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Can Taking Colostrum Help With IBS Symptoms?

Updated on June 1, 2011

Conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be debilitating and leave you feeling unwell on a regular basis, but help may be at hand in the form of Colostrum. You may not be familiar with this concept, but it can be something of a godsend for sufferers of chronic IBS.

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic condition that affects the bowels. It is most common amongst those aged between twenty-five and forty-five but it is not restricted to people in this age range. Women are believed to be more susceptible to the condition than men.

Typical symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain and bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, the feeling that you haven’t fully emptied your bowels after a bowel movement, the presence of mucus when performing a bowel movement, sickness, vomiting and stress. Not every IBS sufferer will have all of these symptoms but it is common to have several of them at the same time.

What Is Colostrum?

Colostrum is a type of milk that is produced during the late stages of pregnancy and delivered to the infant in the first few days after its birth. It differs to traditional breast milk as it is a thick, yellow liquid, but it is full of vital minerals and nutrients. In addition, it encourages the infant to perform its first bowel movement as a result of its gentle laxative effect. When “Hyper Immunized Colostrum” is consumed by adults, it is thought to be able to offer some degree of protection against certain pathogens. Generally, Colostrum is noted for its ability to improve the immune system, which is highly beneficial for anyone who is suffering from auto-immune disorders.

How Can Colostrum Help People With IBS?

Colostrum can be used as a treatment for IBS as it can improve the immune system and have a positive effect on digestive health. The latter benefit makes it particularly attractive for IBS sufferers.

It isn’t a foolproof treatment for IBS (which currently has no cure) and isn’t guaranteed to work for every IBS sufferer. However, it can result in more regular bowel movements, improved digestion and a reduction in the sluggishness that is usually present with IBS. If an improvement is going to be forthcoming, it will usually happen within ten to fourteen days of first taking Colostrum. For most IBS sufferers, a 5g dose of Colostrum on a daily basis will be sufficient to improve symptoms.


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      5 years ago

      This has made my day. I wish all posintgs were this good.

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      Fosamax Lawyer 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, I am also finding ways for my IBS. And i think milk with Colostrum can help me for the treatment.



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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting and thank you for the information.


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