In Europe, goat milk is infamous for its rarity and premium quality. Yet despite that, such is not the case for Asia countries with some even going as far as saying it is less nutritious than cow milk. With such polarizing statement, one would wonder which would be the truth.
According to Dr. Rizal Abu Bakar, goat milk is highly nutritious milk with superior nutrition over cow milk . In this article, let’s look at what are the benefits of goat milk.
Strengthen Bone Naturally
Top: Healthy bone density
Bottom: Unhealthy bone density - Brittle bones
Goat milk is naturally rich in calcium. One glass of goat milk contains as much as 300mg worth of calcium which is already 1/3 of the requirement for children as compared to cow’s milk level of 125mg .
Calcium is good for our bone development, bone mineral such as calcium works together with phosphorus to maintain optimal bone health. As such, calcium is able to maintain our bone strength and prevent brittle bone related conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia. That’s not all, goat milk is also rich in vitamin D which synergize well with calcium to further boost the absorption of bone minerals into our body.
While cow milk and soy milk also contain vitamin D and calcium, several studies has indicated that aside from micronutrients benefit, the protein composition of goat milk has been linked to anti-osteoporosis mechanism and have shown signs of improvement for patients with rheumatoid arthritis  .
Even before the sudden surge of goat milk formula and goat milk powder, fresh goat milk is known to be less inflammatory. That is because goat milk is rich in natural vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E which key in modulating our immune system and reduce inflammation. And according to other studies, goat milk contains natural prebiotics that can reduce bowel inflammation and thus promote a healthier digestive system  .
Healthy Skin Complexion
Goat milk is rich in medium chain triglyceride (MCT) which as its name implies, the molecular size is shorter than regular fatty acids present in cow milk. While MCT alone can’t improve skin complexion, it can aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin E which is widely heralded as the super ingredient for good skin complexion.
Easy To Digest
There are 2 aspect of goat milk that is easier to be digested compare to cow milk namely medium chain triglyceride (MCT) which we have mentioned before in this article in which due to its shorter chain, it is easy to digest. Another ingredient in goat milk which is easier to digest is Beta-casein which is a type of casein that can form softer and less dense curd in our stomach. Both of these ingredients allow goat milk to be easier to digest.
Good For Gastric Patients
Pasteurized goat milk pH falls between 5-6 which is more alkali than pasteurized cow milk. This is a good sign for people who have gastric issues as regular milk may not suit them so much as low pH food is prone to worsen gastric .
Good For Lactose Intolerant Patients
Lactose is a natural occurring sugar in animal milk such as goat milk, cow milk and sheep milk. However, goat milk contains lesser lactose than cow milk and hence it is suitable for people with mild lactose intolerance to consume. According to many studies, approximately 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy . And among that population, people of East Asian descent are most prevalent to have some degree of lactose intolerance .
Symptoms of lactose intolerance are often not serious but it can lead to discomfort such as stomach bloating, nausea and diarrhea.
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