Back in July we sent out a call (http://www.220triathlon.com/news/athletes-wanted-colostrum-study) for active triathletes to come forward to volunteer their services for a study into the effects of colostrum on performance. Five human guinea pigs boldly stepped up to challenge and Neovite (www.neovite.com) promptly supplied eight weeks of colostrum.
For the course of the study, the subjects maintained a training and health diary to monitor any changes in their physiological disposition. They carried on training and racing as normal, with the only change to their programme being the inclusion of colostrum.
Neovite is a dairy protein from milk taken in the first 48 hours after calving and includes colostrum. To quote Neovite’s comprehensive website, “For thousands of years across many cultures, colostrum and first milk have been prized sources of nourishment.” Why? Well, primarily for the following reasons…
1 Boost and regulate immune response
2 Improve digestive health
3 Enhance athletic performance
In theory, Neovite and its colostrum content contains a wealth of nutrients that, as an athlete, can improve your recovery from each and every training session, ensuring your tri efforts keep on improving. In practice, well, that’s what we want to find out.
So would the athletes feel any of the reported benefits (improved digestive health and enhanced athletic performance) of colostrum?
We’ll hand you over to them and Dr Glen Davison, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD*, who will analyse the first four weeks of their eight week study.
*Dr Glen Davison specialises in immunity and infection risk in endurance athletes; effects of nutrition on human immune function (and physiological adaptation) following endurance exercise; and effects of antioxidants and carbohydrate on immune function and training adaptations in athletes. Glen has a degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2001, an MSc in Exercise Physiology and a PhD on “Nutrition and Exercise Immunology”.
Glen has lecturered in Exercise Physiology at Aberystwyth University and is also a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Accredited sport and exercise scientist in Physiology Support. He has worked with amateur and professional/elite athletes from a range of sports, including Football, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Triathlon and Cycling.