The current publication identifies bovine colostrum as a complex biological matrix comprised of growth factors, nutrients, hormones, and paracrine (cell signaling) factors, which have a range of properties associated with mucosal healing in a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. It is through these components, the authors said, that colostrum can support the body’s natural repair and protective processes in the gut.
Specifically, the authors of the study identified animal studies which suggest bovine colostrum’s benefit in GI disorders including enteropathy due to NSAIDs, inflammatory bowel disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, infectious diarrhea, intestinal failure, and damage due to cancer therapy. In human trials, there is substantial evidence of efficacy of bovine colostrum in inflammatory bowel disease and in infectious diarrhea, the authors added.
“We understand that thee primary function of the gut is digestion and absorption of nutrients from food, however, the gut is also an epicenter for billions of bacteria and viruses that can break through the mucosal barrier and wreak havoc on the body,” lead author Paul Kelly, MD, FRCP, professor at Blizard Institute Barts & The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, said. “In this review paper, we set out to explore the use of bovine colostrum as a way to support the GI system, particularly its ability to strengthen key components of the gut. We were impressed with bovine colostrum’s ability to repair the gut wall lining, reinforcing the functional boundary so bacteria and viruses are potentially blocked from entering the gut lumen.”
Cows produce colostrum shortly after their calves are born, and this compound has been studied for its nutritive properties and health benefits for decades, including in multiple areas of human health such as immune support, gut health, digestive health, and sports performance. “Evidence is building that these properties may be employed in several disorders to promote recovery or in prevention,” the authors of the study concluded.
“We are pleased to see that bovine colostrum is continually found to support digestive health, and specifically its ability to strengthen the gut wall lining as noted in this recent Nutrients publication,” Mike Weiser, PhD, director of innovation at PanTheryx said. “When looking at bovine colostrum, it’s important to understand that not all cow colostrum is created equal. PanTheryx’s ColostrumOne bovine colostrum contains protective proteins, prebiotics, as well as immune and growth factors that make it truly a comprehensive source of nutrition for digestive and immune health. We look forward to continued research to further highlight bovine colostrum’s role in digestive health.”