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Steady top athletic performance is impossible for anyone, and even Olympic athletes in their prime age and high season experience fluctuations which affect their achievements and may crush the dreams of the entire team surrounding these high achievers.

Bovine colostrum (BC) keeps elite athletes performing at their best, despite constant muscle pounding during a full soccer season, says a study from the European Journal of Nutrition.

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The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of 6-weeks of low-dose supplementation on exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) and performance decline in soccer players following the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test (LIST), during a competitive season.

Two groups of soccer players were given either 3.2 grams daily of whey protein or BC and performed a pre- and a post-supplementation LIST. Maximum isometric voluntary contraction, squat jump (SQJ), countermovement jump, muscle soreness, blood cell counts, creatine kinase (CK), C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were monitored.

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Without BC, LIST induced increases in leukocytes, granulocytes, CK, muscle soreness, CRP, IL-6 and declines in lymphocytes and performance indices. Supplementation with BC and whey resulted in a faster recovery of SQJ, CK and CRP. But only BC lowered IL-6.

“Post-exercise EIMD may be reduced and performance better maintained by a low dose of BC administration following LIST,” say the researchers.

ReferenceKotsis Y, Mikellidi A, Aresti C, Persia E, Sotiropoulos A, Panagiotakos DB, Antonopoulou S, Nomikos T.A low-dose, 6-week bovine colostrum supplementation maintains performance and attenuates inflammatory indices following a Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test in soccer players. Eur J Nutr. 2018 Apr;57(3):1181-1195. doi: 10.1007/s00394-017-1401-7. Epub 2017 Mar 11.
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