Colostrum: What to Know and Should You Take It

The supplement and diet industry never ceases to amaze me as a Registered Dietitian. Supplements, diets, recommendations, everything comes and goes, but this is one of the craziest I have seen yet. Colostrum supplements have been popping up on social media and many people might think this is their magic fix. This blog is going to take you through what colostrum is and answer your question of “Should I take colostrum?”

What is Colostrum?

Colostrum is for meant for newborns, not necessarily adults!

Colostrum is known as “first milk”, and it is produced by mammals within the first few days of giving birth. It is known for having high nutrient content because its purpose is to give a baby all that is needed while trying to adjust to their new environment. 

The supplement form that is usually used is bovine, which means it is from a cow. It has gotten a lot of hype because of its anti-inflammatory properties and its intended role in enhancing the immune system of newborns.

A certain supplement company advertises the decrease in gut permeability that colostrum can cause in adults. High gut permeability is how bacteria and other things get into the digestive tract and can make us sick. This is true, for those with high gut permeability like a newborn baby. 

Many people are taking this supplement, which is over $100 per jar, for decreased inflammation and healthier gut microbiomes. However, there is a purpose to colostrum and there is a reason why we haven’t been drinking it our whole lives and it has to do with our ability to now eat food. 

The findings of a study, sponsored by a supplement company, propose that colostrum supplementation may reduce inflammation. However, we can also see many studies demonstrate that adopting a dietary approach can effectively reduce inflammation, offering a more accessible and cost-effective solution.

Should I Take Colostrum?

You may be easily influenced, I know I am! Sometimes I see ads continually popping up on my social media and I slowly start to think “Hm, maybe I do need this?” Most of the time, I don’t. So, should you take colostrum supplements? I say no, and here’s why. 

Our bodies are great at protecting ourselves from different diseases and throughout our lives we build up an immunity to things. Our immune system combats things everyday that can cause increased inflammation. If we want to reduce systemic inflammation, there are ways to do so that don’t need an expensive supplement. 

Here are some great things that you can include in your diet and lifestyle to decrease your overall inflammation.

What to Do Instead to Decrease Inflammation

  • Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Fruits and vegetables also have high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help decrease your overall inflammation. 
  • Increase your healthy fat intake. This will come from fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils like olive oil. These have great anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Have a good sleep routine. Sleep is super important when it comes to overall health. Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep every night and that your routine is consistent in timing. 
  • Staying hydrated is also another basic thing that can help with inflammation. Drinking around 96 oz of water (or 3 32oz hydroflasks) will help prevent dehydration
  • Be active. This can be by walking, lifting, or doing anything your body wants to move around and stay active! 

Conclusion

So, are you sold on the colostrum supplement? I hope this blog showed you that the supplement industry loves to bank on words like “inflammation” and sell you a product that isn’t an end-all-be-all solution. There are many ways you can decrease inflammation within your body, and it doesn’t have to be through an expensive supplement.

If you feel like you are constantly falling into the mindset that you have to rely on supplements for your health, let us help you! We offer 1:1 coaching for athletes and active women who are looking for guidance on nutrition and need help staying accountable and learn that nutrition is actually very simple.

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