Colostrum is the first lacteal secretions produced by a mammal prior to and just after giving birth. Colostrum is full of rich nutrients and immune factors that set babies on the path to health.
Bovine colostrum is extremely similar to human colostrum in terms of digestibility and nutrients. At the same time, scientific studies have shown that colostrum’s highly prized immune and growth factors are found in greater quantities in bovine colostrum than in human.
Colostrum taken from first-milking is colostrum that has been taken within the first day after the mother cow has given birth. First milking colostrum is critical because the number one factor for the quality of your colostrum is bioactivity – how much of the vital nutrients are complete. After 24 hours, the nutrient levels of colostrum drop considerably, as the secretion becomes closer to the composition of milk. In order to obtain the highest quality of nutrients, you need to collect the colostrum within a very careful time frame.
Grade “A” dairies are dairy herds that follow the standards that the United States Department of Health sets down in the Milk Ordinance. Grade A dairies follow special standards in handling, processing and evaluation of their products all the way from raw to final product.
Successful U.S. Grade A dairies supply their cows a well balanced diet that includes multiple grain sources along with vitamin and mineral supplements. These diets definitely help to ensure that the colostrum and milk that is produced is of the highest quality. On the subject of pasture-fed cattle, we have not found any research that claims that pasture-fed cattle produce inferior colostrum. It’s important to note though, that with pasture-fed the possibility of environmental contaminants is a concern (such as pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides).
Colostrum provides benefits whether taken in either powder or capsule form. The key is not the form that it comes in, but the bioavailability of the colostrum.
IgG is one of the five main classes of immunoglobulins (Ig) or antibodies that participate in immune function. It is an antibacterial, antitoxic, and antiviral protein, and is the only class of antibodies to transfer through the placenta. High concentrations of IgG are present in quality colostrum, like Colstramax™, which is concentrated through the removal of fat, casein, and lactose to contain a minimum of 35% IgG by total dry weight and Colostreme™ which contains a minimum of 30% IgG by total dry weight. It is important to note that IgG is just one of many valuable immune factors supplied in supplemental colostrum.
The immune potency of colostrum is often determined by its IgG level, although many other important immune factors are also present in high-quality colostrum. For example, Colstramax™, provides a minimum of 35% IgG by total dry weight. However, many colostrum manufacturers may claim 35% IgG, meaning that 35% of the total protein content is in the form of IgG (immunoglobulins are a type of protein). This can translate into as little as 18% IgG by total dry weight. Our colostrum is able to contain such high IgG concentration by removing the fat, casein, and lactose.
You can do a taste test. Taste the colostrum powder and if it has a strong milk taste, then it is probably not quality colostrum since it contains high amounts of milk.
We have not uncovered any studies that show side effects with other medications. But it’s always a good idea to talk with a medical professional for advice regarding your medications and any changes to your regimen.
There is a complete cGMP and HACCP program, which applies stringent controls on the dairies from which we collect our colostrum. CGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Plan) are systems to help guarantee the safety of products. For more details, read about our quality control in Quality Processing.
No, we are fortunate to draw all of our colostrum from U.S. dairies, whose safety and product quality are models for the rest of the world. Pesticide contamination of Grade A dairy cattle feed is tightly monitored and is not an issue for colostrum produced in the U.S. (Pesticide contaminated colostrum may be a concern for products produced outside the US). Antibiotic usage, especially beta-lactam usage (a form of antibiotics), is also tightly monitored. Beta-lactams are not allowed into the human milk supply, and hence not allowed in the human colostrum supply.