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Saturday, October 1st 2005

Colostrum helps New Zealand athletes burn fat and build muscle

Studies by respected researchers have shown that colostrum helps metabolise fat and supports the growth of lean muscle mass.

Growth factors for athletes

It is now more widely understood that colostrum contains a potent matrix of naturally occurring growth and protective factors in relatively high levels. These growth factors include Transforming Growth Factors, Insulin-Like Growth Factors and other growth factors.

The Transforming Growth Factors have been shown in studies to help the repair and healing of connective tissue, such as is found in joints. It has been noted that TGF levels can be increased with oral supplementation of colostrum, thus assisting the body to repair these vital areas.

Studies show that the Insulin-Like Growth Factor helps with the development of muscle cells and tissue. This compound is naturally occurring in the body early in life but the body ceases to produce it as we age. The supplementation of colostrum has been shown to increase the natural levels of IgF in the body, assisting athletes and body builders to build lean muscle tissue.

Other essential compounds in colostrum

There is also a complex group of very potent anti-inflammatory compounds present in colostrum. These complex compounds and the other protective factors in colostrum have a synergistic effect on the body, particularly in high performing athletes. Evidence from people suffering with arthritis has shown that colostrum when taken as a supplement reduces the pain associated with this disease by reducing the incidence of inflammation around the affected joints.

Outstanding sports results

Colostrum has been shown to be an excellent supplement for high performing athletes. It assists them to recover faster from exercise while also protecting mechanical joints in the body. In Australian studies, using athletes from running, cycling and rowing, it has been found that athletes taking approximately 20 grams per day of colostrum powder were able to undertake more work than those taking a placebo. The studies have also confirmed the ability of these athletes to perform a second bout of maximal exercise following a relatively short period of recovery from a prior bout of exercise.
Colostrum supplementation also repairs and rebuilds the intestinal structures and environment protecting the body from sickness.

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Improving Muscle Mass:

Acetyl L-Carnitine
CandAid
Colostrum Chewable
Colostrum
Carnosine
Pure L-Glutamine
Inner Health Plus Dairy Free Capsules
Garcinia Cambogia
Activator fx
Starch Carbo Blocker Bodyburn
IsoWhey Weight Management - Ivory Coast Chocolate®
Endura Optimizer
Kre-Alkalyn 860mg
Clean Lean Protein

Related health information can be found here:

Alfamax, a rich source of Vitamins and Minerals
Good nutrition for positive weight control
Colostrum - immune booster, tissue repair
Ensure healthy gut function with probiotic supplementation
Protein - a macronutrient so often overlooked
Weight loss naturally
Looking for a natural energy booster with the added cleansing power of chlorophyll?
The Good Health Diet
Water, the elixir of life

Related articles can be found here:

Benefits of Friendly Bacteria
Importance of Effective Cleansing
Improved Colostrum provides extra health benefits
Probiotic update - Reuteri
Soothe your stomach with Slippery Elm
Why take Primadophilus?

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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