If there is one thing in the world that people consume that is near universally considered to be good for a person it is, most likely to be milk. For pretty much several decades now the public has been told that milk does a body good. There is no doubt that milk has benefits to it. Everyone knows that. What people might not think much about is that there is more than one kind of milk in the world. Most people think of milk as being the kind that comes from cows, and that is the kind of milk that most people drink. But cows are far from the only mammal that produces milk. There are a great many other sources of milk in the world.
A source of milk that most people probably do not think of, at least when it comes to people of all ages drinking it, is a woman. Everyone knows that after a woman gives birth she produces milk to feed her newborn baby. The thing is that a woman’s breastmilk does not have to just be for babies. There are benefits and valid reasons why even adults should be drinking breastmilk. All and all there are at least 15 reasons why everyone, not just babies, should be drinking breastmilk. However, it is important to note that some of the health benefits of drinking breast milk are controversial and many doctors do not agree, and because of that, everyone needs to consult their physician before drinking breast milk for any health reasons.
11 It Is Potentially Very Cheap
One of the sad truths in the world is that prices seem to only ever go up. This seems to be pretty true about everything, including the foods and beverages we buy. One of the factors that go into buying something is how it will affect a person’s pocketbook. This is where breast milk has a great advantage over every other kind of milk.
Some people do pay a great deal of money to purchase a few ounces of breast milk. These people are typically buying breast milk from someone they do not personally know. If a person personally knows someone that is lactating that person could likely get breast milk for very cheap or possibly even for free. Depending on a person’s situation, breast milk could be the absolutely least expensive milk out there. This case would certainly be true, for example, if a man’s recently pregnant wife simply gave him some breast milk to drink.
10 It Is A Good Way To Put On Weight
People are that are heavy into fitness are not the only ones looking to bulk up. For some people, it is not a matter of putting on muscle, it is a matter of simply putting on weight. There are people in the world that tend to have low weight problems. That may seem a little hard to believe since our modern culture is obsessed with weight loss. Weight gain can seem like a strange thing to people.
If someone is looking to pack on the pounds, drinking breast milk is a pretty good idea. Breast milk is an excellent way for babies to put on weight. It stands to reason the same thing could be said for adults. Also, unlike other weight gaining methods, a person can take comfort in the fact that breast milk is all natural, and that it can not really be harmful to a person.
9 It Makes For A Good Cooking Ingredient
It has been explained that drinking breast milk has its benefits, not unlike regular old milk from a cow. However, people do not merely drink cow’s milk. There are other things that milk can be used for. As one can imagine, milk is used as a cooking ingredient for a great many dishes. Likewise, breast milk can also be used as an ingredient to cook with as well.
Breast milk is primarily recommended to be used as a substitute for cow’s milk in breakfast staples like coffee and cereal. However, there is no reason that breast milk cannot be used in actually cooking foods. Breast milk does not need to be limited to breakfast alone. If a person is concerned with their food being all natural, breast milk is certainly a better choice that cow’s milk. Also as mentioned before, breast milk is potentially much cheaper than cow’s milk.
8 It Is Good For Acne
It may be a little hard to believe, but there are some potential benefits to breast milk that actually have nothing to do with consuming it at all. It turns out that breast milk has benefits for people that have skin conditions as well. Breast milk can be used as a facial cleanser. It is also believed that breast milk can help teenagers with acne.
According to a scientist at the University of California San Diego, it is the lauric acid in breast milk that makes it good for acne. It is recommended that to use breast milk for acne a person first needs to clean and dry their face thoroughly. Then the person is supposed to apply breast milk all over the infected areas of the face. If a person wishes to use breast milk merely as a facial cleaner than the breast milk needs to be applied all over the face.
7 It Can Soothe A Sore Throat
It turns out that acne is not the only annoying medical condition that breast milk can be used to deal with. There is another, possibly even more common and painful condition that breast milk is good for. If a person has a sore throat, drinking breast milk can help to soothe it. In fact, simply gargling with it can help with a sore throat. This suggests that breast milk is a pretty powerful soother when it comes to a sore throat.
Breast milk can help most adults with a sore throat. However, this help is not just limited to adults. If a baby has a sore throat people are highly encouraged to give it breast milk. Of course, that is likely not all that surprising considering breast milk is mainly associated with babies, and there is not a whole lot a person can do for a baby with a sore throat.
6 It Can Fight Against E. Coli
Breast milk can be very useful when having to deal with fairly minor ailments like acne and a sore throat, that much is clear. A person might be tempted to believe that minor ailments are all that breast milk is good for. That is not the case, however. Breast milk is believed to be able to help fight much more dire conditions as well, for a very good reason.
There is actually a reason to believe that breast milk can be used to fight against E. coli. This is not just a wild theory either. It has been shown that low levels of breast milk have been able to kill E. coli in mice and pigs. It is believed that a medical application could be coming that could be used to fight the infection in people. If that is the case, then breast milk is far from something just to take for minor health concerns.
5 It Can Fight Against Crohn’s Disease
As it turns out breast milk may be incredibly beneficial to those suffering from illness. Some people believe that breast milk could be something of a wonder cure. E. coli is not the only medical condition breast milk is good for, not by a long shot. It is believed by some that breast milk can be used for Crohn’s disease as well, which is likely good news for anyone that suffers from it.
This belief is based on a pretty decent scientific reason as well. There is a cell surface protein called CD14. That protein could be very important when it comes to fighting Crohn’s disease. This protein is something that is found in breast milk. Some researchers believe this protein could be used to fight Crohn’s disease in adults. If that is true, it would be another major medical application that comes from breast milk, as hard as that might be to believe.
4 It Is Good For Diabetes
Problems with E. coli infections and Crohn’s disease might sound like not such a big problem. Likewise, acne and sore throats might not sound like too terribly a big deal either. Therefore, some people might find breast milk all that big a deal when it comes to health issues. However, breast milk can be used for more common and serious medical issues as well. Adding to the belief that breast milk is something of a wonder cure.
Breast milk is also believed to be helpful against diabetes. The key to breast milk fighting diabetes lies with stem cells. Stem cells have been a major and exciting medical discovery. It turns out that breastmilk is connected to the discovery of stem cells. It is believed that breast milk could be another source of stem cells. These stem cells could be used to fight such conditions as diabetes as well as many others.
3 It Can Be Used To Treat Arthritis
It pretty much goes without saying that breast milk is good for babies. It is highly recommended that mothers breastfeed their babies and many mothers do just that very thing. The great irony is that breast milk may just be good for people as they get older, possibly even very much older. While breast milk has been shown to possibly be good for people with conditions like diabetes, another condition breast milk may be good for is arthritis.
Breast milk contains something called lactoferrin. This is something that is very important when it comes to the health of babies. In babies, this helps to keep the immune system from overreacting. This could also be very important to the health of adults as well, especially those adults suffering from something like arthritis. It is believed that lactoferrin could also be used to treat such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis among other medical issues.
2 It Can Be Used During Intimate Moments Between Partners
Breasts, it can safely be assumed, are a major part of what it means to be a woman in the minds of many people. Breast are also very important when it comes to feeding a baby. Those are pretty obvious assertions. What is equally obvious is that most heterosexual men find a woman’s breasts attractive.
If a woman is lactating, her male partner may actually be interested in drinking breast milk straight from her breast. A man suckling on a woman’s breast for milk may seem strange to some, but it does not have to be. A man drinking breast milk from a woman’s breast could actually be a very intimate moment for the couple. A woman may also find herself enjoying this activity as well. It is something that a couple might actually want to consider doing after the birth of their child as a way to form a more intimate bond with each other.
1 It Could Be Used To Fight Cancer
As we’ve seen, breast milk has been shown to be of use for more than just feeding babies. It has been shown to have many potential health benefits. However, of all the health benefits breast milk may have, the one people might be most interested in is the one regarding cancer, since cancer has been such a major health concern for so many years. Breast milk is believed by some to be able to fight cancer.
The belief that breast milk can fight cancer or any other medical problem is controversial, just as are any health benefits of breast milk for adults, but it is not completely crazy. In short, breast milk has something in it called Hamlet. This has been shown to attack cancer cells. It has been shown to attack cancer cells in 40 different kinds of tumors. Needless to say, this could be a major breakthrough in cancer research. It is still early to get too excited about it, but who knows what the future could bring.
Article Credit: daily mail