The mystery of the magical nature of the cow continues. After Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani remarked that the cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen, a Chennai doctor has confidently claimed that cow’s urine can reduce pollution levels.
According to a Times of India report, Dr K Jagadeesan, the founder and chief surgeon of KJ Hospital, said that cow’s urine can trap carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter from clouds. “The ammonia in cow urine has the capacity to absorb toxic elements from smoke. The enzymes in the urine dissolve the urea and it is converted into ammonia,” he said.
Citing a laboratory experiment, Dr Jagadeesan said that the urine could remove carbon monoxide up to 95% and carbon dioxide up to 78%.
Earlier this week, Baba Ramdev’s company Patanjali had even put an ad in local newspapers for a floor cleaner that had ‘holy cow urine’ as one of its ingredients. The company has previously been vocal on the many values of this ‘precious ingredient’, and while it does have a number of followers, it also has its fair share of critics.