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Goat Milk Benefits

1. It’s easier to digest.

While the fat content of cow and goat milk is similar, the fat globules in goat milk are smaller, making it easier for your body to digest. Once it reaches your stomach, the protein in goat milk forms a softer curd than cow milk ­— only about 2 percent of goat milk is curd, compared to about 10 percent in cow milk — helping your body digest it with less irritation than cow milk.

Goat milk is also lower in lactose, or milk sugars, than cow milk. Because many people aren’t as lactose intolerant as they believe — or simply have trouble digesting cow milk and aren’t actually allergic to lactose — goat milk can be a viable option.

2. It has fewer allergenic proteins and causes less inflammation.

Most people who are intolerant of cow milk are actually sensitive to one of the proteins found in it, A1 casein, and lack the ability to digest A1. Additionally, cow milk is the number one allergy among children and can persist throughout adulthood. That’s because it contains more than 20 different allergens (including A1 casein) that can cause allergic reactions — often confused for seasonal allergy symptoms — which can range from hives and runny noses to abdominal cramping and colic in babies.

So what’s the big deal with A1 casein? This protein is highly inflammatory for some people, and inflammation is at the root of most diseases. A1 casein can contribute to gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, leaky gut and colitis — and some less obvious problems, like acne, autoimmune diseases and skin issues like eczema.

While there are some cows who don’t produce A1 casein, namely Jersey and Guernsey cows, the majority of bovines in the U.S., Western Europe and Australia are Holstein and Fresian, which are A1 casein producers.

On the contrary, milk that contains mostly or exclusively A2 casein produces none of these inflammatory effects. Goat milk contains only A2 casein, making it, protein-wise, the closest milk to human breast milk. In fact, one study suggests that goat milk, when used as the first protein after breastfeeding, is less allergenic for babies than cow milk.

3. It’s high in calcium and fatty acids but low in cholesterol.

While cow milk is often touted as one of the main calcium-rich foods, there’s no need to worry about not getting enough of calcium when switching to goat milk. It’s actually richer in the mineral, with about 33 percent of the daily recommended value versus 28 percent in cow milk.

Goat milk also has high levels medium-chain fatty acids — 30–35 percent as opposed to 15–20 percent in cow milk. These fatty acids provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat, help lower cholesterol, and can even help treat conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal disorders.

But wait, there’s more! Goat milk helps increase “good” cholesterol levels while reducing the bad ones. In fact, it’s got healing properties similar to olive oil and is recommended for keeping high cholesterol in check.

4. It keeps skin looking good.

The fatty acids and triglycerides found in goat milk not only keep your insides running smoothly, but they help you look great on the outside, too. Their moisturizing qualities help keep skin baby soft. Goat milk also has high levels of vitamin A, which can improve your complexion, fight acne and improve overall skin health. In fact, it should be considered one of the home remedies for acne. The lactic acid found in goat milk helps rid your body of dead skin cells and brighten skin tone; no more pasty face! 

Because goat milk has a pH level similar to humans, it’s absorbed by the skin with less irritation and helps keep bacteria at bay (goodbye, pimples!).

5. It absorbs nutrients and minerals better than cows’ milk.

Moo-ve over, cows. While goat and cow milk might rank similarly for mineral content, goat milk might still be the winner.

That’s because early studies have found that nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous were more easily digested and used by the body in goat milk than cow milk. Because of the bioavailability of these minerals, goat milk also looks promising for treatment of nutritional deficiencies like anemia and bone demineralization. In addition, it can help address all-too-common iron deficiency and magnesium deficiency.

In fact, researchers suggest that goat milk should be consumed regularly by individuals with malabsorption issues, anemia, osteoporosis or prolonged treatments with iron supplements.

Regularly consuming goat milk enhances the body’s ability to use iron and boosts regeneration of hemoglobin, making it a safe and natural way to treat osteoporosis and combat anemia. Its high levels of zinc and selenium also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases.

goat milkGoat Milk is a direct product of goats and useful for such products as everyday consumption, cheeses, as well as goat milk soaps and goat milk lotions. Over many years, a number of people as well as many physicians have used goat milk as a healthy alternative. Especially for babies and people who are lactose intolerant. And just the same, many small animals (such as baby rabbits) can be fed goat milk as an alternative.

Here are five good reasons to start using goat's milk soap:

1) Goats Milk is known to help delay signs of skin aging.

Goat's milk soap is known to help delay signs of skin again due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. Alpha-hydroxy acids break down dead skin cell bonds, removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface and leaving behind new cells on the surface that appear smoother and more youthful.

2) Goat Milk products are not a chemical counterfeit.

Water-based soaps on mainstream supermarket shelves use harsh chemical acids to break down dead skin cells. The lasting effect of chemical acids on the skin is more similar to a chemical "burn." Alpha hydroxyl acids found in goat's milk, work with skin instead of breaking it down and aging it further.

3) Goats Milk has been known to have Anti-inflammatory properties.

Goat's milk reduces skin inflammation due to its fat molecule content. The cream present in goat's milk is a moisturizer, soothing dry and damaged skin, possessing an anti-inflammatory effect.

4) It is loaded with essentials:

Goat's milk is packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E, that feed the skin and are absorbed into the body.

5) Milk  is known to Treat acne:

Studies now show that goat's milk is effective for treating acne and skin conditions. This is primarily because goat's milk has anti-bacterial properties that delay the growth of microbial organisms that spur the spread of acne.

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Portland, Oregon May 7-12, 2012.  A soap convention?  Really?  They have a convention for everything, but how weird is that?  

Can I just say...I had THE BEST TIME!  What an amazing time learning, networking and filling our minds with so many ideas!  This was my first soap convention, but if all else, I was in Portland!  The land of water, seafood, and greenery!  We had conferences all day and dinners and sponsored events at night.  Each day and evening were packed full, be it classes on product or business ideas, or networking with fellow soapers.  I am so overwhelmed with all of the thoughts and ideas running through my head and can't wait to share them with you!

Some of the classes I attended included an amazing chemistry lesson on clear soap with Kevin Dunn.  I would give anything to take a class from him!  Chemistry explained in a humorous and easy-to-understand format!  LOVED this!  I can't wait to try some clear soaps!  The essential-oil blending class with Jade Shutes totally rocked, and I wish I would have been in her in-depth class.  So many classes, so little time... 

I have reconfirmed that Simply Eden and our goat milk soap and lotion products are heading in the right direction with great ideas for our current products, as well as new ones!  My first big idea is for oil infusions of natural products for color! I am so excited to start experimenting with this!  Stay tuned on my progress!

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Cheers!

We might all agree that “oats” sounds like a pure, healthy, and natural ingredient for our skin. But then you have the word “hydrolyzed”. Sounds chemical. Sounds not-so-natural. But in fact, the word “hydrolyzed” refers to a naturally occurring chemical reaction called “hydrolysis”. The root “hydro” means water, as in “hydration”. The word “-lysis” refers to the splitting of molecules. In the case of “Hydrolyzed Oats”, we are talking about a soluble form of oats which is naturally derived from whole oats by the process of hydrolysis – splitting the oat molecules with water molecules.

Hydrolyzed oats contain protein and oligosaccharides (a fancy way of saying carbohydrates). The primary reason I use hydrolyzed oats in my goat-milk lotions in that it is a proven “humectant”. That means it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and transfers it to the skin, thereby providing deep hydration. This has been clinically proven. When skin is well hydrated, the appearance of lines and wrinkles is diminished. Also, the hydrolyzed oats impart the lotion with increased smoothness. When applied to the skin, the oat solution helps make the skin feel velvety smooth with no residual tackiness or greasy feeling.

Simply Eden lotions containing Hydrolyzed Oats give your skin a deep hydrating treatment without greasiness. I find these oats a great way to add humectant properties to my lotions using pure, natural, sustainable ingredients. Enjoy my lotions in a great variety of fun and interesting scents, using essential oils or phthalates-free fragrances, or unscented for particularly sensitive skin.

Cheers!

Thank you Dorothy!

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