1. What are they and where do they come from?
Bovine colostrum is the first milk-like substance produced by the mammary glands of a female cow immediately after the birth of a calf. The purpose of colostrum is to provide the offspring with antibodies and nutrition that will aid in the fortification of the immune system. Bovine colostrum contains many beneficial substances. The most important of these substances are Immunoglobins, Lactoferin, Proline-Rich Polypeptide, Cytokines and Vitamins.
2. What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Traditionally, colostrum has been used as a remedy for treating diarrhoea; a condition which is caused by harmful bacteria. However, science has shown that colostrum is a diverse substance that has many other applications. The ability of colostrum to increase IGF-1 levels is well known. IGF-1 helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and lower body fat. Due to colostrums GH content, supplementation may prove beneficial in the fight against ageing. Listed are the important substances found in bovine colostrum, and provided is a brief explanation as to their function and relevance.
Proline-Rich Polypeptide Different types of proteins that work with the thymus gland and regulates the immune system. Cytokines Help to boost T-cell activity and help to regulate the body’s response to exercise and other stimuli. Vitamins and Amino Acids Colostrum contains many vitamins and minerals. Among the most important are the B vitamins and antioxidants. It also has a host of essential and nonessential amino acids.
To obtain maximum benefit from supplemental colostrum, it is important to buy “first milking” colostrum. Look for this phrase on the label when making a purchase, and also be sure to obtain colostrum that has been manufactured using the low-heat spray method. This method will ensure that all beneficial ingredients are intact.
3. Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
There are no signs of deficiency, but everyone can benefit from supplementing with colostrum. The overweight will find that colostrum, and because of its GH content, will lower bodyfat levels. Accident victims or those who have recently undergone surgery may find that colostrum speeds healing and recovery.This is, in part, due to its GH and immunoglobin content.
4. How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
No side effects have been reported. Individuals suffering from diabetes, prostatitis, dwarfism, obesity, hypertension, HIV or cancer, should consult a qualified medical practitioner prior to the use of supplemental colostrum. Follow the directions as prescribed on the product’s label.