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 and immunoglobulin G.
Colostrum is by nature developed to nourish the newborns. Colostrum contains nutrients in a concentrated form so that the newborn gets the nutrients it needs, even though the gut is not fully matured.
Bioactive factors in colostrum
Colostrum has by nature a 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.
The majority of the bioactive factors belong to one of four groups (see below), of which the immunoglobulins are the largest by far:
- Natural growth factors
- Prebiotic factors
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
Colostrum differs from normal milk by having af high content of immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase and list of other important proteins. Therefore in addition to covering a basic nutritional need, the colostrum can protect the calf as the calf, unlike human children, is born without an immune system.
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 can risk destroying colostrum. 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 lactose intolerance 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).
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. 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.
Dietary supplements should never be used as a substitute for a varied diet.
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