The benefits of cows’ milk as a recovery aid has already been well documented, but new studies suggest that runners and cyclists may benefit even more from consuming colostrum.
Colostrum is the first milk secreted by cows after giving birth and has naturally high levels of protein and antibodies. If you drink it regularly, this will significantly improve your leg power and bone strength.
A recent study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism discovered that, in comparison with whey protein drinks, colostrum increased leg press strength in its consumers by more than twice the amount seen in those who took whey protein. And this is not all, bone resorption (the rate at which bone is broken down in the body) was significantly reduced among the participants consuming the colostrum supplement.
Both groups took the supplements (containing 38g of protein) for two months, and followed a resistance training program on three days of the week. Both groups proved improved upper body strength, muscle thickness, lean tissue mass and brain function.