Over the past few months, there have been many reports in the media about some fitness fans, athletes and body builders purchasing and drinking breast milk regularly.
It may sound crazy to you and I. But many claim that some of the proteins in breast milk gives them more energy and beef up their immune system – leaving them more protected against illness and disease.
In fact there are whole websites now dedicated to providing breast milk to those looking for a fix and keen to supplement their demanding workout regimes with something natural.
However, there are many problems with drinking breast milk. Firstly, there are many babies all over the globe who don’t have access to it and need it way more than a 30-something body builder does!
Secondly, generally it’s untreated and unregulated. You can’t know where it’s come from and whether there are any risks in drinking it. Although it’s rare, some conditions and illnesses can be carried via breast milk – like hepatitis B.
According to The Conversation, another big issue is contamination once it’s packaged. To cut costs many sellers allegedly put the milk in old containers, meaning you could be drinking something full of bacteria.
It’s logical then to be sceptical of the benefits of breast milk and the health implications.
But in actual fact, milk proteins can be found elsewhere. Our Works With Water help: clear skin range contains high grade lactoferrin, which is a bioactive milk protein present naturally in exocrine secretions such as breast milk, tears, nasal exudate, bronchial mucus, saliva and gastrointestinal fluids. Lactoferrin acts much like an antioxidant by scavenging free iron in body fluids and inflamed sites to suppress free radical-mediated damage. Proven benefits for your skin include reducing acne and skin reddening/rosacea. There’s also ongoing research suggesting it has benefits for sufferers of psoriasis and eczema.
So lactoferrin provides people with many of the natural benefits of breast milk without the concerns and complications surrounding quality and source.