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Colostrum
By Lita Lee, Ph.D.
Nutritional support for everybody
Describes what colostrum is, how it is made and why it is so nutritious. Colostrum is nature’s way of passing important growth and immune factors from mother to baby. Colostrum is one of the only substances known that is capable of transferring active antibodies from one being to another. Colostrum from cows is non-biospecific, so it’s just as beneficial to humans as it is to cows.  The best colostum comes from New Zealand.

Published Date: 4/27/2001

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Within the first hours after birth, the mother’s mammary glands produce a “pre-milk” substance called colostrum. Colostrum is nature’s way of passing important growth and immune factors from mother to baby. Colostrum is one of the only substances known that is capable of transferring active antibodies from one being to another. Colostrum from cows is non-biospecific. This means that it’s just as beneficial to humans as it is to cows.

Sedona Labs Colostrum is collected from the New Zealand Dairy Group. New Zealand has very strict feeding standards. The cows are pasture-fed with vitamin and mineral supplements. Pasture-fed cows are exposed to more natural soil pathogens and have been clinically proven to produce more natural antibodies. The use of hormones and antibiotics for dairy cattle are illegal and testing ensures this.

Colostrum collection is fresh processed and never frozen. Freezing denatures colostrum and makes it much less effective. New Zealand colostrum is flash pasteurized in 15 seconds, which preserves the natural biological activity of the colostrum.

Colostrum provides nutritional support for the immune system in two ways. First, it contains multiple immune factors and natural antibiotics which nutritionally support the immune system. Second, it contains growth factors which provide the nutritional factors that encourage optimum health and healing.

Here are some of the immune factors found in colostrum:

Lactoferrin: an iron-binding protein that supports antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity. In addition, lactoferrin is a potent antioxidant that inhibits the harmful effects of free radicals.

Immunoglobulins (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG and IgM): Each of these performs a specific nutrient function. As a group, they neutralize toxins, fight viruses and bacteria and are a first line of defense against allergens.

Proline-rich Polypeptide (PRP): This natural substance helps regulate the thymus gland and studies have shown that it can help to nutritionally support an underactive immune system.

Oligopolysaccharides and Glycoconjugates: These are saccharides that can bind to pathogens and prevent them from attaching to or entering the body’s intestinal mucus membranes.

Independent medical studies show that colostrum contains natural substances that:

  • Regenerate and accelerate normal growth of aged or injured muscle, bone, cartilage, skin collagen and nerve tissue.
  • Help burn fat for fuel instead of muscle tissue in times of fasting.
  • Help build and retain lean muscle.
  • Help repair our body’s DNA and RNA.
  • Help balance and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Help promote the healing of burns, surgeries, and cuts and mouth sores with topical application.
  • Help control infection and pain associated with gingivitis, sensitive teeth and dental work.
  • Help the immune system destroy many bacteria and other pathogens that have a negative effect on the gastrointestinal tract, including pathogenic yeast, campylobacter, E. coli, Helicobacter pylori, Listeria, Rotavirus, various strains of Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Clostridium, Shigellosis and Salmonella.

Common questions and answers:

Why use bovine colostrum?

The immune and growth factors in bovine colostrum are identical to those in human colostrum. In fact, bovine colostrum is up to 40 times richer in immune factors than human colostrum. Bovine colostrum works in cows and in humans and animals!

Do I need colostrum as an adult?

Yes! Our bodies become more immune suppressed as we age. Colostrum can nurture the adult (or aging body) with the immune and growth factors that help fight off disease and heal damaged body tissue. Colostrum has a powerful antiseptic effect on bacteria and viruses. In addition, it can stimulate the nourishment required for tissue repair, and stimulate fat utilization for fuel and the optimization of cellular reproduction.

Can I give colostrum to my children?

The immune factors in colostrum may be very beneficial to children. This is especially true of viral or bacterial infections and wounds. We suggest that you consult with your qualified health care provider.

What about my pets?

Bovine colostrum works wonderfully with all species, including cats, dogs and other mammals. Put some colostrum powder on your pet’s food. Or, you can add some colostrum to water and spoon feed it. Most pets love the taste of colostrum.

How much should I take and when?

Every person is unique with regard to the optimum dosage of colostrum. For capsules, the dosage varies from 2-3 caps 3x/d between meals. For the powder, take one rounded tsp twice daily in juice or water.

Have any side effects or allergies or contraindications been reported from colostrum?

None have been reported.

Are there side effects after starting colostrum?

This can occur if you are toxic (high indican from very poor digestion or if you have taken lots of prescription drugs). This usually occurs if you take high doses of colostrum.  If so, you may experience skin eruptions, rashes, digestive problems or flu-like symptoms when beginning colostrum.  These usually disappear in a couple of days.  Sometimes the growth factors in colostrum may create initial pain in areas of old wounds or injuries as they heal.  If you become uncomfortable, you may want to decrease your dosage for a few days and then resume, increasing slowly as you reach optimum levels.

 

You will not notice these detox symptoms if you take small doses to begin with and increase slowly.

 

Here is a guide for how to go slowly:
 
Children:  Start with 1 cap twice daily or ¼ tsp of the powder for one week and then increase to ½ tsp the second week.
 
Adults:  Start with one level tsp daily and slowly increase.

For the average non-toxic person, 1-2 caps three times daily is okay.

 

Does it matter which brand you use?

Yes. Colostrum must not be processed using excessive heat because this will cause loss of most of its biological activity. Colostrum should come from cows that are “organic” – free of pesticides, hormones and antibiotic. The best colostrum comes from pasture-fed cows. Cows were meant to eat healthy, green grass, not dried, processed feed or corn and soybeans. Grass fed cows produce much healthier colostrum with maximum natural immunity to harmful soil-based bacteria and other pathogens. Colostrum must be water-soluble for maximum absorption and this is done by making it micronized and homogenized. It is impossible to obtain water-soluble colostrum if it has been frozen. It is virtually impossible to obtain a U.S. source of colostrum from pasture-fed cows that meet the above criteria. Even the organic herds in the U.S. are seldom pasture-fed.

What if I am lactose intolerant?

High quality colostrum contains a small amount of lactose, so, it shouldn’t cause a problem.  However, LAC (lactase) is available for extremely sensitive people.

What about “mad-cow” disease?

No case of this has been report in the U.S. or in New Zealand to date. No transmission of this disease has ever been connected with the dairy industry, either here or abroad.

I am a vegan. I don’t eat animal foods. Isn’t colostrum an animal food?

Strictly speaking, colostrum is an animal (dairy) food. However, even the strict vegan diet of India’s Hindu Rishis as included colostrum for thousands of years. In modern India, the milkman delivers colostrum to the wealthy. Even vegetarians are designed to be breast-fed at birth and are naturally meant to receive toward benefits of this remarkable substance.

Success Stories

The following abstracts are taken from success stories in Vital Health News by CNR (Center for Nutritional Research), 4700 S. 900 E. Ste 30-257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117.

First, the people stories:

Relief of irritable bowel syndrome, esophageal reflux and digestive problems plus decreased stomach bloating after three months of taking colostrum. E.P., Hershey, PA

Relief of pain following surgery and the elimination of pain pills after two weeks of taking 8 caps of colostrum daily. In addition, this insulin-dependent diabetic was able to reduce his insulin from 32 units a day to 20 units. G.W., Wilmington, DE

Relief of bronchial pneumonia in a 14-month old in just three days with 2 caps of colostrum twice daily. After one week, a doctor’s exam revealed clear lungs and the child’s asthma medication was no longer needed. Prior to colostrum, the child did not respond to three different antibiotics except with an allergic reaction to the third one. J.W., Parkerburg, WV

Relief from eight years of allergies requiring medication in three weeks plus discontinuation of the medication. D.T. and M.T., Independence, KS

Healing of a smashed toe and toenail by applying colostrum powder and bandaging the wound. The following day, the pain was gone. We now use colostrum for all wounds, especially if there is inflammation. B.P., St. George, UT

Relief of a sore throat by holding colostrum powder in the mouth. The pain disappeared in 10 minutes and never returned. B.P., St. George, UT

A woman with serious stomach and esophagus problems was unable to swallow for seven months. After using colostrum, her ulcers healed and she was able to swallow again plus to eliminate all of her medications. J.D., St. George, UT

A woman visited her health food store asking for help for a Staphylococcus infection on her face. She had tried numerous antibiotics but nothing helped. Colostrum cream was recommended and she bought a jar. In twelve days, her face was completely healed. BH, Farmington Hills, IL

Next, the pet stories:

Healing of three ruptured discs in Chewy, a 4-year old Shih-tzus with colostrum. The diagnosis was confirmed by X-rays. Chewy nearly died after being give steroids and other medications. He couldn’t hold down food and was projecting blood from both ends. After being up all night with Chewy, his owner decided to stop all of the medications and started to feed the small dog colostrum in water. Hour after hour, colostrum in water was given to Chewy. The diarrhea and vomiting stopped immediately. In one day, Chewy showed the first sign of life – he licked his stuffed animal. Today, Chewy is totally recovered and the X-rays showed no evidence of ruptured discs. An excerpt from “Chewy’s Story by Kaye Wyatt.

Fluffers, an 11-year old male cat had a history of severe gastrointestinal problems and could only be kept alive via a feeding tube. In addition to the cat’s poor health, the area around the feeding tube was continuously infected, requiring frequent antibiotics. This poor cat was also on cortisone and insulin. The veterinarian recommended euthanasia. In desperation, the cat’s owners took him to Dr. Stephan Blake, D.V.M., of San Diego, California. Dr. Blake immediately put Fluffers on a more natural diet and added colostrum. He still had to add the food and the colostrum through the feeding tube because the cat could not keep anything down. Two weeks later, Fluffers was doing better and was taken off all medication. Two weeks after that, after returning home, Fluffers pulled out his feeding tube on his own and starting to eat again. The infected wound on his throat needed treatment, so the owner applied a colostrum paste to the wound. In one day, the wound had closed and the infection had vanished. This cat has continued his healing journey and is now eating with gusto, stealing food from the other cats and is back to being “top cat”, according to his owner.

Another story from Dr. Stephan Blake, D.V.M. of San Diego, California. Jingo, a 7-year old male German shepherd had a history of kidney disease and a severe gum inflammation and infection. His gums were overgrown and infected. He was in constant pain and could hardly eat. He was treated by one of the best veterinary schools in the U.S. but all the doctors could do was to put the dogs on multiple antibiotics. Blake advised the owner to give Jingo a more natural diet and to give her colostrum. In three weeks, he was doing better and was able to get off the antibiotics. Two months later, the dog was doing so well, no appointment with the vet was necessary.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, prescribe for, treat or claim to prevent, mitigate or cure any human disease. They are intended for nutritional support only. The FTC requires that we tell you that the results in case notes and testimonials published here are not typical, however, they do show what some people have been able to achieve. Individuals vary, which is why we must always consider the whole person when recommending a course of action. The third party information referred to herein is neither adopted nor endorsed by this web site but is provided for general information purposes. The listing of specific disease terms is based upon medical literature and is not a substitute for competent medical advice. If you suspect a medical condition, you should consult a physician.

Copyright 2001 - 2006. Neither this article, nor any part of it, may be reproduced without permission. If permission to reprint is granted, the article must include author and URL information. Lita Lee, Ph.D.
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