Colostrum – Nature’s health tonic
Colostrum is nature’s first food, the pre-milk fluid all female mammals provide for their infants in the first few days after birth. Colostrum provides vital immune and growth factors and essential vitamins and minerals which contribute to an infant’s healthy development and, in particular, to the development of a responsive immune system.
Because colostrum is non-species specific, scientists have found bovine colostrum may support good health in humans long after birth – from infancy to old age. Bovine colostrum contains immune components, antioxidants and factors to support healing.
Bovine colostrum is known to support the health of our digestive tracts by nourishing the gut wall to promote overall digestive health. A healthy gut wall provides a natural defence system for the body, for good immunity and resistance to bugs and chills. Bovine colostrum is also regarded for its support of those who wish to age gracefully and for sportspeople who want to perform at their best. Children and pets can also enjoy colostrum.
Bovine colostrum has a long history of use among cultures throughout the world. In India, for example, locals have considered colostrum a traditional remedy for thousands of years. Modern science continues to make fascinating discoveries about colostrum as a health tonic.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry pioneered the first commercial collection system for bovine colostrum. Hundreds of dairy farmers invested in separate stainless steel tanks and the companies developed the means by which to collect, pasteurise, dry and store colostrum in large quantities.
New Image International pioneered the marketing of colostrum, highlighting its unique potential for human health. Lifeline™ was the first product released, a forerunner to the popular Alpha Lipid™ Lifeline™.
The harvesting of colostrum and animals’ wellbeing
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.
We’re world leaders in colostrum-based natural health Products
It’s hard to beat the skill and expertise of the dairy industry of New Zealand. This land of lush green pastures is world famous for producing top quality dairy products from pasture-fed, healthy cows. Cows produce far more colostrum than their calf needs, so we developed a method of harvesting the excess from carefully selected herds in New Zealand and around the world.
Animal welfare is a top priority for us – we adhere to stringent guidelines to make sure our colostrum is sourced from contented, healthy cows.
We also rigorously test all our products to ensure they comply with the strictest international industry and food safety guidelines.