In light of COVID-19, immune resiliency has become more important than ever, writes Douglas A. Wyatt, research director of the Vibrant Life Institute and founder of Sovereign Laboratories natural products. His answer to immune health challenges is bovine (cow) colostrum.
Colostrum is what mammals secrete before breast milk production commences. Wyatt discovered that bovine colostrum worked as a treatment for his wife’s failed immune system, a result of radiation during her childhood. He now advocates it as a supplement for a wide range of immune conditions, from gastrointestinal and skin disorders, to food allergies, chronic pain and depression. Additionally, he notes that it can improve athletic performance.
Wyatt begins with the history of colostrum production and use, from the importance of mothers’ breast milk to enhance the newborn’s immune system to the use of bovine colostrum for thousands of years in India and other Eastern countries for a range of illnesses, and as pre-antibiotics for centuries in the U.S., where it’s been available as a powered nutritional supplement for several decades. He moves on to the immune system’s intricacies and how the lack of nutrients in current foods and milk contributes to our overall declining health. He also includes personal information about how he brought the supplement to market and his efforts to promote its health benefits.
Throughout, Wyatt cites a range of studies supporting the efficacy and safety of colostrum supplementation, in particular its longtime use to reduce the intestinal permeability dubbed “leaky gut.” His extensive discussion of the data is enlivened by anecdotes from health practitioners who’ve successfully used colostrum for patients.
The author’s sections on the body’s complex immune system and explanations of medical studies can be dense with medical terminology and challenging to read. However, his earnest desire to educate shines throughout.
Those looking for this non-pharmaceutical approach to many ailments, and who are willing to learn about the scientific basis for colostrum supplementation, will find Holy Cow a useful primer.
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