For more than 20 years colostrum has been extensively studied and has had over 20,000 scientific studies and research articles performed on one of nature’s most potent and invigorating natural immune factors. Especially those who try it and use it are discovering more health benefits every day.
Colostrum is the pre-milk liquid produced from the mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth. During this short duration of time, the immune factors and the growth factors are still at their peak and contain several times the factors compared to colostrum taken during later milkings.
Colostrum contains over 37 different important natural immune factors and more than 8 growth factors that work with the body to combat illness and promote full health. While the immune factors in colostrum work to fight off disease and protect the body, the growth factors in colostrum work to support optimal health. The factors in colostrum have also shown to help:
- Improve nutrient uptake
- Support bone mass
- Promote Skin Health
- Support memory
- Balance normal blood sugar levels
- Support normal metabolism
- Help maintain normal cognitive function
- Support normal immune function
- COLOSTRUM CAN BE USED WITH ANTIBIOTICS
Colostrum is completely natural unlike antibiotics. In fact antibiotics can actually make us more susceptible to illness. Antibiotics kill all bacteria in our bodies, which not only causes other ailments and side effects, but also throws the body off balance since not all bacteria in the body are bad. By killing all bacteria in our body, it makes our immune system work harder and leaves us more stressed and tired.
Antibiotics are also not naturally occurring. It is another chemical compound added to our list of symptom suppression. It has been proven that more than 80% of the prescriptions written for antibiotics are needless. Viruses cause most colds, sore throats and congestion; antibiotics have no effect on viral infections.
With the use of colostrums helps support your immune system naturally is your best defense against illnesses.
COLOSTRUM CAN SUPPORT LEAN MUSCLE MASS, INCREASE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE RECOVERY TIME BETWEEN STRENUOUS WORKOUTS
For horses that work out regularly and strenuously, colostrum is a good choice. Not only does it help maintain lean muscle tissue, colostrum helps slow normal protein breakdown and speed up normal protein synthesis. In fact, many body builders say that colostrum is the most beneficial muscle-building agent they have ever used – and it’s completely natural!
Colostrum and Lean Muscle
One of the real problems with achieving muscular development lies not just in harnessing anabolism (growth) but also in reducing catabolism (breakdown.)
Colostrum contains two important compounds which work synergistically to support the building of lean muscle mass. The first of these, called IgF-1, is a small peptide with a more anabolic effect than any known compound. Research has shown that during exercise, 1gF-1 is the signal that triggers muscle cell proliferation. IgF-1 works hand in hand with growth hormone (GH) for the building of lean muscle mass.
COLOSTRUM AIDS METABOLISM FOR A MORE EFFICIENT USE OF FUEL & GREATER ENERGY
In order for your horse to compete successfully, it is important to have both strength and stamina. Anything that will enhance endurance while maximizing fuel is certainly an asset.
During heavy workouts and in times of hunger, the body burns its own protein instead of fat. Studies have shown that colostrum shifts fuel utilization to fat, actually preventing the body from burning glucose for energy. The additional growth factors keep GH levels in the body high enough so that protein (muscle) is not compromised during heavy workouts. It also stimulates glucose transport in the muscle, making more efficient use of the available fuel. Athletes and body builders often report they lose weight while gaining inches.
COLOSTRUM SUPPORTS TISSUE AND MUSCLES
Each time your equine athlete exercises strenuously this causes tiny tears in muscle tissue. The muscle-building factors in colostrum repair this normal damage quickly while strengthening muscles.
The beneficial effects of colostrum extend to nearly every structural cell of the body. In fact, IgF-1 is the best know compound for synthesis and support of cartilage. Other compounds known as Transforming Growth Factors A and B are known for their ability to support the synthesis and repair of RNA and DNA. Colostrum supports equine athletes, on a day- to-day basis within the muscle, to those of a more serious nature.
COLOSTRUM HELPS WITH NUTRIENT UPTAKE
Colostrum helps heal the lining of the small intestine where nutrient absorption takes place. Not only does this enhance nutrient uptake, but it also seals out invading organisms which otherwise slip through the intestinal lining into the bloodstream. This accounts for the boost in effeciency when you or your horse receives colostrum.
Colostrum benefits the athlete in so many ways that it is quickly gaining popularity – especially amongst those who prefer to stay with natural substances.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU START TAKING PURE COLOSTRUM?
Depending on how much colostrum you begin giving your horse and how old your horse is, depends on what may be experienced when you first introduce the body to colostrum. The following is some information on what to expect when giving your horse colostrum:
Colostrum begins working immediately.
Colostrum begins its work by being absorbed into the bowel mucosa. It begins there, which provides benefits throughout the body. You should notice your horse beginning to feel better right away.
When taken at the recommended rate of 10,000 ~ 20,000 mg (10~20 grams) per day for your horse, you should often see a difference in a week. However, each horse is unique and some stresses that have been endured may mean that benefits will not come immediately. The long-term benefits of colostrum are definitely worth any minor wait you may experience.
How much colostrum should you give?
The optimal amount of colostrum will vary from individual to individual and will depend on the reasons receiving colostrum. Factors to consider are age and overall health.
Many people build up to a higher dosage for a period of time and then reduce to a maintenance level when the desired effects are received. More colostrum can be taken during times of stress to move through the symptoms quickly. Colostrum has no known risks and contains no toxicity levels so that you can provide as much as you want without side effects. There have never been any reported side effects from taking too much.
When should you give colostrum?
Colostrum is best taken on an empty stomach. It is made up of large protein chains, which are designed to pass through the stomach and be released in the small intestines. As we know it can be difficult to feel your horse on a schedule such as this, but when there is food in the stomach, it may not be as adequately digested and food in the intestinal tract can compete with the colostrum for binding sites, making it not as effective as with an empty stomach.