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Colostrum vs Collagen

Colostrum vs Collagen

With so many new trends and supplements coming out, many sounding like they give similar or even exact results, it's important to know the difference between them! 

Colostrum and Collagen have both had their moments in the wellness industry but only recently has colostrum become a popular topic and now many are comparing it to collagen. So which is worth it? Do you need both? Or are both a scam? Let's find out.

Colostrum is milk that all women make post birth (and sometimes a little before) and it's known as 'liquid gold'. Mammals feed this colostrum to their newborns in order to build their immune system because it is filled with so many nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Because of the essence of my job, I try MANY, if not all trendy supplements on the market to see if they are truly worth the hype. Colostrum has been one of those supplements I thought would be a gimmick but I actually noticed a major improvement in my overall immune and gut health. 

Some interesting components of colostrum:

- it contains secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA),the most abundant antibody at mucosal surfaces in the respiratory and GI tract

- antiviral and antibacterial

- intercepts allergens and toxins

- has been found to inhibit influenza and rotaviruses, and neutralize toxins from bacteria like C. difficile and E. Coli

- plays an important role in maintaining homeostasis of the helpful gut bacteria (microbiome).

- contains IgG which can recognize and bind to specific, harmful particles like viruses and bacteria to block them from crossing the barrier. 

- contains growth factors like Colostral IGF-1 which increases lean muscle tissue and when used during exercise, switches cellular fuel from sugar to fat, increasing the body’s fat burning capacity.

And that just scratches the surface. This really is an incredible superfood. 

Now to chat a bit about collagen! Now there is a debate on what the best way to get collagen in the most effective way and that is taking collagen OR taking vitamin C which is a precursor to creating collagen in the body. (I personally take both since vitamin c is a powerhouse as is but I can do a separate blog on that) 

There are two types of collagen people take: Marine and Bovine. I personally love marine collagen because it is lower in histamine but either are fine. Collagen is a type of protein that our body naturally makes less of as we age. There are over 20 types of collagen but 90% of our body is Type 1 collagen! 

The common benefits of supplementing collagen are:

- improved skin hydration, elasticity and wrinkles

reduced symptoms related to osteoarthritis, including stiffness

- increase in bone density

- provides moisture to the skin and scalp, strengthens the hair follicle, accelerates healing, and nourishes the hair bulb

may reduce hair loss or thinning and may prevent graying, often related to the antioxidant benefits

improve the overall appearance of the hair

Now you might be thinking, why are people comparing the two when the benefits seem so different? It is because 1. marketing and 2. many people who are taking colostrum are also reporting an improvement in their hair and skin health. 

What some people may not realize is poor gut health has been linked to many issues including poor hair, skin and nail health. So when your gut is struggling due to artificial additives, stress or antibiotics use etc, this can result in leaky gut and the inability to properly absorb nutrients. When we cant properly absorb nutrients, our hair, skin and nails will struggle because they are usually the last on the totem pole to receive nutrients in our bodies. 

Taking colostrum which has been shown to improve gut health - which can improve immune health - can also inadvertently result in also better hair, skin and nail health. I personally take both a collagen supplement and colostrum to get the benefits of both. 

I love our Cowboy Colostrum brand that comes in unflavored and vanilla. 

I personally take our Agent Nateur Collagen because it also has pearl powder: 

  • Pearl powder is the richest source of calcium on the planet. When ingested, this oceanic adaptogen stimulates the appearance of collagen production and regeneration for youthful, clear skin and healthy hair and nails. Its high magnesium content elevates the appearance of GABA levels to lessen the look of oxidative stress that leads to premature aging and boosts the mood.

Check out the site to see what what works for you! 


Cowboy Colostrum Nature's Gold

Cowboy Colostrum Nature's Gold

First milking 4-6 hour colostrum from grass-fed U.S. raised dairy cows. Rich in bioactive ingredients like immunoglobulins and natural growth hormones to support immunity, gut health, radiant skin + hair and athletic performance. We prioritize calf welfare first and sustainably harvest our colostrum only after the baby calves get their share. Simply froth into water or upgrade your coffee or smoothie instantly with Cowboy's rich, creamy texture and delicious taste. Colostrum is a natural source of various beneficial components, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes.* Let's take a closer look: Lactoferrin: An important protein that promotes the health of the intestinal lining and contributes to immune system functioning.* Cytokines: These act as messengers, facilitating communication among immune system cells to ensure their coordinated response.* Immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgD, IgE, IgM): These antibodies play a crucial role in modulating the body's immune response.* Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRPs): Amino acids that help regulate the immune system and support the production of white blood cells.* Growth Factors (IGF-I, IGF-II, EGF): Essential hormones that contribute to the growth and maintenance of tissues in the gastrointestinal tract. Colostrum houses vital growth factors, including TGF-a, TGF-b, IGF-1, and IGF-2. Colostral IGF-1 enhances lean muscle and, when integrated into exercise, orchestrates a metabolic shift from glycolysis to lipid metabolism, optimizing fat catabolism and imparting a nuanced biochemical impact to physical activity.* Colostrum's composition includes these valuable components, which work together to support various aspects of immune function, intestinal health, and tissue development.* Ingredients: Grass-fed Bovine Colostrum, Organic Natural Vanilla Flavor, Organic Monk Fruit Powder, Sea Salt Ingredients: Grass-fed Bovine Colostrum.  

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Agent Nateur holi (mane)

Agent Nateur holi (mane)

Enhance your natural allure with holi (mane) for flourishing hair, radiant skin and resilient nails. Our exclusive product combines two daily powerhouse super foods: marine collagen and pearl powder. This odorless and nearly tasteless blend is abundant in over 30 trace minerals, including silica, magnesium, calcium and potassium that support the appearance of optimal hair, skin and nail health. Bioavailable amino acids activate the feel of hair, skin and nail cells to produce the look of collagen and hydration. Nacre, a natural compound in pearl powder, stimulates the appearance of collagen to regenerate. The synergy of this nutrient-dense blend also supports the appearance of two important antioxidants, glutathione and superoxide dismutase, both essential for vitality. Beneficial for the following concerns: dull, fragile hair skin volume fine lines and wrinkles dehydrated skin uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation brittle nails hair shedding  MAIN INGREDIENTS Pearl powder is the richest source of calcium on the planet. When ingested, this oceanic adaptogen stimulates the appearance of collagen production and regeneration for youthful, clear skin and healthy hair and nails. Its high magnesium content elevates the appearance of GABA levels to lessen the look of oxidative stress that leads to premature aging and boosts the mood. Marine collagen is an absorbable, sustainable type 1, 2, 3 and 4 collagen derived from the scales of wild-caught, deep-sea fish. natural ingredients has been shown to accelerate the appearance of hair and nail growth, boost skin, support healthy joints, and reduce the feel of inflammation throughout the entire body. Derived from non-gmo deep caught kosher cod, pollock and haddock

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by Iliriana Zeneli – March 18, 2024