February 13, 2021 3 min read
It's a question we hear quite often at Layer Origin Nutrition.
People have either heard of Colostrum or currently take it and say something to the effect of:
"What's the difference? Sounds like the same thing."
The reality is that while there are some similarities between Colostrum and Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs), they are notthe same thing, and there is a huge difference between them.
Let's dive in.
Colostrum is is a breast fluid produced by humans, cows, and other mammals before breast milk is released.
It is not milk.
This "pre-milk" promotes growth and health in infants and newborn animals, and research shows that taking bovine colostrum supplements may promote immunity, help fight infections, and improve gut health throughout life.
To be clear, colostrum is notmilk.
It is a milky fluid that’s released by mammals that have recently given birth before breast milk production begins.
Even though all mammals produce colostrum, supplements are usually made from the colostrum of cows. This supplement is known as bovine colostrum.
From Science Direct:
Bovine colostrum, a raw material for immune milk preparations, can be used to treat or prevent infections of the gastrointestinal tract. It is possible that colostral preparations aimed at specific consumers may play a significant role in healthcare in the future. Besides providing immune support, colostrum has remarkable muscular-skeletal repair and growth capabilities. Studies have shown that colostrum is the only natural source of two major growth factors namely, transforming growth factors alpha and beta, and insulin-like growth factors 1 and 2. These growth factors have significant muscle and cartilage repair characteristics. They promote wound healing with practical implications for trauma and surgical patients. Colostral growth factors have multiple regenerative effects that extend to all structural body cells, such as the gut.
For 300 million years, colostrum has protected and strengthened the mucosal barriers of infants prior to the maturation of their own barriers.
Colostrum is often called “liquid gold” because it works as an immune blueprint with incredible health benefits.
There are over 5,000 published studies documenting the benefits of colostrum and its ability to benefit health at every stage of life.
Colostrum consumption is linked to fewer respiratory tract and GI infections in children and adults, including recent studies demonstrating that bovine colostrum is three times more effective than the flu vaccine at preventing flu.
Benefits of colostrum intake for humans:
Bovine colostrum is proven to transfer immune protection to other mammals against potential pathogens that the cow has encountered. Bovine colostrum contains various immune-active components, including immunoglobulins, prebiotic oligosaccharides, and bioactive peptides for immune protection against bacterial and viral threats.
Read more about colostrum here.1
Human Milk Oligosaccharides are a component of actual breast milk. Specifically, they are the third largest solid component in breastmilk following fat (lipids) and lactose.
HMOs have no nutritive value.
They are a structurally and biologically diverse group of complex sugars that are indigestible.
But they dohave a biological benefit when it comes to bacteria.
For decades, research has shown that HMOs contribute to the development of the infant's microflora and immune system. Human milk oligosaccharides also have anti-adhesive properties, properties modulating the immune system, and impact on bacterial flora development.
Many health benefits result from consuming HMOs including a decreased risk of infection via their interactions with viruses, bacteria, or protozoa.2
In a 12-week study of adults who consumed the HMO 2'-Fucosyllactose, most adults saw a significant reduction in IBS symptoms, within four weeks. Those results were very encouraging:
"Our findings suggest that oral supplementation with 2'FL and LNnT can provide nutritional support that significantly reduces abnormal stool consistency, abdominal pain and bloating and improves health-related quality of life in IBS sufferers of all subtypes."3
So no — Colostrum is not the same thing as HMO. They are both milk-adjacent substances that provide massive immune benefit to humans though.
There is one product on the market that combines both HMO and colostrum in a single supplement: Layer Origin Nutrition's PureHMO® + Colostrum Powder, has both 2'-fucosyllactose and colostrum together for an extremely powerful combination.
Consider trying HMO, colostrum, or both to boost your immune system and gut health today.
Written by: Layer Origin Nutrition staff
February 02, 2023 14 min read
This article examines the causes and symptoms of leaky guy syndrome, also known as increased intestinal permeability, and how to prevent and alleviate symptoms. Learning about a leaky gut can help someone determine if they have it and how to combat it. For instance, some chronic conditions may also be connected to leaky gut syndrome like IBS, Crohn's disease, coeliac disease, food allergies, and even type II diabetes.
Incorporating evidence from various sciences and fields like microbiology, gastroenterology, diabetes, and nutrition, this article demonstrates the many ways a leaky gut can permeate the body and how incorporating HMOs into one's routine can strengthen the gut to improve overall gut health.
February 02, 2023 7 min read
This article asserts the importance of having a variety of colorful foods in one's diet and specifically the importance of red foods. Red foods contain phytonutrients that can have anti-inflammatory properties, improve gut health, lower blood pressure, and some red foods even have anti-cancer properties. Polyphenols are a well-known type of phytonutrients in red foods, but someone less known about polyphenols is that they are also prebiotics. All of these qualities show why incorporating red foods is so essential.
Boosting red food intake is very doable. It is even more doable using Simple Reds from Layer Origin. Simple Reds contains powder from beetroot, goji berry, strawberry, cranberry, and apple peel.
February 01, 2023 2 min read
Get the latest content and unlock 10% off.