Colostrum Supplements: Better Than Vitamins?

Sunday, June 23, 2013 Stef dela Cruz, MD 2 Comments

It was about five years ago when I found out there are colostrum supplements available even for adults. I was talking with the ageless Dr. Rebecca Castro, a pediatrician and also one of our professors back in medical school, when she mentioned a product that allegedly helps fight infection – and yes, even aging.

You might be wondering, what on earth is colostrum and how is it the “best of breast milk”?

I admit, I was tempted to ask, “Is that why you look so young?” But I bit my lip, knowing it was probably an inappropriate question.

Years after that, I met another ageless doctor, the pediatric oncologist Dr. Amy Dy. Again, she mentioned how a colostrum drink helps ensure good health while fighting wrinkles and, yes, even weight gain.

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I’m drinking a mug of colostrum supplement. Not bad.

You might be wondering, what on earth is colostrum and how is it the “best of breast milk”? I know colostrum almost sounds too good to be true, which is why I did my own research. If you have a sickly child or you are suffering from diarrhea, colds, and cough way too often, this is something you might want to read.

Colostrum for Adults: Are They Better Than Vitamins?

Not too long ago, I wrote about how vitamin supplements aren’t necessarily good for you (especially if you don’t have vitamin deficiencies). Some vitamins actually shorten your life span. Among cancer patients, antioxidants can even “protect” cancer cells!

Although vitamins are essential for normal cell function, we are better off getting them via a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. And this brings me to colostrum.

It has already been proven that newborns benefit from colostrum. But will adults benefit from colostrum as well?

Colostrum is a form of milk – which you find in both human and animal-derived milk – that contains a high concentration of antibodies. Newborns benefit from colostrum from their mothers’ breast milk because their immune systems are still too immature to fend off infection.

But will adults benefit from colostrum supplements? Are colostrum supplements better than vitamin supplements? Let’s make a conclusion based on existing evidence.

  • You can’t overdose on colostrum. Vitamin supplements, on the other hand, can be dangerous to your health if taken in excess. And don’t say you’re taking the “normal amount” recommended for daily use, because fat-soluble vitamins are stored by your body, even if they are already in excess!
  • Colostrum supplements can help prevent cough and colds. How many times have you reported sick for work because you’re nursing a fever from some respiratory infection? Studies show that concentrated bovine colostrum can protect you from respiratory infection.
  • Colostrum supplements are effective in fighting diarrhea. You have a “sensitive stomach” and you’re wondering how you can improve your health. This study on HIV-positive patients reveal the value of bovine colostrum supplements in fighting diarrhea.
  • Colostrum supplements may fight wrinkles and keep you slim! Now, these benefits are what many vain health buffs will be drinking colostrum for, I bet! In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, men over 60 years of age showed less body fat and more skin elasticity from regulated growth hormone injections. Some advocates of bovine colostrum supplements say that the presence of insulin-like growth factors in colostrum just might accomplish the same feat – but I would rather wait for studies that would establish the correlation.

Many of the purported benefits of bovine colostrum supplements are backed by evidence, although some of the anecdotal benefits have yet to be proven. But in many ways, bovine colostrum supplements are better than vitamin supplements. Bovine colostrum just might be better than a multivitamin pill, after all.

Where To Avail of Colostrum Drinks

Ask your doctor about bovine colostrum supplements. Pediatricians are the ones who usually know where to get this. Unlike full cream milk, colostrum is better as it has less calories and it has more antibodies.

Colostrum supplements might cost more than your regular milk. However, if you’re suffering from frequent colds, allergies, or diarrhea, ask your physician about how you can benefit from bovine colostrum drinks. If your doctor hasn’t heard of colostrum supplements yet or has no idea where to get them, I might be able to help – feel free to contact me.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!


  1. hi stef

    Philippines get a rich country . More than france hehe.

    Only ''old '' vitamins available here


  2. Clement, we are in no way rich, believe me! But people here are so into food supplements. Maybe we should focus on better FOOD than better FOOD SUPPLEMENTS, if you get my drift. :)