Parents who only want a more natural formula for their child may find that goat’s milk formula is a great choice. Goat’s milk formula naturally contains many nutrients, which means that they don’t need to be added to the formula. To find out more about the natural nutrients and benefits of goats milk formula, please read our additional information below.
One of the things that really stands out with goat’s milk is its high vitamin and mineral content, which is automatically transferred to goat’s milk formula. Compared to standard cow’s milk, goat’s milk is richer in vitamin A, magnesium, vitamin C and Calcium. This natural presence of vitamins and minerals is advantageous for parents looking for a natural formula for their child, considering none of these vitamins or minerals have to be added through processing.
Vitamin A is one of those vitamins adults and children cannot live without. The vitamin is responsible for the functioning of the immune system and is able to ward of infections. In addition to that, it also increases your vision in dim light and keeps the skin healthy.
Even though goat’s milk formula is rich in vitamin A, you can still give your child some foods that are rich in vitamin A when he/she hits the solid food stages. Great sources of vitamin A are cheese, eggs, oily fish, fortified low-fat spreads, milk and yoghurt.
Vitamin C is a key component for good health and development. The main function of this vitamin is the repair of red blood cells, bones and tissues. However, this vitamin plays a role in additional functions in the body, more specifically keeping the gums healthy, strengthening the blood vessels and minimise bruising after a fall.
The goat’s milk found in Oli6® naturally contains all the vitamin C your child needs for their early development, because of the naturally high levels there is no fortification required.
Magnesium can be a great contributor to good health; this is not limited to health on a physical level, but also a mental level. Several studies executed over the last ten years have shown a link between magnesium deficiency and conditions such as ADHD and ADD. Many physicians are therefore recommending parents to check the magnesium intake of their children to prevent and treat these conditions.
There is a second reason why magnesium is good for the mental health of your child. Stress is one of the negative mental aspects our children have to deal with. Fortunately, magnesium is a mineral that can reduce the stress levels and help your child to relax. If your toddler struggles with anxiety, then goat’s milk with high levels of magnesium may be beneficial for them.
Once your child reaches the solid food stage, there are some foods you can use to ensure that your child maintains healthy levels of magnesium. To ensure your child gets enough magnesium, you may serve foods such as kelp, green vegetables, almonds, cashews, whole grain wheat or tofu. As you may notice, these are some foods children may have a little problem with, so supplementing with a goat’s milk formula or goat’s milk in general is not a bad idea.
During childhood, the body will use the mineral calcium to build strong bones. This particular process is not limited to the baby and toddler stage though, because the process is only completed at the end of the teen years. Because of the length of this particular process, it is extremely important to ensure that your child gets the right amount of calcium throughout all the stages of their young life.
Calcium can be obtained from several food sources when your child has outgrown the formula stage. To ensure your child gets the right nutrients, and calcium specifically, you could incorporate foods such as goat’s milk, green vegetables, beans, canned fish and cheese.
In addition to a naturally high amount of vitamins and minerals, goat’s milk also contains non-digestible carbohydrates that could prove very beneficial for babies and toddlers. These non-digestible carbohydrates are prebiotic oligosaccharides, which remain in the digestive tract after they have been consumed.
Many parents are already familiar with prebiotic oligosaccharides and are aware of their benefits. Prebiotic oligosaccharides will line the digestive tract and absorb water. When the stool passes, this water will make the stool softer and easier to pass. Because of this function, many babies and toddlers find a formula based on goat’s milk a lot easier to digest.
The benefits of prebiotic oligosaccharides do not stop with the absorption of water, because they have other digestive benefits to offer. Prebiotic oligosaccharides also promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria – these are the bacteria that aid digestion and perform other important functions in our intestines. Prebiotic oligosaccharides also limit the amount of pathogenic bacteria that may cause infection and inflammation, so they are protecting your child against illness as well.
A1 casein is a protein that is commonly found in dairy products. However, this particular protein is known to cause digestive distress and therefore falls under the category of allergenic protein. Compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains 50% less A1 casein, making goat’s milk a better choice for babies and toddlers who are intolerant to this particular protein.
Even though goat’s milk still contains the A1 casein protein, many parents find that their child can tolerate goat’s milk better than cow’s milk. You also have to take into account the presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides, which make the digestion process a lot easier and quicker.