Colostrum: What Is It?

Published reports put at "over 4,000" the number of scientific studies conducted at universities and research centers around the world that have been published on Colostrum.

What is Colostrum? It's nature's perfectly designed "first food". It's the very special fluid produced and provided by every mammal for her newborn immediately after giving birth. It's not to be confused with milk. . . it precedes the milk production.

The immune factors and nutrients contained in the colostrum are said to insure not only the newborn's resistance to disease, but also proper vitality and growth. It has an incredible array of immunoglobulins, growth factors, antimicrobial proteins and carbohydrates.

In humans, the colostrum received (if the mother is nursing her child) is simply a "plus", since humans acquire immunity while still in the womb. But animals, such as baby calves, lambs, fawns, etc. receive no such immunity in the womb, and livestock people will tell you if those newborn animals don't get that colostrum after birth, they probably will not survive. (Don't worry, the dairy cows from which our colostrum comes, always give the baby calf all that it needs before that cow's colostrum is collected for these products. Dairy cows produce far more colostrum than is needed for their calf/calves.)

Research indicates colostrum has a direct effect on the immune system (enhancing one's own immune system). Research on the growth factors in colostrum have concluded they help to promote cell growth, healing, tissue repair and assistance in normalizing the body's everyday functions.

Why is dairy cow colostrum used? Because not only are there ample supplies of it, but more importantly, it's been found to be "non-species specific", meaning it works in animals other than dairy cows. In fact, studies have found dairy cow colostrum to be more potent than human colostrum (perhaps because humans are not totally dependent on it, since they acquire immunity while still in the womb). But, a very key element in determining the quality of the colostrum is how long after having the calf, the colostrum was collected. Ours comes only from the first day collections (from within the first 24 hours after calving). That's very important, since this liquid becomes more and more milk, and less and less colostrum, as the hours pass. Some colostrum on the market is collected 3 or 4 days after calving, and that simply cannot be as beneficial (in fact, that long after, we wouldn't even call it colostrum!).

Another important element in determining quality is the type of processing it goes through. Any colostrum contained in capsules or tablets has had to be dried first, and it's essential that the drying be by low heat (like ours), in order to retain all the benefits within the colostrum. In the case of our liquid colostrum -- Alpha Whey III (Alpha for "First" and "Whey" for "Milk" = "First Milk", an old-fashioned term for Colostrum, and not an indication that the product is milk rather than colostrum--it's the finest colostrum you'll find anywhere!) there is no heat used in the processing of this product which is one of the ways in which it is superior to any powdered colostrum (even our own capsules and powder!)

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