Raw Human Breast Milk: A Miracle Cure
Human breast milk’s unique bioactive and immunologic properties can help prevent and treat diseases in adults. While adult consumption of human breast milk has become more common, pasteurization and food processing to ensure the safety and palatability of human breast milk greatly reduces the health benefits of human breast milk.
Human breast milk contains many non-specific antimicrobial enzymes allowing breast milk to be stored for 6-8 hours at room temperature before consumption. These antimicrobial enzymes are resistant against proteolysis in the gastrointestinal tract and can prevent the growth of harmful, pathogenic gut bacteria. Human breast milk also contains living beneficial bacteria and living white blood cells. Beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacilli relax gut cramping and can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and constipation. White blood cells in breast milk adhere to the gastrointestinal tract and cross into the circulatory system and lymph tissues defending against infection.
Antibodies in human breast milk provide specific immune protection from bacteria and viruses. Specific antibodies to poliovirus, HIV, influenza, and many other diseases can be found in human breast milk. Consumption of these antibodies can prevent viral infection and reduce the duration of illness. Antibody content of breast milk is the result of maternal pathogen exposure, so consumption of local human breast milk from women exposed to local pathogens will best prevent and treat disease.
Careful freezing can maintain milk enzyme and antibody activity, but pasteurization greatly reduces their effectivity. Living cells in human breast milk are much more fragile and can be damaged by both pasteurization and cold storage.
Adult consumption of pasteurized human breast milk cheese, ice cream, or yogurt provides few health benefits. To obtain the full health benefits of human breast milk, it should be consumed raw and unadulterated within minutes of production.