Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

SINGLE-BLIND RANDOMIZED COMPARATIVE STUDY ON BOVINE COLOSTROM SUPPLEMENTATION ON PHYSICAL ENDURANCE CAPACITY, BODY COMPOSITION AND BIOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS IN HEALTHY ACTIVE ADOLESCENTS

Author

Mahenderan Appukutty 1 , Ammu Kutty Radhakrishnan 2 , Kalavathy Ramasamy 3 , Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed 3 , Mohd Noor Ismail 4 , Nik Shanita Safi 4 , Karuthan Chinna 5 , Poh Bee Koon 6

Institution

1. Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
2. Faculty of Medicine and Health, International Medical University, Malaysia
3. Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
4. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia
5. Julius Centre, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia, 6 Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effect of orally supplementation of bovine colostrum (BC) on exercise performance and biochemical parameters among active young male field hockey players undergoing training.

Methods: A 6-week, prospective, randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted during regular training session at the Bukit Jalil National Sports School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The colostrum and placebo group consumed 20 g of colostrum and skimmed milk. The physical fitness and biochemical assessment was evaluated at the baseline (week 0) and after 6 weeks. Data were analyzed with student ‘t’ test and p<0.05 was regarded as significant.

Results: The lower body strength improved significantly (p<0.02) in the colostrum group (2.25 ± 4.01 cm) compared to the control group (1.00 ± 8.91 cm; p<0.63). Colostrum group performed sprint test (0.14 ± 0.21 s; p<0.01) better than those in control group (0.16 ± 0.34 s; p<0.06) and aerobic power also improvement significantly (1.85 ± 3.40 VO2peak; p<0.03).

Conclusion: When combined with regular training for 6-weeks, bovine colostrum is not associated with any negative side effects, nor does it abnormally impact any of the clinical biochemistry markers. Rather, 6 weeks of oral administration of bovine colostrum effectively increases lower muscle strength, sprinting and aerobic capacity.