Nutritional Articles

The impact of feeding with basic fraction milk protein (BFMP) on the bone metabolism of foals

Published: 2004-10-18

Brief content of the article
In laboratory animals, humans, and cell culture experiments basic fraction milk protein (BFMP) has been shown to work on osteoblasts and osteoclasts to increase bone density, making the bones more robust. Therefore, the authors administered BFMP to foals and studied its impact on their bone metabolism. They used 28 Thoroughbred foals divided into a test group and a control group. The test group was fed 1 g of BFMP per day. Bone formation markers osteocalcin and PICP were used and the marker for bone absorption was ICTP. Blood samples were taken every month. Although not all results were significantly different and there seemed a gender-specific difference in impact the authors concluded that BFMP was confirmed to have a bone metabolism regulating function, and it is suggested that this effect was promoting bone formation. The bone absorption-limitation effects of BFMP were not observed in this experiment. Numerical data was not provided.
Keywords: bone metabolism; PICP: ICTP.

Reference
Inoue, Y, Matsui, A, Asai, Y, Tomita, M, Kurihara, K, Kobayashi, M. and Kaneko, M. 2004. The impact of feeding with basic fraction milk protein (BFMP) on the bone metabolism of foals. J. Eq. Sci. 30 (17)

Website and Publisher
Japanese Society of Equine Science
http://www.equinst.go.jp/JSES/jes/4_2.html