Top Five Health Benefits of Goats Milk

Published: 09th April 2010
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There are a lot of reasons why farmers are into goat raising apart from this venture being cheaper and a lot easier than managing cows or other livestock. One of the reasons includes the goat's usefulness and many benefits whether dead or living. In fact, goats have always proven to be useful to man since time immemorial; anthropological evidences even suggest that goats were used as a milk and meat source. Goat hair and bones on the other hand were utilized to make clothing and tools, while its hide was made into water bottles, parchment and even wine bottles. Considering all these benefits, goats were even used by traders as money for purchase during the barter system.

All the said goat benefits still hold true today and just like the old times a lot of people are into goat farming to raise goat meat and milk. However, if the two industries will be compared, raising goats milk is still behind goat meat farming in terms of popularity but it is currently a steadily growing venture because of the following health benefits that could be derived from consuming goats milk:

1) Goats milk is low in fat and extremely nutritious even when compared with other milk varieties as it has high levels of:

a. Calcium - needed to keep the bones strong, prevent bone loss due to menopause or rheumatoid arthritis, and prevent the occurrence of migraine headaches and contribute to the reduction of symptoms of PMS during the second half of the menstrual cycle.

b. Protein - needed to repair damage tissues, provide energy to prevent fatigue, fight off illnesses and maintain health muscles.

c. Phosphorus - essential in maximizing the ability of calcium to build stronger bones and teeth, help in the proper digestion of important minerals and transmission of nerve impulses, as well as in the effective waste excretion of the kidneys.

d. Vitamin B2 - also known as Riboflavin is essential to metabolize fats, carbohydrates and proteins, for the formation and respiration of red blood cells, production of antibodies, human growth and reproduction regulation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, nails, and overall health.

e. Potassium - important in the maintenance of normal blood pressure and proper heart function.

f. Biorganic sodium - essential mineral to prevent arthritis and digestive problems

2) Goats milk is highly digestible and less likely to cause allergic reactions than cows milk; hence, it could be taken in moderation by people who are lactose-intolerant.

3) Goats milk hastens the absorption by the body of minerals such as iron and copper particularly if the person has trouble absorbing minerals because of problems in the digestive tract.

4) Goats milk has less xanthine oxidase than cows milk, which is an enzyme that could create scar tissue on the heart when it enters the bloodstream.

5) Studies conducted on goats milk revealed that this milk variety is helpful in alleviating a number of health conditions including allergies, tuberculosis, arthritis, irritable bowel movement and ulcers.

Going through the list one could readily understand why goats milk raising is becoming a growing industry to think that the things mentioned are just the health benefits. If one will add this list on the number of products that could be made from goats milk such as cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt, cosmetics, etc. it will definitely be enough to convince any skeptics on the many uses and benefits of goats milk.

Valik Rudd has keen interest on Capriculture. Unlike other people with similar passion, he is also into collecting various information, best practices and research findings on raising goats' milk. Check out his Goat ebook at:

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