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  • What Is Colostrum?

     

    Colostrum is the first milk provided by all mammals to their new born in the first 48 hours of life. It is one of Nature’s rarest gifts. It is the only product in nature to contain active antibodies.

    Colostrum is a non-toxic, non-allergenic food supplement that has no known negative interactions with drugs, food or other supplements. Colostrum contains: the immunoglobulin’s, growth factors, antibodies, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and other substances designed to help provide the body with the ability to face a lifetime of invasion by micro-organisms and environmental exposures.

  • Why Cow's Colostrum?

     

    Cow’s colostrum is not species specific. In other words, it contains similar immune and growth factors to humans. Because calves are born without any immunity to disease-causing organisms, their mothers’ colostrum must contain a very large amount of immune and health factors.

  • What are antibodies?

     

    Antibodies, (also known as immunoglobulin’s - Ig’s), are proteins that are found in the blood and other body fluids and are used by the immune system to identify and neutralise foreign objects, such as bacteria and viruses. Pathogenic bugs have protrusions on their cell surface called antigens and the antibodies bind to the antigens stopping the bugs from growing.

  • Why is New Zealand Colostrum held in such high regard internationally?

     

    NZ Colostrum is recognised as the world’s premium colostrum. Why? Because it is collected only from pasture-fed cows that are pesticide, antibiotic and hormone free.

    New Zealand has a strong competitive advantage in colostrum production due in part to NZ’s dairy cows all calving during a single 6 week period each year. This means NZ Colostrum is collected in bulk and transported in a fresh chilled state from farms to the processing plant, in the same way as milk. This is a critical production advantage because gentle handling and low temperature collection and process technology preserve Colostrum active ingredients. This means with New Zealand Colostrum you get the benefit of thousands of cows’ collective immunity.

  • Why do I need Colostrum as an adult?

     

    Once puberty has passed, our bodies begin the aging process by slowing down and becoming less efficient, the digestive process becomes less efficient, and gradually our bodies produce fewer antibodies to help us fight off disease and heal damaged body tissue. Colostrum is the only natural source of these life-giving components.

  • Can I give Colostrum to my children?

     

    Certainly. Paediatricians often recommend that children, who have not been breastfed, be given colostrum to supplement their diet. We suggest that you consult with your pediatrician for proper dosage information.

  • What if I’m a sports person?

     

    Sports people may well benefit from colostrum. Studies have been done where sports people are using up to 60g of colostrum a day.

    Sports people’s bodies need optimum nutrition, and the stress of athletic activity means that the immune system and the gut come under pressure. In athletes it is well documented that the immune system is depressed after exercising. There are a number of studies on how colostrum is of benefit to athletes and sports people. Colostrum may help protect these athletes against common respiratory tract infections and to help heal the damage caused to the gut and the muscle cells.

  • When is Colostrum collected?

     

    The first colostrum after birth is reserved for the newborn calf. New Image colostrum is collected within the first 48 hours of the birth of the calf.

  • What about the health of the calf?

     

    A calf is very valuable to the farmer as it will provide milk for many years. The most important thing of all is to protect the calf’s health. A calf (unlike a human child), has no immunity at birth as no antibodies are passed through the placenta, so if it does not receive sufficient colostrum it could die within a week or two. There is a strict on - farm code of practice. Farmers ensure the calf is the priority and must have sufficient colostrum in the first 12 hours of life (around 10% of its body weight), so a 40kg calf gets 4 to 5 litres of colostrum.

    To ensure new calves receive adequate colostrum, Massey University in New Zealand commissioned to develop Animal Health Guidelines for all colostrum suppliers

  • How is the colostrum collected?

     

    The colostrum is stored in a separate stainless steel vat on the farm. Fonterra collect this in a special Colostrum tanker. The whole programme is governed by New Zealand Food Standard Authority (NZFSA) guidelines.

    All colostrum collected is individually tested for Active antibodies (IgG’s and IgA’s) against agreed guidelines.

  • Can I take Colostrum with other supplement and medications?

     

    Colostrum heals the digestive tract so well that all substances taken internally (food, herbs, natural healing substances and medications) will become more bio-available to the body. Colostrum has no known drug interactions.

  • How safe is Colostrum?

     

    Colostrum is a natural food that has been used for years as a food supplement. It has no known side effects.