Is a dairy free diet good for acne, eczema etc?
Acne and dairy
As you probably know we have four junior shepherds, and unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of experience with acne. If you search on Google about dairy and acne or dairy intolerance and acne, you will get headlines like “ I gave up dairy and my adult acne disappeared in under a month! Of course, it’s not that simple.
Many people who believe they have a dairy intolerance, think about going dairy free, but this course of action comes with its own challenges for overall health. A significant downside of the dairy-free diet is getting the correct amount of calcium. Dairy alternatives lack the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D which are essential to bone health and overall development. Then if you care about the planet most of the plant based alternatives are made thousands of miles away, and have a huge carbon footprint.
Dairy Free Diet
Rather than taking a drastic dairy free diet step, it might be worth looking at other cow dairy alternatives. This is because most of the cow dairy products: milk, butter cheese etc, contain a protein called A1 β-casein. This type of protein has been shown in studies to cause inflammation of the gut and exacerbated gastrointestinal symptoms, which can result in acne, eczema, bloating etc. Sheep, goat and buffalo dairy milk products contain a protein called A2 β-casein, which doesn’t cause this inflammation. Sources below.
If you felt that trying a dairy alternative might be a good idea we have samples of our sheep's milk yogurt with A2 protein here https://velvetcloud.ie/collections/all-products/products/free-sample-velvet-cloud-sheep-s-milk-yogurt-450g
He, M., Sun, J., Jiang, Z.Q. et al. Effects of cow’s milk beta-casein variants on symptoms of milk intolerance in Chinese adults: a multicentre, randomised controlled study. Nutr J 16, 72 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12937-017-0275-0
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