You have probably started to notice a bit of a theme that runs through thislittlegreenpocket: I’m a total energy fiend. This addiction has manifested itself in many ways over the years, with varying results. Before I dived headfirst into the wellness world, I used sugar-laden energy drinks as my crutch. Sure, they gave me a quick (if somewhat jittery and unnerving) boost, but they didn’t provide sustained energy and came packaged up with a whole host of icky side effects.
These days, I turn to a range of clean and healthy options to make sure I’m firing on all cylinders. It’s so important to me that I keep my energy levels up so that I can get through everything I want to in a day without feeling like I’m running on empty. My 100% works-every-time superfood/super-energy-giver/lifesaver is colostrum.
Colostrum is the very first food a mammal mother gives her baby when it is born, which means it is chock full of everything needed to give the newborn the best start at life and therefore it gives the immune system a very powerful boost. It is often considered to be the first milk and it can be present for up to two weeks (depending on the mammal). From a supplement perspective though, you want to look for one that was collected within the first six hours of birth (this collection is sometimes called the first milking). After this point, the level of bioactive material drops substantially (click here for a list of what is in first-milking colostrum), meaning that it becomes less powerful.
You also want to make sure the company you buy it from is obtaining the colostrum in a sustainable and ethical manner. I get mine from David Wolfe’s Longevity Warehouse because I agree their values. In the wild, cows produce too much colostrum as an insurance policy. The farm that the Longevity Warehouse source their colostrum from makes sure their cows are happy and safe, which means the excess colostrum can be collected for human consumption without fear of shortchanging the calf.
I use colostrum in all sorts of things. If I’m making a raw dessert, I will throw in a tablespoon of it (I suppose you could use when baking too but I’m not sure how it would react to heat). I also add it to my smoothies or just mix it up with some water and gulp it down if I’m in a rush. I sometimes mix it into my porridge or stir it through some natural yoghurt. It has a mild slightly sweet flavour, so you can add it to pretty much anything and not really notice it.
Of all the superfoods I have discovered so far, colostrum is definitely one of my favourites for its versatility and its effectiveness.
If you are looking for a long-lasting, immune-building supplement, colostrum just might be for you.