Is Goats Milk Better For IBS
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Breast milk and cow’s milk are heard of commonly, but what about goat’s milk? This is regarded as the closest to breast milk with regard to digestion. Many people suffering form conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), have problems in the intestine which makes it difficult to digest normal milk. Such people suffering from IBS find it easier to digest goat’s milk. People, who have experienced health problems and are recovering, are given goat’s milk during recuperation since it is easily digested. It is especially useful in weaning off babies from breast feed although it lacks some nutrients like folic acid.
As compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk is creamier and sweeter since the fat in the milk is suspended more evenly. Mechanical homogenization for fat distribution is not required. Not many adapt to the taste of goats’ milk easily. But its benefits make it an option to consider.
Scientists claim that the proteins available in the goat’s milk have a constitution which makes it easier to digest as compared to cow’s milk. But this statement is not sufficiently proven. Still, many who are sensitive to cow’s milk and do not want to miss out on the intake of milk opt for goat’s milk.
The calcium content of goat’s milk is approximately 10 percent more than that in cow’s milk. Hence it is regarded ideal for those suffering from disorders in bones like osteoporosis or even for better growth in children and adolescents. Optimum levels of Calcium are very essential for strong teeth. Although 10 percent seems like a marginal amount, this is sufficient to maintain good health of the mouth and bones.
Shifting over to goat’s milk can prove beneficial for those suffering from disorders of the blood as well. It assists in absorption of copper and iron which are key nutrients for good health.
It is said to have good anti-inflammatory properties as well. This is a good home remedy to cure inflammations. The inflammations could be caused by injury, arthritis, irritable Bowel Syndrome and other chronic or acute conditions.
As per a study published in Spain in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006, oligosaccharides are present in goat’s milk which gives it anti-inflammatory property. These sugars assist in making good bacteria flourish for protection of the digestive tract against harmful micro-organisms. Studies conducted on rats with goat’s milk proved that these sugars reduced inflammation caused due to colitis as well. The study stated that goat’s milk may prove to be useful in preparation of medicines which can treat inflammations caused by IBS.
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