Donkey milk is catching the interest of many parents whose children have issues with allergies and frequent inflammations of the respiratory system accompanied by cough, as well as of experts who call it a precious, nutritious and tasty nectar whose multiple benefits they are slowly discovering through different research. It has therefore been discovered that donkey milk is most similar to breast milk in terms of its content and that it is an excellent and best substitute for cow’s milk. It has been determined that children allergic to proteins from cow’s milk are very receptive to donkey milk, which is tasty, sweet, nutritious and does not cause any allergic reactions.
CONTENT OF DONKEY MILK
Donkey milk contains very high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These good fats are commonly found in fish and fish oil. They have multiple beneficial effects on development and health. Its benefits include: reducing the level of cholesterol in blood, participation in development of the brain, helping the organism use important vitamins and minerals from food and importance for the development and functioning of all vital organs. Donkey milk is rich in calcium. The milk also contains the lysozyme enzyme, which is known as “the antibiotic of body” due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties and its contribution to prevention of different inflammatory processes in the digestive system.
Many experts predict that adapted formulas for infants will be made from donkey milk in the future since it is the easiest on developing digestion and the most nutritious and similar to breast milk.
Donkey milk contains up to 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, vitamins A, D, E and F, high levels of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It cures or reduces symptoms of asthma and cough with pulmonary diseases, like bronchitis and whooping cough. One of its most important benefits is perhaps its effect on the strengthening of immunity among children and adults during the colder period.
CURE FOR ALERGIES
Increasing numbers of children are suffering from different allergies, especially in industrialised areas and cities. One of the most common is lactose intolerance. Traditional substitutes for cow’s milk are goat’s and sheep’s milk, but in 90% of cases, children are allergic to them as well since the allergens are the same. Soy and rice milk are also common alternatives parents use. Increasing numbers of parents are choosing light, sweet and tasty donkey milk, which children gladly drink.
RECIPE FROM OUR ANCESTORS
Our ancestors, especially from areas in which donkey was a domestic animal, have always drank donkey milk. In 5th century BC, Hippocrates, the father of scientific medicine, prescribed donkey milk as medicine for many conditions, probably because of its antibacterial and antiviral activity in the digestive system. The Greeks often gave donkey milk to their children. In the Roman Empire, women loved to use it for skin care. Cleopatra herself allegedly bathed in donkey milk in order to maintain youth and beauty. Donkey milk was sold as substitute for breast milk until mid-19th century, when cow’s milk industry started taking over since the demand for milk increased.
PRECIOUS LIQUID IN SMALL QUANTITIES
Donkeys need to be milked carefully since every drop of milk that is taken means less food for the foal, which suckles approximately every 15-30 minutes. From 0.2 dl to 0.5 dl of milk may be taken from the donkey per day and the recommended dose for medicinal consumption is 1 dl per day.