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What is colostrum and how can it benefit adults

Posted On: 2013-07-21 22:42:00 ; Read: 11257 time(s)

Colostrum has been described as liquid gold and the next super food, but what is colostrum?

Colostrum is the first milk.  It is a milky fluid from the breast of humans and cows and all mammals.  The first milk contains extraordinary properties.  It is more than just a food it is designed to pass the necessary antibodies from mother to baby so that an infant can survive.  Antibody levels in colostrum are 100 times higher than is the case for normal cows milk.  Did you know that colostrum is a health supplement?  Also did you know that elite performance athletes use colostrum to burn fat, build lean muscle and to increase stamina and vitality?  Of note, Bovine colostrum is not on the banned drug list of the International Olympic Committee.

Health benefits of Colostrum for adults

People originally got interested in bovine colostrum because of the high antibody levels.  Bovine colostrum is used to boost the immune system and it is used in hospitals to treat patients with head injuries to assist the body in repairing faster the nervous system.  Colostrum is used to improve mood, to slow and reverse aging and to kill bacteria and fungal growth.  Colostrum is being advanced as a treatment for chronic diarrhea and Leaky Gut Syndrome.  For all that the development of colostrum science is still in its infancy. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted hyper immune bovine colostrum “orphan drug status.” Under the Orphan Drug Law, drug makers who invest in the development of treatments for rare conditions enjoy special market advantages; for example, permission to sell the drug without competition for 7 years.  If these special incentives were not in place, pharmaceutical companies might invest the time and resources into colostrum because the potential market is so small.

However, you don’t need to wait for the science.  Enough is known to demonstrate that colostrum is a safe health supplement for adults taken at the reecommded dose.  You can take it in powder or capsule form.  As a powder it can be added with water and mixed with food.   It is also not just for the young and athletic.  People of all ages can benefit from colostrum including woman who wish to conceive and during pregnancy.  The one important disclaimer is that it should not be used as an infant food substitute.  It can be fed to children but only as a supplement to a healthy diet and always only at the recommended dose.

Why is Colostrum safe during pregnancy?

Consuming colostrum is no different in terms of risk to consuming milk provided that the correct dosage is taken.  Colostrum is a concentrated food and like any food there is a safe dose.  Any food could be harmful beyond a certain dose.

Life Genki recommends New Zealand made Good Health Colostrum products

We are very careful about what products we sell.  You might already be aware that as a rule we only sell New Zealand made health products.  In fact 99% of what we sell is made in New Zealand.  We do so because we are close to our suppliers and therefore we are able to monitor their claims and we know their history.  New Zealand is a small country but it is also an advanced high technology agricultural producer of trusted food products.  We believe that in future decades New Zealand will be the leading manufacturer of high performance food for health benefits.  New Zealand already is the leading producer of milk powder and dairy products.  After all this is about your health and you deserve the certainty of quality.

Good Health New Zealand

Good Health is a New Zealand owned and operated family business, started over a quarter of a century ago in 1987 by John Blanchard.  John’s agricultural career background led him to become fascinated with the health benefits of herbal and oil seed crops.  Wellbeing and vitality are at the heart of everything they do and this is consistent with Life Genki NZ Limited and our commitment to enhancing heath and vitality.  Good Health products come from sustainable resources and are GE free.  Wherever possible, ingredients are sourced from New Zealand farms and growers, or accredited international manufacturers.  In fact New Zealand has some of strictest agricultural standards in the world.

How does colostrum work?

So much of what makes us sick is related to health of a gut.  The reason that colostrum is so important for newborn babies is that it contains the antibodies necessary to condition and train the gut to survive in a difficult world outside the womb.  Our bodies are constantly under attack from bacteria and viruses and as you might know our bodies contain billions of bacteria.  If the gut contains more beneficial bacterial than harmful bacteria our intestines are said to be in a state of balance, this is called orthobiosis, a term meaning “in balance” coined by Elie Metchnikoff. 

Many diseases have their origins in the gut, and the proper absorption of nutrients is key to maintaining the body in top running condition.  One of the primary functions, if not the primary function, of colostrum is gut health.  The condition of our gastrointestinal tract—the mouth, the oesophagus, the stomach, and the large and small intestines—is our most important health concern due to the amount of potentially harmful material that passes through it and the fact that many, if not most, diseases originate in the gut in one way or another.  But gut health is mostly ignored unless we are suffering from diarrhea, indigestion, or other GI problems.  We don’t like to think about our digestive processes—improving our sex life or removing wrinkles on our skin is much more interesting.  However, if you want to feel alive and vigorous then you truly need to start with the gut.

The opposite of balance is dysbiosis, or imbalance.  Dysbiosis has a number of harmful consequences, including leaky gut syndrome where the permeability of the gut lining is increased so that toxins and pathogens normally excluded from passing through the gut lining now move freely into the body, which can cause or contribute to a multitude of diseases.  Many autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and most food allergies can be traced to leaky gut syndrome.  There are many other causes of leaky gut in addition to dysbiosis, including alcoholism, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aging, and excessive amounts of toxins in the gut. Whatever the cause, leaky gut can have serious, even life-threatening, consequences.  For more information about Leaky Gut Syndrome and research concerning colostrum read the articles provided by the Center For Nutritional Research.

Colostrum is the best remedy known for all-around gut health.

Colostrum contains growth factors and hormones to help repair damage to the intestinal lining.  It contains massive doses of immunoglobulin’s that help control harmful bacteria and fungi, such as Candida, in order to restore orthobiosis.  It has been clinically proven to control such harmful bacteria as H. pylori, which cause ulcers, and many other bacteria.  Colostrum has also been shown to increase the surface area of the intestinal lining, improving the absorption of nutrients.

Why Bovine Colostrum?

Bovine or cows milk is the closest think to human breast milk.  This is common sense, it is also one of the reasons we drink cows milk.  The obvious disclaimer is that if you know you have an intolerance to cows milk then colostrum supplements might not be for you.

Colostrum side effects

Colostrum is a high-protein, low fat and reduced lactose dairy product.  If you can drink milk without any problem then you can probably take colostrum.  Some people may feel bloated and if this occurs lower the dose.  Some people are more sensitive to milk than others; the principal is the same for colostrum.  Colostrum naturally contains low levels of lactose and during the production process lactose is reduced further meaning that lactose intolerant persons should be less sensitive to colostrum than they are to drinking milk.

Colostrum offers

For the moment we offer a 10% discount on colostrum products.

We only ask that you pass on this information to those you care about and please comment on this article and see the rest of what Life Genki has to offer.

 


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