Health Benefits of Cow Milk
Health Benefits of Cow Milk
Dairy products are sometimes a challenge for our bodies to digest. Many people, unknowingly, experience many negative health effects from consuming pasteurized milk from cows and not being able to associate the health problems with this very popular drink. For some people, cow’s milk can be even more inflammatory than gluten.
While a majority of the Western world drinks cow’s milk and have many inflammatory issues, goat milk is widely consumed in the rest of the world for its rich nutritional values. Goat milk, on the other hand, is not only a much healthier choice, it is in fact very healing and lowers the incidence of allergies and digestive issues.
Bio-Availability and Nutrient Absorption
Babies who are allergic to cow’s milk will be better nourished with goat milk. Cow’s milk may cause excess mucus and asthma in young children, but goat milk as an anti-inflammatory, can actually reverse this condition. However, goat milk shouldn’t be the sole source of a baby’s food as it still lacks vitamin B12 and folate, which can be supplemented with avocados once the child is able to take solids.
Goat milk has a molecule and chemical composition that is very close to a human mother’s breast milk, making it very easy to be digested and assimilated in the human body.
Due to the better absorption, the rich nutrients are more easily digested and used by the body. This is important as drinking goat milk will help to nourish nutritional deficiencies, thus treating many diseases caused by deficiencies.
While cow’s milk can cause osteoporosis due to its imbalanced calcium-magnesium ratio, you are not faced with this issue when consuming goat milk. Goat milk has an even higher level of calcium, and its higher bio-availability means that your bones are able to absorb and use more iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium for better bone-building.
Supports Digestive and Immune System
A study found that goat milk contains powerful anti-inflammatory molecules called oligosaccharides that act as prebiotics in the intestines. Possible benefits include:
· promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria that are crucial for a healthy digestive and immune system.
· improving and strengthening immune system
· preventing inflammation-causing bacteria from staying in the stomach and causing digestive disorders
· lowering triglycerides
· improving insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism
· naturally lowering “bad” cholesterol and increasing “good” cholesterol levels
The scientists believe that raw goat milk does not irritate the bowels and may hold promise as a healing agent in inflammatory bowel diseases.
Goat milk is lower in lactose, or milk sugars, than cow’s milk, making it easier to digest for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Its short-chain fatty acids are also easily metabolized by the digestive system.
Goat milk has smaller fat globules and does not contain agglutinin. The process of homogenization is unnecessary, thus eliminating the dangers of free radicals in the body. Goats are not typically found in mass-milking operations like cows are, so they are rarely given jabs, thus their milk are generally far safer for consumption.
Fresh cow’s milk when left overnight in the fridge, will naturally separate due to a compound called agglutinin. The dairy industry uses a process called homogenization to prevent this separation, by forcing the fat globule cell walls of cow’s milk through tiny holes under high pressure.
This method of processing breaks the cell walls of the globules, thus releasing a superoxide (free radicals) known as xanthine oxidase. Free radicals as we know it, can cause a host of problems in the body, including DNA mutations that lead to cancer!
And that is only a small part of the cancer-causing elements in cow’s milk. Then there are also the dangers of artificial hormones, antibiotics, vaccinations and other toxins that all contribute to negative health effects from drinking cow’s milk.
People who are intolerant of cow’s milk can drink goat milk without any issues. This is because cow’s milk contains more than 20 different allergens, including A1 casein. This type of protein is highly inflammatory for some people and children, and contributes to digestive disorders such as IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, allergies, eczema and autoimmune diseases.
Inflammation is at the root of most body pains and diseases. Research suggests that reducing inflammation is one of the biggest benefits of drinking goat milk. Not only does it not cause inflammation like cow’s milk does, it actually reduces inflammation that is already in your body, hence it begins a healing process.
Goat milk contains A2 casein that does not cause any of these inflammatory effects, making it the closest match to that of a human mother’s breast milk.