I did extensive research on claims made by the FDA and CDC that raw milk is dangerous and 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
And these are just a few of the benefits! What makes raw milk such an incredible superfood? Let’s take a look at it’s nutritional profile and it will become quite clear.
Raw Milk Nutritional Profile
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 raw milk benefits are out of this world!
#1 Fat Soluble Vitamins A, D, and K2 – Since raw milk comes from cows grazing on grass, 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 – In addition to being high in Omega-3s, 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, 50 mg of magnesium and 500 mg of potassium.
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 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.
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
#5 Whey Protein and Immunoglobulins – By far, the best tasting curds and whey come from raw milk. Whey protein is fantastic for anyone who is looking to burn fat and build muscle. Whey is high in the following enzymes and proteins and the best way to get these immunity boosters is in their natural form which is real, raw milk.
- Bovine serum albumin
As you can see, raw milk is loaded with nutrients that support healing. There is no other food in the world that contains such a stunning nutritional profile.
Problems With Pasteurization
Dairy 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.
According to medical studies the following nutrients that are destroyed or altered during pasteurization include:
|Nutrient and Immune Factors||Pasteurized Milk||Raw Milk|
|Vitamin A||35% Reduction||100% Active|
|Vitamin C||25 to 77% Reduction||100% Active|
|Vitamin E||14% Reduction||100% Active|
|Iron||66% Reduction||100% Active|
|Zinc||70% Reduction||100% Active|
|B-Complex Vitamins||38% Reduction||100% Active|
|Calcium||21% Reduction||100% Active|
|Enzymes||100% Destroyed||100% Active|
|Whey Protein||Denatured||100% Active|
As you can see, nutrients are greatly reduced during the pasteurization process, but in truth the damage is much worse than this chart shows.
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 Skin
As 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
Then put on face for 2-5 minutes then rinse off.
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 quite possibly the highest probiotic rich food on the planet. 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
There are 3 main places I personally buy raw dairy products.
1. Local farmers market – I go to my local farmers market and buy raw goat’s milk kefir, raw cheeses and plain raw milk. In the state I live it is labeled “for pet consumption only” and while I do give raw milk to my dog, my whole family enjoys the benefits of raw milk from the farmers market.
2. Whole Foods Market – I buy a lot of “raw” cheeses at health food stores. Whole Foods has a large selection of raw cheeses including raw sheep cheese which is my absolute favorite. For an appetizer or dessert we will dip our cheese in raw local honey.
3. Online – There are online companies that sell raw dairy products like Beyond Organic, Wise Choice Market and Real Milk where you can have raw cheese shipped right to your front door.
Do you drink raw milk or eat raw dairy products? What do you consume and what do you love about them?
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