can make it a part of an everyday diet. The daily dose of Colostrum-LD® may be reduced to a maintenance level. But Colostrum-LD® should remain a part of an individual's everyday diet to ensure optimal effectiveness.
Is it safe to use Colostrum-LD® every day?
Colostrum-LD® has been tested independently to verify its safety. The product has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated for individuals of all ages. It also carries Swiss food safety certification, and it is the only U.S. colostrum certified OU-D Kosher and Halal. Also, Colostrum-LD® is processed facilities both inspected and certified by the FDA and USDA.
Before an individual uses Colostrum-LD®, it is generally a good idea to consult with a primary care physician as well. A primary care physician may help an individual safely incorporate Colostrum-LD® into his or her everyday diet. This physician may also provide other tips and recommendations to help an individual optimize his or her immune health.
Can I consume Colostrum-LD® if I am allergic to dairy products?
Colostrum-LD® contains a lactose-reduced formula. Lactase is added to Colostrum-LD® during the processing phase of production. This ensures Colostrum-LD® is suitable for people who maintain lactose-sensitive diets.
What makes Colostrum-LD® different from other colostrum products?
Colostrum-LD® uses an LD system unavailable with other bovine colostrum products. LD safeguards colostrum's growth factors and immunomodulators as they travel throughout the body. These growth factors and immunomodulators support the growth and development and body tissue and the immune function. With the LD system, colostrum's growth factors and immunomodulators stay intact as they travel throughout the body. Comparatively, the growth factors and immunomodulators in other bovine colostrum supplements may be destroyed by stomach acids, thereby limiting these products' overall effectiveness.
What does Colostrum-LD® taste like?
Colostrum-LD® powder has a natural vanilla flavor, which helps prevent an unpleasant aftertaste. The product can be incorporated into various room-temperature liquids as well.
Can I take vitamins and other nutritional supplements in conjunction with Colostrum-LD®?
Colostrum-LD® won't interfere with a person's ability to take vitamins or other nutritional supplements. The product is all natural and can be used with any nutritional supplements, at any time.
Can Colostrum-LD® be added to coffee or tea?
Although Colostrum-LD® is available in a powder form and can be mixed with water and other liquids, it is generally not recommended for use in coffee, tea, and other hot beverages. Ideally, Colostrum-LD® powder should be mixed with room-temperature beverages, as boiling or hot beverages risk destroying some of the components that make Colostrum-LD® an effective bovine colostrum supplement.
Can Colostrum-LD® be added to a smoothie or whey protein shake?
The proteins in a smoothie or whey protein shake stay in the stomach and destroy the healing bioactives in Colostrum-LD®. These bioactives cannot survive the harsh stomach acids that are used as part of the digestive process – even with the LD system used in Colostrum-LD®. Thus, an individual should not take Colostrum-LD® at the same time as a smoothie or whey protein shake.
Which is better: Colostrum-LD® in a powder or capsule form?
Colostrum-LD® powder and capsule products are identical. However, Colostrum-LD® taken as a powder begins to work as soon as it is consumed through the mouth, while Colostrum-LD® as a capsule starts working once it reaches the gut. Colostrum-LD® powder also tends to be a more economical choice relative to Colostrum-LD® capsules.
Which is better: powdered colostrum or an oral spray?
Colostrum-LD® in powder and capsule form consists of whole bovine colostrum. It has been pasteurized, dried, and micronized. On the other hand, colostrum may be taken as an oral spray based on an individual's health needs. An oral spray consists of a liquid concentrate that includes bovine colostrum's immune-modulating components. But an oral spray is typically not an ideal substitute to colostrum in powder or capsule form, and oral spray does not contain growth factors that stimulate cell growth in the gut.
Is Colostrum-LD® guaranteed to perform?
Colostrum-LD® is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. All Sovereign Laboratories Colostrum-LD® products are guaranteed to be free of damage and contaminants. If an individual is not satisfied with his or her Colostrum-LD® product, any unopened product can be returned for a refund or replacement.
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Sovereign Laboratories provides Colostrum-LD® products to help individuals boost their immune health. Plus, we continuously test our Colostrum-LD® supplements to ensure they represent the gold standard among bovine colostrum products. To learn more about Colostrum-LD®, please visit our website or call us today at 928-202-4031.
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