Colostrum is a form of milk that is produced by mammals at late pregnancy. The benefits of colostrum include maintenance of the immune system and reduced upper respiratory tract infection post strenuous exercise (1, 2).
* UPDATE – Although WADA do not prohibit the use of colostrum in a statement they have stated that it contains certain quantities of IGF – 1 and other growth factors that are prohibited and can influence the outcome of anti doping tests.
1 – Davison, G. (2012). Bovine colostrum and immune function after exercise. Med Sport Sci, 59, 62-69.
2 – Jones, A. W., Cameron, S. J., Thatcher, R., Beecroft, M. S., Mur, L. A., & Davison, G. (2014). Effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on upper respiratory illness in active males. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 39, 194-203.