Four Sigma Foods 101 – Colostrum
Colostrum is a form of milk, produced by a mother’s mammary glands during the final days of pregnancy, and for a few days following the birth. It contains antibodies meant to protect the newborn baby against disease. It is also lower in fat and higher in protein than regular milk. Colostrum is produced in humans, cows and other mammals. It is highly absorbable, one of the most nutrient-dense foods that nature has to offer, and perhaps the single most important nutrient for a newborn’s future health.
Bovine colostrum (BC) has properties similar to human colostrum, and can be obtained in large quantities. Although there are not many double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to prove its efficacy, quite a lot of literature exists on its beneficial effects in treating various disorders. The nearer to the calf’s birth that bovine colostrums is collected, the more potent it seems to be.
It has proven three times more effective than vaccines in fighting swine flu, and it has demonstrated no side effects.
Why to Use Colostrum
One could call colostrum “immune milk,” because of its abundance of various important compounds – including some 97 immune factors. It also contains 87 growth factors, and possesses adaptogenic properties which stimulate the immune system and enhance rejuvenation and regeneration. Colostrum’s make-up includes potent anti-aging compounds, probiotics and many other bioactive substances, which assist the body in combating the inner and outer stresses we face every day.
Bovine colostrum has been used in treatment of a number of different infections, as well as disorders like chronic fatigue. It has proven three times more effective than vaccines in fighting swine flu, and it has demonstrated no side effects. Before the “antibiotic era” in the US, BC was often used to treat bacterial infections. It has also been used in rheumatoid arthritis therapy, and to enhance the healing of tissue injuries.
Colostrum is the ultimate superfood, delivering youth, health, vitality and offering a barricade against fatigue.
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How to Use Colostrum
Colostrum dietary supplements are commonly available in powder and capsule form. The powder can be added to smoothies and beverages or mixed with foods. It is good to remember, though, that high heat can reduce colostrum’s beneficial properties.
Where to Buy Colostrum
Unfortunately, there is quite a scarcity of any sort of colostrum products all over the world, let alone high-quality products. Only product we can trust at the moment is Daniel Vitalis’ Surthrival Colostrum Powder.
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