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Scientists are discovering that mammal milk works in complex ways via the immune system with exponential interactions that won’t be easily replicated.

It works wonders cross condition in its natural state with a high safety profile that can’t be achieved by other drugs. Immunity-related diseases are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. An efficient immune system results in self-healing. Scientists have been talking a great deal about the healing properties of colostrum and HMO’s (Human Milk Oligosaccharides), and colostrum-derived new food supplements are intended to boost the immune systems in both healthy and chronically ill patients.

Colostrum benefits have been known for centuries.

Research has also shown that colostrum constituents from bovine sources are 100-fold to 1,000-fold more potent than that of human colostrum. Even human infants can rely on cow colostrum to gain health benefit. Animals also benefit from bovine colostrum. Colostrum is regarded to be safe in the majority of the human population. Although side effects like nausea and flatulence might occur initially, they decline with time.

What is first milk?

First milk is the mammary secretion that all mammals provide for their newborns during the initial 24–48 h postpartum with most species producing colostrum just prior to giving birth. Human newborns only get colostrum from their mothers during the first few hours after birth, and that creates the foundation of lifelong immunity. Human colostrum and bovine colostrum (BC) is a thick, sticky, yellowish liquid containing several antibodies at a higher concentration than that of ordinary milk.

What are the first benefits of colostrum? 

Newborns have a an immature gastrointestinal (GI) system, and colostrum provides naturally produced nutrients in a highly concentrated low-volume form. It helps prevent jaundice. Antibodies present in colostrum provide protection against infectious diseases and also provide passive immunity and growth factors for the GI development. A resulting immature microbiota that results from not receiving first milk can not be rescued by any future diet.

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Colostrum should be produced organically and should be free of adulterants. It should not be processed at high temperatures and pressures. The highly concentrated solid dosage form of colostrum is preferred than the liquid dosage form. Colostrum has a short shelf-life and therefore addition of preservatives is a must for its storage at warm ambient temperatures. The addition of preservatives cannot completely prevent the loss of active ingredients. Removal of fats, whey and lactose is done to create an optimum dosage form. Synthetic manufacturing processes include low-heat pasteurization and indirect steam drying.

What is fake colostrum?

Synthetic colostrum is termed as “fake” colostrum. Milk, egg yolk, cod liver oil and sugar are used to manufacture fake colostrum. This is utilized to feed young animals if the mother is unable to produce sufficient colostrum. Chronic usage should be discouraged since synthetic colostrum lacks the antibodies present in natural colostrum. Synthetic colostrum manufactured for human neonates utilizes ingredients that include carbohydrates, amino acids, fats, vitamins and trace elements. This formula is used to feed neonates whose mothers are unable to produce colostrum.


Colostrum production 

Colostrum is commercially processed into capsules, tablets and powder by various nutraceutical manufacturing industries. It is also processed by emerging bio tech companies that include processes such hyper-immunization before production of the final colostrum by product. HMO’s, a valuable component of human colostrum is also synthetically produced by companies like DuPont and some infant formula producers like Nestle and have added these synthetic HMO’s to infant formula. Other producers have introduced synthetic HMO’s for adult supplement use.

date nut muffins

Date Nut Muffins are a classic British teatime treat made with sweet dates and toasted walnuts.

Date nut muffins are a handy variation on date nut bread, which originated in Great Britain (specifically Scotland) as a tea time treat. This recipe uses a small amount of brown sugar.

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bio tech colostrum and HMO based nutraceuticals proposed benefits

1. Allergies 

2. Autoimmune 

3. Cardiovascular 

4. Diabetes 

5. Wound healing 

6. Numerous gut conditions including, IBD, IBS, leaky gut and SIBO 


8. Diarrheal 

9. Cancer 

10. Bacterial and viral conditions 

11. Obesity 

12. Liver Disease 

13. Inflammatory conditions 

14. Arthritis 

15. Bone conditions 

16. Chronic malnutrition syndromes 

17. Aging 

18. Various mental health conditions 

19. Other infectious and parasitic conditions 

20. Skin conditions 

21. Immune deficiency syndromes 

22. Metabolic syndromes 

23. Immune suppression syndromes 

24. Athletic performance


As colostrum and HMO’s become an emerging nutraceutical worth billions of dollars to producers and industrial processors consumers should be aware of colostrum’s components in their natural forms as well as synthetic reproductions. Colostrum and mammal milk products are quickly being introduced and marketed to the public in various forms and products. Buyer beware of synthetic reproductions. Synthetic reproductions are not generally assumed to be bio equivalent.

IgA protection

The protective role of IgA in breast milk is well documented. IgA protects infants against infection, shapes the microbiota and creates a non-inflammatory response against the microbiota, thus preventing intestinal inflammation.

The increased prevalence of infections after weaning is not completely related to deprivation of IgA but is also linked to the introduction of new foods, an increased exposure to the outside world and in part by the absence of additional protective factors in breast milk.

did you know?

  • After two decades of research, Abbott was fi rst to bring HMOs to the U.S. baby nutrition market in 2016.
  • Danish biotechnology company Glycom S/A is targeting the adult digestive health market with HMO supplements it began selling in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Global chemical giants Dow DuPont Inc. and BASF SE are investing millions to ramp up production of an indigestible sugar found naturally in breast milk. Infant formula makers like Nestle SA can’t get enough of the synthetic ingredient. Now the companies are eyeing a potentially bigger customer: adults.
Remember, no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 – 25 grams) per day. Children under two should have zero grams of sugar per day.

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