What is hidden in donkey’s milk?
Donkey milk is rich in calcium, and it is well known that calcium is necessary for the healthy development of growing children. Moreover, the milk contains the enzyme lysozyme, the human body’s own antibiotic that has antibacterial and antiviral properties which prevent various inflammatory processes in the digestive system.
Many experts predict that the adapted formulas for infants will be produced out of donkey milk in the future, and the reasons for such a belief are that it is easy to digest, it is very nutritious, and a close relative to breast milk.
It is an interesting fact that donkey milk contains 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, vitamins A, D, E and F, high amounts of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It treats or reduces the symptoms of asthma and cough in pulmonary diseases such as bronchitis and whooping cough. Perhaps the most important health benefit is that during colder periods it strengthens the immune system in children and adults.
The recipes of our ancestors
Greeks were giving donkey milk to their children in large quantities and, during the Roman Empire, women used it for skin care. Cleopatra herself supposedly took long baths in donkey’s milk in order to maintain her youth and beauty. Up until the 19th century, donkey milk used to be sold as a replacement for breast milk. Afterwards, the cow’s milk industry started to take over because the demand for milk was constantly growing.