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DONKEY MILK: ANCIENT ELIXIR FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY?




Posted by Irini Chassiotou

For centuries donkey milk has been famous for its nutritional, therapeutic and cosmetological properties. In Egypt donkey milk has been used for more than 5,500 years in herbal medicine as an oral preparation to cure internal or external inflammation, particularly in children. Cleopatra, the legendary last active pharaoh of Egypt, possessed huge herds of donkeys in order to bath daily in their milk. Ancient Greeks also used it for its medicinal properties. Hippocrates recommended donkey milk as a cure for a variety of ailments including arthritis, poisoning and healing wounds. During Roman times, rich people considered it the drink of the aristocracy and Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of Emperor Nero, used beauty masks with donkey milk extract for the face.
The beneficial properties of donkey milk were scientifically established by an experiment that took place in Paris in 1877. The French Welfare State conducted a study at a unit for abandoned babies in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital, which involved feeding donkey milk to babies instead of human milk. According to this research the babies responded very well to donkey milk; they grew stronger and healthier and didn’t demonstrate any nutritional deficiencies. Indeed, the French people continued their affection for donkey milk throughout the 19th century and up to the beginning of the 20th century.
Nutrition
In modern times, recent studies have shown that donkey’s milk could substitute human breast milk due to its amazing nutritional properties. It contains quite large amounts of vitamins A1, B1, B2, C and E and significant amounts of immunoglobulin, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and sodium. Donkey milk requires no pasteurization and contains more lactose and less fat than cow’s milk. It has a sweet taste and it is more easily digested than any other kind of milk, because it contains albumins; a type of easily-digestible protein. It can also serve as an alternative to cow’s milk for children with allergic reactions to cow milk proteins. Scientific analysis has revealed that after a period of time consuming donkey’s milk, children were symptom free and had normal growth rates for their age.
Health
Consumed as part of a balanced diet, donkey milk can boost human immune systems. It detoxifies the liver, yielding immediate renewal of skin cells. It balances the micro flora of the intestines through the action of lysozyme and lactose and prevents cardiovascular diseases. It also helps in the fight against osteoporosis.
Skin care
Donkey milk is used as a cosmetic product for the skin due to its moisturizing, cleansing and nourishing properties. Specific amino acids are released into the body and naturally moisturize the skin. These amino acids are very important for the maintenance of normal metabolic activity of cells, as part of the synthesis of collagen, elastin and keratin. Donkey milk corrects blotchy skin and rejuvenates the facial expression lines. It also assists in the treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.
A characteristic example of donkey milk’s beneficial qualities is Maria Esther de Capovilla from Ecuador; the former world’s oldest woman, who died in 2006 at the age of 116. Her family was astonished when she said her longevity was due to a daily dose of donkey milk! In India newborn babies drink donkey milk to strengthen their immune systems and in Greece it was used as a cure for whooping cough until the 1970s.
After reading this article, if you feel inspired to seduce with your youthful beauty, try taking a donkey milk bath!