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Colostrum: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Okay, so there’s no doubt about it, colostrum is 100% vital to the wellbeing of all mammal infants.  It goes by other names, such as first milk.  It contains nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for healthy immunity.  There is some speculation, there are also contains things like Probiotics and various other important elements that form the basic building blocks of life.  It’s certainly very important that human babies drink colostrum.


But, nowadays you can buy bovine colostrum as the health supplement.  Purportedly, it offers many of the benefits that babies receive from milk.  Here are some of the ways that it helps:


  1. It is said to boost immune function

There are many claims made about colostrum as a health supplement. 


Some of these claims are very bold. For example, some people claim that they help with reversing degenerative disease, preventing cancer, and reducing the risk of heart disease.


Other claims, the slightly less bold.  For example, many people claim that it helps reduce symptoms associated with immune problems, such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and chronic fatigue syndrome.


Finally, some people claim that they suffer from fewer illnesses when they drink bovine colostrum.


  1. It is sent to help with aging.

Within colostrum is something called growth factor hormones.  These play a role in many different systems, including:


  • Regenerating various components, such us, collagen (very important to a youthful appearance), muscle growth, bone growth, and nerve generation.


  • Metabolism: it is supposed to speed up metabolism, thus contributing to a lean, slim, physique.


  • DNA, RNA, and Mitochondria repair – it is here that people believe it has an effect on things like cancer, which is caused by irreparable mutations (irreparable without harsh treatments, such as chemotherapy, that is).


  • Balancing various systems, such as regulating blood sugar.


  • Improving mood by helping to regulate hormones within the brain.


As you can appreciate, colostrum is widely purported to be some kind of super-nutrient, and without a doubt, it is…for babies.


But, what is colostrum? And can it help adults? The colostrum that we take as a nutrient is not human – that would contravene all kinds of rules, including some rules of nature (you’re depriving the babies). However, it is NOT human, but bovine (i.e. cows), and the calves are not deprived, because they have ways of stimulating the milk.


And, that leads us to a potential confusion, and a particular issue. Many people don’t realise that colostrum is just milk. Yes, it’s a special type of milk with extra nutrients, but it’s still milk. As such, some adults will not react well to colostrum. Those with a lactose allergy or intolerance will find it unsuitable, and may not realise why.


In terms of whether the supplement is all it’s cracked up to be, that really depends. The science is as yet undecided – there’ve been few studies so far. However, from anecdotal evidence, many people consider it extremely beneficial. The choice, then, is up to you.