Can Excess Milk Consumption Be Harmful To My Health?

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Lactose and galactose in milk can increase oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, both of which can make bones fragile. Cow's milk contains over 3 times more protein than human's, which creates metabolic disturbances. And with technology, today's cows are genetically modified to produce more and heavy milk, which can lead to types of cancer.

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Health experts and nutritionists have emphasized on the daily intake of milk especially during the growing years of a child. However there could be many side effects due to the excess consumption of milk.
Drinking more than three glasses a day may not protect bones against breaking – and may even lead to higher rates of death, say researchers. Also a new study suggests certain types of sugars found in milk may increase inflammation and oxidative stress, which can damage body cells.

Why Excess Milk Consumption is Harmful

High levels of Lactose and Galactose:

The adverse effects of consuming more milk are probably due to the high levels of lactose and galactose (types of sugar) present in milk. These compounds have been shown to increase oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in animal studies. Oxidative stress is the imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and the body’s ability to fight them with the help of antioxidants which may make bones fragile and affect the risk of mortality.

Cow’s Milk is Structured for Calves:

Each mammalian species has its own “designer” milk, and cow’s is no exception. For example, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of protein than human milk which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences. Hence excessive consumption of Cow’s milk may be damaging to your health.

Today’s Milk is Processed:

Nowadays, milking cows are given antibiotics and most are also injected with a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone. A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, this hormone increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Jenn Horst
Jenn Horst 5pts

But yes I agree do what's right for your body

Jenn Horst
Jenn Horst 5pts

I think the main issue is that the way our milk is produced today, is NOT the same as it was 30-40+ years ago. So yes, maybe it was a bit safer to drink back then, which is why NOW it's deemed less safe because it's all processed much more and contaminated with fillers to feed the masses. That's why you feel like they told us it WAS safe and now they decided it isn't. Plus research is much more advanced. \U0001f604 hope this gives some insight.

Jenn Horst
Jenn Horst 5pts

There is rice milk, hemp milk, tons of flavors and variations of each too including almond, cashew, coconut. Or, maybe, he doesn't drink any of it? It's unnecessary altogether. You can get calcium elsewhere. I personally do not drink any of it besides the occasional almond milk in a smoothie.

LS Whitney-Booth
LS Whitney-Booth 5pts

ALWAYS something. "Drink this. Eat that." 5 years later "DON'T drink this. DON'T eat that." Sheesh. JUST do whatever you feel is right for you and go in for yearly blood work.

Connie Brown
Connie Brown 5pts

What is the alternative for milk? My husband wouldn't drink almond or coconut milk.

Nivla Jones
Nivla Jones 5pts

Anything in EXCESS can't be good for anyone !!!

Elisavet Liz S
Elisavet Liz S 5pts

Anything excessive can be harmful!!! It's called moderation!!

Sho Osa
Sho Osa 5pts

I see. Must be careful.

Ericka Ysa
Ericka Ysa 5pts

I was told to much dairy makes you prone to ear infection? Lol ijs that was in a er too lol

Jenn Horst
Jenn Horst 5pts

Almond Milk has more absorbable calcium than "baby calf growth liquid" because let's be honest here, cow milk is for calfs, not humans. Of course if our land was spoiled and we were a starving race, we could all have a cow and drink it's milk...BUT... we aren't and we have access to ample types of sustainable kinds of "milks" and we are very blessed for that.

Kajal Sheth
Kajal Sheth 5pts

I am glad that ayurveda have done an article as such.... I think it would be very beneficial for all the followers to also read recommendations, on how they can use alternatives of cows milk to implement their lifestyles.

Trisha Luciano
Trisha Luciano 5pts

yeah..too much consumption of milk can cause acne :(

Deepak Mittal
Deepak Mittal 5pts

My opinion to the persons who cnt digest milk in few quantity.....use lemon in warm water some day after then start milk....

Patty Schick
Patty Schick 5pts

What about organic raw milk. We're fortunate to have a small family owned organic dairy who delivers to the door.

Nasim Hussain
Nasim Hussain 5pts

excess of anything is bad. period. mmmkay. :v