Autism and Goat’s Milk

There are 13 variants of Beta casein, a naturally occurring protein found in dairy products. Cow's Milk contains both A1 and A2 Beta Casein, the most common variants. Evidence suggests that A1 Beta Casein may be a contributing factor to the inflammatory and immune releated digestive responses observed in children diagnosed with Autism. This being so, one could suggest that milk products void of A1 Beta Casein may be suitable. Goat's milk contains A2 Beta Casein, yet is void of A1. For this reason, Goat's milk may be considered a suitable source of dairy for children diagnosed with autism. Several studies undertaken at the University of Las Palmas, Spain; University of Milano, Italy and University of Santo Do  Pinhal, Brazil, have strongly indicated that the consumption of 'high quality' goat's milk can play a beneficial role in improving digestive function, going as far to suggest that children diagnosed with a cow's milk allergy could possibly convert to goat's milk without developing a type 1 hypersensitivity response i.e. anaphylatic response, urticaria. Nonetheless, discussion with a qualified health care practtioner is imperative.

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