Colostrum: An Important Component of Gut Health’s Bigger Picture

What is Colostrum?

Colostrum is often called “first milk” or “liquid gold,” as it is the first secretion of breastmilk after giving birth. It’s packed with immunoglobulins – germ-fighting proteins that support the immune system – and other immune-boosting properties that mothers pass on to their young. Colostrum’s rich source of antibodies provides newborns with protection from disease and inflammation until their systems are fully functioning on their own. Humans can benefit from this nutrient-dense liquid early in life, but we can also leverage its advantages into adulthood, consuming it in the form of bovine colostrum to help deal with intestinal and digestive issues.

Whether derived from our parent-species or acquired through familiar forms like bovine colostrum supplements, the two sources have a similar nutrient profile. Colostrum milk is composed of roughly 80% casein and 20% whey, the latter containing a majority of the beneficial immunological components. The separation and concentration of the whey is an essential part of making a high-quality, effective product for human consumption.

Why is Colostrum Important?

Aside from the beginning-of-life-benefits that aid in immune system development, colostrum’s whey fraction provides one of the highest concentrations of the branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine – muscle growth stimulators that help with cell regulation. In addition, the natural immune components in whey work with a healthy gut to help reduce incidences of occasional diarrhea and intestinal disturbances.* Supporting a healthy gut is essential for proper muscle recovery, gastrointestinal tract (GI) integrity, and overall immune system function in active adults.

How Can Colostrum Help You?

Since colostrum develops in pregnant and newly nursing mothers, adding it to the diet of an adult human must be done through a supplement. Developed by the authority on nutrient absorption and bioavailability, Mend + Defend sources quality bovine colostrum to create a nutrient-dense whey fraction called First Colostrum. It is important to note that calves receive the first milking, and any surplus colostrum is collected for First Colostrum nutritional supplements. First Colostrum defends the body* with 50% IgG antibodies and casein-free whey fractions (lactoferrin and proline-rich polypeptides) captured through PATHWHEY™ technology, our patented extraction process that safely removes casein and other non-immunological components. Consistently taking two capsules per day, or as directed by a healthcare professional, can help to activate your immunity, support your gut, and restore possibility.†