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Milk has many qualities which has been proven beneficial for the health. Milk in the unpasteurized form is referred to as raw milk. Raw milk has several benefits. It is milk in its purest form and hence has more health benefits than pasteurized milk. In the earlier days, raw milk was used as a medicine for curing many disorders. Since, many people use to drink it regularly, most them were not infected by any kind of diseases. But, as time has passed, many of us have forgotten about the various raw milk benefits.

This rich probiotic food is a highly nutritious beverage that has nourished man and created strong, able bodies for thousands of years. It has even been used to heal the body. Unpasteurized milk contains lactic-acid-producing bacteria that protect against pathogens. Compared to industrial milk, dairy foods from grass-fed cows contain more omega-3 fats, more vitamin A, and more beta-carotene and other antioxidants.

Unpasteurized Milk Benefits

Raw milk has different kinds of nutrients which make it a balanced food. It also contains all the 8 different types of nutrients. This milk is also rich in proteins. Another benefit of raw milk is that it is easy to digest. It is also known to improve the absorption and assimilation of iron. It helps in the assimilation of body building factors like calcium. Raw milk stimulates the immune system and can alleviate medical conditions like asthma, autism and digestive disorders. The raw milk also consists of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Raw milk lowers the pH level and prevents the growth of the microorganisms. This even kills the pathogens and bacterias thus, prevents the risk of food borne illnesses.

Researchers at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Basel in Switzerland followed nearly 15,000 children ages 5 to 15 in Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany from 2001 to 2004. The study, sponsored by the European Union and published in 2007, found that children who drank raw milk had a lower incidence of asthma and allergies.

Spokesman Michael Herndon said the FDA advises against the consumption of raw milk because it is a welcoming host to pathogens such as listeria and salmonella. On its website, the FDA says there is no truth to the assertions that raw milk can cure allergies. The agency says children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to the food-borne illnesses that can result from drinking unpasteurized milk.

Raw milk supporters see things differently. They say that although pasteurization kills dangerous bacteria and pathogens such as E. coli and listeria, it also destroys beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and raw fats that boost the immune system and aid digestion. Pasteurization usually goes hand in hand with homogenization, the process that breaks the fat globules in milk into smaller particles. The dairy industry homogenizes milk to prevent the cream from rising and to create a more uniform product, but raw milk advocates say that further corrupts the nutritional value of milk.

Not only is real (unpasteurized) milk a delight to your taste buds, but it is also very healthy for you - and yes for adults too! Butter and cream from grass-fed cows are a rare source of the unique and beneficial fat conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). According to the Journal of Dairy Science, the CLA in grass-fed butterfat is 500 percent greater than the butterfat of cows eating a typical dairy ration, which usually contains grain, corn silage, and soybeans.

CLA prevents heart disease, (probably by reducing atherosclerosis), fights cancer, and builds lean muscle. CLA aids weight loss in several ways: by decreasing the amount of fat stored after eating, increasing the rate at which fat cells are broken down, and reducing the number of fat cells.”

Butterfat helps the body digest the protein, and bones require saturated fats in particular to lay down calcium. The cream contains the vital fat-soluble and natural vitamins A and D. Without vitamin D, less than 10 percent of dietary calcium is absorbed. …Skim milk - especially industrial skim - is an inferior source of both. Skim and 2 percent milk must by law, be fortified with synthetic vitamin A and synthetic vitamin D.”

Glycosphingolipids are fats that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young children and the elderly generation.

According to Dr. Mary Enig, World Leading Expert on the Biochemistry of Food and Fat, and Sally Fallon, President of The Weston A. Price Foundation, and authors of Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats, “Children who drink skim milk and thus don’t get the benefits of glycosphingolipids, have diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk.

The common denominator among all these foods is cholesterol, which the body needs to produce a variety of steroids that protect against cancer, heart disease, and mental illness.

We cannot let our fear over tainted milk, and appreciation for the conveniences that pasteurization provide, stop us from bringing this valuable food source safely back to more people. This precious body building and healing food which supports our gastrointestinal function, has basically vanished from the North American landscape. Fresh whole unpasteurized milk has been out of circulation for most North American people since 1949. It is time for the excellent benefits of raw milk consumption to be communicated to everyone. Anyone who so desires, should be able to partake in the bountiful blessings of this perfectly created, healthy food from mother nature. Traditional non-pasteurized dairy beverage creates better health. Also, the health costs from its absence in our diets are far too great. We must bring back this ancient staple food that has safely nourished peoples for thousands of years.

Full-fat raw milk from pasture-fed cows has been used to treat:

* Tuberculosis
* Psoriasis
* Nervous system disorders
* Cardiovascular disease
* Renal disease
* Hypertension
* Gastrointestinal distress
* Respiratory ailments
* Asthma

J.E. Crewe, M.D., the co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, wrote that four weeks on nothing but raw milk reversed most chronic disease.

It’s remarkable how we now flock to buy foods with all those raw milk rich probiotics and nutrients added back in. We wouldn’t have to buy expensive supplements or add them back into dairy products if we didn’t take all that time to remove them in the first place, with the nutrient robbing pasteurization.

Under the Health Promotion and Protection Act, it’s illegal to sell, offer to sell, deliver or distribute raw milk in Ontario. Why make it illegal when the benefits outweigh the risks? DFO chairman Bruce Saunders. “It’s pure myth that raw milk offers any health advantages.” If raw milk is so dangerous then why does every dairy farmer in Canada drink their own milk without pasteurizing it and they’re not dying off. What is the government scared of? Why would something so natural and pure as raw milk be labeled as illegal and people be treated as criminals for selling or distributing something that has benefited mankind for thousands of year? Why are breast feed (raw milk) babies more likely to be more healthier throughout their lives than bottled feed (pasteurized milk) babies? The answer is clear. Raw milk offers many health advantages and is essential for the proper development of human babies and all mammals. Raw milk, either breast milk or cow’s udder milk, is the most essential food and hence the most health beneficial food on Earth. Pasteurized milk health benefits is the myth. Each year scientists discover more and more health-promoting substances in human milk that can only be mommy-made, not man-made. The late Dr. Frank Oski, world-renowned pediatrician, former professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was a longtime advocate of the importance of breastfeeding. He once stated, “When researching the difference between human milk and formula, I discovered that there are over four hundred nutrients in breast milk that aren’t in formula.” As always, mother knows best.