Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is colostrum?

  • Colostrum is a food. It can be consumed in any quantity without side effects or drug interactions.

How does colostrum interact with other supplements or prescription medications?

  • Colostrum has no drug interactions, but you may experience side effects from other supplements, herbs or medications you take.
  • Colostrum heals the bowel.
  • You may want to cut back or even rethink other herbal and nutritional supplements. Medications may need to re-evaluated for dose and need by your medical professional.

How much should I take and when?

  • It has been suggested that for best results, colostrum should be front-loaded (taken in larger doses initially and then lowered after desired results are obtained).
  • For best results, begin with 2-3 capsules (1,000 to 1,500 mg.) taken twice a day. You could take colostrum when you wake in the morning and your stomach is empty and then again in the early afternoon.
  • Some people may experience a healing incident as the body releases toxins (digestive problems, skin eruptions, rashes or flu-like symptoms). These symptoms usually disappear in a couple of days.
  • Colostrum's growth factors may create initial pain in areas of old wounds or injuries as it heals. If this becomes uncomfortable, you may want to cut back increasing your intake slowly as you reach optimum levels.

What if I'm pregnant or nursing?

  • Ask your Doctor or medical professional prior to taking any prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, herbal and nutritional supplements.

Can I give my children colostrum?

  • The immune factors may be very important in circumstances such as lingering or reoccurring viral and bacterial infections, etc. We suggest that you consult with your health care provider.

What about pets?

  • Bovine colostrum is not species specific and works wonderfully with cats and dogs and other mammals. Open capsules and sprinkle the powder in a pet dish€¦most pets love the taste of colostrum. Encourage them to drink water along with it.

I can't swallow the capsule. How can I take colostrum?

  • Colostrum works best if it is taken in capsule form, on an empty stomach with 8-12 ounces of water.
  • If you cannot swallow capsules, you may open the capsule and mix it with a few tablespoons of yogurt, applesauce or other food.
  • Don't forget the water. Try not to take any food with the colostrum or wait at least twenty minutes before you eat.

I don't want to take colostrum from the calves. Do they get enough?

  • The calves needs are always met first. Most calves would simply die if they didn't get colostrum.

How can colostrum help me lose weight?

  • Colostrum contains IgF-1, the most important growth factor in our bodies.
  • Without adequate amounts of IgF-1, our bodies, during times of fast (diet), will burn muscle protein before they burn fat (catabolism).
  • The only means to increase Igf-1 levels in the body is through daily aerobic exercise or colostrum (preferably both).

I need to gain weight, can colostrum help?

  • Within about two hours of eating, our body's blood glucose levels are depleted and we utilize sources of stored fuel (fat and muscle protein) for energy.
  • It is easier for our bodies to burn muscle tissue rather than fat. By increasing food intake along with exercise and colostrum, weight gain will come through increased muscle mass (muscle tissue weighs more than fat per volume).

How is colostrum anti-aging?

  • After puberty our body begins slowing down the production of our body's Growth Hormones. These hormones are necessary for the reproduction of virtually all of our body cellular tissue. It has been shown that by age 80 we are producing virtually no growth hormone, and so we age and die. Colostrum's growth factors are the actual hormones that stimulate the normal reproduction of body cellular tissue. Normal reproduction means just that (normal) not aged, cancerous, wrinkled or weakened.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine ( a few years back) stated that the most effective anti-aging process would be simply the replacement of growth hormones at proper levels to slow, possibly stop and even reverse the aging process.

Can colostrum help with my depression?

  • Most of us are in search of a means to increase the brain's feel-good chemicals, serotonin and dopamine. Colostrum is a natural and healthy means of stimulating the brain to release serotonin and dopamine and prolong their re-uptake.
  • Colostrum also activates the release of other chemicals in the brain that affect alertness and concentration. In fact, for most people, colostrum is so effective that we do not recommend taking it after 3 or 4 PM (the increased energy may interfere with sleep).

Does colostrum help with cuts, and burns? After surgery or accidents?

  • Colostrum's immune factors are highly effective anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents to help reduce and eliminate infections in external injuries (cuts, burns, abrasions and surgical wounds).
  • Colostrum also contains epithelial (skin) growth hormone that stimulates accelerated healing and powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can eliminate swelling and pain.
  • Open the capsule or take powder and mix with sterile water or a saline solution to form a paste. This can be applied directly to the affected area. Bandage if needed. Reapply two to three times daily until healing is complete.

Does colostrum help with gingivitis?

  • Colostrum's powerful antibacterial factors have been shown to help prevent and treat gingivitis.
  • Application is made by applying colostrum directly to the gum area just before retiring. Reapply nightly until better.
  • Colostrum has also been shown to help control any pain before or after dental work.

What about MAD COW disease?

  • No case of mad cow disease has been reported in the US to date. No transmission of this disease has ever been connected with the dairy industry, either here or abroad. US diary foods are considered a model of consumer safety and nutrition.

I'm a vegetarian, I don't eat animal foods.

  • The Rishis (India's spiritual leaders) vegan diet has included colostrum for thousands of years. Today, in India, the milkman delivers colostrum to the wealthy.
  • Colostrum is really neither animal nor vegetable but is unique unto itself.
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