Could cow’s milk provide some passive immunity against COVID-19?
Researchers at the Department of Animal Health, University of Cordoba, Spain, have speculated that cow’s milk consumption – specifically from cows with resistance to coronavirus may potentially provide some level of protection from severe acute respiratory syndrome that comes with Covid-19.
The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve on a worldwide scale. As new variants begin to show resistance to currently circulating vaccines, it is necessary to find alternative therapies. This is in order to eradicate the virus or to mitigate the severity of the disease. The researchers have come up with an alternative: the consumption of milk.
Cow’s Milk is a unique nutrient-rich food source produced by cows and milk can also be made by other mammals. It has historically been farmed from many domesticated animal species for human consumption. It is known for providing nutrients, protein, and calcium to the consumer. Additionally, milk consumption also helps to boost the immune system.
Antibodies in milk survive and remain active after gastric exposure and digestion in stomachs. The research suggests that ingested antibodies, which may only individually provide a short-lived immunity before they are flushed out of the body. This may persist long enough to partially or totally inactivate SARS-CoV-2, which would allow the human body to mount its own immune response far more easily.
The research that milk has some passive immunity to the Coronavirus is still in the early stages and the full extent to how much immunity it gives is not fully known as we are still in the early stages of learning about this disease. Furthermore, the encompassment of milk, egg yolks and other animal products, which can also confer passive immunity, should be investigated to control the spread of COVID-19.
Additional benefits of drinking milk
Drinking milk does not only help to fight against Covid-19, but it has a whole host of additional benefits ranging from health to sleep and teeth benefits.
Build strong bones
As children grow, it’s important to support their developing bones with a good source of calcium. Calcium forms the building blocks of strong bones, and fresh milk is a great way to add this into a child’s diet. The benefits of milk don’t end in childhood either. Adults can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, later in life by drinking fresh milk. How well it is absorbed into the body depends on the levels of Vitamin D present . All the more reason to enjoy the sunshine with a nice cold glass of fresh milk! Just one glass can contain up to 28% of an adult’s recommended daily allowance of calcium.
Because it is so high in calcium, drinking milk is also a great way to keep your teeth healthy too. 99% of the body’s calcium is stored in bones and teeth. Therefore, if you want to maintain a healthy smile, drinking fresh milk is a much better choice than fizzy drinks.
Prevent childhood obesity
With the rise in childhood obesity in recent years, drinking fresh milk instead of artificially sweetened drinks is a great way to reduce the amount of sugar in a child’s diet. Many children now have to have teeth extracted before they even reach puberty as a result of decay. This generally caused by too much sugar and poor hygiene. As sugar is highly addictive, the fewer sugary drinks you give your child, the better. Fresh milk is a great, tasty and healthy alternative to fizzy drinks.
A great way to add fresh fruit in a child’s diet is blending up ice cold milk with a banana to make a fresh milkshake is a great treat with no added sugar. Fresh milk is a versatile ingredient, and much cheaper than overly processed and artificial alternatives.
Promote good sleep
As well as being jam packed full of useful nutrients, drinking cow’s milk can also become a part of a child’s bedtime routine. A warm glass of fresh milk can help the body begin to wind down. This is also vitally important for children’s growing bodies – and adults too! Warm fresh milk has a calming effect, and as part of a regular routine can act as a cue to the body to relax. The best part is that by having a milk delivery, you can enjoy an extra 10 minutes in bed.
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