AYURVEDA has described eight types of milk obtained from different animal sources and the pride of place has been given to Cow milk of desk breeds of India (Ksheera varge agryam). Cow milk has been described as nutritive and good for the vital organs such as the Eyes, Brain and the Heart. It possesses sweet taste (Madhura rasa) and is cooling (Sheetha veerya) in nature. Cow Milk promotes immunity and acts as rasayana and ojovardhaka.
All of us know Milk is a good source of protein and fat and minerals such as calcium. But there are facts about Cow milk which we are not aware or we have not given a thought about.
Easy to digest: In the absence of mother’s milk, Cow milk has been suggested as a natural alternative. Children who have a weak digestion very commonly suffer from frequent vomiting and loose motions. Recurrent diarrheal episodes in these children lead to malnourishment and stunted growth. For such Children, Milk form Indigenous breeds of Cow will be a better alternative since it is easy to digest and more nutritive.
Milk from Indigenous breeds and better quality: Indigenous breeds of Cow have better disease resistance and this result in reduced usage of potent chemical drugs for disease control. Their milk has better immune booster effect described in Ayurveda as Rasayana property. Rasayana is the ability of a dietary article or medicinal herb or medicinal product to nourish the body in a uniform manner. Chyavanaprasha Avaleha is a common example of a rasayana medicine. The person who consumes Cow milk from Indigenous breeds of Cow will have better disease resistance and less of digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Cow Milk is a tonic to the skin, eyes, blood and has good nutritive properties.
Milk and immunity: If your child is regularly suffering from recurrent infections such as tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinusitis it is time you shifted from your present source of milk to one which is obtained from Indigenous breeds of Indian Cow.
Cow milk and improved intelligence and memory: Cow milk has the effect of improving medha or intellect and also is a good memory booster. It is ideally suited as a brain tonic because according to Ayurveda it has the ability to pacify Vata dosha which is responsible for the proper functioning of Nervous system. Our ancestors have advised Cow milk and Cow ghee as the best brain tonic. Cow milk and its effect on the mind: Our ancestors went beyond the calorie value of milk and found that milk has a calming influence on the mind. They have said that Cow milk improves the Sattva Guna in us and leads to enhancement of positive characteristics of a person.
Cow milk and bone strength: For pure vegetarians, Cow milk is a good source of Vitamin D which plays a huge role in the absorption of Calcium from the gut. Good absorption of calcium will lead to good bone strength. So Cow milk is very important for women who are nearing menopause because menopause increases the susceptibility to Osteoporosis.
How to drink and how much quantity?
Milk should be ideally boiled before consumption. Since Cow milk from Indigenous breeds of Cow has a natural sweet taste, there is no need for additional sugar. Since Cow milk itself is a complete formula, ideally it should be consumed without any additives.
Quantity of milk to be consumed: Quantity of milk to be consumed depends on the age and the digestive capacity of the individual. It is always good to have a complete diet with adequate sources of protein, carbohydrate, fats and minerals. Milk can be a good source of proteins, fats and minerals. One to two cups of milk per day should be ideal.
Cow milk and the elderly: Fifty and above is the age when our bones start showing signs of degeneration and more prone to fractures and arthritis due to weakness of bone tissue. Cow milk is an ideal bone tonic at this age.
Cow milk and Women: Women during their pregnancy and lactation should consume adequate quantities of milk. They are prone to Osteoporosis during and after the menopause and should ideally have Cow milk during this period.
How not to consume milk-Combinations to be avoided: Do not consume milk along with sour tasting fruits such as Pineapple, berries etc. Avoid consuming fish and sea food along with milk. For people who are having elevated cholesterol levels and suffering from heart problems, buttermilk is better than milk. Buttermilk has the property of making obese people lean.
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