Colostrum is one of the dietary supplements I mentioned in my post about treating Interstitial Cystitis (IC) with alternative medicines. I’ve been taking colostrum supplements for about three months now and I have to say it is one of only a few supplements that has helped reduce my IC symptoms dramatically.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is a substance found inside of a mother’s milk within the first few days after birth. This substance is not unique to humans, it also resides in all new mother’s milk of the mammal species. Colostrum provides essential antibodies, nutrients and growth factors to newborns.
Bovine (cow) colostrum has recently been extracted and made into supplement form for human consumption. Colostrum has been researched to help treat certain health problems such as diarrhea, gastrointestinal difficulties and sports injuries. It basically helps boost your immune system since it contains many beneficial antibodies like immunoglobulins (IgG’s, IgA’s, IgM’s). Why use cows to obtain colostrum? Well, mainly just because cow milk is readily available.
Is it Safe?
There have been no significant side effects recorded so far but as with any non FDA regulated dietary supplement it is always best to air on the side of caution and ask your doctor if taking colostrum is right for you.
My Experience Using Colostrum
I began taking Colostrum to help heal and treat my Interstitial Cystitis (IC) symptoms . I discovered the healing potential of colostrum supplements through researching other peoples journey’s of healing IC with alternative medicine. Honestly, I really believe colostrum has played a major role in slowly easing my IC symptoms even more than Quercetin and Bromelain, which are popular supplements to help treat IC symptoms. I’m not saying colostrum was the only supplement to help me reach a new level of IC symptom relief, since I’ve been taking many other supplements in unison with colostrum, but I will say that once I began taking it I noticed a definite difference in the frequency and severity of my symptoms. Symbiotics is the company that produces the colostrum capsules which I buy. You can find them here at Amazon.com
or here at iHerb.com. If you are interested in buying from iHerb.com see My Review About iHerb.com to find a coupon code.
Advice About Buying The Right Colostrum
Here are a few guidelines to help you buy the right colostrum capsules.
1. Make sure the company pasteurized their colostrum, but check to make sure they used the quick and effective flash pasteurization process or the low heat process because too much exposure to heat can degrade some of the beneficial substances in the colostrum.
2. The colostrum should be from pasture fed, hormone and rBST free USDA Grade A diary cows.
3. Check that the product mentions the quantity of immunoglobulins (IgG’s etc), growth and immune factors (lactoferrin, interleukin).
4. The colostrum should be free of other chemicals, preservatives or additives. Important additives to avoid are any proteolytic enzymes such as papain. Since the enzymes will digest the beneficial types of proteins that colostrum provides.
I’m interested to hear other people’s good or bad experiences with colostrum so feel free to comment.
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