The protective effect of raw milk on asthma in children — Gabriella study

“Children who drink raw milk are at a significant lower risk of developing asthma and allergies than those consuming safer pasteurized version.

Researchers from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel interviewed a group of European parents about their children’s milk consumption while collecting 800 milk samples from the participants’ households, Reuters reported.

Results showed that kids who drank raw milk had a 41 percent lower risk of asthma compared to those only using store-bought milk.

Raw milk drinker children were also about half as likely to develop hay fever, researchers wrote in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Researchers found that the protective effect of raw milk was associated with whey proteins, such as BSA and alpha-lactalbumin, which possibly help children’s immune system development. These helpful proteins are usually destroyed by heat during boiling or pasteurization process.

Previous studies had also showed an association between drinking raw milk and lower risk of asthma, allergy and hay fever but the new research is the first to target certain components in the milk that might be protective….”

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