Colostrum is the first milk produced after birth (3 to 5 days) and is a rich natural source of macro- and micro-nutrients, immunoglobulins, and peptides with anti-microbial growth factors.1 Colostrum is characterized by numerous properties capable of protecting individuals from the attack of pathogenic organisms, representing the most-known natural substance with the greatest immune-boosting effects.2 Indeed, colostrum, which contains high levels of antibody and other antimicrobial agents (e.g. lactoferrin), conveys protection to the offspring of many mammalian species, including humans, against several pathogens. The use of colostrum, in contrast to the use of the single components contained in it (e.g. lactoferrin, antibodies, growth factors) may have relevant advantages. The natural matrix in which its components are embedded can protect them from the digestion of the acidic environment of the stomach. Indeed, after ingestion, proteins and especially immunoglobulins must pass through the gastrointestinal tract and its proteolytic enzymes intact to be absorbed into the blood circulation. Fortunately, the colostrum matrix exhibits trypsin inhibiting activity. Such activity ensures the protection of the most relevant ingredients that in turn can reach the blood circulation intact. The anti-trypsin activity of colostrum depends of the species from which it is obtained. As an example, the colostrum of carnivores the anti-trypsin activity is less prominent than in ungulates (e.g. cow).3 For several reasons human colostrum (HC) cannot be easily used and commercialized and, recently, bovine colostrum (BC) has been identified as a valid alternative.
Bovine Colostrum is extremely nutritious and contains more nutrients than regular milk. Moreover, the concentration of bioactive substances in BC is considerably higher than that in their human counterpart.4 The most relevant bioactive molecules contained in BC are:
The colostrum produced by the mother is vital to a newborn’s health in the first days of their life and researcher showed that bovine colostrum can provide significant support even for youngers, adults, and seniors. Indeed, the benefits of colostrum can extend beyond the neonatal period. The benefits of BC for human health find large application in different fields:
Aside from lactose intolerance, which needs to be considered depending on the composition of the colostrum product used, there no known contraindications or adverse effects. In 51 trials with a total of 2.326 participants, rare cases of slight side effects were reported (e.g. flatulence, vomiting, etc..). Therefore, BC can be viewed as safe and well-tolerated.16,17
Several products containing BC are nowadays available. The main differences refer to the quality of BC used, the concentration of the main bioactive molecules and the presence of other ingredients that can work synergically with colostrum. Cor.Con. International has rationally developed three different BC-based products able to reproduce the natural protective effect of colostrum in children, adults and elderly people. Indeed, the BC contained in our products has a high content of immunoglobulins Ig and growth factors. Moreover, the BC used in our products has been clinically tested, resulting effective in preventing seasonal flu and gastrointestinal diseases.
Colostrum Junior is a food supplement based on a harmonized combination of bovine colostrum, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D3 and vitamin E.
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Special Immuno is a food supplement based on a harmonized combination of bovine colostrum, and vitamin C.
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