A definite yes! Goat’s milk formula has so many advantages for the growth and development of children, but also for a child’s digestion. Today, we will take a closer look at some of the major benefits of goat’s milk formula, so you can make an informed decision regarding a formula for your little bub!
Goat’s milk formula and cow’s milk formula both provide the nutrients a child needs for good growth and development, but goat’s milk formula can be gentler on the sensitive tummy of a child. The reason for that is prebiotic oligosaccharides, the non-digestible fibres inside goat’s milk formula. Cow’s milk formula contains prebiotic oligos too, although fresh goat’s milk contains six times more of these non-digestible fibres compared to standard cow’s milk.
The non-digestible fibres known as prebiotic oligosaccharides, or oligos for short, perform numerous functions in the large intestine. One of the functions they perform is promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria; this includes bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
Our digestion system is filled with gut bacteria, both good and bad. Each person’s balance of gut bacteria can be different, since there are more than a thousand different species of gut bacteria, with more than five-thousand bacterial strains. Therefore, it is no surprise that the gut bacteria combination in a person’s gut is unique to them.
When the balance shifts in favour of unhealthy gut bacteria, it could cause problems with digestion; this may include anything from cramps and discomfort to constipation. However, a higher level of healthy gut bacteria could counter those problems, so the growth promotion of healthy gut bacteria by prebiotic oligosaccharides cannot be underestimated.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides also absorb water in the large intestine. When the stool passes that intestine, it encounters the absorbed water. Naturally, this influences the texture and consistency of the stool, making it softer and easier to pass. So, children suffering from cramps or constipation could benefit greatly from this benefit of prebiotic oligosaccharides.
Goat’s milk formula is a suitable formula option for all children. Even though this formula has countless benefits for digestion, and therefore often recommended for children with digestion-related issues, goat’s milk formula contains high levels of vitamins and minerals that contribute to good growth and development.
One of the minerals that can be found in goat’s milk is calcium. Fresh goat’s milk even contains 10% more calcium than regular cow’s milk, which in turn could be beneficial for bone growth and bone development.
Calcium is collected by the human body during childhood and the teen years; this means that an adequate amount of calcium during these times is extremely important. With goat’s milk formula, you are providing your child with the right amount of calcium, so they can enjoy healthy and strong bones.
Another mineral that is present inside goat’s milk formula is magnesium. Magnesium actually has a strong link with the previous mineral we mentioned, calcium, since magnesium is needed by the body to store calcium.
Magnesium is important for other biochemical processes in the human body too. The mineral has been linked as a co-factor in hundreds of enzyme systems, which means the body cannot function properly if the diet contains an insufficient amount of calcium. Fortunately, parents do not have to worry about this with goat’s milk formula.
Parents will find that goat’s milk formula is also a good source of vitamin C. Much like the minerals mentioned earlier, vitamin C is a vitamin with loads of important functions; this includes the creation of skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. The vitamin is also linked to the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. It also helps to absorb iron in the body.
We must mention that vitamin C is an antioxidant; this is a compound that can prevent damage caused by so-called free radicals. Free radicals are created due to various circumstances; this includes the breakdown of foods, exposure to tobacco smoke, and even radiation.
Finally, goat’s milk formula is also an excellent source of vitamin A. While vitamin A is often associated with vision development and sight, it also plays a role in maintaining healthy teeth, skeletal tissue, soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin.
Parents who want to read more about the benefits of goat’s milk formula can refer to the many information pages on our website. We have dedicated resource pages for parents, which may prove useful when you are looking for a formula.
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