a magical start from nature’s first food
Colostrum is the fluid produced from the breast tissue of mammals for the first 72 hours after birth, before their milk comes in.
It is rich in vitamins, minerals, lactoferrin and essential fats and is food for the developing immune system of the newborn. Colostrum is the main source of secretory IgA (read about this here) for a newborn;1 crucial in helping to form the gut-immune balance. Human and bovine (cow) colostrum are extremely similar and luckily we can source organic, grass-fed colostrum to help us later in life, if we need it.
Jess says: Nature never ceases to amaze me, and colostrum is one of the most wonderful substances that mammals produce. As the first gut fertiliser provided for the newborn, those of us who were breastfed from birth were lucky enough to receive this nutrient-dense immune superfood. Without colostrum, over those first few days, we are shown to have more health problems throughout life, and we now have a wealth of evidence to show that colostrum can heal leaky gut, which is the root cause of many health problems. I have seen great results in many immune deficient, autoimmune and likely leaky gut patients after a few months of taking colostrum, but it is important to source good quality colostrum, that is organic, grass-fed and if possible raw (not heat-processed)….
- Pribylova J, Krausova K, Kocourkova I, Rossmann P, Klimesova K, Kverka M, Tlaskalova-Hogenova H. Colostrum of healthy mothers contains broad spectrum of secretory IgA autoantibodies. J Clin Immunol. 2012 Dec;32(6):1372-80. doi: 10.1007/s10875-012-9733-9. Epub 2012 Jul 10. PMID: 22777159.