Q. What is colostrum?
A. Colostrum is a pre-milk fluid produced by a female mammal for its newborn. It contains all the essential nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals as well as the immune and growth factors required for a healthy development of the newborn. Without it, most mammals would have little chance of survival.
Q. What is Bovine Colostrum?
A. Bovine colostrum is a pre-milk fluid supplied by the mother cow to its calf up to 72 hours after giving birth. Bovine colostrum is non-species specific and has immune and growth factors almost identical to those in human colostrum.
Q. What is in colostrum?
A. Colostrum contains over 82 components; it is mainly made up of immune factors such as: Immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin and cytokines, cell and tissue repair growth factors, amino acids, minerals and vitamins as well as other vital substances. For a detailed list of components click here.
Q. Quality of colostrum?
A. There are many different colostrum products on the market of varying qualities. Cows should be pasture fed and the feed should be certified as free of heavy metals, pesticides and antibiotics. The single most important thing that affects the quality of colostrum is the way it is processed; nearly all colostrum products have been pasteurised or spray-dried, which involves temperatures well in excess of 70°C. Because colostrum is a body fluid and is a "bio-active product", many of its components get damaged or are destroyed by high temperatures. Our holvita™ colostrum is filtered by a process that does not involve heat. Read about our method of filtration here.
Q. Why does heat damage colostrum?
A. Heat damages colostrum because colostrum is a body fluid which contains bio-active components. If these components are exposed to temperatures over 42°C they will begin to die. Why 42°C? When we fall ill and suffer from fever our body's temperatures increases in order to fight off infection; a rise in body temperature above 42°C it could prove to be fatal as it threatens our cells and composition of the blood.. The same applies to colostrum. holvita™ colostrum is processed at temperatures below 40°C to prevent damage to vital bio-active components and the structure of colostrum itself.
Q. Why shouldn't I mix holvita™ colostrum with hot drinks?
A. As explained above, heat damages colostrum. Allow 20-30 minutes before or after taking a hot drink; this will allow the colostrum to be fully absorbed by the body and ensures that you get the full benefit.
Q. How safe is colostrum ?
A. Colostrum is very safe, it is not a medicine, it is a food. You cannot overdose on colostrum and it has no know side effects. It is like drinking milk. It is a very nourishing complex food supplement. Bovine colostrum is non-species specific, which means it is highly suitable for human consumption.
Q. Does colostrum interact with medication?
A. No. Colostrum has not been known to interact with medication. It is possible however, that if taken with medication, individuals may experience some effects due to colostrum's healing of the intestinal tract.
Q. What if I am milk/lactose intolerant?
A. Our holvita™ colostrum contains only minimal traces of lactose and is therefore suitable for people with lactose intolerance..
Q. How much should I take?
A. Colostrum is a food, you cannot overdose by taking large volumes of colostrum. Around 10ml twice a day is generally enough. For people suffering from an illness, a dose of 2x20ml is recommenced in the acute phase, dropping to 2x10ml thereafter. If you wish to alter volume of usage, feel free to do so.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. No. There are no known side effects of colostrum. Individuals may experience symptoms when taking colostrum for the first time, these are generally the result of the body's detoxification. Toxins suddenly released into the blood stream can cause some problems, such as a diarrhoea. If this is the case, discontinue for a day or two and then resume with your usual us
Q. Does the calf get enough colostrum?
A. Yes. The cow produces more than enough colostrum for the calf. Generally speaking the calf only needs a quarter of the colostrum its mother delivers and research has shown that after a certain point the calf no longer gains any benefit from additional colostrum.
Q. Can I take colostrum whilst breast-feeding?
Yes. Women who are brest feeding can take colostrum. It has no harmful effects, colostrum is a food. Women who brest feed during the first hours after giving birth produce colostrum in their breast milk which they are feeding their child to give the the best start in life. So by taking colostrum themselves cannot harm themselves nor the baby.
Q. Can I take colostrum whilst pregnant?
A. Colostrum is a safe substance, it can be taken whilst pregnant. Colostrum won't hurt you or your foetus, but as always with supplements you take during pregnancy, you should check with your doctor first.
Q. Can children take colostrum ?
A. Yes, children can take colostrum. It has no harmful effects. Colostrum is a food. It can help your child to prevent catching the cold and flu as well as help with growth and development, and general well-being.
Q. Can I give colostrum to pets/animals ?
A. Yes you can. Bovine colostrum is non-species specific and can be of great benefit to you pet..