Leaky Gut Syndrome and Colostrum

Aquasource Colactive 3 Colostrum

Colactive 3 (colostrum with Acidophilus and Lactoferrin)

What is Colostrum?

Colostrum is the pre-milk, or the first food that is produced by all mammalian mothers immediately following the birth of their young. It’s the first food a newborn receives for growth and immunity.

Colostrum contains substances designed by nature to provide the body with the ability to face a lifetime of invasion by micro-organisms and environmental toxins. It contains immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, growth factors, antibodies, proline rich peptides, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids.

Leading medical anthropologist and author of more than fifty books on health and nutrition, John Heinerman, PhD, stated that without colostrum’s development by nature we would be extinct.

How does colostrum differ from milk?

Colostrum is not milk. It is a concentration of nutrients which transfer immunity, heal and prevent ‘Leaky Gut’, initiate and sustain growth and calm pain associated with the birth process. Colostrum has a much higher protein, vitamin and mineral content, and is lower in lactose.

Why do all mammalian mothers produce Colostrum?

During her lifetime, the mother has been exposed to a variety of environmental organisms to which her immune system has produced antibodies. Humans and primates pass about half of the required immunity on to their babies whilst still in the womb, but others, like cows, horses, sheep and goats, don’t – their offspring have to wait until their first feed of colostrum to receive this incredible gift. Indeed, without colostrum, non-primate mammals have a very good chance of not surviving beyond 24 hours (mortality rates of up to 95% have been reported), as they are born without any immune system, and yet are exposed to pathogens as soon as they leave the safety of mother’s birth canal. This is why colostrum from cows contains substantially more concentrated goodness than colostrum from human mums.

Because human babies will have received half of their immunity from their mums whilst in utero, we won’t die without colostrum, but unless we are given the next ‘instalment’ of colostrum via breast feeding, our immunityand intestinal health will often be compromised, sometimes manifesting as ill-health decades later. Fortunately,colostrum will benefit us at any age.

Leaky Gut

Colostrum has a significant role in the first few days of an infant’s life. All babies are born with small intestines which are super-permeable, a natural condition known as ‘intestinal permeability’, or ‘leaky gut’. This increasedpermeability allows for the immunoglobulins to pass easily through into the bloodstream. Mum’s colostrum closes these holes after a couple days of breastfeeding.

If babies are not continuously breastfed for the first 2 years, the holes may re-open and Leaky Gut Syndrome develops. (Even if babies receive adequate breastfeeding, specific lifestyle factors such as eating wheat gluten, excess alcohol, excess stress, and certain medications can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome at any time.)

This is a much studied subject by researchers worldwide. Just google ‘PubMed’ for the terms ‘intestinal permeability’ and ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and you will find 135,000 and 15,000 studies for these two terms. You will also find a huge body of evidence linking ‘intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome, with the rise of more than a hundred different auto-immune diseases. They include:

Psoriasis; Raynaud’s; Pernicious anaemia (prevents absorption of B12); Coeliac Disease (gluten intolerance); Rheumatoid Arthritis; Multiple Sclerosis (neurological); Hashimoto’s (underactive thyroid); Alopecia (hair loss), Ankylosing Spondylitis (joints); Crohn’s and other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Meniere’s (vertigo, tinnitus); and Oophoritis (destruction of ovaries leading to infertility). Leaky gut is also linked with autism, asthma and allergies/food intolerance, as well as digestive issues in infants and adults.

Why do I need colostrum as an adult?

Once puberty has passed, adult bodies begin the ageing process by gradually producing less of the immune andgrowthh factors that help fight off disease and heal damaged body tissue.

Colostrum increases cartilage and collagen production and helps cushion joints so you can move more freely with less pain. Australia used it for their 2012 Olympic team who had one of their most successful Olympic games ever. Several studies highlight how it helped repair damaged joint tissue and speed recovery times in runners and cyclists – the athletes who have the most wear and tear on their knees. Competitive bodybuilders, national rugby teams and models also use colostrum to stay lean and fit.

AquaSource ColActive3 contains not only this incredible Colostrum, but also extra Lactoferrin, and Acidophilus.

What is lactoferrin?

Lactoferrin is a broad spectrum immune modulator which defends against a wide variety of viruses, disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and amoebic parasites. Meanwhile it promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.


Like the billions of other beneficial microorganisms in your digestive tract, L. acidophilus helps you digest food, produces vitamin K, produces lactose to break down sugar in milk, increases immune response, and helps keep a healthy microbiome.

Colostrum is non-toxic and has no known negative interactions with drugs, foods or other supplements.

AquaSource Colostrum is flash pasteurised at 72oC (161°F) for 15 seconds, and tests show that the colostrum retains its bioactivity throughout this process.

New or first-time users of colostrum may experience some detoxing symptoms which can mimic mild flu (calledHerxheimer reactions) and may cause temporary mild diarrhoea or constipation. This is normal. It is not a reason to stop taking colostrum. Just reduce your dosage to a minimum amount (one capsule per day) until thebody adjusts, and then increase your dosage as desired to achieve optimal results.

Everyone, whatever your age, can benefit from AquaSource Colactive3.