The secrets of donkey milk

The secrets of donkey milk
29/01/2015 Margarida Moreira

Natural products have reconquered the shelves of the cosmetics and health. One of the most popular ingredients is currently the donkey milk that is significantly similar to human milk and recognized for its benefits to tone, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.The beautiful Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt recognized the effects of this increasingly rare milk: bathing slowly in this milk to preserve her beauty and give elasticity to her skin. It is believed that it was necessary to milking about 300 donkeys for each queen bath, each donkey give about 0,3 liters of milk daily. In ancient Rome, the inhabitants of Pompeii repeated the bathing habits with donkey milk to soften the skin and to preserve or prolong youth.

The beautiful Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt recognized the effects of this increasingly rare milk: bathing slowly in this milk to preserve her beauty and give elasticity to her skin. It is believed that it was necessary to milking about 300 donkeys for each queen bath, each donkey give about 0,3 liters of milk daily. In ancient Rome, the inhabitants of Pompeii repeated the bathing habits with donkey milk to soften the skin and to preserve or prolong youth.

The donkey milk is demonstrated as a nutritious food and extremely effective to soften the skin because, in addition to their physical characteristics are similar to human milk (breast milk), has low lipids content (fat) and protein (the donkey milk has about half the protein content cow’s milk) and greater amount of lactose (cow’s milk lactose content is not even half present in human milk). The pH of donkey milk (pH: 7 – 7,2) are more similar to human milk (pH: 7 – 7,5) than cow (pH: 6,6 – 6,8). The donkey milk is proving which may be a cow’s milk substitute for allergic or intolerant children.

Currently, the donkey milk is strongly impregnated in cosmetics: soaps and creams, because it was possible to ascertain the reason for milk use to rejuvenate the skin: vitamins, proteins and fatty acids stimulate the production of collagen (protein responsible for many properties physical skin, essential in the formation of extracellular matrix -mass joining the animal cells – the connective tissue) in the skin, acting as an excellent antiaging.

The donkey milk promotes the preservation of biodiversity, protects rare species of donkeys as Miranda’s donkey (Portuguese breed) and disclose the secrets of the donkey milk.

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