Goat’s milk has been put under the microscope, and the benefits over cow milk are indisputable. Here’s are 10 benefits of goat’s milk you didn’t know about:
1. Less allergenicThe large, complex proteins of cow’s milk stimulate an immune response after it’s consumed, which can lead to intolerance and excess mucus plus digestive, immune and skin issues. The 65% of the world’s population who consume goat milk have been found to have a significantly lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints compared to groups who consume cow milk.
2. Less mucus formingOur body produces mucus to defend itself against molecules it deems potentially harmful. This excess mucus can have a huge impact on conditions such as asthma and can also influence colds, congestion, throat clearing and that constantly running nose. The smaller protein molecules in goat milk are less likely to promote an immune response or excess mucus.
3. High levels of MCTs (brain food)Goat’s milk contains high levels of medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) – these beneficial fatty acids provide an energy boost, help lower cholesterol, and benefit the brain, heart and digestive system. MCTs are also immune boosters and can help inhibit yeast infections.
4. Stronger bones and healthier bloodGoat’s milk is richer than cow’s milk in calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium and niacin. This means goat milk’s is rich in bioavailable minerals that replenish bones and blood as well as foster better overall health.
5. Prebiotic oligosaccharides (food for good bacteria and immunity)Oligosaccharides feed healthy bacteria and help suppress the growth and adhesion of unfriendly bacteria. Goat’s milk contains a high amount of oligosaccharides that are similar in make-up to human milk, making them perfect for promoting healthy human gut flora.
6. Anti-inflammatory and soothing to the gutApart from promoting healthy gut bacteria, oligosaccharides are known to be anti-inflammatory and especially have been shown to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.
7. Alkaline, buffering and calm moods
Goat’s milk is high in the amino acid L-glutamine, which is important for immunity, repairing the gut lining and for neurotransmitter production to enhance mood balance.
This alkalizing effect may help with conditions such as reflux, ulcers headaches, muscle aches and pains, excess weight, blood sugar imbalances, fatigue, autoimmune conditions and yeast and bacterial infections.
8. Healthy skinThe moisturising qualities of goat’s milk fatty acids help keep skin soft and, when used in a soap, the lactic acid found in goat’s milk helps get rid of dead skin cells which brightens skin tone. Goat’s milk also has high levels of vitamin A, which can improve overall skin health. The vitamin A is also beneficial for healing the gut lining – a healthier gut means healthier skin.
9. Cleaner and safer – no added nasties
In goat farming, there are no antibiotic residues, growth hormones, BST, or other contaminants used on the animals. They’re generally free to roam, consuming foods natural to them. Thus, goat’s milk is not only more nutritious for you and your bub, but also free of chemical contamination.
about the author - Karena Tonkin
Karena's private Nutritional and Environmental Medicine practice in Brighton is dedicated to the integrative and holistic care and treatment of children and adults with chronic physical, mental and behavioural conditions.Karena is a clinical nutritionist, presenter, educator and health coach working in private practice and within the corporate sector.
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Goat milk naturally supports gentle digestion & may be a good alternative for babies with sensitive tummies. Goat milk is also naturally rich in probiotics and nucleotides.