Frequently Asked Questions
What components in colostrum support health and overall well being?
There are over 90 described components in bovine colostrum. These include immuno-regulating substances, gut-protective substances, growth factors and metabolic factors.* Learn more about these here.
What is first-milking colostrum?
Colostrum is a complex and naturally rich fluid that must be collected soon after giving birth to ensure the highest possible nutrient concentration and quality.
First-milking colostrum is the source of nature’s most biologically active components that maximize nutritional availability.
What is the timeframe colostrum was collected? Is it certified?
Are you denying the newborn calf of its colostrum?
No. Dairy farmers and Immuno-Dynamics understand the role of colostrum for calves. The calves are fed two to four liters of colostrum shortly after birth. The new mothers often produce more than 12 liters.
What is the percentage of IgG and IgA in our colostrum products?
Whole Colostrum Powder: IgG =25-30%, IgA = 1.2-1.8%
Freeze Dried Extract: 40% IgG
What is the processing method? Freeze-dried or Spray-dried?
Whole Colostrum Powder is spray-dried in conditions where the product temperature is less than 125⁰ F. Every bio-active we have tested has tolerated this temperature!
Does the heat created when pressing lozenges damage the bioactives?
No. Lozenges are processed with cold press.
Is bovine colostrum lactose free?
Not entirely. However, the level of lactose, which is generally tolerated, is far less than that found in ordinary dairy products. Intolerance is rare, however, if this is a concern you should avoid colostrum or speak with your health care provider.
How much Lactoferrin is in colostrum?
0.3 to 0.5%
How many calories per serving of Whole Colostrum Powder?
A two teaspoon serving is 15 calories or 4.7 calories per gram.
Is colostrum casein free?
Casein is found in all dairy based products. Casein protein provides the body with all the amino acids necessary to help build muscle. Casein protein is digested more slowly than other proteins, so it might be better at reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness. However, the whey portion of colostrum does not contain casein.
What is the timeframe to start seeing results?
Timeframe for results vary depending on the specific purpose of use. From a few days to a few weeks or more depending on multiple factors.
Can colostrum be used in cosmetics and beauty products?
Yes. We currently have a facial cream product. Colostrum is extremely good for your skin and has many benefits for the skin.
How does colostrum mix with water?
Our product is soluble but not readily dissolvable in water, meaning that it needs some sort of mechanical means to get into solution fully. Being in perfect solution is not needed for effectiveness.
Where is the product sourced?
Sourced and manufactured in the United States.
Are your colostrum products certified organic?
No. Our products are not sourced from only organic certified dairies. Less than 7% of US production is National Organic Program certified (NOP) (USDA, 2017), which is not enough production to supply the colostrum industry. If someone in the industry states that their colostrum is “organic”, ask them what that means and if their supplying herds are National Organic Program (NOP) certified.
What standards do your processes and facilities live up to?
All production in our plant is subject to and compliant with the cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) of both Titles 9 (USDA) and 21 (FDA) of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Our HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points) program identifies and controls potential risks at each stage of process. Independent lab analysis confirms that product specifications have been met prior to release. Our facilities and processes are under the jurisdiction of the FDA and USDA.
Are Immuno-Dynamics colostrum products rBST r(BGH), antibiotic and hormone free?
Has Immuno-Dynamics colostrum been pasteurized? Is it safe?
Do any of your colostrum products need to be refrigerated during transportation or storage?
No. All our colostrum products can be stored at room temperature.
Is Raw Colostrum Better?
No. Raw colostrum is not permitted for human consumption. Raw colostrum from individual cows is extremely variable and difficult to handle. To have a consistent product, colostrum must be:
- Collected by a set of consistent criteria
- Graded for acceptance by critical Quality Control standards
- Handled correctly to prevent contamination or adulteration
- Obtained from multiple cows to consider increase consistency in final product
- Continuously monitored for compliance and quality
- Processed in a manner that does not destroy the functional value (bioactivity)
Is this product safe for children?
Any use of supplements in children should be discussed with a health care provider. Colostrum is generally recognized as safe for adults, children (five or older) and pets. Colostrum contains low levels of lactose and is tolerated well by most. Those with lactose intolerance may experience minor discomfort if consuming colostrum in large doses.
Is your colostrum frozen after collection?
Yes. We do not source enough colostrum from individual farms to produce full production runs from an individual or just a few farms. There are several great advantages to this:
- The production batches produced from a larger number of farms have a greater degree of diversity, producing an extremely broad ranging, yet consistent product from batch to batch
- Each cow’s colostrum is milked into individual containers, allowing the producer to make the initial determination of quality on a cow-by-cow basis
- Since each cow’s colostrum arrives individually frozen, our highest in industry quality control starts at the individual cow level. This allows dedicated and trained plant personnel with laboratory equipment at their disposal to make quality determinations. Many companies collect all the colostrum from producing cows on a given day in a single collection tank. At this point, there are no options to evaluate for quality on an individual basis
- Freezing stops biological and chemical changes that occur from improperly transferred colostrum
Does freezing colostrum affect the biological activity (value) and solubility of colostrum?
No. We store at controlled temperatures utilizing dual low temp systems with less than 2⁰ C variation. In this way, colostrum quality can be maintained for many months.
Do you remove anything from your colostrum such as fat or lactose?
No. Fat is sometimes removed to elevate protein/IgG levels in other’s product but can also remove factors more valuable than the IgG itself. Lactose is sometimes removed to harvest the proline rich peptides (PRP) to sell elsewhere. It is important to know that your colostrum has not been mined for PRP.
Do lozenges contain Magnesium stearate?
Magnesium stearate is used in the lozenges. It is fully approved for use as an additive in foods and supplements by the FDA.