Colostrum is the first milk that all newborn mammals receive from their mother. It has by nature a high content of proteins and a natural content of immunoglobulin G (IgG).
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Colostrum is a natural product
Colostrum, also known as the first milk, is a 100% natural product. It is the very first milk provided to all newborn mammals from their mothers and has a high content of proteins, carbohydrates and bioactive factors.
Colostrum is by nature developed to nourish and strengthen the newborns and their untested immune system and digestion system right from birth. Colostrum adds important bioactive factors, protects the gut and contributes to activate the newborn’s immune system.
Bioactive factors in colostrum
Colostrum has by nature a very high content of proteins and a natural content of Immunoglobulin G (IgG). It also contains several bioactive factors, vitamins, minerals, lipids and proteins that together make up the perfect “starter kit” for the newborn, as it helps to mature and strengthen both the digestion and the immune system.
Colostrum contains several hundred different bioactive factors. In nature, they support an effective nutrient uptake in the gut, stimulate cell growth and differentiation, contribute to the immune system and protect against attacks from enteric pathogens, e.g. bacteria, viruses, and fungus.
The majority of the bioactive factors belong to one of four groups (see below), of which the immunoglobulins are the largest by far:
- Immunoglobulins – build, stimulate and balance the immune system
- Peptides – proteins with antibacterial and antiviral effects
- Natural growth factors – support healing of damaged cells and the formation of different cell types
- Prebiotic factors – stimulate and maintain a healthy microflora in the gut
Colostrum also contains milk proteins such as caseins and whey proteins of high biological value. This means that colostrum contains all essential amino acids in a form that is easy for the body to absorb.
The cow’s colostrum
Bovine colostrum has an exceptionally high concentration of bioactive factors: more than 250 different compounds, all involved in the strengthening and protection of the calf against diseases and pathogens.
The cow’s colostrum is essential for the calf, as it is born without immunologic compounds in the blood and a critically immature immune system. The calf actually receives a complete immune system from the cow via the colostrum, including all the immunoglobulins, antibacterial factors, anti-inflammatory factors and more. This is in addition to the bioactive factors that contribute to maturation of the gut and get the digestive system started.
The colostrum gives the calf protection from enteric pathogens, viruses and make the gut capable of digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Colostrum from cows and humans
Bovine colostrum is quite similar to human colostrum in the composition. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the immune and growth factors in bovine colostrum are identical to the corresponding factors in human colostrum. The major difference being that bovine colostrum contains more than 40 times more bioactive factors.
Whole colostrum is preferred
The many hundreds of bioactive factors and nutrients in bovine colostrum constitute together the colostrum milk matrix. It is very complex and essential for the effect of the bioactive factors as many interact and possess a cumulative effect. The benefits from colostrum are not caused by only one or a few isolated factors, but by the sum of large groups or by them all; a concept known as food synergy. This highlights the need for an intact milk matrix.
The milk matrix also protects the bioactive factors and nutrients against fermentation and destruction by the digestion enzymes, so they arrive intact at their place of action.
Changes of the milk matrix modify the bioactive properties of colostrum components and reduce the antimicrobial properties and beneficial effects on the gut. This is the risk when removing lipids in colostrum, subtraction of specific components or group of components, or using excessive processing, such as HTST-pasteurization.
Colostrum as dietary supplement
Bovine colostrum has a high content of proteins and a natural content of immunoglobulin G (IgG), and may be used daily to provide such nutrients. A daily dose of colostrum is thus a supplement that gives an extra boost.
Who may eat bovine colostrum?
Colostrum is a milk product and people with lactose intolerance and milk allergy should be extra cautious about possible reactions. The lactose content in colostrum is much lower than in regular milk and some people with milk allergy experience no adverse effects from colostrum.
Be sure to read the product declarations carefully before buying colostrum. Most of the bioactivity is due to intact bioactive factors and milk matrix, which are only found in 100% pure whole colostrum. This can be hard to find.
Biodane Pharma sells 100% pure Danish colostrum at a good price. Nothing has been added and nothing has been removed – except water. We use extra gentle processing to preserve the milk matrix and bioactive factors.
Bovine colostrum from Biodane Pharma
At Biodane Pharma, we are especially careful with our colostrum and track the colostrum closely from cow to final dietary supplement. We ourselves drive out to local farmers in Southern Denmark, pick up surplus colostrum, bring the milk home to our own dairy, and make whole colostrum powder. Nothing added and nothing removed – except water.
We use a specialized extra gentle technology to get maximal preservation of the natural bioactive factors in our colostrum, such as Immunoglobulin G (IgG). We have developed the technology ourselves.
Strict hygiene and quality assessment of our colostrum through the entire process secure a colostrum powder of highest possible standard and guaranteed free of antibiotic residues.
The calf gets first
Of course, the calf gets it share of the cow’s colostrum before we collect anything. The calf needs up to 5 litres of colostrum to secure its needs. It then has a complete and active immune system and a functioning gut. The cow produces up to 15 litres of colostrum, and the surplus may be used for other purposes, e.g. dietary supplements. At Biodane Pharma, we demand from the farmers we cooperate with that the calf gets its needs fulfilled before the surplus colostrum is collected to us.
Research on colostrum
Biodane Pharma provides colostrum to Danish universities and hospitals that try to map the bioactive factors and their effects on the human gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and infection risks. Further information may be found on our webpage for healthcare professionals: www.biodanepharma.info.
Dietary supplements should never be used as a substitute for a varied diet.
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