Properties of Donkeys' Milk - Asses' Milk and Why It's More Healthy

Apart from being a rich source of lactose and low in fat, donkey milk also has 60 times the vitamin C found in cow's milk, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D, & E, and is a rich source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, and biostimulines (immunoglobulins) Glycerol alkyl making it highly beneficial, whether for consumption and skin care applications.

from Wikipedia

According to a paper published by the Journal of Dairy Science from American Dairy Science Association, titled: "Composition, Physiochemical Properties, Nitrogen Fraction Distribution, and Amino Acid Profile of Donkey Milk by H.Y.Guo et al", the donkey milk was shown to be low in protein and fat and rich in lactose, which is more similar to mare and human milk than to other mammalian milk. It was also characterized by a low CN content and a particularly a high whey protein content that was rich in β-LG and lysozyme. The percentages of 8 essential AA in the protein of donkey milk were higher than those of mare and cow milk; the milk also had higher levels of Ser, Glu, Arg, and Val and a lower level of Cys. As a result, donkey milk exhibited unique nutritional characteristics and has optimal potential to be used as a new dietetic food and breast milk substitute. Lactation stage affected the gross composition of donkey milk but had no significant effect on pH, percentage of whey protein and CN, and AA content, except Asp and Thr. Referenced from Wikipedia see the whole article

Comparison of the composition of donkey’s, mare’s, human and cow’s milk (g/100 g)

composition donkey human cow
pH 7.0 - 7.2 7.0 - 7.5 6.6 - 6.8
Protein 1.5 – 1.8 0.9 – 1.7 3.1 – 3.8
Fats 0.3 – 1.8 3.5 – 4.0 3.5 – 3.9
Lactose 5.8 – 7.4 6.3 – 7.0 4.4 – 4.9
TS 8.8 - 11.7 11.7 - 12.9 12.5 - 13.0
CN 0.64 - 1.03 0.32 - 0.42 2.46 - 2.80
Whey Protein 0.49 - 0.80 0.68 - 0.83 0.55 - 0.7
NPN 0.18 - 0.41 0.26 - 0.32 0.1 - 0.19
CN % 47.28 26.06 77.23
Whey Protein % 36.96 53.52 17.54
NPN % 15.76 20.42 5.23

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