Published On: Sat, Dec 28th, 2013

Donkey milk in great demand in Andhra, sells at Rs 2,000 per litre

Lucknow: Do not take this lightly as it is not a joke but an established scientific fact that donkey milk has a magical effect on human health as well as looks. No wonder it was the secret of Egyptian legendary princess Cleopatra’s glowing beauty too.

Researchers in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow University have claimed that Oligosaccharides, a type of sugar chain, present in doneky milk has the capability of improving the body immune system

Researchers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow University have claimed that Oligosaccharides, a type of sugar chain, present in doneky milk has the capability of improving the body immune system

As per ancient hostorical narratives, Cleopatra use to take bath in donkey’s milk and to fill her bathing tub milk of more than 700 donkey was daily required.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine recommended donkey milk for healing infection, liver ailments, poisoning, healing of wounds, fever, nose bleed and for clearing of edema from the body.

Even donkey’s milk is helpful in tackling obesity as researchers from university of Naples, Italy while presenting their findings at the Eurpopean Congress on Obesity, in Istanbul, Turkey, claimed that donkey milk can prevent abnormal weight gain.

Donkey milk also is helpful in raising the metabolism rate of human body which helps to deplete the excess triglyceride reserve of the body. Besides that, the presence of Omega-3 fats in its milk helps in driving away triglyceride from the body which also reduces low density lipoprotein (LDL) or in common parlance the bad cholestrol in the blood.

Lysozeme, an enzyme present in donkey milk, is an anti-bacterial substance which can reduce the risk of gastro-intestinal infections.

Researchers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow University have claimed that Oligosaccharides, a type of sugar chain, present in doneky milk has the capability of improving the body immune system.

These rearchers are further working to isolate the oligosaccharides from donkey milk for using this compound in drug manufacture.

It is worth mentioning here that a donkey gives on an average 250-300 ml milk per day.

If a research is on in UP, there is a growing demand for donkey milk in the state of Andhra Pradesh where a group of nomads from the north Telangana region have arrived in north coastal Andhra with a herd of donkeys and are doing brisk business selling donkey milk that they claim has medicinal value for newborn babies.

These nomads are believed to have been selling a cup (25 ml) of fresh donkey milk for Rs 200. If anybody wants it in bulk then they are prepared to sell it for Rs 2000 per litre. Despite the steep prices, people who believe in donkey milk therapy are buying it without trying to bargain.

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