Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is recognized to create intolerance in certain people. Various concentrations of colostrum have varied concentrations of lactose. Most lactose intolerant individuals can handle 77mg of lactose without any adverse effects.

The processes for lactose removal from colostrum are:

  1. Dialysis, which is too expensive for colostrum, and
  2. Lactase, an enzyme that breaks lactose down to simple sugar and water. Lactase takes incubation of 37-38 degress C for about 24 hours to reduce the lactose by one-half. Colostrum is not sterile and after 24 hours incubation you would have a "bacterial soup". Therefore, this is not done.

When reduced lactose “colostrum” is offered it is most likely cheese whey, where the large production quantities make dialysis feasible.

According to the Fundamentals of Dairy Chemistry Text Book, colostrum from the first six hours is 2.7% lactose, at 12 hours it is 3.7 lactose and by 24 hours is 4% lactose in the liquid state.

When the colostrum is dried to a powder, total solids are concentrated by almost seven times, resulting in seven times more lactose by percentage. For example, colostrum from 12 hours after birth contains about 26% lactose. At this level, the most common recommendation of 2 x 450mg capsules per serving contains 230 mg of lactose. This is three times greater that the 77 mg typical lactose intolerance reaction trigger point.

Genuine first milking colostrum lozenges contain about 11% lactose x 200mg colostrum/lozenge = 22mg of lactose per lozenge. One could take three lozenges at once and not exceed the 77mg lactose limit. Lactose can be a concern when taking recommended doses of multiple milking colostrum products.