If you’ve been, ehem, on the internet lately, you may have heard about a little something called colostrum. What’s that? Another wellness powder? Well, yes.
Instead of some new, magic superfood blend with an ingredient list one hundred bullets long (how can we get all that from one teaspoon or scoop anyway?), colostrum is just one thing—the first “milk” a mammal makes after giving birth.
Stay with us. We’re not drinking another human’s powdered breast fluid or anything.
The colostrum for supplements is sourced from bovines. (Note: cows produce a lot more than their calves can consume, so it can be responsibly sourced.)
“It is the first nutrition we receive in life, and it contains all of the essential nutrients our bodies need to thrive,” Dr. Sarah Rahal, MD, founder of Armra, explains. “Often referred to as ‘liquid gold,’ it is more similar to an immune blueprint than a food because its nutritional value pales in comparison to its health benefits.” It has “more than 200 living, bioactive nutrients that work to rebuild the body’s immune barriers and fuel cellular health,” she adds.
In other words, it has a long list of purported bennies, including helping to:
-Rev up metabolism
-Improve gut health
-Make hair grow and skin more radiant
-Give more energy and focus
This total-nutrition food is easy to toss in water, juice, or anything cold. Heat will kill beneficial properties, so room-temp or cool foods and beverages only. Also, it’s best to look for supplements that are responsibly-sourced and grass-fed.
With superfood powders, it’s hard to know when they will start taking effect and when we’ll see such incredible results.
Dr. Rahal says that noticeable results typically appear after four to six weeks of consistent, daily use.
There are plenty of reasons why it’s worth the wait.
“Colostrum is not a Band-Aid solution,” Dr. Rahal explains. “It transforms our body’s foundational pathways, which means feeling better now and in the long run.” Colostrum helps strengthen mucosal barriers, which line the inside of the body and help keep bad things out.
According to Dr. Rahal, they are the “most regenerative part of the body [and] replace themselves every two to three weeks.” However, she explains that they are also under constant assault from harmful substances in our daily environment.
“That means strengthening these pathways can greatly improve our health, but they require constant support,” which is why she recommends consistent, daily use, especially for people with an autoimmune disease or a condition caused by compromised barriers.” (Think: leaky gut.)
Dr. Rahal suggests beginning with one serving a day as part of a daily routine. Taking more than one serving (think two to four) can only heighten these benefits, unlike some herbs and powders that have negative effects with increased dosage. As mentioned earlier, results are usually apparent within four to six weeks.
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