Colostrum powder supplement for leaky gut?
Does colostrum have other health benefits?
Which colostrum supplement is best for leaky gut?
Are there any colostrum testimonials?
This article will discuss all about bovine colostrum supplements, benefits, powder vs caps, and colostrum testimonials.
Read on for more.
This information is for educational purposes only. As with any medical advice, always check with your doctor or healthcare professional for personal and age-appropriate recommendations.
Facts About Colostrum
Colostrum is a nutrient rich supplement with many healing properties.
After mammals give birth, colostrum, often called the first milk or pre-milk, is released by the mammary glands for about 72 hours (1). Bovine colostrum on the market comes from cows’ first milk .
What is Bovine Colostrum?
- Magnesium, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and water soluble B vitamins
- Lactoferrin which is a protein that supports the immune system and defends against infections
- Growth factors such as IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor), EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) and TGF (Transforming Growth Factor), FGF (Fibroblast Growth Factor) which stimulate healthy growth
- Immunoglobulins like IgA, IgG, and IgM to support the immune system
What are the Benefits of Taking a Colostrum Supplement?
Colostrum has many benefits to support health including:
- Optimizing the immune system (5)
- Reducing risk of gut infections (6)
- Therapeutic treatment of GI disorders (7, 8)
- Supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails (9 ,10)
- Improved immune function in athletic training (11)
- Brain health (12)
What About Bovine Colostrum Side Effects?
Colostrum has minimal side effects however, for about 20% of people, they may get a mild Herxheimer reaction like fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and headache. These reactions should only last a couple of days and cutting back on the colostrum for a few days and slowly increasing the dose is recommended.
I always recommend starting at a low dose and increase as tolerated.
Can Someone Take Colostrum with a Lactose Intolerance?
If a client has a milk allergy, they may need to be cautious of colostrum. Many people with just sensitivities to milk may be able to tolerate colostrum but start slow.
Colostrum For Leaky Gut
Leaky gut or intestinal permeability happens when there are spaces in the tight junctions in the gut lining and this may allow undigested food, toxins, bad bacteria or parasites to get into the tissues.
Colostrum decreased intestinal permeability and zonulin levels in athletes (13).
A randomized controlled study of children with autism spectrum disorder resulted in gut function improvement with bovine colostrum and a probiotic supplement (14).
A study in 2021 reviewed the use of bovine colostrum in various gastrointestinal diseases including IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) and infectious diarrhea and showed evidence of efficacy for mucosal healing (15).
Colostrum For Skin
A study in 2022 examined bovine colostrum exosomes on UV damaged skin and found improved production of collagen (16).
Another study in 2021, showed liposomal colostrum applied topically reduced the rate of telomere erosion and enhanced skin health (17)
Colostrum Powder vs. Colostrum Caps
Colostrum comes in powder or capsule form. I prefer the liposomal powder form as it coats the gut after consumption and promotes gut healing. A powder can also be used topically for skin benefits.
Best Colostrum Supplement
Sovereign Labs has a bovine colostrum with liposomal delivery for better absorption. It is taken from the first milk after the calf meets its needs. The colostrum is free of antibiotics, hormones and is naturally gluten free.
The colostrum powder allows you to customize the dose and use topically if needed.
Immunoglobulins vs. Colostrum
Whole colostrum provides more components than a serum derived immunoglobulin supplement however, the immunoglobulin supplement may be better for someone with a severe dairy allergy.
Best Time to Take Colostrum
It is best to take bovine colostrum in between meals on an empty stomach to allow the colostrum to reach the gut quickly for maximum absorption.
Many clients have expressed their positive experiences with bovine colostrum.
Some clients have seen improved gut health and others have used topically to improve skin health.
Final Thoughts About Colostrum
Colostrum is a nutrient rich supplement with many healing properties (18).
Bovine colostrum on the market comes from cows’ first milk.
Colostrum is rich in vitamins and minerals, lactoferrin, growth factors, and immunoglobulins.
Some benefits of colostrum include improving the immune system, gut health, anti-aging, hair and skin health, athletic performance, and brain health.
Colostrum comes in powder or capsules. It is best to take on an empty stomach.
Remember, what you eat is important for health and disease prevention.
What you absorb (breaking down the food) and assimilate (gets into the cells) is critical.
Test don’t guess.
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© Amy Archer RDN, CLT, CHWC