Breast milk has long been promoted as being baby’s best start in life thanks to the health and immunity properties it offers. Now, it seems as though breast milk may have more health benefits than originally realized.
According to new research, breast milk has an extraordinary ability to protect against oral transmission of HIV and may even have amazing abilities to destroy HIV and prevent transmission of the virus. In the study, researchers conducted studies on mice and discovered that breast milk could completely block the oral transmission of both HIV virus particles and virus-infected cells.
“The results of these experiments highlight the potent HIV inhibitory activity of normal human breast milk and demonstrate that the in vitro HIV inhibitory activity of human breast milk is also capable of efficiently preventing oral transmission of cell-free HIV,” the study said.
The significance of this study means that researchers are finding alternative methods for prevention of HIV transmission.