Maternal Support for a Healthy GI Tract and Immune System
Colostrum is the first secretion produced
by all mammals for the feeding of their newborns. Mothers
produce colostrum because it is rich in immunity-enhancing
components that help protect newborns from bacteria, viruses and
other pathogens. Colostrum is only produced by the mammary
glands for the first 48 to 60 hours following delivery.
Bovine colostrum has been studied for its effects on a number of
conditions. Case reports and clinical trials suggest that
colostrum can alleviate chronic diarrhea in people with immune
deficiency syndromes. In one study, 29 AIDS patients received a
daily dose of 10 grams colostrum for 10 days and a significant
majority experienced a decreased average daily stool frequency.
After discontinuation of the dietary supplement, 12 patients
re-experienced diarrhea, while 14 remained free from diarrhea
for at least four weeks. The diarrhea-causing microbe
Cryptosporidia was found in the stools of four persons in the
trial prior to the colostrum treatment. After treatment,
Cryptosporidia levels were undetectable.
Colostrum is rich in growth factors such as insulin growth
factor-1 (IGF-1) that can stimulate growth and repair of the
gastrointestinal tract. In two studies, colostrum relieved
gastrointestinal inflammation triggered by non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in persons beginning treatment
In patients undergoing abdominal surgery, colostrum delayed the
increase of endotoxins post-surgery and brought the endotoxins
back into the baseline range faster than in untreated subjects.
Endotoxins are found in gram-negative bacteria cell walls and
large numbers trigger the development of sepsis (a serious blood
infection). Colostrum also slightly lowered levels of the
inflammatory marker C-reactive Protein.
Small, preliminary studies indicate that colostrum may benefit
athletes. In non-elite athletes actively weight training prior
to supplementation, colostrum improved body
composition. In elite athletes, colostrum supplementation
improved exercise performance characterized by short-bursts of
activity, but didn?t affect endurance performance.
All in the Timing
Colostrum collected from maternal bovine sources during the
first 24 hours after the calf?s birth has a higher concentration
of immunity-enhancing substances such as immunoglobulins and
growth factors compared to colostrum collected from the same
cows during the first three days after birth.
Concentrations of these immunity-enhancing constituents decline
substantially in a time-dependent manner, indicating that
finding a colostrum source produced as soon as possible after
birth is important.
A new form of supplemental, chewable colostrum combines
immunity-enhancing colostrum with the anti-cavity,
anti-bacterial effects of the natural sugar substitute Xylitol
and the pleasant taste of natural vanilla flavor.
Colostrum chewables are made from 100 percent pure bovine
colostrum collected within 24 hours after birth from controlled,
healthy Grade A U.S. dairy herds fed diets free of animal
by-products, antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides.
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