We’ve all heard about the benefits of drinking cow’s milk, soy milk, or almond milk. But do you know that there are benefits to drinking goat’s milk as well? Milk in general contains lots of nutrients, calcium and proteins which are important for our health and development. Nonetheless, goat’s milk also has its own nutritious properties to benefit our bodies.
Here are the health benefits of drinking goat’s milk:
- Goat’s milk is good for your skin. According to BT, the fatty acids in goat’s milk possess moisturising qualities that hero your skin soft. Also, goat’s milk provides high levels of vitamin A, which could improve your overall skin and health and fights off acne. BT adds that goat’s milk can be absorbed by the human skin with less irritation because it has a similar pH level to human.
- Goat’s milk has a higher calcium intake than cow’s milk. Healthline reported that goat’s milk has a calcium of 330mg per cup compared to cow’s milk at 275-300mg per cup. Of course, calcium is extremely important for our bodies, as the National Institutes of Health explained that calcium is needed for the body to maintain strong bones and carry out important functions. Calcium also supports the structure and hardness in bones and teeth.
- Goat’s milk is also known to be easy to digest. Unlike cow’s milk, dairy goat’s products actually have smaller fat molecules — the molecules in goat milk are shorter, thus making them easier for the body to digest, according to DetoxInista. The smaller the fat molecules, the easier it is to digest it.
- The milk reduces your cholesterol levels. Goat’s milk is known to have a high level of medium-chain fatty acids. Unlike any other fats, the medium chain fatty acids are not stored as body fat, instead these fatty acids can provide an energy boost to help lower cholesterol, Dr. Axe cited. They also can treat heart disease and intestinal disorders. Dr. Axe also reported that “Goat milk also helps increase “good” cholesterol levels while reducing the bad ones.”
- Goat’s milk also contains less allergens. BT mentioned that cow’s milk contains 20 different allergens and causes inflammation, hives, abdominal cramps, and colic in babies, but Goat’s milk doesn’t have much of the proteins that are present in cow’s milk which are responsible for this reaction. Instead, Goat’s milk reportedly has hypoallergenic qualities, this is because it has lower levels of alphaS1-casei (a type of protein) compared to cow’s milk which doesn’t cause inflammation, BT and International Milk Genomics Consortium described.
BT also did mention that goat’s milk is the closest milk to human breast milk.
With all this in mind, it’s definitely worth giving goat milk a try if you haven’t tried it.