Raw Dairy Products Are Recommended for Crohn’s Disease Patients

As was explained in a previous post, It is highly advisable to avoid commercially produced dairy products if you suffer from Crohn’s disease.

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Dairy has been linked to causing diarrhea, abdominal pain and gas in those with Crohn’s Disease and other problems with the digestive tract.

In general, only commercially produced dairy products are problematic for those with Crohn’s.

Two dairy products that are generally well tolerated by Crohn’s patients are:

1. Raw milk products from grass-fed cows

RAW milk from healthy grass-fed cows is actually one of the more profound healing agents you can turn to when confronted with Crohn’s disease. Rather than cause it, raw milk can send your Crohn’s into remission. This is because if cows are raised properly and only fed grass, not immunized, given access to plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and not given antibiotics or harmful vaccines that impair their immune system, then they simply do not get sick or become colonized with these pathogenic bacteria in the first place. Thus there is no need to pasteurize their milk.

Once people begin to drink real milk and start to experience the huge health benefits, there’s just no going back. The flavor is rich and complex, and the health advantages abound. Those who were lactose intolerant often find they have no problems, digestive issues clear up, energy increases, immune systems strengthen, and people feel overall better. Persons with such things as Crohn’s disease have come forward with testimonials on how unpasteurized milk has alleviated their symptoms completely. Some doctors have praised it as one of the healthiest foods you can consume.

What makes raw milk better?

Pasteurization, the process where the milk is heated, kills the beneficial bacteria, healthy enzymes, and proteins. Once these are gone you are drinking “dead” liquid and it is of no benefit, and might actually cause more harm than do any good to those who drink it.

In addition:

  • Unpasteurized milk has a cortisone-like factor in the cream, which is heat sensitive. This aids in combating allergies.
  • Unpasteurized milk has beneficial bacteria and lactic acids, which implant in the intestines and contribute to a balanced immune system. Unpasteurized milk also contains a LOT of probiotics.

Note: Only raw milk from grass-fed cows is recommended, NOT “organic milk”

Raw milk is the one that directly comes from the source which may be a cow, buffalo or a goat. It is not heated or projected to any other treatment. Organic milk on the other hand undergoes a process called pasteurization. This means that the milk has been heated for a specified time period to kill the harmful bacteria that is supposedly present in the milk. Milk that is pasteurized for an even longer time is called Ultra pasteurized.

In addition, many of the commercial, organic dairies are feeding their cows a high-grain diet, just like the “regular” dairies.

A list of sellers of raw milk can be found here: http://www.realmilk.com/where.html.

2. Goats milk products

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Many people, who suffer from digestive disorders such as crohn’s disease, and/or lactose intolerance, find that they can much better tolerate goat’s milk. This is due to the fact that:

  • The protein chains in Goats milk are shorter so it sits in the intestines for much less time. In contrast, cow’s milk will take much longer to digest.
  • The smaller molecules of goat’s milk are closer in size and composition to human milk, making it much easier to digest.
  • Goat’s milk protein is substantially less allergenic than cow’s milk protein in susceptible individuals.

There is some evidence to suggest that goat’s milk might even have a positive effect on Crohn’s, and therefore should be consumed by Crohn’s disease patients.

Goat’s milk is a very good source of calcium, riboflavin, and biotin, and a good source of protein, pantothenic acid, vitamin D, and potassium

Fresh and powdered goat’s milk and goat’s cheese is available in many fine health food stores, and online from the following firms: Coonridge Organic Dairy Inc. And Redwoodhill Farm Inc.

goatien An excellent highly recommended dried goat’s milk product is Goatien , produced by Garden of Life USA. This product is made from goats that are fed only natural feed, and are free of all growth hormones. Goatien is a rich source of protein, nutrients, and enzymes.

Click here to learn more on the superior health benefits of Goat’s milk products, or read: Nature’s Prescription Milk: Discovering the Healing Powers of Goat-Milk Products by Gloria Gilbere.

Raw Goat milk Kefir is especially highly recommended for Crohn’s patients.

One of the key components of a Crohn’s  healing diet is the complete elimination of dairy products. Unfortunately, this may lead to many dairy-tolerant individuals missing out on some of the most nutritious and beneficial foods on the planet. One dairy product that not only offers a wide range of vitamins and minerals, but also provides a variety of probiotic organisms and powerful healing qualities, is kefir (pronounced /k??f??r/ k?-FEER).

The various types of beneficial microbiota contained in kefir make it one of the most potent probiotic foods available.

Besides containing highly beneficial bacteria and yeasts, kefir is a rich source of many different vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids that promote healing and repair, as well as general health maintenance.  Kefir contains high levels of thiamin, B12, calcium, folates and Vitamin K2. It is a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that HELPS the body assimilate other B vitamins. The complete proteins in kefir are already partially digested, and are therefore more easily utilized by the body. Like many other dairy products, kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium and magnesium, as well as phosphorus, which helps the body utilize carbohydrates, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.

Note: When trying to avoid dairy products, it is extremely important to read food labels very carefully. Lactose, one of the primary sugars in cow’s milk, and casein, one of the primary proteins in cow’s milk, are both added to a wide variety of foods. Lactose is added for flavor, while casein is often added for emulsification, texture and protein supplementation. Lactose is found in hot dogs, pudding, caramel, in many prepackage cake mixes, biscuits, muffins, and even chocolate.

Therefore, the only way to tell for sure whether it is added to a food product is to carefully read the food label. Look for the words milk, lactose, whey, casein, milk by-products, nonfat dry milk powder and dry milk solids. If any of these are listed on a label, the item contains dairy products and should be avoided.

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