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a2 Milk™ is delicious, nutritious and completely natural cows’ milk that some people find easier on digestion.
a2 Milk™ has one small but significant difference. All cows’ milk naturally contains protein. We select a specific type of cow that only produces the A2 beta casein protein and no A1. Research has shown the A2 protein is digested differently than A1. There are many people who feel uncomfortable after they drink ordinary milk or lactose-free milk yet they can enjoy a2 Milk™ without discomfort – so this one small difference makes a big difference in many consumers lives.
a2 Milk™ looks like milk, tastes like milk should, is completely natural and nutritionally dense just like ordinary cows’ milk and is suitable for people of all ages (including children) to drink and enjoy.
The one big difference is in the type of cow.
Different cows naturally produce milk with different protein structures. Our farmers select and separate cows that only produce A2 beta-casein protein. Then, they milk them separately. All other dairy milk has a mixture of A1 and A2 proteins. Research shows that A1 and A2 are digested differently. Many people from all over the world tell us they feel the difference when they drink a2 Milk™.
a2 Milk™ is a naturally occurring cows’ milk, not a result of a technological process or genetic engineering.
Our milk is pure, 100% natural and has no additives.
Doctors recommend full cream milk for children over 12 months and low fat milk, for children over the age of two. However, people (including children) with a medically diagnosed allergy to cows’ milk protein or lactose should not drink a2 Milk™, or any other natural cows’ milk.
Yes, a2 Milk™ contains levels of lactose comparable to that of standard milk. If the switch to a2 Milk™ allows the consumer to enjoy all of the significant benefits of dairy again, without disturbance to their digestive wellbeing, this is occurring in the presence of lactose.
a2 Milk™ contains the same quantity of lactose that is found in standard milk and will not resolve any medically diagnosed lactose intolerance.
However, if consumers have diagnosed lactose intolerance but would still like to consume a2 Milk™, a lactase enzyme supplement may help. An example is “Lacto-Free” mini-tablets which, when used according to directions, will help break down the lactose milk sugar making it possible for them to enjoy dairy products without the symptoms.
Cows’ milk allergy is a serious condition and is different to cows’ milk intolerance. If consumers are known to suffer from a cows’ milk allergy, they should consult your doctor or paediatrician before consuming ANY milk variety, including a2 Milk™.
All milk contains a variety of biologically active factors known to affect the immune system. a2 Milk™ contains all of the proteins that you would find in standard cows’ milk except for the A1 beta-casein protein. Therefore, those consumers with allergies to the proteins in standard cows’ milk will not be able to drink a2 Milk™.
The major difference is that a2 Milk™ does not contain A1 beta-casein protein, which releases the opioid BCM-7 on digestion. a2 Milk™ only contains A2 beta-casein protein and the structure of A2 beta-casein limits the release of BCM-7 on digestion.
Back in 2000, The a2 Milk Company was founded in New Zealand by Dr Corran McLachlan after an amazing discovery.
Today, our mission remains the same: to pioneer the scientific understanding of a2 Milk™ so we can bring more people the pleasure and nutritional goodness that only comes from real and natural milk.
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There is a developing body of scientific evidence that underpins A1 beta-casein digestion, the release of BCM-7 and its subsequent health effects. The latest published study involved a clinical trial of 600 adult Han Chinese participants with self-reported lactose intolerance. The study authors reported in November 2017 that for many people who are milk intolerant, the consumption of a2 Milk™ containing only the A2 protein may reduce digestive discomfort compared to drinking regular cows’ milk containing both the A2 and the A1 proteins.