Colostrum is a breast fluid produced by humans, cows, and other mammals before breast milk is released.
It’s very nutritious and contains high levels of antibodies, which are proteins that fight infections
Colostrum promotes growth and health in infants and newborn animals, but research shows that taking bovine colostrum supplements may promote immunity, help fight infections, and improve
gut health throughout life.
While we are adapting the glorious benefits of colostrum powder, did you know they’ve been
used since centuries to maintain a person’s health?
History of Colostrum:
Historically colostrum has been used for various illnesses in India as well as abroad for
thousands of years. Ayurvedic physicians of India have used bovine colostrum for both
medicinal and spiritual purposes since cows were first domesticated.
By the late 18th century, Western medicine started to take an interest in colostrum and study it
for its potential health benefits. As a consequence, it was prescribed for many conditions,
including immune system enhancement.
Around the turn of century it was noted that antibody levels in the first milk after birth (colostrum)
were much higher than in succeeding milks. At that time it was known that these antibodies had
certain properties that evoked protection. Spolverini (1920) advocated that cow’s colostrum be
utilized as an infant food to protect the infant against shared human and bovine diseases.
Prior to the development of sulpha drugs and antibiotics, colostrum was used for its antibiotic
properties. In fact Albert Sabin, the physician credited with developing the first polio vaccine
advocated the use of colostrum and in fact originally isolated anti-polio antibodies from bovine
colostrum. Campbell and Peterson (1963) were the first to develop a program whereby cows
were immunized with a mixture of attenuated pathogens prior to birth of the calf. The colostrum
fraction collected from these animals is referred to as immune or hyper immunized colostrum.
The prophylactic and therapeutic use of immune milks has been shown to be successful in
preventing and treating enteropathogenic Escherichia coli infections, rotavirus gastroenteritis in
infants, Crypto Coccidiosis and diarrhoea in AIDS and other immunodeficient patients, dental
caries formation, and other conditions. In all these instances colostrum containing
immunoglobulin has been obtained from cows that have been hyper immunized with specific
Kummer (1992) was the first to show that colostrum from non-immunized cows can prevent
gastrointestinal disease in infants. McConnell (1998) and her colleagues at Otago University,
New Zealand and New Zealand Dairy Group successfully showed that it was possible to
produce a colostrum from pasture fed non-hyper immunized cows which exhibited a greater
antibody titer then that of a hyper immunized equivalent.
Interestingly, until the development of penicillin and other artificial antibiotics in the 20th century,
colostrum was commonly used for fighting bacterial infections. In the early 20th century it was
noted that antibody levels in the first milk produced after birth were much higher than levels
found in the milk that was produced 72 hours later. There are now over 2000 published scientific
articles that document the safety and efficacy of using colostrum. This seemingly perfect food
has been shown to be non-species specific. In 2005, it was reported that it is safe and effective
in repair of tissues as well as for enhancing immunity.
How do you include it in your diet?
You can get colostrum supplement in the form of colostrum tablets, capsules or sachets.
Where can you get it from?
Cure Nutraceutical is the leading colostrum powder manufacturer and supplier across the
country. They also sell capsules, tablets and powdered sachets of bovine colostrum to include
in your diet.
You can reach out to them on: +91 9824 792 220 or [email protected]