Grass fed dairy cows live a far healthier and natural life grazing in grass and the quality of their milk and resulting proteins reflect that.
Grass Fed Whey Vs Regular Whey Protein
There are a lot of whey protein powders available, but the vast majority come from cattle fed with grains, often corn mash, a low nutrient waste product of ethanol manufacturing.
Grain fed cattle ingest pesticide residues from their feed which can be detected in their milk. They are also routinely given hormones to stimulate milk production and antibiotics to combat diseases in the cramped fetid conditions they are forced to live in. Both of these can be detected in the resulting milk.
Milk from grass fed cows, by comparison, has been measured as being up to 4 times higher in important omega-3 fatty acids when compared to milk from grain fed cattle. And this superior fatty acid profile is just the start of the many health benefits of milk from grass fed cows.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Grass fed whey is also a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a powerful nutrient clinically shown to increase fat metabolism within your body. Milk from cows grazing on grass will usually contain 3 to 5 times the amount of CLA compared to milk from cows fed grain.
Recent research has shown conjugated linoleic acid increases basal metabolic rates, allowing your body to convert the food you eat more efficiently into energy, rather than store it as fat.
During exercise, CLA has also been demonstrated in studies to improve muscle strength and endurance. It has even been praised for lowering the risk of diseases like breast cancer and heart disease while enhancing your body’s immune function.
Found in significant quantities only in raw milk and high-quality grass fed whey protein like this, immunoglobulins are special proteins that can act as transporters of antibodies within your body to combat viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders.
Immunoglobulins have been used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, hepatitis A, arthritis and many other diseases and can help build up your immunity against damaging microorganisms and toxins.
Studies also show that Beta Carotene and Omega Fatty Acids are found in higher concentrations in milk produced by grass-fed versus grain-fed cows.
BETA CAROTENE AND VITAMIN A: Potent anti-oxidants known for health benefits.
Grass-fed milk has a more optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which can lead to the suppression of a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
Found in some of the highest levels in grass-fed whey protein concentrate, is a bioactive molecule that helps regulate iron homeostasis within your body. This means that it provides iron to cells in need of it and limits it to those that have an excess.
In addition there are intangible benefits that come from producing whey protein from cows eating a natural diet of pasture grasses such as lower stress hormones being produced than cows in feedlots. Plus it is certainly more humane to allow the animals to spend as much time as possible in a more natural pasture setting. We believe this benefits the cow, the milk produced, and ultimately makes for a better whey protein.