This breakthrough study could be life changing for many lactose intolerance sufferers.
About the study
The extent of lactose intolerance could be a myth, and the symptoms most likely the result of an inflammatory response found in conventional cows’ milk, according to new clinical research conducted in China. Published in the UK based Nutrition Journal, the study led by Professor Sun Jianqin from Huadong Hospital, an affiliate of the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, compared the impact on those that drank conventional cows’ milk (milk with the A1 protein) with that of a2 Milk.
Originally, all domesticated cows produced milk containing only the A2 type of beta-casein protein. However over time, after domestication, another milk protein – the A1 protein – appeared in European herds. This spread with the migration of man, and is contained in most milk consumed in the UK today. a2 Milk is from cows specially selected because they produce milk that contains only the A2 protein type and naturally does not contain the A1 protein.
The results of the study mean that in the UK 1 in 5 Brits (approx 12 million people), who say they have issues digesting milk, could more than likely return to drinking natural cows’ milk rather than resorting to processed alternatives such as lactose-free milks or artificial plant-based drinks. This is the first human based research study testing the effects of the A1 versus A2 protein on participants – half of whom were clinically confirmed as having issues with lactose digestion. The trial found that a2 Milk caused no gastrointestinal disturbance in any study participants. Most tellingly, including those confirmed to have issues digesting lactose.
Those who drank conventional cows’ milk (containing the A1 protein) compared to a2 Milk experienced elevated gastrointestinal inflammation, stool transit delays and elevated markers for inflammation and immune response. The participants reported that a2 Milk was significantly gentler on their digestive system with less inflammation associated with bloating and abdominal pain.
Individuals in the trial who drank milk containing only the A2 protein type also had a faster response and lower error rate in cognitive function tests than those who drank regular milk containing the A1 type protein. This is consistent with emerging science demonstrating a clear link between digestive health and brain function.
Professor Sun Jianqin from Hua Dong Hospital commenting on the research says:
“These are breakthrough findings for those who believe they suffer from lactose intolerance, and I am one of them. It suggests that milk that only contains the A2 type protein (A2 beta-casein) has a natural affinity with the human body and digestion. Gut inflammation caused by the A1 type protein can be avoided by consuming milk products with only the A2 type protein. With so many people believing they are lactose intolerant, both here in China and in the rest of the world, the findings are truly significant.”
Scott Wotherspoon, CEO of The a2 Milk Company in the UK, speaking about the new study says:
“Lactose is usually what takes the blame for the millions of people worldwide who have digestive issues with regular milk, leading to them giving up on milk altogether. This research is excellent news for all those people who have avoided milk for so long and we hope it will bring people back to milk and dairy as a whole. They can now most likely enjoy the nutritional benefits and great taste of a2 Milk with confidence and feel great afterwards.”
About The a2 Milk Company
The a2 Milk Company Limited was founded in New Zealand and is now head-quartered in Australia. It has around 10 percent value market share of the Australian fresh milk grocery market. In 2012, The a2 Milk Company launched into the UK. The a2 Milk Company works with farms in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and North Wales to select cows producing fresh a2 Milk every day. The a2 Milk Company strongly believes in the benefits of milk and dairy both to individuals and the economy, and is a strong supporter of UK Dairy.
The a2 Milk Company’s mission is to bring the nation back to the pleasure and health benefits of drinking milk by educating consumers that not all cows’ milk is the same, and a2 Milk may be a great option for consumers who experience sensitivities when drinking conventional cows’ milk. The a2 Milk Company has thousands of testimonials from people who have switched to a2 Milk and enjoy real benefits.
a2 Milk farmers are paid a premium above the rate they would normally receive for producing milk. Many of the farmers are strong personal advocates of the benefits of a2 Milk.