SCIENTISTS in the Capital are exploring the pollution- protecting powers of milk.
Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University want to find out if drinking milk produced by cows in the 48 hours after they give birth could protect athletes’ lungs from air pollution.
Known as bovine colostrum, the special “early milk”, which is rich in antioxidants, has already been found to aid gut problems such as diarrhoea and boost athletic performance.
Now it is hoped milk could protect athletes competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – a city known for high levels of air pollution.
Cyclists will be given 20 grammes of the rich milk every day before carrying out a 30-minute cycle followed immediately by a 2km time trial.
Dr Elisa Gomes, who is leading the study, said: “We are testing competitive cyclists, who will be given bovine colostrum every day for two weeks.
“We’ll then monitor their performance as they cycle in a special environmental chamber which is able to replicate the hot, humid and ozone-polluted environment athletes will face in Rio.”