Colostrum for Hyper-immunity & Dental Health

Colostrum, or first milk, is the first form of milk produced by the mammary glands of humans and other mammals immediately following delivery of the newborn.

Bovine colostrum can also benefit skin health due to its high content of growth factors, such as insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and transforming growth factor (TGF), which support healthy skin cells. Its natural antibodies and lactoferrin also support a normal inflammatory response in the skin.

Colostrum has added benefits include:

  • Stronger immunity
  • Anti-inflammation defence
  • Contains immunoglobulins (IgG and IgA) that can help support a healthy gut 

“Although older animals cannot absorb antibodies as young animals can, colostrum may still be able to exert a local anti-inflammatory effect in the intestinal tract when ingested, or on the skin when applied topically. There is also evidence that colostrum may increase the effectiveness of some vaccinations, improve the immune response against certain viruses, support gut microflora, improve bone and muscle function in older animals, and supportively treat periodontal disease in dogs and cats. Bovine (from cows) colostrum is the most common source.”

VCA Animal Hospitals

Interestingly, Legacy Dog Food has added colostrum to their food as the last step in production, and one of the observations is that dog’s dental health has improved when using this as part of the diet.

There is no question that this is a wonderful natural supplement and can be fed as an additive as well. Earth Buddy makes a great product with Kief CBD to support a healthy inflammatory response in the gut. This supplement can sprinkled over food and is safe for both dogs and cats.

According to VCA Animal Hospitals “Studies are limited for this supplement and therefore information regarding side effects is also limited. Sensitivity reactions may occur in pets with a milk allergy, which may include stomach upset. Excluding pets with milk allergies, side effects have not been reported at this time and colostrum is considered very safe.”