Lately, there has been a buzz in the media with excitement about super foods. Typically, the super foods we hear the most about are exotic plants gathered from the far reaches of the globe. However, there is one superfood that flies under the radar and definitely deserves more attention – colostrum. Colostrum may not be exotic, but it offers an array of health benefits that I believe are unparalleled in any other superfood.
Bovine colostrum, aka ‘life’s first food’ is a milky fluid produced by mammalian mothers in the first few days after birth.
Colostrum is the first food of life, but it can also be consumed during other phases of life.
Colostrum is available as a supplement. It can be consumed as either a powder or pill and incorporated into your everyday diet and has become popular in recent years, as it promotes immunity and improves gut health
While colostrum is highly nutritious and is high in micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, its claimed health benefits are mostly linked to specific protein compounds which include immune and growth factors and other components that support the immune function. Colostrum includes insulin-like growth factors (IGF), immunoglobulins, cytokines, lactoferrin and other components. Studies indicate these growth factors and hormones help the immune function, as well as support gastrointestinal integrity.
1. Immune System
Colostrum may strengthen your immune system and help your body fight ills and chills. This is due to its high concentration of antibodies. Antibodies are proteins, also known as immuno-globulins, used by your immune system to fightills and chills. These high antibody levels can help to balance your immune system. As such, colostrum helps regulate the immune system and protects the GI tract. Colostrum also contains immunoglobulins that stay in the GI tract to further support the immune function.
2. Reduces inflammation
Immunity and inflammation go hand in hand so it’s not surprising that colostrum would have an anti-inflammatory effect. As it turns out, colostrum is also a great source of antioxidants and growth factors that can help create a healthy inflammatory response in the body.
3. Gut Healing
Colostrum may strengthen your gut and help fight ills and chills in the digestive tract. A healthy gut supports an individual’s overall health and well-being, yet certain foods, stress, and environmental factors may harm the gut. Colostrum helps to stimulate the growth of intestinal cells, strengthen the gut wall, and prevent intestinal permeability. A healthy gut wall means our bodies have a natural defence system giving us the resistance we need to fight off bugs and ills and chills helping our bodies perform at their best. These beneficial effects are likely due to the lactoferrin and growth factors it contains. Colostrum also contains immunoglobulins that support the gut’s microbiome. Colostrum may even promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, too.
4. Alpha Lipid™ Difference
To protect the important bioactive components of our colostrum products through the harsh digestive process we’ve created a special patented liposomal delivery system, you know this as the “Alpha Lipid™ difference”.
To obtain the maximum benefits of colostrum it is important that as much natural bioactive colostrum is delivered to the body as possible. Coating colostrum particles with the exclusive Alpha Lipid™ extract ensures they are protected as they pass through the harsh stomach environment. The Alpha Lipid™ coating is both water and fat-soluble, improving dispersion and absorption of the colostrum particles into the body. A large number of scientific studies now support the health benefits of colostrum.
Colostrum is an immune-boosting powerhouse produced naturally and is with little doubt one of the most effective immune modulators out there.
It’s loaded with immunoglobulins, growth factors, and anti-inflammatories and is regarded as setting the stage for our immune systems and digestive health and New Image™ International has the only patent-protected colostrum product in the world.
Natures best-kept secret is a powerful support for your immune system. Colostrum is naturally occurring, and its proteins and antibodies support your immune system helping you feel fit, healthy and protected.