The Many Benefits of Raw Milk

 

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Benefits of raw milk range from help with allergies to boosting the immune system

Most people who frequent this site will know some of the many benefits of raw milk. For those who are new to the idea or who would like additional information to pass along to family and friends, here are some resources and references.

Dr. Josh Axe runs a popular website about health and food as medicine. He has a few things to say on the topic of the benefits of raw milk.

In one section of the article, Dr. Axe mentions the benefits of raw milk for those who suffer from allergies

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.

Another proponent of the benefits of raw milk is Chris Kresser, acupuncturist and integrative health practitioner. He covers some of the benefits of raw milk on his popular health website

He has this to say about the nutrition of raw milk

Nutrition

Many consumers believe that raw milk is higher in nutritional content than conventional milk, which may have some merit. Raw milk comes from cows that graze on grass. Some evidence suggests that milk from these cows is likely to have higher levels of fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients. Cows fed fresh green forage, especially those grazing grass, have been shown to have higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and essential fatty acids in their milk. (1,2)  Cows are natural herbivores and are healthiest when they eat grass, rather than the grain they are fed in confinement dairy operations.

The pasteurization process also reduces the nutritional quality of milk products. Research has shown a decrease in manganese, copper, and iron after heat treatment. (3) The FDA acknowledges that pasteurization destroys a substantial portion of the vitamin C in milk, and sterilization is also known to significantly impair the bioactivity of vitamin B6 contained in milk. (45) Beta-lactoglobulin, a heat-sensitive protein in milk that is destroyed by pasteurization, increases intestinal absorption of vitamin A, so the supplemental vitamin A in conventional milk may be harder to absorb. (6) While pasteurized milk does retain some level of nutritional value, it seems that unpasteurized milk is superior in vitamin and mineral content overall.”

Dr. Deborah has her own story about the benefits of raw milk. She includes stories about people who the wonderful beverage has helped.

Today, raw milk refers to unprocessed, untreated milk straight from the cow. The milk you buy from the local supermarket nowadays is a different substance altogether. It has been pasteurized, ultra-pasteurized, or homogenized. This liquid is not really milk. It is a chemically altered substance, heated to remove pathogens and bacteria and to prolong its shelf life. The resultant low-enzyme activity makes it difficult to digest, the altered fat content renders the vitamins and minerals difficult to absorb, and the residual drugs and antibiotics pose a threat to human health. On top of this, the naturally occurring beneficial bacteria have been destroyed.

The real issue is not whether raw milk obtained from grass-fed cows is safe. Rather, it’s that milk from commercially raised cows is actually dangerous to consume unless it is pasteurized. Factory-farmed animals are routinely fed an unnatural, high-protein soy- and corn-based diet and given shots of BGH (bovine growth hormone) to artificially increase milk production. This diet is so contrary to their biology that it causes severe illnesses that can only be combated by continually injecting the cows with antibiotics. These animals, kept in inhumane conditions far from their natural environment, are subject to enormous stresses. Drinking raw milk from these cows would be an exercise in stupidity.

Raw milk from healthy, grass-fed, and pasture-raised cows is in a league of its own. Organically raised cows are happy, fed on their natural diet of grass and other cow-friendly foods. They enjoy access to sunshine and pasture grazing in summer, and in winter they feast on nutritious hay or silage.

There are many Dr., nutritionists, healers, and people of all walks of life who recognize and support the wonderful role and benefits of raw milk. If you are interested in finding local fresh raw milk, you can look for farms and sources near you. Please pass along this valuable information to anyone else who is interested.

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11 thoughts on “The Many Benefits of Raw Milk

  1. I will admit that I am a milk-a-holic that knows very little about the benefits of raw milk and it’s benefits. I’m unsure that if it was legally available here in Florida for human consumption, if I would benefit from consuming it. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis & osteoporosis. Because of my RA, I have been pr constant nescribed two medications that suppress my immune system. If raw milk products were legally available for human consumption, I wonder if my physicians would advise against me using raw milk products because my immune system is being suppressed and probably not be able to protect me from anything harmful that could possibly be in the milk. Does anyone have any information either to share or

    • I would not recommend if immune system is compromised by allopathic drugs, if you have r.a. and osteo .you might consider not drinking pasteurized milk altogether it will cause inflammation and make matters worse. hopefully you are not prescribed drugs that will cause you harm as so many do even death.look into s.c.d. special carbohydrate diet to heal your gut first and if you have other issues neurological, sleep problems, eye floater type problems, and any unexplained other problems find a doctor that specializes in LYMES disease, you will have to step outside the box and hopefully find a non allopathic doctor that does this. this is interesting that people with lymes and co- inhibitor spirochetes that go along with lymes have these problems .a lot of people all around the world are having same problems, lymes is being diagnosed by the thousands. even if you have not been bitten by a tick. it is a bacterium and that said in it self we know how bad bacteria can react to humans and animals. ILADS is a good resource about lymes and co-inhibitors. unfortunately the allopathic system can not help unless you knowingly were bit by a tick and had antibiotics right away say within the first week. getting your gut healed first is number one and after that you have to be vigilante about the protocall or you will have trouble healing. it takes a time for a disease to manifest so it will take a time to heal . drugs are surly not the answer for your problems.i hope this helps you . and i hope yoe get health in love…. lisa

    • You should be more worried about the meds,and their effects on your health/diseases. Sometimes we’re too quick to accept the side effect-laden meds from a doctor, without question about their safety, but over question the. natural foods like raw milk, etc. Remember, the man-in-white is not always right.

  2. I am not a professional. Just a sufferer of RA also. I acquire raw milk and work farm chores for it, plus belong to a herd share. The benefit of raw milk is first, in the quality of it’s fat. In the raw, un-boiled state these fats offer the best that “mother nature” has to offer in the whole matrix of the nutrition that farm fresh milk has to offer! However, on immune suppressing Rx’s it may not be advisable to use it, although I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment. The raw milk on the retail shelf in CA would be OK, and if you’d be worried, make kefir out it! (culture it before using it). Your immune suppressing Rx’s have so many side effects that would worry me totally aside from consuming clean, farm fresh milk. Also, your whole diet should be under great scrutiny…only healthy fats, very low added sugars, grass fed meats, poultry, clean fish, lots of organic veggies (greens) and moderate fruits. One just can’t consider a nutrient dense food like farm fresh milk and think that all the rest will just be OK. It won’t! This way of eating is not convenient…but truly necessary for any autoimmune condition. JMHO

  3. I have been drinking raw milk from my own cow for 5 years now. I do not sell milk, so I have no financial interest in any opinion I give. Raw milk is fantastic. I definitely feel better drinking it (gives more health benefits than the veggies it get from my garden). I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

  4. Grocery store milk gives me severe migraines. RAW cow milk fresh from the farm is wonderful with no problems. It has been great to enjoy a bowl of cereal or just a glass of real milk.

    • Dawn, I can totally relate ! I have noticed within the last few years every time I drank commercial milk I would get horrible stomachaches or a terrible headache. I have recently moved to WY and my best friend suggested I try raw milk. I will admit, I was very skeptical at first but now I am a definite believer! So nice to have cereal again and not have to worry about stomach pains! I have been drinking raw cow milk and raw goat milk from now on!! I even gave it to my older cat who Seems to have developed allergies since our move here. The allergies are all but gone ! I am so glad that I tried it!

  5. I don’t think the government back in the late 30’s totally understood what legislation to pasteurize milk would do to the public health. If you think about it and educate yourself, you would realize what the government has done to our overall health!! All the allergies children have and all the cases of diabetes and other health issues people have now because of the government stepping in and changing our food!!! I have seen several blog posts from people who are lactose intolerant but could take milk and change it by fermenting it, (as well as other processes) and then be able to use it without any problems!! In a sense they were undoing what the large dairy producers had done by pasteurizing or ultra pasteurizing it which is totally unnecessary!!! Ultra-pasteurization totally destroys any of the good bacteria and enzymes in milk that are beneficial to our health!!!

    We deserve to be able to purchase raw milk that is CLEAN and untreated in any way!! If people are worried about milk that has not been processed, they can easily heat milk to the proper temperature that will destroy any bacteria that could be harmful. When we make several varieties of cheese (and many other products), part of the process is to heat the milk anyway.

    I wish everyone that takes the time to read this would write your state’s officials and the dairies that supplies your grocery stores and tell them how we are being ROBBED of a food source that’s perfect right out of the cow!! Every state should allow consumers to make up their own minds about what kind of milk they want to buy. Please let them know we want to be able to buy clean raw milk that has and has not been homogenized in the grocery stores. Yes they have a shorter shelf life but all that means is they would have to make more deliveries because they would not be able to stock raw milk like the ultra pasteurized milk. Yes, raw milk has a shorter shelf life BUT if people would educate themselves they would realize there are several milk products you can make with milk that is going bad so don’t throw it out!!

    Please let’s fight for our healthy foods!! We have sat back far to long and allowed a government that is supposed to represent US, not big business and not the lobbyists that twists the facts into untrue truths!! Our children deserve to be healthy and happy!! We all are!! Don’t be silent anymore!!

  6. There is no science to back statements that raw milk should not be given to infants or people with suppressed immune systems. Those statements are speculative and fear based. In fact the opposite is more likely true. The raw milk that our dairy produces is tested every day and it passes the food safety standards that are set for pasteurized milk, so any risks associated with raw milk can be eliminated with good production and bottling practices. The bacteria counts in our delivered milk are lower than what is allowed in pasteurized milk purchased from retail stores. When you consider that one of the primary purposes of raw milk to the developing calf is to prepare the immune system of the calf for a healthy life, it makes sense that giving raw, grass-fed cow’s milk to children under one year of age is most beneficial to their immune system development and that immunosuppressed individuals may benefit by drinking fresh raw milk (probably the fresher the better).

  7. I’ve been drinking raw milk for about 2month now. Probably too soon to tell if its helping me nutritionally but I can tell you it tastes so wonderfull. Oh my gosh. It is the best. My seven year old grandson told his mother it was the best milk he ever had. And it’s so so so cold!

  8. I just started feeding my 3 month old baby raw goats milk and so far she is much happier and less fussy than on the store bought formula the doctors told me to feed her. Does anyone have an opinion on raw goats milk and babies?

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