What Is Colostrum Frequently Asked Questions
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum, also called pre-milk or bovine milk, has been around since immemorial times and is now being rediscovered by us. Cow colostrum is particularly valuable and necessary for the survival of the calf. Today, many studies confirm what farmers have always known: Colostrum is also of great value to humans, since the immune systems of the cow and humans function similarly. Colostrum is a unique starter pack from Mother Nature without any chemical additives.
From which animal is colostrum obtained?
LR Colostrum is obtained exclusively from cows from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We refer our colostrum only to quality milk-producing farms.
What happens to the calves?
The cow produces more colostrum than the calf needs. Only the excess is used for colostrum production.
Why is cow colostrum particularly valuable?
Due to placental barrier the Immunoglobulins (antibodies) cannot be transmitted to the calf before birth. These substances must be administered directly after via the primary milk or colostrum in calfs organism. Without the colostrum the calf cannot survive.
Preparation of Colostrum
LR uses only the colostrum produced in the first 12 hours after the birth of the calf. During these hours it is of highest quality, as it contains the highest immunoglobulin concentration, growth factors and immune regulators. Colostrum is immediately frozen after harvesting. During processing, the raw material is degreased. The important ingredients for us such as immunoglobulins, growth factors and immune modulators are very sensitive to heat. Therefore, LR prefers a cold manufacturing process in which the sensitive ingredients are best protected. During capsule production, the colostrum is carefully degreased and freeze-dried. The ingredients are also retained in the best possible way.
What are immunoglobulins?
Immunoglobulins are complex proteins. They are “intelligent” molecules. They act as guardians monitoring the entire organism for the penetration of foreign, dangerous substances and substances. They recognize intruders, such as viruses, bacteria, antigens. When they recognize an intruder, they pass this information to other cells (macrophages, T-cells, B-cells), which then render the intruder harmless. Therefore, rapid recognition is a prerequisite for the body to react appropriately and protect itself. Immunoglobulins are the memory of the immune system. You can remember any hostile contact. They circulate in the blood and lymphatic system, they can leave the bloodstream, sit on mucous membranes and connective tissue.
What are growth factors?
Growth factors are a messenger formed by the cells to relay information to other cells. Growth factors stimulate cells to grow and differentiate. It plays an important role in the primary development and maturation of the body, but it is vital also later in the regeneration process, particularly for tissues, subject to high stress, such as:
- mucous membranes of the respiratory tract
Growth factors are managing the constant renewal processes.
What are immune regulators?
Immune regulators control the defense capacity of the body. They are highly effective molecules and act even in small amounts or concentrations. Immune defense is a very complex process. In order to protect itself from viral infections the body must react very quickly, because viruses and bacteria double in the recepient within a few minutes. This immune response must also stop in the right time, as overactive immune system causes allergies. The body reacts to harmless substances, e.g. grass pollen with an overdose immune response (running nose, cough, etc.). If the immune system is not properly regulated, it can also attack cells and tissues in its own body. This can cause autoimmune diseases.
Why does liquid colostrum show differences in color and opacity?
It is important to know that the turbidity is not a deficiency of quality or the absence of immunoglobulins. Colostrum is a natural product and certain fluctuations are normal.
Tip: Store in a dark, cool place. Keep in refrigerator after opening and shake well before use
How is colostrum consumed fluidly?
As a start it is recommended to take 1 tablespoon 1 or 2 times daily. Take with fruit juices, but do not pour into the aloevera gel. It should also not be mixed with hot drinks.
What is the difference between Cistus and Colostrum?
The ingredients in Cistus are polyphenols with vegetable origin. Polyphenols are secondary crops with a wide use for our immune system. Colostrum contains antibodies (proteins) with animal origin. Colostrum contains immunoglobulins, growth factors, and immune regulators that have a specific benefit to our immune system (see responses to immunoglobulins, growth factors, and immune regulators)
What characterizes our products?
LR uses colostrum from cows from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which means: high quality standard also in the extraction and shorter transport routes. We use only the surplus milk of the first 12 hours, because the content of immunoglobulins is particularly high. To ensure that our colostrum retains the highest value of ingredients and is suitable for human consumption, we only use a gentle cold-production process.
Our Colostrum products are the only Colostrum products on the market with the SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS quality seal. This tough quality seal confirms the highest quality level through independent, covert and regular checks. Above-average expenses for quality and safety guarantee a particularly high-quality product.
What is the recommended dosage of Colostrum?
We recommend 1-2 tablespoons of liquid Colostrum Direct or 2 capsules Colostrum daily. For regular consumption we recommend 2 capsules daily, this corresponds to a monthly requirement of 1 can. In the beginning it is better to take 2 tablespoons of liquid colostrum for a certain time, this corresponds to a monthly requirement of approx. 2 bottles.