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Antioxidant Properties of Goat's Milk

Updated on September 21, 2011

Antioxidants

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are nutrients found in certain foods in which help fight off free radicals. What are free radicals? Free radicals are harmful molecules that are believed to contribute to many health conditions. These metabolic byproducts are known to cause damage to both cells and tissue throughout the body. A free radical is a molecule or atom with unpaired electrons that make them unstable. They attack the nearest molecule available to steal its electron. When a molecule has one of its electrons stolen, it has now become a free radical, which then leads to a chain reaction leading to the disruption of living cells.

Goat’s milk has both vitamins A & E

Vitamins A and E are great sources of antioxidants as well as flavonoids, which make plants, vegetable, fruits, algae, tea and fish oil great sources of antioxidants. Another great source of antioxidant power is from goat’s milk. Yes, goat’s milk. Goat’s milk has both Vitamins A and E in it. Both these vitamins are known to destroy free radicals generated through the skin by the pollutants passed through from harmful synthetic chemicals.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is known to have healthy benefits in skin care, helps with acne, eczema, wound healing, and resistance to infections, and many more benefits promoting optimal health. In fact vitamin A is recommended by dermatologist for promoting healthy younger looking skin. Most common source of vitamin A are carrots, but can be obtained in sweet potatoes, cantaloupes, watermelon, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, asparagus, eggs, peas, and yes goat’s milk! So if carrot juice is not your thing you could try a nice cold beverage of goat’s milk or lather your entire body with goat’s milk soap.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is considered to be very effective in preventing skin cancer due to its ability to protect the skin from the sun and of course its powerful antioxidant properties reducing or preventing sun damage. Also vitamin E helps reduce appearance of stretch marks, prevents age spots, and maintains the skin’s oil balance. Because vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties and many skin benefits, is this vitamin so often added into skin care products like lotions, creams, salves, and soaps.

This is just one of the many great health benefits goat’s milk has to offer. Many have made the switch from cow’s milk to goat’s milk for various health reasons, and in fact many of those who are lactose intolerant can often drink goat’s milk with no complications. Many seem to get grossed out with the thought of drinking goat's milk, but much of that I believe is a mental thing. I have drank goat's milk several times without knowing that I was drinking it, and could never tell the difference.

Goat’s milk has also become very popular in the skin care industry as goat milk is very therapeutic to the skin as well.

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      Ziaja - USA 

      6 years ago

      Goat's Milk Skin Care products are not available from Ziaja in the USA.

      http://www.zjashop.com

      All their products are under $10

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      RTalloni From what I have read goat milk has less calories. It has less fat and less calories! Goat cheese has eighty calories and six grams of fat per ounce, cow's milk cheese generally has around 100 calories and 10 g of fat per ounce. Your right though everything should be taken in moderations, even the good stuff.

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Goat's milk is good stuff, but oh the calories! Moderation is hard when you can use it to make yoghurt, ice creams, pies, soups, breads, cheese ... all the wonderful foods that some of us must have cow milk replacement for or do without. Can the calories be justified with your info? ;)

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      prasetio30, my friend thank your for the kind comment, I do hope that you enjoy the taste of goat milk as much as you will enjoy all of its healthy benefits, be well my friend,and God bless.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I'll try goat milk as your suggestions and I believe the benefit of goat milk as antioxidants. This is a miracle for us. Why we don't use this as an alternative for our health. Good work, my friend. You are my inspirations. Rated up. Take care!

      Love and peace,

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Sunnie Day, we have been discussing about getting a couple of goats here as well. We currently buy our goat milk from a local farmer, but we have 5 acres and think that it might be fun, Just got to make sure to have a very good fence.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      I love Goat cheese and plan on buying a couple goats soon for our "wanna be backyard farm"

      Thanks for the great info,

      Sunnie

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Micky Dee, thanks for calling my work great, and for sharing your experience with milk as an athlete, I can see how milk can increase phlegm and congestion.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Dairy is not that good for most athletes. Dairy causes more phlegm and congestion. Take note of chronically congested people. I've been experimenting as an athlete for decades and I've verified studies about this with my own life. Keep up your great work!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Micky Dee thanks for commenting, goat's milk is some amazing stuff. We started using goat's milk for making our soaps, which led me to really research it further and now I incorporate goat milk into my diet as well. Thanks for stopping by, God bless.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Nicely done as always rpalulis! My daughter drank almost nothing but Goat's milk as a child. She's had little dairy in her life growing up. Goat's milk is the closet to human milk. I would have the goat cheese, milk, etc. from the goat. God bless you for putting this together.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      crystolite, thanks glad to have refreshed your memory on antioxidants. Thank for stopping by and reading this hub.

      Rob

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      Emma 

      7 years ago from Houston TX

      rpalulis,fantanstic article you have here.thanks 4 refreshing my memory on the meaning of antioxidant

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Wow! that's pretty cool- thanks for sharing. I have heard that many who can not drink cow's milk can drink goat's milk with no problems. So glad that it worked out for your son. Goat's milk has many other benefits as well that I did not mention in this particular hub but think perhaps a hub on goats milk vs. cows milk would be a good one.

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      My son was given goat's milk when he was born because he had a problem digesting everything else - Now I know why it is all the rave! I must share this with him because my son is a huge health nut - and he owes it all to goat's milk :) Thank you for a great hub!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Thanks Susan, so glad you enjoyed learning a little bit about goat's milk, it is so go for you, I do hope that you do try it.

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      Susan Miles 

      7 years ago

      Very informative article. I like learning about foods with antioxidants. I must try Goat's milk. I've tried goat cheese a few times in a Mac and Cheese dish and loved it.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      I love the goats milk cheese also, and yes it is healthier than cheese that comes from cows milk. It has less fat and less calories! Goat cheese has eighty calories and six grams of fat per ounce, cow's milk cheese generally has around 100 calories and 10 g of fat per ounce.

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      Bethany Culpepper 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting and brings back memories. My mom used to give us goat's milk once and awhile. I don't drink it now, but love the cheese. I hope it's just as healthy!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Cheapsk8chick, goat's milk cheese is awesome, I love it, then again I love cheese. I will probably do a hub in the near future on goat vs. cow milk, I just thing its amazing how healthy goat milk is.

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      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      I can see where that mental breakdown thing could keep people from drinking goat's milk. But goat cheese is great. Maybe it retains some of those properties?

      I always wondered why goat's milk was good for the skin, and now I know! Thanks for the hub! Voted & rated!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Thanks Katie, goat's milk is pretty amazing stuff, I too love learning all these facts and love to share them even more, isn't hubpages great!

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Rob,

      I confess I'm a geek and love facts, details and digging till I get the complete picture. I love your work as you give full attention to details.

      I enjoyed reading antioxidant properies of goats milk. Now I get the big picture as to why goats milk is so good for our skin and used in healthy skin care products.

      Thanks!

      :) Katie

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      ImChemist, welcome, and thank you for stopping by, so glad you found this hub on the antioxidants of goat's milk soap informative. Thanks for commenting and rating!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Darlene check this link out, http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/artic...

      We buy our goat milk from a local farmer and I recommend that everyone find a local farmer before searching in stores. You could do a Google search and type in your zip code for local farms to buy fresh goat milk.

      Everyones taste is different, I personally can't tell the difference and therefore have no problem drinking it and think it taste like milk should taste. I definitely recommend trying it, it so healthy for you.

      I am so glad you got your soaps! and that you are enjoying them.

      Thanks again for commenting and let me know what you think of goats milk once you try it.

      Take care!

      Rob

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      ImChemist 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this great informative hub, that i rated.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hi Robert, thanks for this excellent hub, I have never seen goats milk in the stores, where do you buy it, is it lactose free because I really do get sick when I drink milk, and how does it taste, you said you can't tell the difference so does it taste just like real milk...? Sorry but this hub made me what to buy goats milk and I have just have no idea where to start. Also, the soap I bought from you is fantastic, my skin loves it, thank you so much. Love this hub, rate it up up up love & peace darski

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