My Review of Colostrum

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.

From FreeFoto.com

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.

For more information see the following:

Drugs.com

iHerb.com Herbs & Supplement Library

Institute of Colostrum Research

Symbiotics.com

8 Responses to My Review of Colostrum
  1. Kristina
    January 10, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    I have an inflammation of the bladder without infection (not formally diagnosed with ic but I have been reading a lot about it). I can say WITHOUT A DOUBT that Bovine Colostrum us curing this thing. I also am taking the brand you have on your page and seriously I started to feel better after like 2-3 days of taking so much so that I thought I was fully cured. I had some symptoms a day or two later thought but it is so much better and I am now certain that I will kill this thing shortly with the help of this super supplement. I am only annoyed that so many people try to badmouth it because IT WORKS, IT REALLY WORKS. Thank you for making this page. It helps to see another person who is working through this stuff. Best, Kristina

    • Lene
      January 25, 2011 | 12:49 pm

      Thanks for commenting Kristina! I agree with you, it really does help to see others working through this issue. I have the same problem as you, inflammation of the bladder without infection and not formally diagnosed with IC. I’m really glad that colostrum is also working for you. I’m going to write another post soon about a new treatment I’ve been trying. It all started with the Low Carb Diet. If you haven’t tried a Low Carb Diet I would definitely recommend it.
      Cheers!

  2. sara
    March 27, 2011 | 5:40 am

    I have IC. I would like to try colostrum. How long does it take to help IC?

    • Lene
      April 7, 2011 | 7:32 pm

      Hi Sara,

      Sorry you have IC. I believe I felt results after about a month of taking colostrum. I started increasing the daily dose after about 2 weeks to the maximum listed on the bottle, but it I some of my other issues kept getting worse, like my IBS. So I stopped the colostrum because I had a theory that it might have been irritating my IBS. I’m also not sure that it actually cures IC, just covers the symptoms a little. I’m now on a treatment that is really helping and I’m going to write some posts about it soon.
      Hope this helps.

  3. Jen
    July 30, 2011 | 7:10 pm

    I have found it helped my “leaky gut” and IBS more than the IC. I literally have no digestive problems anymore (a bit hypoglycemic tho). Colostrum has the MSM sulfur which I think is a huge key deficiency in all IC patients and chronically ill people. Notice it really helps the hypoglycemia for hours as well. I take this brand (and I get a discount otherwise it’s awfully expensive!):
    http://www.qnhshop.com/Colostrum-Quantum-150g-Powder.html
    BTW, your site concept is hilarious and totally fitting for IC!

    Also, the guy who runs the company who makes the colostrum says Hyssop is another good one for IC, especially when mycoplasmas are involved. When I stick to his protocols and take a lot of the adrenal complex I get better. I haven’t cured myself tho cause I really didn’t have the money for years to keep up with it all. I’m getting back on track now and maybe will stop by some other time with updates and new info for ya. Ultimately I think adrenal burnout and metals are my big issue and hoping to RESOLVE this awful disease once and for all within the next few months! ~

    • Lene
      October 23, 2011 | 1:31 pm

      Thanks Jen! Sorry for the delay in responding. I’m glad your digestive problems are easing! That’s great news! I’ve never heard of Hyssop or taking adrenal complex’s… sounds interesting.
      I actually stopped taking Colostrum because it wasn’t helping anymore (that tends to happen a lot, things I think are helping, just lose their potency somehow).
      You talked about metals; Are you thinking of trying a detox of some sort?

      • Khadija
        February 6, 2012 | 11:48 pm

        [...] I ever needed motivation to stick to the IC diet, it will be now. I’ve got enough pills if I lower my dose to last me the rest of the week but [...]

  4. Dionne
    October 29, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    Jen,

    You may want to look into candida as the cause of your leaky gut problem (if you have not already done so) and once you clear that up, the adrenal problems and hypoglycemia should resolve themselves. Two supplements that have given good results is Candex by Pure Essence and Candida Freedom by Massey along with multivitamins and good probiotics. I have found that those with severe candida problems automatically have leaky gut problems.

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