Donkey milk was used in ancient Egypt as a medicine and cosmetic. This type of milk is almost identical to human milk. It does not contain much protein and fat but it is rich in lactose.
Donkey milk was used as a substitute for breast milk in the early 20th century. Studies have shown that the milk can be used as a substitute for cow‘s milk for children who are allergic to the proteins in cow‘s milk.
Donkey milk is rich in vitamins and antibacterial agents, which are 200 times more active than those in cow‘s milk. Furthermore it contains antiallergenics, which alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, asthma and bronchitis.
Despite the numerous health benefits, we can not buy a donkey milk from the store for several reasons:
1. The small amount of milk, which can be provided per day by one donkey, which is equivalent to about 300 ml.
2. The high price – donkey milk can be sold at a price of 25 euros per liter and even more expensive in some areas of Europe.
Donkey milk is rich in casein, albumin, vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, E and vitamin E. It contains large amounts of vitamin C and also calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Thanks to its composition, donkey milk is highly used in cosmetics for slowing down the aging process, moisturizing and restoring the skin.
Donkey milk is suitable for people with very sensitive skin. The curable effect of this milk is due to the proteins, phospholipids and ceramides.
The unique properties of the milk are due to the manner in which they are formed. For example, cow’s milk contains more bacteria due to the fermentation processes in cow’s stomach. Donkey milk contains specific enzymes (lactoferrin, lysozyme) that possess potent antibacterial activity.