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Colostrum

Colostrum, often dubbed "liquid gold," is the initial milk produced in the days following childbirth. 

It is filled with immunoglobulins, antimicrobial peptides, and growth factors. Colostrum plays an important role in nurturing the growth, development, and immune defense of newborns. 

What is colostrum?

  • Colostrum is the nutrient-rich, pre-milk fluid produced by mammals immediately after giving birth. 
  • This early milk is designed to support the newborn's immune system, promoting healthy development. 
  • Bovine colostrum, collected from cows, shares similar high levels of essential nutrients, found to offer health benefits for humans too.

Colostrum benefits

  • Its high content of immunoglobulins plays a crucial role in defending against microbial infections, making it a powerful ally for immune health.
  • Its components support the balance of the gut flora and enhance the gut's barrier function, which is vital for overall health and well-being.
  • Antimicrobial peptides in colostrum offer resistance against a variety of microbial infections, providing a natural means to combat pathogens.
  • In canines, colostrum is an essential source of lipids, carbohydrates, immunoglobulins, and growth factors, stressing its importance in early nutrition for puppies.

Brain health

Colostrum's proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) are key in supporting brain health by:

  • Helping to combat aging effects
  • Altering gene expression related to neurodegenerative diseases
  • Enhancing nerve cell development, which in studies, improved learning, memory, and extended lifespan by 26%

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