Colostrum – the natural powerhouse

Colostrum, also referred to as beestings, bisnings or first milk, supports our immune systems in a natural, primal way.

It is the earliest milk produced when a person or mammal starts breastfeeding, and is the first source of nutrition for newborns. Colostrum extracts are not a pharmaceutical product or a nutritional supplement, but rather a very special kind of food.

Beestings for your immune system

Colostrum is the name for the first milk that newborns receive from their mothers during their earliest hours of life. It is produced by both humans and animals around the time that they give birth. If colostrum is produced by a cow, it is referred to as beestings in the field of agriculture.

What makes colostrum so unique is that it is able to strengthen the immune systems of newborns, which is weak to non-existent, allowing them to avoid disease and improving their chances of survival. For this reason, colostrum contains a concentrate mixture of valuable nutrients that support the immune system.

What makes colostrum so powerful?

In contrast to a newborn baby, a newborn calf produces no antibodies of its own, and is therefore defenceless against bacteria and the environment. For this reason, bovine colostrum contains an up to 40-times higher concentration of immunoglobulin than human colostrum, as determined in a study carried out by Natural History Magazine back in 1969. Compared to regular milk, colostrum also contains higher concentrations of other nutrients as well1.

Furthermore, a normal daily amount of around one gram of high-quality (freeze-dried) colostrum contains such a small amount of lactose that it does not even cause a reaction in lactose-intolerant individuals2.

Nutrients in colostrum

The following nutrients have been documented in colostrum:

  • Immunoglobulin (antibodies)
  • Enzymes
  • Proteins
  • Lactoferrin
  • Amino acids
  • Nucleotides
  • Growth factors
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Colostrum and animal welfare

Colostrum of varying quality is available on the market. Moreover, this colostrum is obtained in different ways. As with regular milk, the overall health of the animal is the decisive factors in terms of the quality of the colostrum. Animal health is a direct result of organic, species-appropriate free-range farming. If a farm is certified organic, this also guarantees that no hormones are used, as these can contaminate colostrum. Furthermore, gentle processing without heating, meaning without pasteurising the colostrum, is key to ensuring top quality.

We are not taking food away from calves

Organically raised dairy cows produce excess colostrum. This means that the calves receive more than enough before the farmer takes part of the colostrum as a reserve. After the farmer has skimmed off the reserve colostrum, there are still a number of litres left over. In accordance with Swiss and European farming regulations, this product cannot be used to process milk or cheese. Reputable producers only collect this excess organic colostrum and gently process it. And we only work with this kind of colostrum.

Processing makes the difference

Most commonly available colostrum products are pasteurised, which means they are heated to high temperatures. Pasteurisation destroys the delicate, heat-sensitive nutrients and active ingredients and, as a result, the colostrum loses most of its efficacy. The best organic-quality colostrum is gently micro-filtered/cold-filtered. This complex process preserves the valuable nutrients and guarantees food safety. Furthermore, producers of premium colostrum have their organic colostrum examined and certified by independent testing authorities. And we only work with this kind of colostrum.

What can colostrum do?

The immune system – it makes us strong

In addition to the defence systems we are born with, human beings have an adaptive immune system that learns to recognise pathogens. Newborn calves, and also newborn babies, receive additional support from the immunoglobulin and other nutrients contained in the colostrum from their mothers because these antibodies make germs and pathogens innocuous. But even though we are no longer newborns, it is still important to strengthen our immune systems. Colostrum supports our immune systems in a natural way throughout our lives.

Antibacterial effect – natural resistance

Researchers attribute antibacterial properties to bovine colostrum3. The lactoferrin contained in colostrum possesses characteristics that extract iron from bacteria. Because iron is essential to these bacteria, this causes them to die off.

Colostrum neutralises free radicals and activates our immune cells

Furthermore, in a scientific study, researchers under Professor Josef Beut at the University of Cologne determined that colostrum also has an antioxidant effect. In the study, the colostrum activated immune cells and neutralised free radicals4.

Lactose in colostrum? Not a problem.

Unlike the milk that we drink normally, colostrum only contains trace amounts of lactose. It can be consumed by those who are lactose-intolerant without worries.

Colostrum and sports

Can colostrum be taken during a competition or is it considered doping?

Colostrum is not on the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

However, we recommend making smart choices when it comes to colostrum products because the way the animals are kept makes a huge difference. Organic certification guarantees that the animals are not given any hormones or antibiotics, which could contaminate the colostrum. The organic origin and proven processing methods determine whether a colostrum product meets premium criteria. BE THE CHANGE products guarantee top, clean quality that will never get you into trouble.

Sources:

  1. Bruce, C.E.: Natural History Magazine. February 1969
  2. Kritzinger, Franz: “Die Qualitätseinstufung von Kolostrum mit einem einfachen Präzisionstrichter.” Munich 2017. Page 6. Last retrieved on 25.06.2019.
  3. Klapper, D.G. et al: Endocrinology. June 1983.
  4. “Colostrum wirkt antioxidativ und stärkt die Abwehr” aerztezeitung.de18.01.2008. last retrieved on 25.06.2019.

COLOSTRUM – THE NATURAL POWERHOUSE

Colostrum, also referred to as beestings, bisnings or first milk, supports our immune systems in a natural, primal way.

It is the earliest milk produced when a person or mammal starts breastfeeding, and is the first source of nutrition for newborns. Colostrum extracts are not a pharmaceutical product or a nutritional supplement, but rather a very special kind of food.

Beestings for your immune system

Colostrum is the name for the first milk that newborns receive from their mothers during their earliest hours of life. It is produced by both humans and animals around the time that they give birth. If colostrum is produced by a cow, it is referred to as beestings in the field of agriculture.

What makes colostrum so unique is that it is able to strengthen the immune systems of newborns, which is weak to non-existent, allowing them to avoid disease and improving their chances of survival. For this reason, colostrum contains a concentrate mixture of valuable nutrients that support the immune system.

What makes colostrum so powerful?

In contrast to a newborn baby, a newborn calf produces no antibodies of its own, and is therefore defenceless against bacteria and the environment. For this reason, bovine colostrum contains an up to 40-times higher concentration of immunoglobulin than human colostrum, as determined in a study carried out by Natural History Magazine back in 1969. Compared to regular milk, colostrum also contains higher concentrations of other nutrients as well1.

Furthermore, a normal daily amount of around one gram of high-quality (freeze-dried) colostrum contains such a small amount of lactose that it does not even cause a reaction in lactose-intolerant individuals2.

Nutrients in colostrum

The following nutrients have been documented in colostrum:

  • Immunoglobulin (antibodies)
  • Enzymes
  • Proteins
  • Lactoferrin
  • Amino acids
  • Nucleotides
  • Growth factors
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Colostrum and animal welfare

Colostrum of varying quality is available on the market. Moreover, this colostrum is obtained in different ways. As with regular milk, the overall health of the animal is the decisive factors in terms of the quality of the colostrum. Animal health is a direct result of organic, species-appropriate free-range farming. If a farm is certified organic, this also guarantees that no hormones are used, as these can contaminate colostrum. Furthermore, gentle processing without heating, meaning without pasteurising the colostrum, is key to ensuring top quality.

We are not taking food away from calves

Organically raised dairy cows produce excess colostrum. This means that the calves receive more than enough before the farmer takes part of the colostrum as a reserve. After the farmer has skimmed off the reserve colostrum, there are still a number of litres left over. In accordance with Swiss and European farming regulations, this product cannot be used to process milk or cheese. Reputable producers only collect this excess organic colostrum and gently process it. And we only work with this kind of colostrum.

Processing makes the difference

Most commonly available colostrum products are pasteurised, which means they are heated to high temperatures. Pasteurisation destroys the delicate, heat-sensitive nutrients and active ingredients and, as a result, the colostrum loses most of its efficacy. The best organic-quality colostrum is gently micro-filtered/cold-filtered. This complex process preserves the valuable nutrients and guarantees food safety. Furthermore, producers of premium colostrum have their organic colostrum examined and certified by independent testing authorities. And we only work with this kind of colostrum.

What can colostrum do?

The immune system – it makes us strong

In addition to the defence systems we are born with, human beings have an adaptive immune system that learns to recognise pathogens. Newborn calves, and also newborn babies, receive additional support from the immunoglobulin and other nutrients contained in the colostrum from their mothers because these antibodies make germs and pathogens innocuous. But even though we are no longer newborns, it is still important to strengthen our immune systems. Colostrum supports our immune systems in a natural way throughout our lives.

Antibacterial effect – natural resistance

Researchers attribute antibacterial properties to bovine colostrum3. The lactoferrin contained in colostrum possesses characteristics that extract iron from bacteria. Because iron is essential to these bacteria, this causes them to die off.

Colostrum neutralises free radicals and activates our immune cells

Furthermore, in a scientific study, researchers under Professor Josef Beut at the University of Cologne determined that colostrum also has an antioxidant effect. In the study, the colostrum activated immune cells and neutralised free radicals4.

Lactose in colostrum? Not a problem.

Unlike the milk that we drink normally, colostrum only contains trace amounts of lactose. It can be consumed by those who are lactose-intolerant without worries.

Colostrum and sports

Can colostrum be taken during a competition or is it considered doping?

Colostrum is not on the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

However, we recommend making smart choices when it comes to colostrum products because the way the animals are kept makes a huge difference. Organic certification guarantees that the animals are not given any hormones or antibiotics, which could contaminate the colostrum. The organic origin and proven processing methods determine whether a colostrum product meets premium criteria. BE THE CHANGE products guarantee top, clean quality that will never get you into trouble.

Sources:

  1. Bruce, C.E.: Natural History Magazine. February 1969
  2. Kritzinger, Franz: “Die Qualitätseinstufung von Kolostrum mit einem einfachen Präzisionstrichter.” Munich 2017. Page 6. Last retrieved on 25.06.2019.
  3. Klapper, D.G. et al: Endocrinology. June 1983.
  4. “Colostrum wirkt antioxidativ und stärkt die Abwehr” aerztezeitung.de18.01.2008. last retrieved on 25.06.2019.