Raw milk benefits are
so numerous that once you know what you're getting you'll only want to
buy raw milk.
To understand the benefits of drinking raw milk, let's first understand the meaning of the words “organic, raw milk.” Organic, raw milk or even just plain, raw milk is simply milk that comes from a cow.Or, depending on where you live, mares, goats, reindeer, yaks, etc. Raw milk is not pasteurized, which is milk that has been heated or homogenized, where the rich, butter fat is mixed throughout the milk.
Usually, organic, raw milk gets
the name “organic” from the fact that the dairy animals are fed
untreated grass and not grains. It is from this excellent diet that you
get all of the wonderful benefits of raw milk.
My father often remarked that when he was a child, milk was considered “the perfect food.” As an adult, milk, especially whole milk, lost its once lofty title. He did not realize that he and all those who proclaimed the goodness of milk were now looking at a dead version of the once “perfect food.” Once raw milk is processed with pasteurization, it is successfully killed. All of the raw milk benefits are killed and the result is a poor excuse of what it was when it came out of the cow.
Pasteurization effectively renders a once-living, nutritious, perfect, liquid super food into a liquid devoid of nutrition. This fact has been both scientifically studied and published in prestigious medical journals.
Vitamins - Want a liquid multi-vitamin? Drink raw milk. All of the vitamins needed for health and wellness are found in whole, raw milk. Raw milk is the complete liquid vitamin. This is just another reason that whole, raw milk has earned the nickname “white blood.”
Minerals - Raw milk also contains a wide array of available minerals from calcium and phosphorus to trace elements. Minerals require other minerals and vitamins to function properly and raw milk has all of the necessary minerals in their exact ratios.
Proteins - Raw cow's milk has all of the eight essential amino acids needed by humans. Essential means that you must get them from the food you eat since the body cannot make them. Along with these essential amino acids, a few of the many beneficial proteins found in raw milk are worth further consideration.
Antibodies are a class of complex milk proteins. These proteins provide resistance to viruses and bacteria and may help alleviate allergies such as asthma, hay fever and eczema.
Lactoferrin - This particular protein helps you effectively assimilate the mineral iron. Lactoferrin also has anti-cancer properties and fights against the bacteria responsible for dental cavities. Raw milk benefits your teeth. Dentist Weston Price observed that dental malformations and cavities were rare among cultures who consumed raw milk products.
Enzymes- Enzymes are specialized types of proteins that enhance important biological reactions. There are at least 60 beneficial enzymes present in raw milk. Each enzyme has a specific biological task to perform. Some of the enzymes like catalase, lysozyme and lactoperoxidase protect milk, making it safe for us to drink without the need of pasteurization.
The functions of other enzymes such as amylase, lactase, lipase and phosphatase helps to digest starch, lactose fat and phosphate respectively, making raw milk an easy to digest food, even for lactose-intolerant people.
The friendly lactose-digesting Lactobacilli bacteria contained in raw milk enhances the function of the enzyme lactase and further allows lactose-intolerant people to enjoy raw milk.
The Lactobacilli bacteria also boosts the absorption of the vital minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron. The main benefit of pasteurized milk is to supply calcium. However, when this friendly bacteria is killed, you body cannot effectively absorb the calcium in the milk. So to get calcium into your bones where you actually need it, drink milk— raw milk.
Rich Butter Fat- An argument against raw milk is that it is high in fat and thus, will make you fat. This is a myth. Consider that while western nations seem to have a craze about low fat and fat-free foods, obesity rates are steadily increasing. The rich butterfat in organic, raw milk is necessary for many life functions.
Perhaps the most important fat found raw milk is CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA is a Omega-6 fatty acid. CLA is abundant in milk from grass fed cows and is heavily studied because of its promising health benefits. Among its many health benefits, CLA actually helps remove belly fat, improves metabolic rate, boosts the growth of muscles, reduces insulin resistance, strengthens the immune system and lowers food allergy reactions.
For more information on the benefits of fats, see the easy-to-understand Fat Primer.
Organic raw milk, raw goat's milk or whatever real milk you can buy is a nutritious base for however you design YOUR perfect shake!
Although raw milk may not be as easy to get as when my grandfather would deliver it to his customers, here are are some links for you to get started enjoying this liquid super food.
The best way to find local raw
milk is to simply contact local farmers and ask them if they have raw
milk. If not, ask if they can direct you to someone who does have it
and sells it. Here is a link to raw milk sources worldwide:
Don't stop with all of the
goodness of raw milk. Go raw with other foods too. Here is a great site
to start: Rawfood.com.