The last couple of years has taken a real toll on us… body, mind, and soul. And like everyone else, your immune system has probably taken a big kick in the teeth.
Maybe you’re among the many who caught COVID-19. Or perhaps, thanks to measures like masking and social distancing, you’ve had the healthiest couple of years of your life without even a sniffle in sight.
But as strange as it sounds, either way, your immune system may be facing some real challenges.
In the first case, that challenge is bouncing back after battling a potentially deadly virus, of course. But in the second case, it’s because your immune system is entirely out of practice.
But new research has revealed an easy step that could help get your immune system back into fighting shape whatever group you find yourself in.
And to get started, all you need is a tall glass and a carton of milk.
The immune system secret in your moo juice
If you’re not sensitive to dairy, a nice cold glass of moo juice comes with bunches of benefits. And I mean WHOLE milk, of course. Not gag-inducing skim or 2 percent.
Because whole milk isn’t just tasty. It’s also loaded with unique proteins that are more effective at protecting muscle than other forms of protein. Plus, you get critical nutrients like calcium and vitamin D with every gulp.
An exciting new study focused on one of those powerful nutrients and how they could help support our immune system. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein found in mammal’s milk, including in humans and cows. We get a massive shot of it soon after being born in colostrum, the first milk we get from mom. It provides vital immune system support to us as infants.
Lactoferrin is a powerful natural antiviral and antibacterial. Natural lactoferrin levels in our bodies increase when we have an infection or inflammation.
The protein has already been shown to improve the severity of certain viral infections in human trials, including the rotavirus and norovirus. So researchers wanted to see what the protein could do against strains of one of the nastiest viruses in circulation right now.
That, of course, is SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19.
In controlled lab experiments, lactoferrin was able to stop SARS-CoV-2 infections in cells by essentially blocking the virus from entering the cell. And, obviously, when the bug can’t enter the cell, it can’t infect it.
Boosting your lactoferrin levels
Now, of course, we’re a long way off from being able to say lactoferrin is an effective way to help prevent infection from… or reduce the severity of… any virus in the real world. And that includes the coronavirus behind the pandemic.
We’re going to need a lot more research and human trials to be completed before we could say that for sure. But this is definitely another feather in lactoferrin’s immunity cap.
And it’s one more sign that lactoferrin has the potential to offer some much-needed extra support for your immune system.
Milk is the easiest way to get some extra lactoferrin, of course. But the levels aren’t very high in traditional pasteurized cow’s milk. There’s more lactoferrin available in fresh milk if you have access to it.
Or you might want to look for a supplement as well. You can get lactoferrin milk powders that you mix into a liquid and drink. Plus, there are lactoferrin capsules available.
But don’t stop with lactoferrin. As more folks take masks off and start gathering in groups again, colds, flu, and other infections will be on the rise again.
So besides getting plenty of vitamins, C, D, and zinc, you might want to consider some other immune system supporting essentials. I have the details on six of the best herbs for fighting colds and flu right here.
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