Frequently Asked Questions

What is Colostrum?

Colostrum is a milk-like substance that comes from the breasts of mammals for the first few days following birth. It is sometimes referred to as first milk or ““life’s first food”, as it comes before true milk appears and is high in fat for energy, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. However, it is the protein molecules that hold a special function. Some of these proteins are antibodies that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses, which a newborn is exposed to as soon as it enters the environment outside of its mother. These provide the newborn with passive immunity; basically kick-starting the immune system development.

 

Antibody levels in colostrum can be 100 times higher than levels in regular milk. Anti-microbial factors are also contained within colostrum, adding to the protective nature of this substance. Another important component of colostrum is the range of growth factors; these stimulate the development of the gut. Colostrum also contains proline rich peptides (PRPs) which are other special protein molecules. PRPs are the ‘messenger’ molecules that modulate the immune system, acting like a kind of volume switch, turning up when needed and turning down when things are quieter.

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Bovine Colostrum

Colostrum antibodies were used to treat illness and infection prior to the development of modern day antibiotics. In fact, the first oral vaccine for polio was developed from antibodies found in bovine colostrum. Today, interest and research into the anti-pathogenic properties of colostrum is ramping up, due to the increase in antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens. These can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections.

 

Cows produce far more colostrum than their calves require, so the excess is harvested and used in research as well as being sold for human consumption.

 

Research has shown that the immune and growth factors in cow’s Colostrum are nearly identical to those in human Colostrum. Since bovine Colostrum is not species-specific, it works effectively in humans as well as mammals.
Because claves are born without any immunity to airborne, disease causing organisms, their mothers’ colostrum must contain a very large amount of immune and health factors. As a result, bovine colostrum has 10-21 times the factors of human colostrum, making it the richest source of colostrum available.

Why would I choose to take Colostrum?

  • – Can help lower LDL cholesterol (and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease).
  • – May play a role in reversing heart disease through immune system support.
  • – Assists immunity for everyday wellness.
  • – Supports gut health and digestive comfort.
  • – Supports healthy ageing.
  • – Supports healthy tissues and muscles including heart muscle.
  • – Support for your body’s healing and repair processes: mucosal cell lining, heart tissue, blood vessels.

 

As always, if you are on any medications or suffer from chronic health conditions, speak with a health care professional before consuming any dietary or nutritional supplements.

When is Colostrum collected?

The first Colostrum collected after birth is reserved for the new-born calf. New Image Colostrum is collected within the first 72 hours.

How is Colostrum Harvested?

Once a cow has given birth, she produces approximately 25 litres of colostrum over the following 36 hours. The first five litres is given to the calf as this is vital for its survival and health. These five litres provide sufficient colostrum to ensure adequate nutrition to the calf and to safeguard herd quality. Subsequent production of colostrum and milk for the future is also maintained by this practice.

 

The remaining colostrum is collected, skimmed and flash-pasteurised at 72°C for 15 seconds. This is long enough to kill any pathogenic microbes but not long enough to damage the delicate bioactive elements of colostrum. The product is then low heat dried to maintain the bioactivity and leave a white powder.

 

Low heat drying was pioneered in New Zealand and results in a loss of bioactivity of less than 3%. After it is low heat dried, the colostrum powder is manufactured into powdered drinks, capsules and tablets.

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Stringent Manufacturing Process

Collection:

 

New Zealand has over 5.5 million dairy cows. Each year the cows will give birth to calves within a 3 month period. During this period, a large quantity of fresh colostrum is collected and process without the need for refrigerating and defrosting.

 

Each year, New Image supplies as much as 1000 tonnes of colostrum blended powder product.

Processing: Flash Pasteurization

 

90% of the activeness of Immunoglobulins G (IgG) is retained after pasteurization.

Where is the Colostrum collected?

In New Zealand, cows enjoy open green pasture and are free roaming. Their care is maintained by strict government regulations and New Zealand farmers are recognised around the world for their superior farming techniques and standards. New Zealand colostrum is collected fresh and processed immediately. In some countries, colostrum is not so fresh because it is frozen prior to processing.

 

Once our colostrum is collected, it is stored in a sterilised stainless steel tank to be picked up for processing on the same day. The colostrum is then tested for purity and levels of bio-active ingredients. The colostrum used by New Image has earned wide respect and recognition for its quality. Only the highest quality colostrum is used, under strict guidelines enforced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA).

How does Colostrum produce the antiaging results?

Colostrum works with your body to utilise its natural substance and increase your overall health. After puberty our body begins slowing down the production of growth hormones. These hormones are necessary for the reproduction of virtually all of our body cellular tissue. It has been shown that by age 80 we are producing virtually no growth hormones and so we age and die. Colostrum’s growth factors are the actual hormones that stimulate the normal reproduction of body cellular tissue. Normal reproduction means just that (normal) not aged, cancerous, wrinkled or weakened. The New England Journal of Medicine stated that the most effective anti-aging process would be simply the replacement of growth hormones at proper levels to slow, possibly stop and even reverse the aging processed.

How does Colostrum differ from plain milk?

Colostrum not only contains all the goodness of milk but also contains significant levels of growth promoting and disease fighting substances commonly referred to as growth factors, immune factors and immunoglobulins. These substances are also present in milk but at negligible levels. Further, colostrum has a much higher protein, vitamin, mineral content and is lower in lactose.

What if I’m lactose intolerant?

The amount of lactose in Colostrum is minimal – 163. mg in two capsules compared to 13,000 mg. in one 236 ml glass of milk. Any discomfort would more than likely be a sign that Colostrum is healing the digestive tract.

What are Antibodies in Colostrum?

Antibodies are very specialised molecules that are produced by the body’s immune system. They are produced in response to the host being exposed to an immunogenic or foreign substance (antigen) such as an infectious microbe. Their action is to ward off or neutralise potential disease-causing agents. A very important feature of antibodies is that they are directed specifically to their antigen that induced their formation.

What are immunoglobulins?

The immunoglobulins area group of specialised bio-active proteins or molecules found in serum and other tissue fluids, including the milk of all mammals. There are five classes of immunoglobulin that are recognised in mammals. Immunoglobulin G (IgG), Immunoglobulin A (IgA), Immunoglobulin M (IgM), Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and Immunoglobulin D (IgD). The function of these molecules is to bind to invading organisms and to activate specific actions that help prevent infection and to rid the body of disease-causing agents. Their function is in cell killing, inflammation and prevention of bacterial and viral attachment. The most prevalent class of immunoglobulin in all species is IgG. Immunoglobulins have an integral role in the immune defence system in that they form antibodies.

I am an adult, why do I need Colostrum?

Once puberty has passed, our bodies begin the aging process by gradually producing less of the immune and growth factors that help us fight off disease and heal damaged body tissue. Colostrum is the only natural source of these life-giving components.

Can I give Colostrum to my children?

Absolutely. Paediatricians recommend that infants, who have not been breastfeed, be given Colostrum to supplement their formula. Colostrum can help growing children in many ways, for better concentration, increased memory plus children have a higher tendency to catch colds and illness from other schoolmates and Colostrum will help immensely. We suggest that you consult with your paediatrician for proper dosage information.

 

If they cannot swallow a capsule, then break it in half and sprinkle on their food (i.e. yoghurt) to avoid choking.

What if I’m overweight?

Colostrum is great for making the body work more effectively which makes weight loss easier.

What if I’m a sports person?

Sports people’s bodies need optimum nutrition and they frequently injure themselves when playing, so Colostrum is vital, both for optimum nutrition and for faster rates of healing after injury.

Will Colostrum cure my ailment?

Being a natural product that makes your body work more effectively, you can never determine its effect on an ailment. Whilst we make no claims to treating or curing any ailment, Colostrum is a natural product and when taken in accordance to our recommendations as stated on our website and product catalogue, we suggest you give it a go and see for yourself.

What should I do if I experience headaches or diarrhoea while I take Colostrum?

Very occasionally people experience headaches and need to go to the toilet more when de-toxifying. This is a good sign as it is your body ridding itself of toxins. Drink plenty of water and keep taking Colostrum.

Can I take Colostrum with other supplements and medications?

Colostrum heals the digestive tract so well that all substances eaten internally (food, herbs, natural healing substances and medications) will become more bioavailable to the body. Although Colostrum has no known drug interactions, you may find that other supplements and medications that you are taking will have a more pronounced effect. As always consult your doctor.

I’m a vegetarian. Isn’t Colostrum an animal food?

Colostrum is neither animal nor vegetable. Although Colostrum comes from cows, it has been an important part of the strict Vegan diet of India’s Hindu Rishis (spiritual leaders) for thousands of years. In present day India, the milkman delivers Colostrum to the wealthy vegans. Our Colostrum capsules are vegi-caps.

How much Colostrum should I take?

The amount of colostrum you take varies from person to person. Refer to the suggested dosage on the product, but if your recovering from any injury you may want to start off taking more. Also, if you feel a cold or flu coming on you may want to up your dosage to help you recover quicker and relieve your symptoms.

If I order Alpha Lipid Lifeline Today, how long does it take for delivery?

Mostly the delivery time is between 2 – 7 working days. Average is 3 working days.

If your time is limited, please call our office on 0431 552 179 and we will try our best to cater for your needs.

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Shakers and Free Alpha Lipid Lifeline come directly from Pure Colostrum Australia.

So please be patient. If you have any concerns, please contact our office on 0431 552 179.