Colostrum is the milky fluid produced from the breast of humans, cows, goats and other mammals during the first to four days after giving birth, that is before the real breast milk appears.
Hyperimmune Bovine Colostrum is a special type of Bovine Colostrum produced by cows that have received vaccination against specific disease-causing organisms.
The vaccition cause the cows to develop antibodies to fight those specific organisms. This special type of colostrum was being use in clinical trials for treating AIDS-related diarrhea and other rare disease.
Nutrient Content of Colostrum: Colostrum contains protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, proteins, growth factors (that promote normal cell growth, DNA synthesis, fat utilization and increased mental alertness), antibodies that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses. The level of antibody in colostrum is about 100 times higher than in regular cow’s milk.
Health Benefits of Colostrum:
- Athletes use colostrum to burn fat, build lean muscle, increase overall strength and performance.
- Helps boost immune system and calm hyperactive immune system
- Helps repair nervous system damage
- Helps treat inflammation of the colon (colitis).
- Helps improve gastrointestinal health. Study suggests that colostrum inhibits the adhesion of certain bacteria to intestinal wall, which may help in the treatment of diarrhea.
- Helps elevate mood and sense of well-being
- Helps reverse aging
- Helps increase nutrient absorption
- Helps AIDS patients
How to take Colostrum: Colostrum should be taken on an empty stomach with water, so it gets into the digestive system with minimal interruption of saliva and stomach acid.
Side Effects of Colostrum: While most people don’t experience any side effects from taking colostrum, there have been rare reports of problems in HIV- positive patients such as nausea, vomiting, abnormal liver function tests, and decreased red blood cells.
- There are some concern about catching “mad cow disease” from products that come from animals. “Mad cow disease” does not appear to be transmitted through milk products, but it is probably wise to avoid animal products from countries where “mad cow disease” has been found.
- Pregnant women are advise not to take colostrum without the suggestion of their doctor.
- If you are allergic to cow’s milk or any dairy products, you may be allergic to colostrum.
- Individuals with immune system disorders should consult their doctor due to the potential for immune system effects of bovine colostrum.
- If you are taking medication for diabetes and the nervous system talk to your doctor because it may reduced or increased its efficacy.
Suggestion when buying Colostrum: A good quality colostrum is from raw, grass-fed goat or cow.