Health & Lifestyle

Know the Surprising Benefits of Raw Milk and Ways to Best Utilize It

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Milk is a nutritious drink that contains protein, vitamins, minerals & fatty acids. Before the introduction of pasteurization, all milk was consumed raw in its natural and unprocessed state. With the increasing popularity of natural, local, farm-sourced foods & the perception that raw milk is healthier, its consumption has also increased.

Raw milk nutrition

1 cup of whole cow’s raw milk has:

  • Calories - 150

  • Protein - 8 grams

  • Fat - 8 grams

  • Calcium - 30% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)

  • Vitamin A - 6% of RDA

  • Iron - 6% of RDA

  • Cholesterol - 10% of RDA

  • Sugars - 12 gms

Raw milk Benefits

Here are the incredible health benefits of raw milk:

  • Consuming milk has long been linked with healthy bones. This is because of its powerful combination of nutrients like protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium & vitamin K2.

  • Raw milk is said to control blood pressure. It contains excess amount of proteins that are made of casein, which can help maintain healthy blood pressure & increase the absorption of minerals.

  • Raw milk also helps in preventing weight gain. Many studies have associated raw milk drinking to a lower risk of obesity. Surprisingly, this benefit has only been linked with whole raw milk.

  • It is a nutritious drink that provides numerous health benefits. In short, it’s a versatile ingredient that can be easily included to your diet.

  • Studies suggest that kids who consume raw milk are 50% less likely to develop allergies & 41% less likely to develop asthma as compared to children who don’t.

  • Raw milk also helps in preventing nutrient deficiencies in the body.

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Raw Milk Benefits for Face or Skin 

Milk has been known for its amazing benefits on skin as it is a rich source of calcium & protein. Raw or unpasteurized milk or even buttermilk is good for your skin in many ways. Dermatologists say that milk as well as dairy products are wholesome foods with a diverse vitamin profile. Applying organically sourced milk will make your skin soft, smooth & wrinkle-free skin. You can also use raw milk as a natural moisturizer for the skin. Using organically sourced, raw milk on the face also helps reduce even skin tone and brown spots & hyper-pigmentation.

A well-known Dermatologist, Dr. Rinky Kapoor said, "Raw milk can be used as a facial & body cleanser. It contains lactic acid, vitamins E, A, D & K and protein. And this makes milk a mild exfoliating as well as hydrating agent. Cold raw milk is very good toner, especially for dry skin”. Dr. Kapoor suggests the following tips for using milk on skin:

  • Prepare a milk mask by mixing honey in it and use it regularly. This can be beneficial for those who have dark spots because of acne.

  • You can use milk as pre-conditioner to deal with dry and frizzy hair. Apply it on your hair for an hour before you take a head bath. It can soften your hair and reduce frizz.

  • Fatty layer or malai which forms over full cream milk can be used as a face mask for people with dry, dull & dehydrated skin.

To conclude, though raw milk is good for body and skin but it must be consumed in right quantity or else it can be harmful for your health.



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Krishi Jagran