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.
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 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.