You might be wondering about other forms of milk, such as goats’ milk. For many, cows’ milk is very inflammatory, causing gut issues, allergies, eczema, and acne. That’s because modern cows have been bred to have high levels of A1 casein, which is much more inflammatory than A2 casein, which was present in cows of yesteryear.
The good news is that goats’ milk has only A2 casein and is not inflammatory. It is also easier to digest and doesn’t cause stomach discomfort for most. Additionally, it has high levels of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which boost metabolism and brain function, and higher levels of vitamin A, which is good for your skin.
Studies have found that people who consume milk with A2 casein avoid the gastrointestinal symptoms, reduce inflammatory biomarkers, and improve cognitive function (likely from the MCTs in goats’ milk). 45 So goats’ milk can be a good alternative to cows’ milk. Also, A2 milk boosts the powerful detoxifying antioxidant compound called glutathione.
Regular milk, with A1 casein, forms caseomorphins, which act like addictive morphine-like peptides that have negative consequences for your brain and behavior (especially in the case of ADHD and autism). 46 Ever wonder why people binge on dairy products or don’t want to give them up? The A1 casein also seems to be a trigger for autoimmunity and diabetes, while the A2 casein doesn’t have the same negative effect