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Mare’s Milk to Ease Gut Ache

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Mare’s milk is being tested as a treatment for inflammatory bowel problems, such as ulcerative colitis.  …..CLICK & SEE

This follows an earlier study which showed that the milk from horses reduced eczema symptoms by an average of 30 per cent.
The same study found that the patients also had higher levels of ‘good’ bacteria after treatment. Good bacteria are thought to have an antiinflammatory effect, as well as boosting the immune system.
In the latest German trial, conducted at the University of Jena, patients were given either 250ml of mare’s milk or a placebo daily for two months. Those who had the milk suffered less abdominal pain and needed less medication.
It’s not clear what is in the milk that is beneficial, but the researchers believe it ‘could improve the well-being of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis’.

Other Health Benefits:

Toward the end of the 19th century, kumis had a strong enough reputation as a cure-all to support a small industry of “kumis cure” resorts, mostly in southeastern Russia, where patients were “furnished with suitable light and varied amusement” during their treatment, which consisted of drinking large quantities of kumis. W. Gilman Thompson’s 1906 Practical Diatetics reports that kumis has been cited as beneficial for a range of chronic diseases, including tuberculosis, bronchitis, catarrh, and anemia. Gilman also says that a large part of the credit for the successes of the “kumis cure” is due not to the beverage, but to favorable summer climates at the resorts. Among notables to try the kumis cure were writers Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. Chekhov, long-suffering from tuberculosis, checked into a kumis cure resort in 1901. Drinking four bottles a day for two weeks, he gained 12 pounds but no cure.


Nutritional properties of mare’s milk
87.9% of Inner Mongolians are lactose intolerant. During fermentation, the lactose in mare’s milk is converted into lactic acid, ethanol, and carbon dioxide, and the milk becomes an accessible source of nutrition for people who are lactose intolerant.

Before fermentation, mare’s milk has almost 40% more lactose than cow’s milk According to one modern source, “unfermented mare’s milk is generally not drunk”, because it is a strong laxative.    Varro’s On Agriculture, from the 1st century BC, also mentions this: “as a laxative the best is mare’s milk, then donkey’s milk, cow’s milk, and finally goat’s milk…”; drinking six ounces (190 ml) a day would be enough to give a lactose-intolerant person severe intestinal symptoms.

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Vitamin E, C Supplements Reduce Exercise Benefits

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A new study suggests that some vitamin supplements may reduce some of the beneficial effects of exercise.

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Michael Ristow, of the University of Jena in Germany, has shown that antioxidant supplements like vitamin C or E can interfere with the benefits of exercising.

Previous studies have also revealed that taking antioxidants may hasten death through an unknown mechanism.

One possibility, according to the researcher, is that they interfere with the beneficial effects of exercise, as there are hints that free radicals might be used by the body to prevent cellular damage after exercise.

During the study, the researchers recruited 40 volunteers. Half of them were asked to take 1000 milligrams of vitamin C and 400 international units of vitamin E per day – equivalent to amounts in some vitamin supplements.

The volunteers were also asked to exercise for 85 minutes a day, five days a week, for four weeks.

The researchers found that muscle biopsies showed a two-fold increase in a marker of free radicals called TBARS (thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances) in those volunteers who didn’t take antioxidants

However, they found no increase in those who did take the supplements – suggesting that they were indeed mopping them up.

Ristow pointed out that exercise is well known to have a beneficial effect on insulin resistance – a precursor condition to type 2 diabetes.

However, when the team measured the effects of exercise on insulin sensitivity, they found no increase in those volunteers taking antioxidants, but a significant increase in those who didn’t take the supplements.

“These data are fully in accord with recent work on the actions of reactive oxygen species in cells, although clearly at odds with the popular concept that dietary antioxidants are inevitably beneficial,” New Scientist magazine quoted Malcolm Jackson at the University of Liverpool, UK, who was not involved in the research as saying.

In fact, in this case, “antioxidants are preventing the health effects of exercise,” said Ristow,

He, however, cautions that not all vitamin supplements contain such high doses of vitamin C and E.

The study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.