Many parents wonder how goat’s milk formula is made and what it contains. To answer these questions, please read our information below, which will provide you with more information such as what is goat’s milk formula and what nutrients it contains.
One of the most important things to remember about goat’s milk formula is that our infant formula and follow on formula’s are nutritionally complete; this means that goat milk formula contains all the nutrients your child needs for proper growth and development and is the most popular in the australian market.
The nutrients inside various formula types tend to be quite similar, but there is a difference between the natural nutrient content of fresh cow’s milk and goat’s milk. Compared to standard cow’s milk, our goat’s milk naturally contains more vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and calcium. Goat’s milk also contains six times more prebiotic oligosaccharides than regular cow’s milk, which could prove beneficial for your child’s digestion.
One of the biggest benefits of goat formula for babies are the high levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides. Prebiotic oligosaccharides are non-digestible fibres, which remain in the large intestine of our digestive system. Once they arrive in the large intestine, they start to absorb water and stimulate the growth of probiotics.
The absorption of water in the large intestine makes the stool softer and easier the pass, but this is just one of the benefits that prebiotic oligosaccharides can offer. By stimulating the growth of probiotics, also known as healthy gut bacteria, prebiotic oligosaccharides do not only stimulate the digestion of your little one, they also limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
Pathogenic bacteria are bacteria that may cause infections. Even though bacteria could be helpful for the human body, pathogenic bacteria certainly are not. Naturally, the type of infection pathogenic bacteria can cause depends on their location. Therefore, pathogenic bacteria in the large intestine could cause infection of the digestive system, subsequently leading to digestive distress, diarrhea and more.
More than 99% of all calcium we obtain from foods is stored in our body, more specifically in the teeth and the bones; this is no surprise though, because one of the functions of calcium is keeping the bones and teeth strong.
Of course, calcium fulfils numerous functions in the human body, so the functions of this important mineral in our goat formula are not limited to keeping the teeth and bones strong. In addition to this main function, calcium plays a vital role in the activation of specific enzymes, the transportation of ions across cellular membranes and the sending/receiving of neurotransmitters in cell communication. Therefore, calcium is a vital nutrient for your child’s growth and development.
Studies have also shown that calcium could reduce the risk of certain illnesses over time; this includes colorectal cancer. The frequent use of calcium could also lower systolic blood pressure in high blood pressure sufferers and could decrease the risks of osteoporosis. Therefore, it is important to get enough calcium during childhood, since most calcium is stored during this time.
When you realise magnesium is responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the human body, you also realise that the importance of this mineral cannot be underestimated. These biochemical reactions can be divided further in four categories: enzyme activity, energy production, DNA and RNA and mineral balance.
Enzymes are needed for our body to function, because many of the chemical reactions inside the body are dependent on those enzymes. Magnesium is a co-factor of these enzymes; this means that magnesium is needed to regulate the functions of the enzymes and control the rate in which they interact with the body.
Magnesium also enables our body to acquire energy, since it is one of the nutrients needed for the energy-production process, more specifically the conversion of ADP to ATP.
What many people do not realise is that magnesium also protects our DNA, since studies have indicated that that a lack of magnesium can slow down DNA synthesis, a process used to build proteins and reproduce cells.
Lastly, magnesium also makes sure we have the right electrolyte balance, which is certainly needed when you consider we need an accurate amount of calcium, sodium, potassium and other important minerals daily.
Food sources can contain two types of vitamin A. The first in preformed vitamin A, often found in animal-derived products such as meat, fish, poultry and dairy. The second is pro-vitamin A, which is predominantly obtained from fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin A is important for the development of vision, as well as the maintenance of important structures such as skin, teeth, skeletal tissue, soft tissue and mucous membranes.
Vitamin C cannot be stored by the body, since Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. Therefore, your child needs to get his vitamin C from food sources such as formula, citrus fruits, broccoli and tomatoes.
Goat’s milk is an excellent source of vitamin C, because it naturally contains 37% more vitamin C than standard cow’s milk. So, if you wish to fill a shortage of vitamin C in the diet of your toddler, our Oli6 formula could provide the extra vitamin C needed for good growth and development.
If you believe your child is suffering from a shortage of a certain nutrient, please contact a health professional and/or paediatrician right away. Even though it is likely the shortage is caused by a lack of the nutrient in your child’s diet, there are underlying conditions that could cause this problem as well. Therefore, always have your child checked by a medical professional if a nutrient deficiency occurs.