Sunday, June 5, 2022

What is bovine colostrum?

Colostrum is a breast fluid produced by humans, cows, and other mammals. Bovine colostrum is a milky fluid that comes from the udder of cows the first few days after giving birth, before true milk appears.

There are several factors affecting the composition and physical properties of colostrum such as individuality, breed, parity, pre-partum nutrition, length of the dry period of cows, and time post-partum.

Colostrum is thicker and more yellow than traditional breast milk. Bovine colostrum protects a newborn calf from infections as it adjusts to life outside of the mother’s womb. In human uses, bovine colostrum is good for maintaining health and preventing disease.

Colostrum is high in protein and low in fat and sugar. It's filled with white blood cells that produce antibodies. Antibody levels in bovine colostrum can be 100 times higher than levels in regular cow's milk.

It contains significant quantities of complement components that act as natural anti-microbial agents to actively stimulate the maturation of an infant’s immune system. Besides providing immune support, colostrum has remarkable muscular-skeletal repair and growth capabilities.

Even though all mammals produce colostrum, supplements are usually made from the colostrum of cows. This supplement is known as bovine colostrum.

Bovine colostrum is similar to human colostrum — rich in vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, disease-fighting proteins, growth hormones, and digestive enzymes.
What is bovine colostrum?

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