Cow milk health benefits.
Nutritional and medicinal properties
Cow milk is highly nutritious and stands next to mother’s milk in terms of its nutritional value and conventional use in the human society. It has got long history as one of the popular nutritional supplements used by man since the dawn of human civilization. The composition and nutritive value of the milk may differ according to the race of the cow, types of food it eats and the season. A1 and A2 types of milk among cows are well known today. This differentiation is made in the form of casein (principal milk protein) present in the milk. A2 milk produced by Indian breeds of cows has been endorsed superior for nutritional purpose. Apart from proteins, milk also contains fat in the form of fatty acids. There are two types of fatty acids in the milk, namely saturated and unsaturated. The unsaturated fatty acids are acknowledged as the good fat and people are encouraged to include them in the diet for better health.
This is considered as a gift of Nature to mankind. Cow milk is rich in several nutritional compounds like sugars, fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, calcium, minerals, hormones and so on. Cow milk is considered as a major source of proteins and calcium in the diet of vegetarians. The composition of the milk produced by cows fed with green fodder is known to be rich in unsaturated fatty acids, popularly known as precursors of ‘good cholesterol’. The omega 3 fatty acids present in cow milk takes care of the mental health of people, one of the growing challenges among the elderly population in recent years. The balanced combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids present in the milk of cows fed with green fodder has made cow milk into a much sought after food supplement.
The human brain contains a large proportion of fat accounting for 60% of its dry weight. Structural integrity and performance of the brain are largely dependent on a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids, with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), being a key molecule. DHA makes major structural and functional component of the human brain and hence considered as a nutritional supplement for maintaining the cognitive functions of the brain in a better status throughout the lifetime of an individual. Just like you need Calcium for bone health, DHA is essential for fitness of the brain. The alpha-linolenic acid (one of the omega-3 fatty acids) is the precursor molecule of DHA and cow milk is a natural source of this fatty acid. Therefore, regular intake of cow milk would safeguard the cognitive abilities and sustain the neurological health of the human body.
Apart from unsaturated fatty acids, cow milk contains vitamin D, vitamin K, Calcium and many other proteins and vitamins which play multiple functions in coordinating body systems like the bones, muscles, blood vessels, digestive organs, endocrine glands, etc. which in turn tone the body functioning at molecular, cellular and organ levels. Cow milk prevents the onset of osteoporosis.
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