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Is sheep milk healthier than cow milk?

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Sheep's milk has a higher nutrient density than cow's milk. The high content of orotic acid is believed to have a positive effect on the heart and liver as well as on learning and memory. Further studies are still pending.

With around 5.5% protein, sheep's milk is one of the particularly protein-rich types of milk and, at 6.2 g per 100 g, also provides plenty of fat. Because of its high protein and fat content, it is preferred for making cheese and plays a rather subordinate role as drinking milk. The fat in sheep's milk is much more finely divided than in cow's milk and the fat molecules have a smaller structure. Therefore, sheep's milk should be easier to digest than cow's milk. However, this has not yet been proven by scientific studies. Sheep milk also contains higher concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid. Also potassium, calcium, iron and copper as well as vitamins A, B2, Biotin, B12, Niacin and vitamin C are found in greater amounts than in cow's milk. Sheep's milk also has a high orotic acid content of 350-450 mg / l, cow's milk only contains approx. 100 mg / l. The acid is produced in the human organism as an intermediate stage in pyrimidine synthesis, a building block of DNA. It also serves to transport magnesium into the body cells. Animal experiments have shown positive effects of orotic acid in combination with magnesium on the heart and liver as well as on learning and memory. The latter could also be observed in humans. In clinical trials, the acid also lowered urine levels and the risk of gout attacks. Other healing effects of sheep's milk, which are explained by the high orotic acid content, cannot be scientifically proven. Pure sheep's milk, like all other animal milk, is not recommended for feeding babies, as the nutrient content with its high protein, fat and mineral content differs too much from breast milk. There are only a few studies on the risk of allergies to sheep's milk. Since the proteins of sheep's and cow's milk are very similar, allergic reactions to sheep's milk proteins are likely in those who are allergic to cow's milk. The Research Institute for Child Nutrition in Dortmund and other nutrition institutions therefore rate the allergic potential of sheep's milk as high as that of cow's milk. In individual cases, however, sheep's milk may be tolerable. Sheep's milk is only available regionally in farm shops and partly in health food and health food stores. It is mainly consumed in the form of cheese in this country.

Bibliography:
N.N .: Alternative animal milk in infant nutrition. www.fko-do.de/faq/faqtierm.html, viewed on July 12, 2004

KENGETER, B .: The importance of sheep's milk and its products for human nutrition. Series of publications of the Working Group for Nutritional Research Volume 2, Bad Vilbel 2004

KERSTING, M .; BEAUTIFUL. G .: Nutritional advice for children and families. Fischer Verlag, Jena 1996

KIELWEIN, G .: Guide to milk science and milk hygiene. Blackwell-Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin 1994

Status: 2004


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