Although there are a relatively few number of research studies
performed on bovine colostrum, all of them showed empirical evidence
of aiding athletic performance. It appears that strength and
muscle mass increases are the most evident results of bovine
colostrum supplementation. Some of the other noted benefits associated
with bovine colostrum supplementation include: increased IGF-1
levels, increased hormone levels, increased peak anaerobic power
and vertical jump, reduced endurance times, and enhanced ventilatory
system and cardiopulmonary processes by helping individuals work
more efficiently. It should be noted that bovine colostrum's
powerful effect on increasing IGF-1 levels is so prominent that
the NCAA has banned its supplementation for its athletes. Therefore,
collegiate athletes should avoid using this product. However,
professional athletes may find it highly advantageous to their
Even though bovine colostrum greatly increases IGF-1 levels,
there appears to be no toxicity issues. However, as previously
mentioned, those considering bovine colostrum should note the
slight but possible correlation between high IGF-1 and various
cancers. In terms of dosage, current research would suggest that
20-50 grams a day, combined with other forms of high quality
proteins such as whey and casein yield the greatest benefits.
In fact, bovine colostrum, when consumed in excessively large
amounts seems to have diminishing returns. Thus, small to moderate
dosages in conjunction with whey protein work more effectively
in enhancing performance than large quantities of colostrum alone
when exceeding 50 grams per serving.
Although bovine colostrum products are more difficult to find
on the supplement market than most ergogenic aids, there are
several that are of high quality and easily obtainable. Also,
due to the fact that bovine colostrum is somewhat new to the
supplement industry, consumerlab.com has little to no information
regarding it. With this in mind, some of the most noted bovine
colostrum products from other sources include: Intact Colostrum,
Manno's Pro-Fitness SuperCharger, Syntrax Goliath, Total Body
Research Labs Colostrum Powder, Sedona Labs Colostrum, Bricker
Labs Mega-Colostabs, KAL Colostrum, and Naturade Symbiotics Colostrum
Plus Caps. CycoSports's Muscle Milk also appears to have similar
benefits of supplementing with bovine colostrum. Although it
does not contain the full formula of colostrum, CytoSport has
extracted the key elements and ingredients that make colostrum
so powerful. Although Muscle Milk's popularity continues to grow,
further evidence is needed to clearly indicate whether or not
it has the same benefit as pure bovine colostrum.
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