Even in ancient times, goat’s milk was known to be very healthy thanks to the many important vitamins and minerals it contains. The Greek doctor Hippocrates (460–375 B.C.) lauded it as an elixir of life and an invigorating remedy capable of aiding digestion.
Folk medicine claims that goat's milk has other healing effects. It is said to aid concentration, strengthen the nerves, alleviate asthma and lung diseases, improve the body's immune defences, help treat skin disorders, and thus improve blood circulation to the skin. Due to its reputed ability to help cells grow and renew, goat's milk has traditionally been prized as an anti-ageing agent. Queen Cleopatra of Egypt even bathed in goat’s milk to keep her skin in good condition.
In addition to vitamin A and minerals such as calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium, as well as the trace elements copper, zinc, phosphorus, boron, titanium, vanadium and chromium, goat's milk has a lot to offer:
It contains high-quality protein that is very different to that found in cow’s milk. The protein composition of goat’s milk also allows soft, easily digestible doughs to be made. The combination of these two properties can help to reduce stress on our digestive system and contribute to our overall well-being. Goat’s milk also contains more essential amino acids, which the body can not produce itself, meaning that they must be acquired through food such as goat's milk.
Lower lactose content
Goat’s milk is not an automatic substitute for people diagnosed as lactose intolerant. Goat’s milk does however typically contain a little less lactose than cow’s milk. Since it is often the quantity of lactose that triggers the intolerance, and since different people experience different levels of tolerance, this may explain why many people can consume goat’s milk without any negative effect on their health.
Important information: if you are diagnosed with an intolerance, goat’s milk should not be used as an automatic replacement for cow’s milk products. A few proteins found in goat’s milk have strong similarities with cow milk proteins. Reactions are therefore possible – always consult an allergy specialist.
Source of energy
Goat’s milk is a natural energy drink containing around 20 times more taurine than cow’s milk. When drinking goat’s milk, you will notice a slight sweetness in the taste. The high concentration of capric acid is one of things that gives the milk its typical flavour.
Proteins are indispensable for the growth and development as well as the regeneration of our body. As different as our dietary habits may be, milk is an important source of nutrients from birth. It is therefore only natural that we develop a special relationship with milk.
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