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About our milk

Learn more about the a2 Milk™ difference

How it all began…

The a2 Milk Company was founded in New Zealand in 2000 by scientist Dr Corran McLachlan,with the support of his business partner Howard Patterson, following a very significant and amazing discovery: cows naturally produce different types of milk proteins and these proteins affect people differently.

Read more about how it all began.

What is the natural A2 protein?

There are commonly many types of proteins naturally found in milk. Beta-casein protein is one type that accounts for about a third of the total milk protein. All cows make beta-casein protein. However, it’s the type of beta-casein that we believe makes all the difference for many.

A2 beta –casein protein is recognised as being the original beta-casein protein in cows. That is, originally all domesticated cows produced milk containing only the A2 protein.

However, owing to a natural genetic mutation, another milk protein (A1 beta-casein protein) appeared in Europe and spread throughout global herds via modern farming practises.

Research has shown that A1 and A2 proteins digest differently. Current and growing scientific evidence supports that the different protein fragments produced have an impact on aspects of digestive function. The science is still catching up to what many healthcare professionals and consumers have been saying for years.

What makes our cows different?

It all starts with hand-picking the right cows. a2 Milk™ is a 100% natural fresh cows’ milk from specially selected cows, not a product of genetic engineering or a technological process.

We work with farmers to identify and select cows that naturally produce milk containing only the A2 protein, and is free from all A1 protein. We do this by using a non-invasive DNA test that analyses a strand of hair from the tail of each dairy cow – a process which we have developed and enhanced over the years.

Cows certified to produce milk with only the A2 protein are then segregated and milked separately to produce completely natural a2 Milk™ that’s full of nutritional goodness.

How pure is pure?

The a2 Milk™ brand from The a2 Milk Company is a pure and naturally occurring cows’ milk, free from additives and preservatives.

Cows certified to produce only the A2 protein make exceptional milk, and we go to great lengths to ensure the greatest quality and freshest tasting milk is delivered to you and your loved ones.

We conduct several tests from cow to cup so you can rest easy in the knowledge that you’re getting pure a2 Milk™ – with nothing added and nothing taken away, just as nature intended.

Why we believe a2 Milk™ is better

Many consumers and health care professionals report that, when people experience discomfort drinking ordinary cows’ milk, they may experience relief when they switch to a2 Milk™.

Essentially, the natural difference in protein structure between a2 Milk™ and all other ordinary cows’ milk can lead to a difference in digestive breakdown. There is a deep and growing body of scientific evidence that supports the unique benefits of a2 Milk™. To date, over 100 independent studies have been published that support the A2 protein hypotheses.

Here is one extract that mirrors what health care professionals and academics from around the world have to say:

“In my experience, many people who don’t have classic allergic reactions to cows’ milk protein nonetheless react badly to ordinary A1 cows’ milk (and products made from this), but can happily consume A2 milk without experiencing any of the same problems. Sensitivity to the opioid peptide BCM-7, which is produced from A1 but not A2 milk, could help to explain why this is so.

We still need much more research to find out which groups or individuals are sensitive to BCM-7. The evidence suggests that this kind of intolerance to standard A1 cows’ milk could affect as many as 25% of the general population in the UK, Australia and New Zealand”.
Dr Alex Richardson, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University, UK

But don’t take our word for it! Read what people have to say or try it out for yourself.

Bringing back the pleasure of milk

We know a2 Milk™ helps many people all over the world enjoy the benefits of pure and natural milk again.

They say it just feels better in their bodies. We like to think we’re bringing the pleasure of real and natural milk, for many people, every day.

Read what some of these people have to say.

We believe the science is catching up to what our consumers have been experiencing for years. Why don’t you try it out for yourself?

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