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What is colostrums?
Colostrum (also known as beestings or first milk) is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands in late pregnancy and the few days after giving birth.Human and bovine colostrum is thick and yellowish. In humans, it has high concentrations of nutrients and immunities, but it is small in quantity. Bovine Colostrum is high in carbohydrates, protein and antibodies, and low in fat, which human newborns may find difficult to digest. The protein content of bovine colostrum is three to four times higher-up to 150 grams per liter compared to 30 to 40 grams per liter-than it is in regular cow's milk.
The greater part of this protein is comprised of whey proteins (see Whey Proteins). Immunoglobulins, mainly IgG, make up about 75% of the whey proteins. Other substances found in bovine colostrum include casein, lactoferrin, alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, and the growth factors insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2), transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) and epidermal growth factor (EGF). In addition, bovine colostrum contains vitamins, minerals, lipids and lactose. Bovine colostrum may also contain colostrinin, also known as proline-rich polypeptide (PRP), a substance found in ovine (sheep) colostrum.
What are the effective dosages for bovine colostrums?
As dietary supplement,it is taken in amount between 500mg to 3000mg per day.
What are the benefits of bovine colostrums?
• Bovine colostrum contains bovine versions of many human growth factors, including insulin-like growth factor, transforming growth factor, epithelial growth factor, and even growth hormone. It has been suggested that these elements of bovine colostrum are capable of stimulating muscle growth
• It helps to normalize the gastrointestinal system.
• Bovine colostrum may protect against peptic ulcer formation caused by drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and indomethacin. • In The American Journal of Natural Medicine (March 1998), Dr. Zoltan Rona, referring to the growth factors in colostrum, cites a study which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (323:1-6, 1990). In the study, Dr. Daniel Rudman treated 26 men between the ages of 61 and 80 with GH. Dr. Rudman found a decrease in body fat, an increase in bone density and lean muscle mass, and thicker, more elastic skin, changes Dr. Rudman said were equivalent to those incurred over a 10 to 20 year period of ageing.
• It helps to improve immune system.it also helps normalize, regulate and maintain all body functions at any age.
What are the side effects of bovine colostrums?
Adverse reactions to bovine colostrum supplements are mainly gastrointestinal and include nausea and vomiting, bloating and diarrhea. Bovine colostrum is generally well tolerated.
• Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid bovine colostrum supplements.Bovine colostrum contains insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 levels are elevated in prostate, colorectal and lung cancer. Recent studies have found that IGF-1 levels correlate with risk of prostate cancer and colorectal cancer in men, premenopausal breast cancer in women and lung cancer in both men and women. Those with these types of cancer and those at risk for these cancers should exercise caution in the use of bovine colostrum supplements. It is unlikely that the amount of IGF-1 in bovine colostrum would be a problem, but caution should still be exercised.