The Health Benefits from Drinking Goat Milk
Goat Milk is getting popular all over the world. It contains many health benefits and is rich in nutrients. Even people who are lactose intolerant can consume goat milk easily and digest it without any issues.
Regular intake of goat milk significantly improves the immune systems, improved mineralization of skeleton, increased blood serum vitamin, mineral and haemoglobin level.
Nutritional Value of Goat Milk
Goat milk is found to have important nutrient that are important for humans which include protein, lactose, vitamins, enzymes, fat and mineral salts.
Most of the components of goat milk are greater than that of other milk producing animals. For instance, goat’s milk contains 25% more vitamin B6, 47% more vitamin A and 13% more calcium as compared to cow milk.
On average, goat milk contains 12.2% total solids, consisting of 3.8% fat, 3.5% protein, 4.1% lactose, and 0.8% ash where it can be explained that it has more fat, protein, and ash, and less lactose than cow milk.
Goat milk contains about 1.2g calcium and 1g phosphate per litre, thus a great excess of calcium and potassium in relation to energy to humans.
It is able to neutralize the acids and toxins present in the body, Goat’s milk has the properties to alkalizes the digestive system and helps to increase the pH level in the blood stream, so it can prevent gastric ulcers.
Lower in lactose content (7% less from cow milk), made it highly friendly to individuals who suffer from digestion disorder.
Goat milk is more digestible because the fat molecules are a smaller size than those from cow milk, making it easily tolerated by those with compromised digestive systems. Our body can digest goat’s milk just in 20 minutes while cow’s milk takes 2-3 hours.
Goat milk is closer to human milk and is more easily accepted especially by those young or frail.
It does not form mucous (phlegm) and is better tolerated by asthmatics and those with allergies.
Medical value of Goat Milk
Goat milk contains more chlorine, fluorine, and silicon than any other domestic livestock. Chlorine and fluorine are germicides and fluorine assist in preventing diabetes.
Goat milk is tolerated by a compromised/damaged liver too due to its smaller fat molecules.
Goats’ milk is a good source of K (potassium), an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since a cup of goat’s milk contains 498.7 mg of K (Potassium) and 121.5 mg of Na (Sodium), hence it helps to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.
Goat’s milk contains less of the enzyme xanthise oxidase. Enzyme xanthise oxidase is an enzyme that known to cause tissue scar on the heart that result in the liver supplying more cholesterol to protect the heart which may later lead to arteriosclerosis.
Important Lipid in Goat Milk
One of the most important components of goat milk in terms of proven health benefits is the percentage of medium chain fatty acids. The first three of these Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), 6:0, 8:0 and 10:0 are known as caproic, caprylic and capric acid, respectively.
MCT in goat milk is 36% as compare to cow milk is only 21%. High MCT potentially decreases the synthesis of endogenous cholesterol. It also helps to boost the immune systems and offer energy boosts to body.
MCT towards Health Benefit:
- MCTs have shorter chain length, where can travel quickly from gut to liver and breakdown and used as an immediate source of energy (Schönfeld & Wojtczak., 2016; Takeuchi et al., 2008).
- Benefits for those with diabetes. MCTs have been shown to reduce fat storage and increase fat burning, which can aid in managing the condition (Nagao, K., & Yanagita, T., 2010; Han et al., 2007).
- Consume of MCT, greater lose of adipose tissue due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation observed with MCT intake. Thus, MCTs may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss (St‐Onge et al., 2003).
These health benefits listed above are highly nutritious and contains all the goodness of minerals and vitamins that is vital for growth and the overall body’s health.
Improve your body’s health and well-being now and change to goat’ milk!
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