We all know that mother’s milk is best for babies, but did you know, latest research carried out by the National Physical Laboratory and University College London, has proven that lactoferrin, a component of a protein which naturally occurs in breast milk, destroys bacteria, fungi and viruses as soon as it touches them and even destroys antibiotic resistant germs which have been a major concern for medical professionals off late. Experts had warned that the health threat antibiotic resistant super-bugs would cost the world ten million lives and £700 billion a year by 2050 if no treatment is developed. This latest finding about the powers of breastmilk protein has been a boon to the world in this scenario.
What’s more – researchers hope that this protein will one day also help to combat terminal diseases, such as sickle-cell anaemia, that are currently considered incurable.
The latest findings were reported in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Chemical Science