Colostrum is a nursing mammal’s first meal. It contains some of the most powerful immune-boosting, health-protecting, anti-fungal, anti-pathogen nutrients of any “food” on the planet, including lactoferrin, proline-rich polypeptides, lysozome, transferrin, and immune fractions.
Many studies and reports have been published attesting to the health benefits of consuming colostrum throughout one’s life. The arguments are compelling, and many of our viewers wonder how to choose the right colostrum.
Some studies have indicated that saliva is necessary to maximize activation and absorption of colostrum. If this is true, it would seem that the best way to consume colostrum is with powders or lozenges instead of capsules so that it can interact with saliva. (Many manufacturers of colostrum capsules argue against the necessity of saliva, so the jury is still out on that issue.)
Personally, I feel that the saliva component has validity. So, in choosing powders and lozenges for my family, I’ve tried to find companies that work with pristine herds, especially those that eat grass and are antibiotic and hormone-free. We are told that many brands from Australia and New Zealand meet those standards, but I’m sure there are others.
At this time, my favorite way to take a colostrum-based product is with Bioactive Nutrients’ Beyond Colostrum. It’s a great-tasting lozenge that has concentrated the most powerful immune fractions of colostrum without the milk sugar component. It’s easy for my son to take it, and my wife and I pop a few in the mouth like we would a sweet tart. Tastes like candy, but without the sugar. It’s an excellent product.
I’ve taken powdered colostrum products, as well. Some are hard to mix, so a blender is probably necessary. A lot of athletes will mix it into a protein shake to help recovery from a workout – plus it tastes better than when mixed alone. Immune Tree is a popular brand that my friend Dan Solloway (who is a nutritionist and huge colostrum fan) recommends, and I’ve also had terrific conversations with the owner of Surthrival about their colostrum.
Even though it’s popular during the cold and flu season, once you being researching colostrum’s benefits, you’ll see why more experts are recommending it as a year round “meal” supplement.