Pope Francis Encourages Breastfeeding; Breast Milk Antioxidant Discovered To Prevent Liver Disease

As Jesus' baptism was celebrated in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis went ahead and encouraged mothers to nurse and breastfeed their babies freely. A new antioxidant that was reported to prevent liver disease found in breast milk among others.

The Argentine Pope Francis baptized 28 babies in the Sistine Chapel and has once again made a mark when he encouraged mothers to feed their infants. He even stated that Christ's first sermon was made to the sound of his crying in Bethlehem.

"You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus," the pope stated.

RT reports that Pope Francis even displayed his sense of humour when he joked that a concert has started as the babies were vocal because they may be in an unfamiliar place, they had to get up early or they were simply hungry.

In other news, a new research has come up with a discovery that a common antioxidant found in breast milk can cut the risk and protect against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The antioxidant called Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) was tested and administered prenatally to obese mice.

The treatment interestingly reduced both liver and body fat in obese offspring. There was less indicators of oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory genes which means there is less reduced liver inflammation as well.

Medical News Today reports that when PQQ was given to mothers who were pregnant and lactating, their offspring were given protection from developing symptoms of liver fat and damage that eventually leads to NAFLD in adulthood.

The antioxidant can be found in soil, interstellar dust and breast milk. It is also found in some plants such as papaya, kiwi, soy, parsley and celery. With this antioxidant's amazing benefits, Pope Francis deserves a commendation for encouraging mothers to breastfeed without fear.

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