From a Nutritionist

What is goat milk whey protein and why is it so important?

Bubs Australia

Protein is essential for all of us and is especially important for little growing bodies; in fact, without it, growth would come to a bit of a standstill.  So it’s vitally important for all of us to include excellent sources of good quality protein in our diets- especially our bubs!

So what is whey? Goat whey is the liquid by-product of the cheese making process. It is formed when the casein and cream are removed from fresh goat milk. Goat milk whey protein is an easily digested source of protein that has multiple benefits for building healthy growing bodies including:

1. Good quality source of protein

The make-up of goat milk protein is quite similar to that of human breast milk and contains all nine essential amino acids. The smaller protein molecules in goat milk are easily broken down and are therefore readily available for healing and growth, particularly in our little ones. 

2. Excellent source of minerals

Goat milk whey protein contains a slightly higher level of essential nutrients when compared to cow milk and, as it breaks down more quickly and easily, these nutrients are much more readily available.

3. Building blocks for growth 

The readily available protein derived from goat milk contributes building blocks for the structures and processes in the body.  This means we have what we need to build healthy body tissue, bones and healthy skin.  It also helps with immunity, and  balancing mood and digestion.

4. Immune system boosting

 Goat whey contributes essential proteins that support our immune system and keep it strong in order to protect us against invading viruses and bacteria. Protein also helps heal damaged tissue when we injure ourselves.

5. Calming for the mind and alkalising for the body

Goat milk is high in the amino acid L-glutamine, which is an alkalinizing amino acid important for immunity, repairing the gut lining, which may help with conditions such as reflux, ulcers muscle aches and pains, excess weight, blood sugar imbalances, fatigue, autoimmune conditions and can strengthen the body against bacterial and yeast infections.

This amino acid also enables neurotransmitter production to enhance mood balance and promote calm feelings. 

6. Less likely to cause reactions than cow milk protein

The small, easily digested proteins in goat milk are less reactive than the large cow milk proteins. Research suggests that goat milk can actually reduce gut and skin inflammation.

Maintaining gut and skin integrity reduces the likelihood of other issues like skin rashes, constipation, diarrhoea, gassiness, reflux, colic and other digestive issues. 

Goat Milk Whey Protein is an easily digested protein source that is rich in amino acids and beneficial nutrients needed to support a healthy and vital growing body.

About the author: Karena Tonkin

Karena is a clinical nutritionist, presenter, educator and health coach working in private practice and within the corporate sector. 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.

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