Surthrival 6 Hour Colostrum
There are quite a few bovine colostrum products in the supplement market right now, and Surthrival colostrum is one that I have personally taken into my daily routine. It can sometimes be difficult to cut through all the info and recognize the differences between the various products. But I have become familiar with a few of the colostrum supplement products on the market and can lend some insight into some of the differences in quality.
What is colostrum?
Consuming colostrum is THE way that all mammalian mothers pass their immunity onto their children. Fortunately, adult humans have been found to receive numerous benefits as well as calves. Bovine colostrum is the “immune-milk” that is produced by cows after they have given birth. This process works the same way in humans, as well. If you were fortunate enough to have been breast-fed as a baby, you built up your immune system this way. Bovine colostrum is collected from cows after the newborn calves have taken their share (calves would die quickly without colostrum). Colostrum has been available for purchase ever since farmers have raised cows. But it has only been relatively recently, that dehydrated and powdered colostrum has become commonly available. In this respect, Surthrival has led the industry with regard to high-quality processing of this amazing food. More about this later.
Colostrum is nature’s most complete food
Colostrum can be called nature’s most complete food- containing all essential fats, all essential amino acids, and all essential glyco-nutrients. Colostrum also contains numerous antibodies and immune transfer factors. In fact, bovine colostrum contains antibodies to combat every pathogen that the mother cow has ever come into contact with. It also has major anti-aging effects – the IGF-1 superfamily. It has metabolic factors such as lectin, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. If you were to pick just one food with which to survive the zombie apocalypse, colostrum would be a super choice. Further, because of its complete nutritional profile, colostrum may be the only whole food on which a person could solely survive upon.
More effective than the flu vaccine!
Check out this PubMed study that has shown consuming bovine colostrum is three times more effective against the flu than taking the flu vaccine. There is no better way to defend against the winter plagues than consuming colostrum. Especially with the controversies surrounding the chemicals that are put into flu vaccines – and the studies that are starting to show that the flu vaccine may not even be very effective at all.
For diabetics, (particularly type 1 diabetes) and all individuals suffering from auto immune disorders such as asthma, IBS, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and more will all benefit from a great aspect of colostrum is its immune-modulating characteristics. An auto-immune disorder is where the immune system, for whatever reason, has ramped-up and decided to attack the beta cells of the pancreas in the case of type 1 diabetics, joints for rheumatoid sufferers etc. Colostrum can absolutely help modulate your immune system down, if you suffer from an auto-immune scenario. This is due to the peptides in the colostrum that have this amazing effect. It will help restore your immune system to balance. My brother has been consuming colostrum ever since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I absolutely believe that it has helped to bring his body and immune system into balance. It has not “cured” him of type 1, but he now does not have to inject insulin unless he consumes more carbs than he should. It re-educates your immune system and body.
Surthrival colostrum is independently, third-party verified to be TRUE 6-hour bovine colostrum. It is the real deal. Why is this important? Most other colostrum products have been found to be mostly transitional milk. Transitional milk is colostrum that has been diluted due to the production of milk in the nursing cow that begins 6 hours after birth. Additionally, Surthrival colostrum is never de-fatted like other colostrum products. Surthrival’s low temperature processing (Yes Surthrival colostrum is raw!) method is careful to preserve those important immune factors and delicate nourishing fats all the way to the end product. Surthrival is the only company that is currently processing a totally RAW colostrum product. Additionally, Surthrival’s colostrum is only derived from organically-raised cows.
How does Surthrival’s colostrum mix into foods and drinks?
Unlike other colostrum products, because Surthrival’s colostrum is carefully dehydrated raw, in its whole food state to preserve all the fats, it can sometimes be challenging to get the colostrum to simply stir into food and drink (water, yogurt, pudding etc.). Though this is a minor inconvenience, it does not bother me at all to have little bits of colostrum powder in the food I hand stir it into. If you want to completely mix it into a recipe, a blender does an amazing job at smoothly homogenizing the colostrum right in. This isa what make Surthrival colostrum such a great smoothie addition. Here is another tip – use a bit of organic sunflower lecithin. This is a fantastic way to help emulsify the fats in the colostrum with the other ingredients in your shake. That is, your smoothie will be smoother, and be less apt to separate. And, let us not forget, lecithin is an amazing food in itself – it provides choline (an essential nutrient).
The problem of lactose intolerance
I myself am quite allergic to the casein in milk and had a concern about consuming colostrum. While colostrum does contain some casein (less than 1%), the casein is structured differently and will not cause allergies. In fact the colostrum is perhaps the best thing for healing allergies.
Since all food allergies are manifested by a TH2 cytokine cascade (our immune cells attack and cause allergy symptoms). The Proline Rich Polypeptides (PRPs) in colostrum immediately balance the TH2 cytokine production, preventing allergic response in the body. This is one thing that makes colostrum the best immune super-food. Even with my severe dairy allergy (causes me very runny stools), my digestion only improves with colostrum consumption.