Educated Milk For Coronavirus

Exposed to the virus cows give hyperimmune milk

Colostrum for COVID-19

Colostrum for COVID-19

The protection we need against the current coronavirus could conceivably come from cows exposed to it purposely in small doses so that they produce hyperimmune milk. Then we will be able to drink or be vaccinated with the educated antibodies. Until that time, six-hour colostrum provides the powerful immunoglobulins that are protective against some types of the coronavirus. BC is rich in so many other immune factors, it is a particularly valuable method of enhanced self-protection.

You can eat it like food and use it in smoothies as well as cookies and creamers. But it is also available in capsules and strawberry-banana wafers. Colostrum also enhances populations of protective bacteria in the mouth. Immune milk is a term used to describe a range of products tested against several human diseases. The Polio vaccine was developed by Dr Jonas Salk from bovine colostrum (BC). Many other vaccines are made from isolates taken from BC.

Cattle provide such a “readily available immune-rich colostrum…in large quantities, making those secretions important potential sources of immune products that may benefit humans,” say researchers.

So, to be clear, we don’t know if BC can do in the current coronavirus, but we know that its powerful antibodies increase immune function.

HERDS AND IMMUNITY

The closest analogy to how the coronavirus is spread is to think of herds or living in a crowded metropolitan city like Manhattan. It is important to recognize that the evidence we have for whether BC can be helpful in boosting immune protection from the coronavirus comes from veterinary studies. These use real-life animals in herds, much as we humans exist, brushing up against others, touching surfaces. Which makes these veterinary studies particularly interesting.

Writing in the journal Vaccine, researchers investigated the ability of a vaccine containing bovine coronavirus antigens enhanced immunity in the calf, pregnant cows, and heifers.

“Pre-existing antibody titres (as a result of natural infection) in the serum of these animals were found to be significantly increased as a result of a single-shot vaccination carried out between 2 and 12 weeks before calving,” the authors wrote. “This was reflected in a similar increase in the titre and duration of specific antibody in milk and colostrum that was passed on to the calves…. It is hoped that this approach will lead to the production of a superior commercial vaccine for the protection of neonatal calves against enteric coronavirus infection.”

In Veterinary Microbiology, the coronavirus that attacks the gastrointestinal system was studied. This time researches administered the antibodies in either egg yolk or colostrum.

The protective effect of egg yolk and colostrum powders prepared from hens and cows vaccinated with inactivated bovine coronavirus (BCV) antigen was evaluated in a challenge model with a virulent BCV strain. “These results indicate that the orally administered egg yolk and colostrum powders protected against BCV-induced diarrhea in neonatal calves….”

EDUCATED MILK

To ascertain what class of immunoglobuln (Ig; IgA, IgG, or IgM) is most efficacious in protection, a large quantity of colostrum from sows immunized with virulent transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus was fractionated. The isolated class of immunoglobulin IgG, IgA, and IgM(A) had specific virus-neutralizing activities. The data show that all 3 Ig classes in immune colostrum protected neonatal pigs against exposure with virulent TGE virus.

It is also important for consumers to understand that not all bovine colostrum products are the same. Some are defatted, which removes important immune factors. Others are more like milk and harvested many hours after the birth of the calf. Six-hour colostrum is the most potent when it comes to obtaining immunoglobulins.

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