Monday, April 23, 2007

Breast is best for Antioxidants

Why breastfeed? "According to Sally Errey" The benefits to babies include enhanced immunity, complete and balanced nourishment, more efficient digestion, optimal brain development , and mother-child bonding. Mothers also benifit from faster recovery, postpartum weight loss, a sense of well-being and relaxation, and even reduced risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

New research from the Children's Hospital at Sanliurfa, Turkey [Nutrition 2006] now shows that breast milk has more antioxidant power than a formula made from cow's milk. For the study, which observed healthy term infants from three to six months of age, different markers were recorded, such as the total antioxidant capacities of the plasma, bilirubin, albumin , and Vitamin C. total antioxidant capacity and vitamin C levels were found to be significantly higher in the infants who were breastfed. Indicators of oxidative stress [the opposite of anitioxidant activity] were also higher in those fed with the formula. The researchers concluded that breast milk provides greater antioxidant power with less free-radical stress.

Medical research is now discovering what mothers havw known for millennia-breast milk is a natural food for life.

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