Saturday, May 5, 2012

‘Mum’s milk protects baby against cancer’

Breastfeeding has many health benefits. Moms, now, add one more to the list - it protects babies against various forms of cancer, say researchers.

A new study found high levels of cancer-fighting TNF- related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) in human milk, which the researchers say may be one of the sources of breast milk's anti-cancer activity.

For the study in the 'Journal of Human Lactation' , published by SAGE, the researchers took samples of colostrum, the first milk available to newborns, and of mature breast milk from new mothers.

The researchers found that colostrum and breast milk contained 400 and 100-fold , respectively, higher levels of TRAIL than blood. No TRAIL was detected in the formula.

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