Milk is something a lot of us consume every single day. We take it with cereal for breakfast. We put it in our coffee. We use it in cooking different dishes. We even drink a glass or two before bed.
But have you ever wondered if there’s a healthier (yet equally delicious) alternative out there to your usual cow’s milk? We’ve found one. It’s goat’s milk.
It’s not very popular here in the United States, but Asian countries have been drinking it for centuries—and they were right about it. That’s because it packs a lot of benefits, health benefits that we are going to share with you today.
The 9 Goat’s Milk Benefits…As Proven By Science!
Join us as we list down nine different health benefits of goat’s milk. Let’s get started!
Benefit #1: It’s rich in calcium.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when talking about milk? That’s right. Calcium. If you’re looking for something to replace the cow’s milk you drink every day, that alternative should be rich in calcium too.
The good news is, goat’s milk is also rich in calcium. In fact, more than that, it has specific components that help with rheumatism and osteoporosis as well.
Benefit #2: It’s good for digestion.
The second thing that people usually consider when talking about dairy is the subject of digestion. A lot of us are lactose intolerant, after all. So, is goat’s milk good for lactose intolerant people?
Yes. Yes, it is. In fact, in one study, where there were two communities involved, one community who were only consuming cow’s milk shown more aggressive digestive issues connected with lactose as compared to the other community who had consumed goat’s milk instead.
But aside from lactose intolerance, goat’s milk is said to be a good metabolic agent and that its components are easier to digest.
Benefit #3: It strengthens the body.
In connection with the previous benefit, do you know what happens when our body gets more efficient in metabolizing our food? We are able to better process all the food that we eat, allowing us to get more nutrients which ultimately makes our body stronger and more immune to diseases.
Another perk when we digest our food to the very last crumb is that we won’t get hungry frequently. It will be easier for us to switch our diet a lot easier (if you’re planning on doing that), and of course, lose weight.
Benefit #4: It is good for the heart.
Speaking of diseases, one of the most common medical conditions is heart disease. It’s not a big surprise given the stressful world that we live in, combined with unhealthy eating habits.
Fortunately for us, goat’s milk can help level the playing field by being rich in medium-chain fatty acids, a nutrient that can help decrease bad cholesterol and improve good cholesterol—both needed in order to have a healthy heart.
That change in cholesterol levels can lower your blood pressure and the risk of having a stroke as well.
This is a very important benefit for us that we really want you to consider, especially since heart disease is one of the major causes of death here in our country.
Benefit #5: It will make your skin glow.
Goat’s milk soap is not something you would automatically buy from your local drug store or skincare shop, but we ask you to keep an open mind when we tell you that you should try it out. Why? Allow us to name a few reasons.
1) Goat’s milk contains lactic acid. Lactic acid can help in cleansing your skin from its impurities and improving the skin texture, making it more soft and smooth. In fact, according to a study published on the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, it has been found that lactic acid can also improve fine lines and wrinkles.
2) Here is another component found on goat’s milk: Zinc. Zinc plays a valuable role on skin care, specifically in the skin’s detoxification and healing process.
3) Finally, goat’s milk’s anti-inflammatory and moisturizing components makes it a valuable addition to your skin care routine even if you have sensitive skin (Psst! There’s a goat’s milk soap specifically made for those with sensitive skin as well!) . Speaking of inflammation, that happens to be our next listed benefit!
You can add goat’s milk to your skincare routine by using it as a facial wash. Feel free to dilute it with a little bit of water if it’s too thick for you. Rinse and continue with your usual skin ritual.
Benefit #6: It will reduce inflammation.
As what we have mentioned above, the anti-inflammatory properties of goat’s milk is great to calm down your skin redness, acne breakouts, and other inflamed skin imperfections.
But, let’s dig a little deeper. The anti-inflammatory properties of goat’s milk can reduce internal inflammation as well. In fact, one study has found that it can help in dealing with intestinal inflammation, while another study points out that it can significantly help you deal with inflammatory bowel disease.
Benefit #7: It will make your hair, shine!
Your skin’s now glowing. You’ve been losing weight thanks to your improved metabolism and digestion. You can even level up your workout since you have stronger bones now. All thanks to the wonders of goat’s milk.
However, we’re not done yet. Did you know that goat’s milk can also make your hair healthier? The secret lies behind the fact that it has balanced pH levels, with almost the same value as human milk. This is needed in order to have long and non-frizzy hair.
This is also the reason why there are shampoos being advertised containing lower pH levels. But why use commercial shampoos that are filled to the brim with chemicals too long to spell? Why not consider something more natural and organic instead?
And just like what we did earlier in incorporating goat’s milk to your skincare routine, we recommend you to try out adding goat’s milk to your hair routine too. You can give your hair a healthy dose of moisturizing goat’s milk before you even put on conditioner.
Who knows? In the future, you probably won’t even need conditioner anymore!
Benefit #8: It will improve your mental health.
While improving one’s physical appearance can also make a significant improvement on one’s self-esteem and thus, mental health, goat’s milk can also improve your brain’s health in other areas too.
Benefit #9: It’s simply an overall healthier and more exciting alternative compared to cow’s milk.
We think it’s pretty much established by now how much we love goat’s milk and why. We’ve already listed down eight benefits above, after all. But the final reasons why we simply recommend goat’s milk over cow’s milk is due to the following:
According to the Dr. Sears website, goat’s milk contains…
· 134% more potassium
· 47% more vitamin A
· 25% more vitamin B
· 13% more calcium
· Smaller fat globules
· Three times more beta-lactoglubin
· Ten times more folic acid
· Higher in niacin
· Higher in copper
· And higher in selenium
And it is, at least for us, more delicious and exciting than good ol’ cow’s milk.
As an added bonus, here’s a delicious recipe for goat’s cheese that you can easily do at home!
Homemade Goat Cheese
All you need are three ingredients:
· Four cups of goat’s milk
· 1/3 cup of lemon juice
Here are the procedures:
· Slowly heat your goat’s milk in a stainless steel pot. It must reach180F. Use a thermometer to measure its temperature.
· Turn off the heat and add in your lemon juice. Stir it into your pot gently with a wooden or stainless steel spoon.
· Allow your pot to rest for ten minutes. It should start to curdle by now. You will notice the surface becoming slightly thicker.
· Sift your mixture using three layers of cheesecloth.
· Tie your cheesecloth into a ball with a piece of twine or rubber band.
· Let your goat cheese ball drip for one and half hours.
· Voila! You now have homemade goat cheese. Add some salt to taste.
· You can push down your cheese into a mold. A cookie cutter is fine.
· Refrigerate before serving, and enjoy!
The Bottom Line
Goat’s milk is healthy and delicious. There’s no doubt about it. It’s good for the heart and digestion. It can even make us look and feel more beautiful with its positive effects on our skin and hair.
But most of all, it can help us eat and drink a little bit healthier without making any drastic changes to our diet. You just have to switch your regular cow’s milk to goat’s milk. That’s all!
We hope you have enjoyed joining us today as we listed down the different health benefits of goat’s milk. So, what do you think? Do you plan on getting it as a replacement for cow’s milk? Or are you planning on incorporating it into your existing diet together with your usual dairy?
Were you able to try our homemade goat cheese recipe? Did you like it? Do you have other goat’s milk recipes you want to share? Please don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments section below. Till next time and stay healthy!