There has been extensive research done on claims made by the FDA and CDC that raw milk is dangerous and it was found that their accusations were completely unwarranted.
In fact, according to medical researcher Dr. Ted Beals, MD, you are 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk!
The CDC reports show an estimated 48 million food borne illnesses each year and only 42 (about 0.0005) are reported from those who drink fresh, unprocessed milk.
As you can see, most concerns over raw milk have been overstated and I believe that the heath benefits have been extremely underrated. Raw milk benefits are numerous and can help address a large number of nutritional deficiencies you may be experiencing.
Some of the main reasons over 10 million Americans drink raw milk on a regular basis include:
- Healthier skin, hair and nails
- Stronger immune system
- Reduced allergies
- Increase in bone density
- Neurological support
- Weight loss
- Building lean muscle
Raw milk is truly one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and has a nutritional profile unlike any other food. I understand if you’ve been cautious in the past about drinking raw milk because of all the negative media, but I’m sure you’ll see why more and more people are drinking raw milk everyday. Here are 5 reasons why you should make raw milk a part of your diet.
#1 Fat Soluble Vitamins A, D, and K2 – Grass fed cows make the quality of their milk a rich super food. Research studies have shown that it contains a higher level of heart healthy, cancer killing, fat-soluble vitamins.
Studies have shown that one of the most common deficiencies in children is a lack of fat soluble vitamins. These vitamins support the brain and nervous system and are crucial for development, focus and brain function. Also, fat soluble vitamins support bone density and help naturally balance hormones.
#2 Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3’s – High in Omega 3's, raw milk is a rich source of butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that is widely known to control health issues related to inflammation, slow metabolism and stress resistance.
In fact, researchers in Japan conducted a study on mice that suggests that butyrate can be used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease!
Also, raw grass-fed milk is packed with CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which has been proven to fight cancer and help reduce body fat.
#3 Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium – Raw milk is one of the highest sources of minerals. One serving of raw milk contains about 400 mg of calcium, 500 mg of potassium and 50 mg of magnesium.
These minerals are vitally important for cellular function, hydration, building bone density, circulation, detoxification, muscle health and metabolism and also happen to be three minerals many people are deficient in.
#4 Probiotics: Kefir, Cheese, Yogurt – Probiotics are only found in small amounts in raw milk but when you ferment raw milk to make things like kefir, yogurt or cheese the good bacteria dramatically increases. In fact, there are no other foods in the world as high in probiotics as cultured dairy products.
These probiotics are microorganisms that line your gut and support nutrient absorption and protect you from foreign invaders like E. coli and parasites. The best way to include probiotics in your diet is in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products such as cheese, kefir and yogurt. Some disorders probiotic rich foods are known to help with include:
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intestinal infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Skin infections
- Weakened immune system
- Urinary track infections
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Bovine serum albumin
Problems With PasteurizationDairy products have gotten a bad rap over years because of the pasteurization process. When milk is pasteurized it destroys many of the nutrients that make raw milk beneficial.
If you consider the fact that many of these nutrients are not only reduced, but altered from their original state, you can understand that some of these nutrients are completely unavailable for your body to use.
For instance, in a study published in the Journal of Dairy Research found low temperature pasteurization decreases vitamin C content by 25%.
But the authors go on to explain that the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is oxidized into dehydroascorbic acid which is an inactive degraded form of vitamin C. So in reality, you may not be digesting any vitamin C at all.
Another major negative of pasteurization is that it destroys the enzymes needed to break down and absorb certain nutrients. In the previously mentioned study, they found lactase (the enzyme in dairy) levels are greatly reduced with pasteurization so we now have an explanation to why so many people are lactose intolerant.
A survey conducted by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that of the 700 families interviewed 80% of those diagnosed with lactose intolerance stopped having symptoms when they switched to raw milk.
Raw Milk Benefits for SkinAs we’ve seen, the benefits of raw milk are numerous but possibly the most common reason people consume it is to benefit their skin. The success stories of people consuming raw milk to improve conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are very common.
Raw milk benefits the skin for the following reasons:
Healthy fats – because raw milk contains large amounts of healthy saturated fats and omega-3 fats it supports skin hydration.
In fact, some people don’t only consume raw milk, they use raw milk as a moisturizer topically. Today, goat milk soap bars are popular as well as making homemade moisturizing face cream.
To make raw milk face cream simply mix:
- 2 tablespoons of raw cream
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
Probiotics – the probiotics in raw milk can kill off bad bacteria in your gut and in your face that can cause acne and skin issues like eczema.
Kefir is one of the highest probiotic rich foods there is. Using kefir as a face wash and taking it internally can kill off bad bacteria that is a main cause of dry, flaking skin and acne.
Raw Milk Benefits for Allergies: Studies are now proving that children who drink raw milk are 50 percent less likely to develop allergies and 41 percent less likely to develop asthma compared to other children.
This study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was done on 8,000 children and the researchers believe that by drinking raw milk you are “naturally immunizing” the body the way God created.
Nutrients like probiotics, vitamin D and immunoglobulins (antibodies) found in raw milk naturally boost the immune system and reduce the risk of allergies in both children and adults.
Where to Buy Raw Milk:
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