Spotlighting Colostrum…What We Know
We probably all know that Colostrum is the first milk produced by ALL mammals just before giving birth to nourish their newborn. BUT did you know that Bovine Colostrum has been used in sport as a potential ergogenic aid for almost 25yrs??
So, to enlighten us all further, in this episode we:
- Delve deeper into what Bovine Colostrum is and why it is proving popular in Sport
- Discuss its known sports performance effects
- Debate whether YOU could consider it as an ergogenic aid
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Outlining the nutrient content of Bovine Colostrum
Determining some key nutritional differences between Bovine Colostrum and Human Colostrum
Outlining some of the direct and indirect performance enhancing abilities of Bovine Colostrum including:
- Body composition
- Power and strength
- Immune Function
- Recovery from training
Delving deeper into Bovine Colostrum’s potential ability to enhance body composition
Focusing on the benefits of Bovine Colostrum for recovery from training
Discussing the effects of Bovine Colostrum on Digestive and Immune health
Debating whether to use Bovine Colostrum Supplementation or not with a focus on:
- WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) recommendations
- Ethical factors to consider when choosing this supplement
- Some ethical Bovine Colostrum products currently on the market
Bovine Colostrum is the first milk produced by cows following calving and is highly nutritious for the new born calf
It has been used in sport as a potential ergogenic aid for many years, however studies remain inconclusive regarding its direct benefits to sports performance
It is thought that BC may improve body composition and increase power and strength in resistance training as well as support recovery and immune function, so potentially supporting performance directly and indirectly.
Remember if you are vegan (maybe for some vegetarians too) then this is NOT a product for you as all forms of colostrum are derived from animals.
BC is NOT recommended by WADA (although not banned!!) due to its IGF-1 content so, if you compete regularly at a reasonably high level e.g. county, regional, national level then be mindful of its use
There are many products available to purchase, however ethical products are scarcer, so be discerning when making your choices if you decide to use this product.
Finally, if you are uncertain whether this is the correct supplement for you, remember there are many other milk-based products that could provide similar performance results e.g. milk, whey, casein products
FINAL WORD – Approach this supplement with caution because there are many other milk and dairy based foods and supplements available that may be sufficient for you as a runner to support your performance.
The suggestions we make during this episode are for guidance and
advice only, and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
If you have any concerns regarding your health, please contact
your healthcare professional for advice as soon as possible.
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