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.