Colostrum is the first "milk," or sometimes called pre-milk, a fluid produced after birth by every mammal (mother) in mammary glands during the first several days after birth. It is an exceptional nutritional substance produced by mothers for their newborns that supports and nourishes the immune system.
After reviewing many years of scientific and medical research, bovine (cow's) colostrum appears one of the most crucial health-giving, disease-fighting, and anti-aging superfoods and potent skincare ingredients ever discovered. And, bovine colostrum is remarkably compatible with human consumption and topical application. In addition, it provides a perfect combination of immune and growth factors, including immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), amino acids (NMFs), and other vital nutrients.
Scientific studies have clearly shown that colostrum contains a lot of biologically active ingredients with numerous beneficial actions on the skin, including:
- Supports the immune system
- Stimulates the normal cells growth, regeneration, and repair
- Hydrates skin and smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Boosts skin collagen and enhances firmness
- Improves complexion
- Provides a healthy appearance.
What are colostrum's vital components for skin?
- Cytokines (Interleukin 1 and 6, Interferon Y and Lymphokines): Shown to stimulate the skin's immune system. Interleukin-2 is a cytokine that also stimulates the growth of cells.
- Glycoproteins: The protease inhibitors inhibit dermal fiber destruction and enhance growth factors.
- Growth Factors (IGF-1 and IGF-2; TGF-A and TGF-B): Medical studies on anti-aging/healing have shown the vital growth factors Insulin Growth Factors (IGF-1 and IGF-2) and Transforming Growth Factors (TGF-A and TGF-B), nucleotides from bovine colostrum to be identical to human in composition. Further, it has been shown that they can help stimulate cellular growth, regeneration, and accelerated repair of aged or injured skin. In addition, these factors also help promote the body to burn fat for cellular fuel.
- Immunoglobulins: Have been shown to provide superior support for the immune system.
- Interferon: A glycoprotein produced by cells supporting the immune system against viruses.
- Lactalbumins: Research indicates tremendous possibilities that lactalbumins can be highly effective cell renewal stimulators and active prebiotics, see Milk proteins.
- Lactoferrin: This protein has been shown to transport essential iron to red blood cells.
- Lysozyme: A protein enzyme with antibacterial properties that also supports healthy bacteria.
- Oligosaccharides: A carbohydrate component that allows the proliferation of healthy dermal bacteria while moisturizing skin in a natural way.
- PRP (Proline-Rich Polypeptide): Stimulates an underactive immune system and exposes antiviral properties while providing proline amino acid (also an NMF), a building block of skin collagen.