Now I'll freely admit I haven't done much research on bovine colostrum as a worthwhile supplement, just keeping myself busy here... but as far as I can tell there hasn't been much discussion about it yet in this, the greatest of all bb forums, either... so I wanted to slap up a string of studies for reference purposes. There are some points of interest in there I think, all conclusions should be in bold... seems a little iffy as to overall efficacy, and I believe it's not the cheapest thing around but like I said I'm not all that keen on it as of yet... this string of studies suggests to me that long term supplementation can possibly enhance recovery, what do you all think?
Minor improvements in elite field hockey athletes here...
Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2002 Dec;12(4):461-9
The effect of bovine colostrum supplementation on exercise performance in elite field hockey players.
Hofman Z, Smeets R, Verlaan G, V d Lugt R, Verstappen PA.
Numico Research, Bosrandweg 20, 6704 PH, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, we investigated the effect of 8 weeks of supplementation with bovine colostrum (Intact ) on body composition and exercise performance (5 3 10-m sprint, vertical jump, shuttle-run test, and suicide test). Seventeen female and 18 male elite field hockey players, including players from the Dutch national team, received either 60 g of colostrum or whey protein daily. The 5 3 10-m sprint test performance improved significantly (p =.023) more in the colostrum group [0.64 0.09 s (mean SEM)] compared to the whey group (0.33 0.09 s). The vertical jump performance improved more in the colostrum group (2.1 0.73 cm) compared to the whey group (0.32 0.82 cm). However, this was not statistically significant (p =.119). There were also no significant differences in changes in body composition and tests between the 2 groups. It is concluded that in elite field hockey players, colostrum supplementation improves sprint performance better than whey. However, there were no differences with regard to body composition or performance.