Once you’ve decided to add a bovine colostrum supplement to your daily nutrition, you’ll need to decide which brand is best for you. Cost is a notable concern. Numerous brands are sold online and in health food stores at various price points, but less expensive brands do not necessarily offer the best quality or ideal effectiveness. It’s important to select a product after having done your own comparative research. Here are the industry standards set forth by the foremost experts in bovine colostrum sourcing and processing.
Guidelines for Colostrum Sourcing & Processing
- Colostrum should be sourced from the first milking of Grade A dairy cows that are certified healthy.
- Cows should be pasture-fed or pasture-raised (as close to organic as possible).
- Cows should not supplemented with rBST (synthetic growth hormone).
- Cows should not be routinely fed antibiotics. Antibiotics may be given in the event of medical necessity.
- Colostrum should be minimally processed to preserve the immune bioactives, growth factors, and other components.
- Colostrum should be defatted to prevent rancidity and increase shelf-life.
- Lactose may be removed to lessen the allergic-like response of lactose intolerance.
- Liposomal Delivery coating should be applied to increase bioavailability and ensure consistent solubility.
- Colostrum should be processed according to Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP).
- End-product colostrum supplements should undergo rigorous testing for safety and efficacy, including microbial analysis.
- Minimum IgG content of end-product colostrum supplement should be 25%.
Once you’ve selected a liposomal bovine colostrum product, here are some general guidelines for supplementation:
General Use Guidelines
- Take colostrum twice a day on an empty stomach, 20-30 minutes before eating a meal or snack. Ideally, the timing should be before breakfast and an hour before bedtime (at least 2-3 hours after the last meal of the day).
- Mix the powdered colostrum in 4-6 ounces of plain, room temperature water. Refrigerate or add an ice cube if desired.
- Powdered form is ideal because it begins working in the mouth and esophagus (vs. capsules). Alternatively, capsules can be opened and mixed into water.
- The amount necessary to elicit health benefits is subjective and determined by individual factors, including present health condition, age, weight, body composition, and lifestyle factors.
Preventive / General Need: 1-2 teaspoon twice a day
Therapeutic / Advanced Need: 1 tablespoon two to four times a day
Maintenance / Preservation Need: 1-2 teaspoons twice a day
*Colostrum is considered a food, so it can be consumed in any quantity without “overdose.” The only concern is that larger quantities contain more lactose and may affect individuals with a lactose sensitivity.
**Colostrum should not be consumed by anyone who has a true milk/dairy allergy (i.e., anaphylaxis).