The nutritional and cosmetic benefits of donkey's milk have for the most part been recognized since ancient times. This page intends to answer questions based on the recognized scientific studies on the topic conducted over recent years. Donkey's milk has several benefits to human health. Its pH is near neutral, but it is higher than that of cow's milk (7.18). Its high lysozyme content and its relatively low casein and phosphate contents are the most likely explanation for the low levels of microbial contamination found in Donkey's milk. It has very low levels of bacteria: 4.46 log cfu/ml. These values only increase slightly in later stages of lactation, to 5.2 log cfu/ml.


Donkey's milk is closer to human milk than cow's milk. It is lower in casein than cow's milk, which gives it a low risk of causing casein allergies. Recent clinical studies confirm that Donkey's milk is a safe, appropriate response to complicated severe allergies to cow's milk in children.

It has practically the same lactose content as human milk, significantly less than cow's milk, which is significant, since lactose plays a leading role in human intolerance to milk;

Its relatively high level of essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) gives Donkey's milk an obvious advantage over cow's milk; again, in this respect, it is more similar to breast milk, making it beneficial to infant brain and retina development;

Since it has higher Calcium and Phosphorous levels than human milk and sufficient levels of casein, Donkey's milk is important to building bones and to fighting against osteoporosis. However, in this respect, cow's milk shows better numbers, but it is more difficult to digest;

Donkey's milk is rich in vitamins: taking all this data as a whole, Donkey's milk is an excellent alternative to breast milk. Its physical and chemical properties make it closer to breast milk than cow's milk. It is better tolerated by infants than cow's milk and may be an ideal substitute when breast milk is not available. It is the natural ally of mothers who do not produce enough milk to breast feed their babies. In addition, and in hygienic terms, it could be useful to controlling nutritional risks.