Bovine (cow) colostrum is the first milk produced by dairy cows. It is rich in nutrients, immune factors, and protective proteins that are beneficial for humans. Today, there are now over 3,000 studies illuminating the science of bovine colostrum and new clinical studies being conducted every year to explore its applications for human health.
Colostrum is the first food tasted in life by all mammals. It’s supercharged with components that jumpstart gut function, the immune system, and a healthy gut microbiome in all mammals — including humans — in the first few days of life. Surprisingly, It’s not human colostrum that holds the greatest benefit for humans beyond the newborn stage but bovine colostrum.
Unlike humans, cows are unable to pass key immune factors and other beneficial nutrients from mother to fetus during pregnancy. When the calf is born, it is completely dependent on the mother’s colostrum to survive. Thus bovine colostrum contains a higher concentration of immune factors and other protective nutrients than human colostrum.
Bovine colostrum is also produced in large quantities by the mother cow, far exceeding the needs of the calf. Once the calf receives all the colostrum she needs, the rest can be collected for human use.
The Benefits of Bovine Colostrum
While bovine colostrum has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties, new research is uncovering that bovine colostrum is quite possibly the most powerful modulator of gut health on the planet. It provides key nutrients that have been shown to:
Nourish a healthy microbiome.
Bovine colostrum contains concentrated macronutrients and micronutrients that serve as prebiotic to nourish your gut and the beneficial bacteria that reside there.
Support the repair and restoration of the lining of the intestines.
Bovine colostrum is a rich source of tissue repair and growth factors that promote the restoration of the gastrointestinal lining. In this way it supports the restoration of barriers that have become too permeable. It also promotes the health of intestinal mucosa and microvilli — thin, finger-like projections on the surface of cells that aid in nutrient absorption.
Work with your body’s natural defenses.
Bovine colostrum contains a broad spectrum of naturally occuring immune factors that works with your body’s natural defenses.