Colostrum is the nourishing fluid produced by mammals as food for the newborn in the few days after birth, before milk production begins. This bovine-derived food supplement is rich in a variety of biologically active proteins, including immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin, and other factors that support the maintenance of lean muscle tissue, as well as a stronger immune system. Scientific studies have shown that Colostrum helps to increase bioavailability and absorption of nutrients into the body, while encouraging healthy gastro-intestinal function.*
What is Colostrum and where does NOW® Colostrum come from?
Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid secreted by cows in the first hours after birth. It is a nutrient-rich dairy product that supplies immune system factors to young calves to stimulate their immune systems and protect them from infections.
NOW® Colostrum is taken from cattle raised in America, specifically North Dakota and northern Wisconsin, during the first 12 hours after birth. The extraction process is humane and does not adversely affect the mother cow or calf. The calf still gets adequate amounts of colostrum from nursing.
NOW® Colostrum is carefully screened for impurities and is processed using a low heat, spray-dry method that does not compromise the integrity of the product. The cattle are raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics
Should NOW® Colostrum be kept refrigerated? If I accidentally leave it out for a while, will it still be good?
Colostrum itself does not require refrigeration. In order to aid with digestion and absorption, we include Acidophilus, a healthy form of bacteria naturally occurring in the human gastrointestinal tract.
Because it is a live organism, refrigeration is required or the Acidophilus organisms will die off due to heat. If left unrefrigerated, Colostrum will still be effective.