The Colostrum Experience

What Practitioners Say About Colostrum

Excerpts from Published Medical Research

Since colostrum has been known and used as a healing and strengthening remedy for centuries, medical researchers have studied it extensively. Studies conducted around the world show that colostrum is a unique broad-spectrum natural supplement and food with efficacy in a wide range of areas.

This is what is so exciting about colostrum. It’s not some new “snake oil” remedy that someone has just discovered and is selling as the answer to all ills. It is one of Mother Nature’s most perfect substances — designed to strengthen and protect newborn mammals. As we are, in fact, mammals, colostrum is often better suited to our physiology than many plant-based or herbal remedies.

In the last fifteen years, research into colostrum’s benefits has increased dramatically. Here’s a sampling from some of the most authoritative and exciting research conducted in the last decade and a half.


Colostrum has a virus antibody that acts against viral invaders. A wide range of antiviral factors were acknowledged to be present in colostrum.” From a research study performed at the US Government’s Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
— Dr. E.L. Palmer,, Journal of Medical Virology

Colostrum contains non-specific inhibitors that inhibit a wide range of respiratory illness, notably influenza viruses. Colostrum is specifically cited for its unique effectiveness against potentially deadly outbreaks of Asian flu viruses that emerge from animal/human mutations.”
— Dr. Shortridge, et al., Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Glycoproteins in bovine colostrum inhibit the attachment of the Helicobactor Pylori bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. Colostrum (also) contains significant amounts of interleukin-10 (a strong inflammation inhibitory agent found significant in reducing inflammation in arthritic joints and injury areas.”
— Dr. Olle Hernell, University of Ulmea, Sweden, Science

Colostrum and breast milk (from cows and humans) stimulates the newborn’s immune system; as yet unidentified proteins speed the maturation of cultured B lymphocytes (type of white blood cell) and prime them for production of antibodies.”
— Dr. Michael Julius of McGill University, Montreal, Science News

Immunoglobulins (found in colostrum) are able to neutralize the most harmful bacteria, viruses, and yeasts.”
— Dr. Per Brandtzaeg, Annals of the New York; Academy of Sciences

Immune factors in cow colostrum, when taken orally, are effective against disease- causing organisms in the intestinal tract. Ingestion of bovine colostrum’s immunoglobulins may be a new method of providing passive immunoprotection against a host of gut-associated disease-causing antigens (viral and bacterial).”
— Dr. R. McClead, et al., Pediatrics Research

Clinical studies show that IgE (immunoglobulin), found in bovine colostrum, may be responsible for regulating allergic response.”
— Drs. Tortora, Funke & Cast, Microbiology

Studies with human volunteers found that the preservation of the biological activity of IgG (immunoglobulin), in the digestive secretions of adults receiving bovine colostrum orally, indicates passive enteral (intestinal) immunization for the prevention and treatment of acute intestinal diseases.”
— Dr. L.B. Khazenson, Microbial & Epidermal Immunobiology

“Colostrum stimulates the lymphoid tissue, providing benefits in aged or immunodeficient people. Nature has used the oral route for the development of the immune system since the origin of mammals. Oral administration of immunofactors is simple, inexpensive, free of side effects and may be vastly beneficial in veterinary and human medicine, to correct immunodeficiency.”
— Drs. Bocci, Bremen, Corradeschi, Luzzi and Paulesu, Journal of Biology

Immunoglobulin from bovine colostrum effectively reduces and prevents viral and bacterial infections in immune deficient subjects: bone marrow recipients, premature babies, AIDS, etc.”
New England Journal of Medicine

Researchers reported that colostrum stimulates maturation of B Lymphocytes (type of white blood cell) and primes them for production of antibodies, enhances growth and differentiation of white blood cells. Similar activity in cow and human colostrum can also activate macrophages.”
— Dr. M. Julius, McGill University, Montreal, Science News

Immunoglobulin in colostrum has been used to successfully treat: Thrombocytopenia, Anemia, Neutropenia, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bullus Pamphigoid, Kawasaki’s Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn’s disease, among others.”
— Dr. Dwyer, New England Journal of Medicine

PRP, in bovine colostrum, has the same ability to regulate activity of the immune system as (do the) hormones of the thymus gland. It activates an underactive immune system, helping it move into action against disease-causing organisms. PRP also suppresses an overactive immune system, such as is often seen in the autoimmune diseases. PRP is highly anti-inflammatory and also appears to act on T-cell precursors to produce helper T-cells and suppresser T-cells.”
— Dr. Staroscik, et al., Molecular Immunology

PRP was found not to be species-specific (means that it is transferable for human use). It turns white blood cells into functionally active T cells. Results were shown in treatment of auto-immune disorders and cancer. An important immune modulator, it stimulates an underactive immune system and tones down an overactive one.”
— Drs. Janusz & Lisowski, Archives of Immunology

“Bovine Colostrum contains TgF-B which has an important suppressive effect on cytoxic substances (antiinflammatory). It inhibits cell growth of human osteosarcoma (cancer) cells (75% inhibition). Mediator of fibrosis and angiogenisis (healing of heart muscle and blood vessels), ( Roberts et al., 1986), accelerates wound healing (Sporn et al.., 1983) and bone formation (Centrella et al., 1987).”
— Drs. Tokuyama and Tokuyama, Cancer Research Inst. Kanazawa University, Japan

Only retinoic acids, found in colostrum, conferred protection and reduced colonization of the herpes virus. Although not a cure, retinoic acids effectively reduce the herpes virus to levels (1/100 to 1/10,000 viruses remained active after treatment) where the body’s immune system could fight off an outbreak.”
— Dr. Charles Isaacs, et al., Experimental Biology, Science

Colostrum contains Retinoic Acid which helps fight herpes virus. Also contains glycoprotein (kappa casein) that protects against the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.”
— Dr. Raloff, Science News

Reducing viral levels in the body and stimulating natural immune capabilities holds the most promise in helping our immune systems contain the HIV virus.”
— Drs. Nowa and McMichael, Scientific American

Growth factors in bovine colostrum were found to be very effective in promoting wound healing. Recommended for trauma and surgical healing. External and internal applications.”
— Dr. Sporn, et al., Science

Cartilage-inducing Factor-A, found in colostrum, stimulates cartilage repair.”
— Drs. Seyedin, Thompson, Bentz, et. al., Journal of Biological Chemistry

Bovine colostrum contains high levels of growth factors that promote normal cell growth and DNA synthesis.”
— Drs. Oda, Shinnichi, et. al., Comparative Biochemical Physiology

IGF-1, found in colostrum, stimulates bone and muscle growth and nerve regeneration. Topical administration to wounds resulted in more effective healing.”
— Drs. Skottner, Arrhenius-Nyberg, Kanje and Fryklund, Acta. Paediatric Scandinavia, Sweden

The failure of chronic wounds to heal is a major medical problem. Doctors suggest that an important role for growth factors is in promoting wound healing. Accelerated healing is possible for treatment with trauma and surgical wounds.”
— Dr. Bhora, et. al., Journal of Surgical Residents

High age is associated with reduced levels of growth hormones: GH and IgF-1. Induction of GH and IgF-1 increase body weight through muscle growth of aged subjects.”
— Drs. Ullman, Sommerland & Skottner, Dept. of Pathology and Pharmacology, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgren Hospital & HabiVitrum AB, Stockholm, Sweden

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