FITNESS BENEFITS OF COLOSTRUM
By Donald Henderson, M.D.
Athletes have searched for years, sometimes at great risk to their overall well-being, to find the “miracle” drug or supplement that will help them enhance their performances.
The ideal answer would be something that allows the body to use or boost its own internal powers, designed by Mother Nature, to help us build energy, muscle and cardiovascular endurance.
I believe we may have that answer, and my supposition is strongly supported by both clinical research and anecdotal evidence. Its bovine colostrum, perhaps the most potent natural substance available that helps athletes enhance their performance and get better results. Many bodybuilders and exercise experts say that colostrum is the most effective muscle-building agent they have ever used without resorting to illegal and dangerous steroids.
The fitness effects of colostrum were recently documented again in new studies out of Australia, which showed the significant fitness gains, including improved stamina and shortened recovery time, for athletes of the national football and cycling teams who took colostrum.
Colostrum is the first mammary-secreted nourishment that any mammal, including humans, gives its newborn for the first 24 to 48 hours of life. It contains numerous immune-system compounds and growth factors, which trigger at least 50 processes in newborns, ranging from the development of the immune system to the growth of all body cells. Medical evidence also shows that adults can get the same tremendous wide-ranging benefits that colostrum offers newborns.
The key is the growth factors found in colostrum. They have been shown to tone muscles, “melt” body fat, return elasticity to the skin and increase bone density.
In May, 1996, Edmund Burke, Ph.D., reported the research results of colostrum use with the Finnish Olympic Ski Team. Results showed that the athletes who drank a colostrum drink were less fatigued and showed improved performances, compared to the team members who drank placebos.
Another Finnish study showed that sprinters and jumpers who took bovine colostrum increased serum IGF-I concentration during strength and speed training.
Besides its amazing fitness effects, colostrum contains powerful immune factors (Immunoglobulins, Cytokines and Interferon) that work to restore potent immune function. Colostrum also contains PRP (Polyproline-Rich-Peptides), shown in medical studies to help regulate an under- or overactive immune system, and Lactoferrin, which has been proven in numerous research studies to be a potent, broad-spectrum natural antibiotic and antiviral agent.
Colostrum is the only natural source with the perfect synergy between the immune factors and all of our body’s growth factors in perfect combination, as nature intended. Colostrum is completely natural, free of side effects, and is an excellent alternative to hundreds of drugs, including performance-enhancing stereoids. The benefits of colostrum are great news for everyone from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior.