In recent years, Colostrum has become more and more popular among people as a food product. Thanks to its pro-health properties, it is gaining popularity as a remedy for all ailments. As a result, it becomes the subject of much scientific research. What is colostrum? What makes supplementation with this ingredient so popular?
WHAT IS COLOSTRUM?
Colostrum comes under many names, such as: colostrum, youth, colostrum or infant milk. It is a substance of natural origin, produced during pregnancy in the mammary glands of all species of mammals, including humans. It is stored in the nipples, and when the offspring are born, it is released from the body for about four days.
Some sources say that colostrum is produced for much longer, namely the first week after a baby is born. It shows the most valuable and most desirable properties during the second day from the beginning of its secretion, i.e. between 24 and 48 hours. Over time, the colostrum matures into transitional milk and then into mature milk. During these processes, the level of nutrients gradually decreases and their health properties lose their precious importance.
The current state of knowledge allows for an unequivocal statement that colostrum is considered a very safe product. These statements are based not only on the long-term use of colostrum in various fields of medicine, but also confirmed by numerous studies. Moreover, so far no contraindications have been observed even when administering high concentrations of this substance for a long period, both in humans and in animals.
What’s more, it is a product of natural origin produced in mothers’ organisms and given to children from the first days of life. Something that has been created by mother nature for the purpose of survival and basic needs must not cause harm to the body.
What is Colostrum
Milk from the first 12-24 hours of a mammal’s life. The oldest natural food product of animal origin which contains vitamins such as Vitamin A, B-complex, C, D, E and coenzyme Q10, minerals and trace elements. Amino acids, growth factors [IGF AND TGF], immunoglobins [IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, IgM
It is also justified to supplement colostrum during physical and mental stress, general exhaustion, fasting or allergic diseases. Certainly, it is the synergistic effect of the active compounds contained in colostrum that makes it play a significant role in the proper functioning of the body and can complement the treatment regimen of many diseases. It improves general health and well-being, and also, compared to many other supplements, it seems to be much safer.
Despite the highly developed pharmaceutical industry, the products of natural origin are now being returned to. The small number of all-natural dietary supplements available means that colostrum is gaining more and more popularity. As a product derived from nature, it is completely safe – it does not harm, and thanks to its multidirectional pharmacological nature, it is successfully used in the treatment of many diseases.
The use of colostrum in chemotherapy
Cancer is one of the most serious diseases for which no effective cure has been found so far. It can be safely said that it is a civilization disease of the 21st century that leads to the destruction of the body. Treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs causes many side effects, such as cell death, which causes inflammation of the oral mucosa, for example.
Two mechanisms contribute to this. The former keeps immunity at a constant high level, and the latter inhibits the growth of the cancer cell. Colostrum contains compounds with antimicrobial and regenerating properties, capable of cell proliferation, i.e. their multiplication. These properties can be used to reduce the harmful effects of chemotherapeutic drugs on the body when used in addition to drug therapy. Colostrum is used to treat changes in the skin. As a result, the body fights infections and wounds that are difficult to heal. Thus, colostrum is used:
After invasive dermatological and cosmetic treatments to improve the quality of the skin,
In the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds and ulcers,
In the treatment of onycholysis, i.e. a disease of the nails consisting in the detachment of the nail plate of the hands and feet from the placenta,
For the treatment of diabetic foot.