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What is Colostrum


Colostrum is a very special food, providing vital nourishment to every mammal alive at birth. It is the pre-milk fluid supplied by the female mammal to its newborn for the first 72 hours after giving birth and 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.

"Health factors in colostrum. Colostrum is a breast milk produced after the birth of the newborn and lasts for 2-4 days. Colostrum is very important part of breast milk and lays down the immune system and confers growth factors and other protective factors for the young ones in mammals. This is the source of passive immunity achieved by the mother and is transferred to the baby. This is the major source of secretory IgA and gives protection against gastrointestinal infections. In view of so many health factors through colostrum, the use of colostrum has been extended to so many health problems of mankind. Human and bovine colostrums have many similarities barring that bovine colostrum can be obtained in large quantity, so bovine colostrum has been used in various disorders in human beings. This is the nature's gift that is for the young ones to grow as well as for the treatment of many health problems in older age group." (Thapa BR)

Thapa BR. Division of Pediatric Gastroentrology, Department of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India. Indian J Pediatr. 2005 Jul;72(7):579-81.


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