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Colostrum is the first food for growth and immunity: it is the pre-milk or rather the first lacteal secretion that is produced by the mother in all mammals, immediately following the birth of her young. Colostrum is frequently referred to as “life’s first food”. It is not only supporting life but also makes it flourish. Colostrum is produced following the birth of the new-born. Each drop contains the promise of life: the immunoglobulins, growth factors, antibodies, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and other substances designed to provide the body with the ability to face a lifetime of invasion by micro-organisms and environmental toxins. Colostrum is a non-toxic, non-allergenic food supplement that has no negative interaction with drugs, food, or other supplements.
The first Colostrum collected after birth is reserved for the new-born calf. New Image™ Colostrum is collected within the first 72 hours
Research has shown that the immune and growth factors in cow’s Colostrum are nearly identical to those in human Colostrum. Since bovine Colostrum is not species-specific, it works effectively in humans as well as mammals. Because claves are born without any immunity to airborne, disease causing organisms, their mothers’ colostrum must contain a very large amount of immune and health factors. As a result, bovine colostrum has 10 -21 times the factors of human colostrum, making it the richest source of colostrum available.
You can. It needs to be refrigerated and consumed before it spoils. Raw Colostrum is not pasteurised and contains immune factors from just one cow. This differs from processed Colostrum, which is concentrated and provides a broad base of immune factors that have been pooled from hundreds of cows.
Quality dairy products, including Colostrum, are never frozen because it changes the composition. Colostrum’s immediate effectiveness is greatly changed in the freezing/thawing process. Check to ensure your Colostrum is processed fresh and not frozen.
The main function in the new-born is in the form of transfer of passive immunity from the mother to the child. The mother has been exposed to a variety of environmental factors and organisms to which her immune system has produced antibodies during her lifetime. In transfer of passive immunity, the mother passes on her complement of antibodies to these various factors onto her offspring. In humans and apes the mother passively immunises her young in uterus by passage of antibodies through the placenta, in animals where maternal antibodies do not pass the placental barrier (horses, cattle, pigs, and sheep) the young are passively immunised immediately after birth by way of colostrum. In these species the maternal antibodies present in the colostrum are absorbed directly through the gut in the first few days following birth.
Colostrum works with your body to utilise its natural substance and increase your overall health. After puberty, our body begins slowing down the production of growth hormones. These hormones are necessary for the reproduction of virtually all our body cellular tissue. It has been shown that by age 80 we are producing virtually no growth hormones and so we age and die. Colostrum’s growth factors are the actual hormones that stimulate the normal reproduction of body cellular tissue. Normal reproduction means just that (normal) not aged, cancerous, wrinkled or weakened. The New England Journal of Medicine stated that the most effective anti-aging process would be simply the replacement of growth hormones at proper levels to slow, possibly stop and even reverse the aging processed.
Colostrum not only contains all the goodness of milk but also contains significant levels of growth-promoting and disease fighting substances commonly referred to as growth factors, immune factors, and immunoglobulins. These substances are also present in milk but at negligible levels. Further, colostrum has a much higher protein, vitamin, mineral content and is lower in lactose.
The amount of lactose in Colostrum is minimal – 163 mg. in two capsules compared to 13,000 mg. in one 236 ml glass of milk. Any discomfort would more than likely be a sign that Colostrum is healing the digestive tract.
Bovine Colostrum has been used for years as a food supplement, its use and safety are well documented. Colostrum is completely safe: it has no negative side effects and is a whole and natural food that can be consumed in ANY quantity. There are absolutely no toxicity levels. Further the manufacture and use of dairy products and their associated safety and nutritional benefits is also well known. Through strict quality control management of the entire manufacturing process, from collection of the colostrum, through to packaging and storage, ensure the colostrum is delivered in perfect condition, certified to be fit for human consumption.
Absolutely! Cow manure can easily splash onto the udders contaminating them with E-coli, salmonella, and other pathogenic bacteria. This creates the potential for contamination of dairy products. Dairy products (for human consumption) must be pasteurised to kill these pathogens. There are two ways of pasteurising colostrum – the optimal flash (15 second) pasteurisation and a slow 230- minute vat process. Flash pasteurisation uses the expensive, high-tech equipment found in the modern dairy that does not denature the colostrum. With the less expensive, 30-minute pasteurisation process, a huge vat of colostrum is heated from the outside. It takes a long time to heat a large kettle of colostrum to the required temperature. During this interval, bacteria grow in the colostrum. As the bacteria feed upon the colostrum, it denatures and destroys its effectiveness. New Image™ Colostrum is pasteurised to the most demanding of International Standard – 72°C for 15 seconds – to ensure the highest microbiological quality.
Tests have been carried out on colostrum show that the colostrum retains its bioactivity during this process 72
Antibodies are very specialised molecules that are produced by the body’s immune system. They are produced in response to the host being exposed to an immunogenic or foreign substance (antigen) such as an infectious microbe. There action is to ward off and or neutralise potential disease-causing agents. A very important feature of antibodies is that they are directed specifically to their antigen that induced their formation.
Growth factors are very small bio-active molecules which promote growth and maturation of various cell types and tissues. They are found in very high concentrations in colostrum. They not only stimulate normal growth and development but also help regenerate and accelerate the repair of aged or injured muscle, skin, bone cartilage and nerve tissues. Growth factors also stimulate the body to burn fat for fuel instead of muscle tissue in times of fasting or dieting. They also help build lean muscle and have been shown to have a positive effect on athletic performance.
The immunoglobulins area group of specialised bio-active proteins or molecules found in serum and other tissue fluids, including the milk of all mammals. There are five classes of immunoglobulin that are recognised in mammals. Immunoglobulin G (IgG), Immunoglobulin A (IgA), Immunoglobulin M (IgM), Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and Immunoglobulin D (IgD). The function of these molecules is to bind to invading organisms and to activate specific actions that help prevent infection and to rid the body of disease-causing agents. Their function is in cell killing, inflammation and prevention of bacterial and viral attachment. The most prevalent class of immunoglobulin in all species is IgG. Immunoglobulins have an integral role in the immune defence system in that they form antibodies.
ransfer Factor (TF) is a derivative of Colostrum that some companies claim is more powerful. Scientists still do not completely understand our immune functions or Colostrum, so any claims on TF are unsubstantiated. Many are simply incorrect. Logic shows that Colostrum must be more powerful as it is a complete product designed for mammal’s immune functions. See the www.colostrumresearch.org website for more information.
Once puberty has passed, our bodies begin the aging process by gradually producing less of the immune and growth factors that help us fight off disease and heal damaged body tissue. Colostrum is the only natural source of these life-giving components.
Colostrum is the first food that is available to the new-born. It is not only highly nutritious but also contains substance (immunoglobulins and immune factors) that help to stimulate and augment the new-bornsimmune system thus helping to protect the vulnerable new born form its new potentially harmful environment (Passive transmission of immunity). Further it contains certain substance 73 (growth factors and cytokines) which act to stimulate the development, maturation and proliferation of various tissues and organs. The significance of colostrum is best illustrated in farm animals, such as the horse, cow, goat, sheep and pig. In these animal’s passive transmission of immunity occurs after birth in the form of colostrum. If these animals do not receive colostrum in the first 12 – 24 hours following birth, they have a very good chance of not surviving (mortality rates of up to 25% have been reported)
Local protection in the form of immune supplementation with bovine antibodies has been shown to be an effective means of providing local protection to the gastrointestinal tract against disease.
In all species of mammals, the transfer of passive immunity occurs where the mother passes on her complement of antibodies to her young. In the case of the new-born this helps in protecting the young against potentially pathogen agents until the time its own immune system is sufficiently developed to ward off infection on its own
The adaptive immune system produces a specific response to an infective agent. This specific response is in the form of antibodies, which are produced to neutralise the invading agent.
The immune system is a natural defence mechanism by which the body fights infection. It is divided into two functional systems, the innate and adaptive immune systems.
This is the first line of defence by which the host combats infectious agents and pathogenic microbes. This is non-specific response, which proves effective against most infective agents. The skin is part of the innate immune system as it acts as a preventive barrier to most infective agents.
You should always consult your medical professional prior to taking any prescription drugs, over the counter medications, herbs, or nutritional supplements. This includes Colostrum.
Absolutely. Paediatricians recommend that infants, who have not been breastfeed, be given Colostrum to supplement their formula. Colostrum can help growing children in many ways, for better concentration, increased memory plus children have a higher tendency to catch colds and illness from other schoolmates and colostrum will help immensely. We suggest that you consult with your paediatrician for proper dosage information.
Absolutely, if they cannot swallow a capsule, then break it in half and sprinkle on their food (i.e. yoghurt) to avoid choking.
Bovine Colostrum works wonderfully with cats, dogs, and other mammals because it is not species specific. Open capsule and sprinkle Colostrum powder onto their food. For maximum benefit, encourage them to drink water after they eat Colostrum.
Colostrum is great for making the body work more effectively which makes weight loss easier.
Sports people’s bodies need optimum nutrition and they frequently injure themselves when playing, so Colostrum is vital, both for optimum nutrition and for faster rates of healing after injury.
Being a natural product that makes your body work more effectively, you can never determine its effect on an ailment. Whilst we make no claims to treating or curing any aliments, Colostrum is a natural product and when taken in accordance to our recommendations as stated on our website and product catalogue, we suggest you give it a go and see for yourself.
Very occasionally people experience headaches and need to go to the toilet more when detoxifying. This is a good sign as it is your body ridding itself of toxins. Drink plenty of water and keep taking Colostrum.
Colostrum heals the digestive tract so well that all substances eaten internally (food, herbs, natural healing substances and medications) will become more bioavailable to the body. Although Colostrum has no known drug interactions, you may find that other supplements and medications that you are taking will have a more pronounced effect. As always consult with your doctor.
Colostrum is nether animal nor vegetable. Although Colostrum comes from cows, it has been an important part of the strict Vegan diet of India’s Hindu Rishis (spiritual leaders) for thousands of years. In present day India, the milkman delivers Colostrum to the wealthy vegans. Our Colostrum capsules are vegi-caps.
The amount of colostrum you take varies from person to person. Refer to the suggested dosage on the product, but if your recovering from any injury you may want to start off taking more. Also, if you feel a cold or flu coming on you may want to up your dosage to help you recover quicker and relive your symptoms.