Bovine Colostrum Benefits for Skin Health

Looking for beautiful, glowing skin? We have a secret to share with you. The world’s most nutrient-dense liquid might be the key to the smooth skin of your dreams.

Colostrum, the fluid produced by mammals immediately after giving birth, may be the secret to the skin of your dreams. Celebrities and high-end skin care lines are already cluing in to the benefits of this “liquid gold”.

While this may seem a bit weird, there is actual research to support the benefits for colostrum and skin health.

What is Colostrum?

Colostrum is produced from the breastmilk of mammals in the first 72 hours after having given birth. At birth, the stomach of a newborn will be at its smallest, therefore its first few feedings will need to be as nutritionally dense as possible in order to optimize each feeding. These first few feedings contain antibodies that the mother has acquired throughout her life providing instant immunity that will protect the infant from disease both during its growth and throughout its lifetime.

Colostrum may also have benefits beyond the first few days of life, even into adulthood. There is significant research that links the consumption of colostrum to improved immunity, gut health, and even skin. There is also research that has evaluated potential colostrum supplement benefits for adults who choose to incorporate this liquid gold to their daily routines.    

Colostrum supplements are usually made from bovine or cow colostrum. Bovine colostrum is similar to human colostrum in that it is also extremely rich in antibodies, stem cells, immune-modulating proteins, growth hormones and enzymes. The nutrient-density is likely the reason for its well-documented health benefits.

Colostrum Skin Care Benefits

Many of the colostrum benefits for skin come from Its content of vitamins A, C, and E. These essential vitamins act as powerful antioxidants for the body and the skin. Antioxidants help protect skin against damage from free radicals, one of the major causes of skin aging.

Colostrum is a rich source of antibodies, particularly IgA, IgG, and IgM, which may help protect the skin from infections. When the immune system is strong it provides a tough defense that is ready to fight off any pathogen that comes its way.

Bovine colostrum also strengthens the health of your gut. When digestion is functioning optimally the absorption and processing of nutrients including vitamins, protein, and fluids will help keep you nourished, which is key for the repair and maintenance of beautiful skin. Colostrum may also help reduce inflammation in the gut, which plays the same role in keeping your body and skin nourished.

When applied directly to the skin in combination with other skin care products, colostrum can act as a nourishing moisturizer due to its nutritional properties. It helps keep the skin healthy and slows down the aging process with the addition of antioxidants and other nutrients.

How to Use Colostrum for Skin Health

For skin health, colostrum can be taken as a dietary supplement or applied directly to the skin. Many skin care brands use colostrum as an ingredient in their beauty products. While effective, these products can be quite expensive.

A more cost effective way to use colostrum for the benefit of your skin is to take an oral colostrum supplement. The optimal dosage is 200-600 mg per day of colostrum powder. This will benefit not only your skin, but your immune and digestive systems as well.

Colostrum powder can be taken dry on a spoon or mixed into your favorite smoothie, juice or even ice pop. We have several colostrum recipes available in our recipe collection if you need ideas for adding it to your routine.

References:

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Jaime Rangel, RD

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