The colostrum is derived from veterinary grade A certified herds within 12 hours of calving, that are free of synthetic hormones, pesticides and antibiotics. About 100 tests are carried out on each batch of colostrum including microbiological tests to ensure freedom from pathogens and tests to ensure that the product meets immunoglobulin standards. 10 samples are collected per batch, and a colostrum sample is traceable to an individual cow. The colostrum is frozen within one hour of collection and is processed by low temperature spray drying.
Bovine colostrum is much richer in many factors than human colostrum.
Colostrum has high concentrations of immunoglobulins in particular: IgA, IgG and IgM. Immunoglobulins derived from colostrum are important to the immunity of infant mammals. In addition there are over 32 immune factors (excluding immunoglobulins) found in colostrum. These include lactoferrin, polyproline-rich peptide, interferons and cytokines.
Colostrum Immune factors can help combat viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
In addition growth factors are present which stimulate muscle and bone growth in the newborn. Growth factors found in colostrum include epithelial growth factor, insulin-like growth factor –1 (IGF-1), growth hormone, and transforming growth factors A and B.
These growth factors appear to have anti-aging properties by inducing retention of muscle mass, and maintaining skin function – hence reducing wrinkling.
Colostrum Growth Factors can help:
Stimulate normal growth, regeneration, and accelerate repair of aged or injured muscle, skin collagen, bone, and cartilage and nerve tissues
Stimulate the body to use fat instead of muscle in metabolism
Build lean body tissue
Maintain normal blood sugar levels
Increase serotonin levels (a natural anti-depressant)
These factors include a trypsin inhibitor and other protease inhibitors. These prevent the breakdown of proteins derived from colostrum (immune and growth factors).
Colostrum in Health Management
Colostrum has an extraordinary ability to reduce G.I. inflammation and hence reverse inflammatory bowel disease.
Colostrum has been used in the treatment of the following conditions (alone or in conjunction with other therapies):
Autoimmune and related diseases: Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, lupus erythematosus
Infections: Viral, bacterial, fungal, parasites