It seems that almost every day a new substance or product shows up claiming to heal every complaint under the sun. Since I’ve been writing about natural health, nutrition and alternative medicine for more than twenty years, I’ve seen a lot of these. To be sure, nowadays a lot of powerful natural remedies are being discovered (or rediscovered) but there are also quite a few that fall short of the extravagant claims they make.
So, when yet another broad-spectrum supplement appears — one that people claim does everything from boost the immune system to help burn fat — I tend to turn skeptical and investigate it very carefully.
That’s exactly what happened with colostrum. When I first came across it, the claims seemed simply too good to be true. But then I started to read some of the extensive research about this substance and I started to get excited. Perhaps it is true — maybe there is a complete, natural substance that can help return the body to a state of homeostasis — its natural state of vibrant health and vitality. Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother’s mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth. Colostrum provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that insure the health and vitality of the newborn. Colostrum is so important that most baby animals would simply die without it.
During the fifties and sixties, many doctors recommended against breastfeeding. This was the height of the “arrogance of science” — trying to convince us that man-made formulas could actually be better than natural mother’s milk. So, because we weren’t breastfed, many of us never got the natural “seeding” — the initial boost to our immune and digestive systems — which colostrum provides. This leaves us vulnerable to diseases, pollutants and allergens that are all around us and increasing in quantity and toxicity every day and every year.
The more I read about colostrum’s ability to alleviate and even reverse these problems, the more excited I got.
Nature, in all its wisdom, provided an amazing substance to help infants grow, feel good and resist disease. Now, the medical evidence shows that adults can also get the tremendous wide-ranging benefits that colostrum offers.
The onset of almost all infectious and degenerative disease, including cancer and heart disease, is preceded or accompanied by lowered immune system function. Studies show colostrum contains powerful immune factors (Immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin, Cyto-kines and Interferon) that work to restore potent immune function.
Colostrum also contains PRP (Polyproline-Rich-Peptides), shown in medical studies to help boost an underactive immune system. PRP helps restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capability. The thymus produces the vital T-cells which fight viruses and antigens. The PRP found in colostrum also helps balance the overactive immune system present in autoimmune diseases — conditions in which the body actually attacks itself. This makes colostrum extremely effective with illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Scleroderma.
All the anecdotal testimonials point to this substance’s amazing ability to prevent disease. People who have been taking colostrum for a while (and these are mostly people who started taking it for some other reason) report that they don’t get any more colds or flu. People who start taking colostrum when they are already sick with a viral or bacterial infection report greatly accelerated healing and recovery times.
Colostrum contains many important growth factors which promote healing and actually create an anti-aging response. The list of benefits they have been shown to provide is so long I’m going to put it in list form.
Independent medical studies show that colostrum’s growth factors:
• 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 (diet)
• Help build and retain lean muscle.
• Repair our body’s vital DNA and RNA.
• Balance and regulate blood sugar levels
• Heal burns, surgeries, cuts, abrasions and mouth sores with topical application
• Control infection and pain associated with gingivitis, sensitive teeth and dental work.
• Help regulate blood glucose levels and “brain chemicals”, providing alertness and better concentration.
• Help regulate the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals to brighten our moods.
So, not only can colostrum make you feel better and heal faster, but it can also help you look better, too? This is when I got really excited. According to articles in “IronMan” and “Muscle and Fitness” (these are serious bodybuilder magazines — I was amazed at how technical and carefully researched the articles were) colostrum is as powerful as illegal, synthetic steroids at creating new muscle mass when bodybuilding exercise is performed!
Plus, remember that this is something that is good for all of you — no side effects, no problems, no contra-indications. If you take antibiotics to combat an infection, you will weaken the immune system, not strengthen it. You will also seriously damage intestinal flora and destroy the acidophilus bacteria that help control harmful bacteria and yeasts in the bowel. If you are foolish enough to take non-prescription steroids (which, believe it or not, many people still do) the side-effects are even worse — hormonal imbalance and endocrine system damage, reproductive system damage and cardiovascular damage.
What’s more, the growth factors present in colostrum have also been shown to have an important anti-aging effect. Skin appears more youthful, age and “liver” spots disappear, bone mass and density is increased and sexual function is improved and restored. Maybe there is a fountain of youth after all!
What I like best about colostrum is that it is a whole, complete natural substance that has been minimally processed. This is not some kind of new natural “designer supplement” made in a laboratory somewhere — it is nature’s own natural wonder drug. It is so broad spectrum because it has to do so much for a newborn mammal. As baby mammals, we are all very weak and feeble when we first come into this world. Nature, in response to this, provided one of the most powerful superfoods in existence to boost us into rapid growth, strong resistance to disease and a great sense of well-being.
Another thing I really like is how extensively it’s been researched by the medical community. This is not a new discovery — this is something which is being rediscovered. In fact, the medical use of colostrum goes back thousands of years.
Research has shown that bovine colostrum is easily assimilable by humans and is up to 40 times richer in immune factors than human colostrum. Also, the research shows that only cows’ colostrum contains special glycoproteins and protease inhibitors which are extremely effective at protecting the destruction of colostrum’s active components by adult human digestive enzymes and stomach acids.
And bovine colostrum is safe for consumption by humans. According to Dr. Robert Preston with the International Institute of Nutritional Research, “Colostrum is so safe, it has been prepared by nature as the first food for infants. It would be hard to imagine any nutritional substance more natural or beneficial.”
There have been no contra-indications, side effects or allergies reported through thousands of years of human use of bovine colostrum. And this superfood creates no problems for those with lactose intolerance.
Colostrum must be collected, treated and processed correctly in order to be effective. Results can vary widely based on the quality of the colostrum you take.
First, colostrum processed at high heat will lose much or most of its biological activity. It’s important to do some research to find commercially available colostrum which has been processed without excessive heat.
It’s also important to find colostrum which comes from cows that are pesticide, antibiotic and hormone free — essentially “organic”. Since the cow is the “factory” for producing colostrum, this factory shouldn’t be contaminated with harmful chemicals and unwanted drugs.
Also, recent research has shown that the body’s ability to assimilate colostrum is greatly enhanced if it is water-soluble and protected in a Liposomal Delivery process. If it’s not readily water-soluble, colostrum won’t disperse well in the human bowel, and thus will be minimally effective. In order to be made soluble, colostrum needs to be specially micronized and homogenized. Very few brands currently have this attribute, especially since it is impossible to obtain if the colostrum has ever been frozen. Luckily, it is very easy to test for water solubility — all that is needed is a glass of water!
Finally, if possible, see if you can find colostrum that comes from pasture-fed herds. When a cow eats healthy, green grass, instead of dried, processed feed, it is getting the live enzymes that it is naturally designed to get, and its colostrum contains more of these beneficial enzymes that aid in assimilation by humans. In addition, live food from the pasture contains both beneficial and non-beneficial soil-based organisms. Surprisingly, these both contribute positively to the attributes of the colostrum. The cow develops natural immunity to harmful soil-based bacteria and other pathogens, which is passed on to its colostrum via the “transfer factor”, and creates the same immunity in humans. And beneficial soil-based organisms have recently been shown to create positive conditions in the human bowel. These are, likewise, passed along to the human consumer via the cow’s colostrum, further enhancing its many benefits.
Unfortunately, most of the brands available whether do not meet the above criteria. The industry and infrastructure in this country for collecting and marketing colostrum has been established largely for veterinary purposes. In fact, many of the colostrum brands marketed for human consumption are simply this veterinary grade colostrum re-packaged for human use. This is not necessarily harmful, but this colostrum will not be as effective as it could be. Most, if not all, of this colostrum is frozen before transportation, and once it is frozen, it is virtually impossible to ensure that it will be water-soluble.
To date there is only one colostrum which comes from pasture-fed cows, and meets the other criteria I’ve outlined above including having a unique Liposomal Delivery and that is from Sovereign Laboratories. The only Standardized pre and post processing certified BSD, BSE antibiotic pesticide free colostrum with guaranteed bioactivity that exceeds all others on the market. In fact according to Dr. Robert Milne, MD (on of the leading experts on Liposomal Delivery) Their Colostrum-LD® is up to 1,500 % more bio-available and is the most effective colostrum in the world.
Most reputable companies supplying colostrum to the public nowadays offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. And because colostrum is not a drug but a whole, natural food, there’s no health risk involved in trying it. So you have nothing to lose — and everything to gain.
I started taking colostrum as soon as I started reading the amazing findings of the medical research community — and I’m getting great results. My blood sugar levels have stabilized, I’m seeing greater muscle growth from my workouts in just a short time and my energy level and overall sense of well-being and enthusiasm has increased dramatically.
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