One of the many pluses associated with having goats is being able to enjoy the milk they produce. For some of us, it is the taste we prefer, but for others drinking goat's milk is easier on our bodies than cow's milk. In fact, the chemical makeup of goat's milk delivers many benefits above and beyond cow's milk. If you are plagued by constant digestive, allergic, inflammatory, or heart health issues that are seemingly not treatable or tough to treat with conventional medicine alone, adding goat's milk to your diet or switching from cow's milk could be the missing dietary link you need. Here are just a few of the ways in which goat's milk can positively impact your life and health.
Since we all need calcium for strong bones regardless of age, goat's milk is a good place to get it. Although calcium is present in cow's milk, it is much more readily available in goat's milk. The difference between the two amounts to there being about 5% more in goat's milk which is especially good for those battling osteoporosis.
In the event that you have trouble processing cow's milk from a digestive standpoint, it is possible that goat's milk could be a better choice for your body. Lactose intolerance, for example, is less of problem when consuming goat's milk because it has fewer milk sugars. Additionally, goat's milk contains smaller fat globules (1/9th the size of cow's!) and forms a softer curd, both of which make digestion easier with less of an inflammatory response within the body.
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If you feel like you're dragging or could otherwise use a boost of energy, goat's milk could be the answer. Medium-chain fatty acids are responsible for energy within the body that can give us a much needed boost without resulting in any additional stored fat, which is great in terms of cholesterol management. These fatty acids are almost twice as prevalent in goat's milk than in cow's milk and make regular consumption of goat's milk a valid option for helping to reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. It also contains selenium which can actually boost the immune system as a whole.
Another culprit responsible for inflammation is A1 casein which is found in most cow's milk (there are some cows that don't produce it) and is known to cause an allergic response as well. While you may associate allergies with a runny nose and itchy eyes, this type of allergic response can run much deeper than some excess mucus, although cow's milk can actually produce mucus due to high levels of fat. It often materializes in the form of autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal issues (colitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome), and skin irritations. Goat's milk, on the other hand, contains A2 casein which has not been shown to have such harsh impacts on those who drink it. It also is said to increase a person's ability to metabolize minerals in those who are affected by absorption issues. And speaking of skin, goat's milk can actually make yours look better by moisturizing via fatty acids and triglycerides. Vitamin A and lactic acid also help rid skin of dead cells and brighten complexion, so if you're struggling with skin issues like dryness or acne, give goat's milk a try.
The usefulness of goat's milk as a part of your regular diet doesn't end there, either. Thanks to high amounts of in potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, and Vitamin B12, it can keep our joints healthy and lubricated. Being physically able to match the increased energy provided by goat's milk as well as the overall health improvement you may experience truly is the icing on the cake, especially when you factor in that it comes from a healthy environment that is fully under your control. This means fresh milk from healthy goats in a hormone free environment which from both a health and ethical standpoint are hard to beat.
Have you switched to goat's milk amid health problems? What were some of the changes you personally experienced? Tell us how goat's milk has made your life better in the comments!