What is colostrum
Colostrum, or ‘first milk’, is a nutritionally rich source of enzymes, antibodies and other immune-boosting qualities and is often referred to as a ‘superfood’. Our Colostrum is collected from grass fed cows. To maintain maximum bioactivity & quality it’s processed at low pressure & low temperature, then spray-dried using indirect steam.
Colostrum is a mixture of immune and growth factors as well as important nutrients, all designed to activate a newborn’s immune system, ensuring the health, vitality, and growth of the newborn. Keep reading to learn about the health benefits Colostrum provides to the body.
Colostrum Fun Facts:
- Form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals in late pregnancy.
- Full of antibodies and immunoglobulins which help to protect you from a world of bacteria & viruses.
- It contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and proteins (antibodies) that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses.
- Protein concentration generally higher than milk
- Higher in fat than regular milk
Benefits of Colostrum
Some athletes have used colostrum in an attempt to improve their performance, decrease recovery time, burn fat, build lean muscle, increase stamina and vitality, and prevent sickness during peak performance levels.
For general health:
This nutrient-dense supplement is ideal to fortify your diet and aid your overall health and wellbeing. It is free from GMOs, additives, preservatives & gluten and may provide assistance to the immune and intestinal systems. Our pasture-fed dairy cow Colostrum is completely pure and has a fluffy texture and a subtle taste, perfect for shakes & smoothies or as a post-workout recovery supplement with improved health benefits.
The core health benefits of Colostrum can be summarised into three key factors:
1. Immune Factors:
Colostrum contains various immune system factors such as immunoglobulins (Ig). Immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies, are glycoprotein molecules produced by plasma cells (white blood cells). They act as a critical part in your body’s immune response, by seeking out and attacking various antigens such as bacteria or viruses, aiding in their destruction.
The majority of immunoglobulin fraction is represented by Immunoglobulin G (IgG). Supplementation via Colostrum has been shown to be an effective means of providing immune protection to the gastro-intestinal tract.
2. Growth Factors:
In addition to immune-boosting qualities, Colostrum also contains many growth factors including insulin-like growth factor-1 and 2 (IGF-1 and IGF-2), Epithelial growth factor (EGF), Fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and Transforming growth factors (TGF-α and TGF-β). Growth factors are substances, such as a vitamin or hormone, which are required for the stimulation of growth in living cells. Their presence in colostrum is primarily to complete the growth and development of the newborn gut, but in older children and adults they help support a healthy gut wall. But how does Colostrum aid in nutrition?
3. Nutritional Factors:
Colostrum contains a large mix of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which may assist your body in performance and function. Colostrum is a rich source of both essential and non-essential amino acids, as well as essential fats, including phospholipids, which enable colostral protein protection and easy absorption in the gut by forming liposomes around them.
How is it sourced?
The cows are free from GMOs, BSE, rBGH and antibiotics at the time of calving. Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced when a cow gives birth. The animals health & welfare is important to us which is why our Colostrum is collected under strict guidelines. The calves always receive the first and highest quality Colostrum, with our product being sourced from surplus produced, approximately 8 hours after the calf has received their mother’s milk.
We have strong relationships with our suppliers, trusting in them the quality of care and treatment in all collection and manufacturing processes. Protein Supplies Australia wholeheartedly believes in sustainability, and always endeavours to source our raw materials from supplies who share our ideals.
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