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New ULTIMALT: Providing the Benefits of Malt to Mothers

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With the world moving towards an emphasis on health, an increased focus is placed on the importance of breastfeeding for both mothers and infants, and awareness has grown around the delicious alcohol-free malt beverages that are now available to enhance health for expecting and lactating mothers such as ULTIMALT, a favourite new malt beverage recently launched in South Africa.

Humans have consumed barley for thousands of years with good reason. The medicinal effects of the barley grain, from which barley malt extract is derived have long been recognized in Africa and Asia, and now malt’s complete nutritional properties are confirmed by nutritional science. Barley malt contains protein, essential amino acids, soluble fibres, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B612, and other micro minerals. It is also one of the richest dietary sources of beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin, the hormone responsible for lactation. 

This not only makes barley malt highly nutritious, but when enjoyed 90 minutes prior to breastfeeding, promotes an increase in milk production. Malt drinks are well known to be both wholesome and highly nutritious, while providing some protein, sugar, essential minerals and levels of vitamins A and B vitamins. It also provides the all-important folic acid that is beneficial during both pregnancy and breastfeeding and plays an important role in the maintenance of the gut microbiome.

A healthy Diet During Pregnancy

A healthy diet during pregnancy helps to support the mother’s wellbeing and supplies the nutrition the baby needs to develop and grow. As a general guide, pregnant mothers need to eat a healthy diet, high in nutrients and low in sugar, salt, and saturated fats with an extra total of about 300 calories for the additional energy expenditure and nutritional needs. Fresh fruits, healthy fats such as avocado and salmon, free range and pasture fed meats, fresh vegetables such as leafy greens, and other folate and vitamin boosting foods such as malt barley, conveniently packaged in malt beverages such as ULTIMALT.

The Consumption of Alcohol During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding 

Sadly, South Africa has the highest prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) than anywhere else in the world with 111.1 instances per 1 000 children (the global average is 7.7) which is a result of expecting mothers consuming alcohol. Alcohol crosses the blood barrier and travels into the unborn foetus wreaking havoc of stillbirth, miscarriage or a range of disabilities that are classified under the term FASD.

Lactating mothers are further adversely affected by consuming alcohol which is absorbed from their blood into their breastmilk. Consuming alcohol while breastfeeding can lead to several ill effects such as:

  • Impaired milk production in the mother
  • Disturbed milk ejection reflex in the mother
  • Sleep disturbances for baby
  • Increased crying for baby
  • Increased startling for baby
  • Decreased milk intake by baby
  • Decreased weight gain by baby


However, consuming a malt beverage such as ULTIMALT delivers a nutritious punch of vitamins, proteins, and other components, without any of the disadvantages – for both pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding is the ultimate milk for a baby as it supplies all the necessary nutrients for optimum infant health in the proper proportions. It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity. It protects against diseases such as cancer, and even against infections, like ear infections. Of course, many mothers are not able to breastfeed for a variety of health or personal reasons, however if naturally able to breastfeed, breastmilk is the safest and healthiest food for the first six months of life for all children everywhere.

ULTIMALT is brewed using an authentic African recipe, with the most advanced western brewing processes. The result is a tastier, healthier & lighter malt drink.

  • Tastier as an authentic and exclusive African recipe is used, unlike other sugary drinks that can leave an aftertaste in the mouth.
  • Lighter as no refined sugar is added in the brewing process.
  • Healthier as it contains natural sugar from barley and fructose from fruit. 


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