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Health Benefits of Organic Milk

The health benefits of organic milk include more Omega 3, more CLA, more antioxidants and more vitamins than conventional milk. Milk is one of the most important components of our diet as its consumption ensures healthy growth and development. The modern dairies, however, use different types of chemicals for milk production. These include pesticides, and fertilizers for growing the fodder, and hormones, and antibiotics fed to the cows.

Excessive usage of these chemicals in conventional milk production, and the harmful effects they create have resulted in an increased demand for organic milk from health conscious consumers. Currently only 3% of the total milk sold in the US is organic milk; however, this segment is growing rapidly at a rate of over 20% per annum. The market for organic milk is growing in other countries as well, with over 30% in the UK. Why is the demand for organic milk increasing so rapidly? The apparent answer is – Organic milk is healthier than conventional milk.

While organic milk retains all the benefits provided by non-organic milk, it also provides certain additional benefits. The health benefits of organic milk were researched by a team from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Research. The research, which was presented at one of the Annual Conferences of UK's Soil Association, is considered to be path-breaking.

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Organic Milk has More Omega3

Organic milk has more Omega3 than non-organic milk. What is Omega3 and why is Omega3 important? Omega3 is an essential fatty acid, which is required for healthy growth and its deficiency has been the reason of various health problems recently. Regular intake of Omega3 keeps you away from various diseases and helps you in reducing incidences of heart disease, inflammations (in skin diseases such as eczema), cancer, arthritis, et. Organic Milk has 71% more Omega3. Research conducted at the University of Aberdeen shows that organic milk has about 71% more omega 3 than conventional milk. Why does organic milk have more Omega 3 than conventional milk?

According to the research conducted by Dr. Richard Dewhurst and his team at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, organic cows, which are pasture grazed, are fed with more quantity of red clover than the conventional cows. Red clover contains large amount of Omega3, which passes to the cow and to you through its milk. Moreover, the ratio of Omega3 to Omega6 is higher in organic milk. Though Omega6 is also required for healthy growth, excessive Omega6 can be bad at times. Increased consumption of vegetable oils such as corn, soybean, and sunflower, has resulted in an increased intake of Omega 6 in our body. Hence organic milk consumption serves as an effective means of controlling the balance between Omega3 and Omega6 proportions in our body.

 

Organic Milk has Higher Vitamin Content

Research conducted by the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Newcastle has shown that organic milk has higher concentration of vitamins such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E than conventional milk. Since organic cows graze on fresh grass and clover, the milk they produce has about 50% higher Vitamin E and 75% higher beta carotene. Vitamin E is useful for protecting your body cells from free radicals and thus delays ageing. It also reduces the incidence of various chronic diseases including heart diseases, diabetes and cataract.

Normally a person requires 15 milligrams of Vitamin E in the form of alpha tocopherol. However, adults in the US consume only 8-12 milligrams daily, on an average. This deficiency in vitamin E consumption can be removed by drinking organic milk daily. Beta carotene is converted by our body into Vitamin A. Vitamin A, also called retinol, is useful for strong eyesight, increasing resistance to infections, good skin, bone growth, tooth development, reproduction and gene expression.

 

Organic Milk has More CLA

More Conjugated Linoleic Acid: Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) increases metabolic rate, immunity to diseases and muscle growth. It also reduces abdominal fat, cholesterol, and allergic reactions. It is worth noting that human body cannot produce this substance and most of our CLA intake happens through the milk and milk products that we consume. Now, you will be surprised to know that cows that are grazed on pastures produce 500% more CLA in their milk than cows that are fed fodder. This definitely calls for preference to organic milk over non-organic milk. Recent animal studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is beneficial in cancer treatment and this has further increased people's interest in organic milk.

 

Organic Milk has More Antioxidants

More Antioxidants: Organic milk has two to three times higher concentration of antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin than non-organic milk. Lutein is extremely important for eye health and is effective in preventing numerous eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract. Zeaxanthin is also important for good eye health. It protects the eye from UV damage and free radicals. It is very helpful in preventing cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Source: Organic Facts (http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-animal-products/organic-milk/)

 

 

 

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