What Does Your Milk Have In It?
With increasing demand for dairy, many farmers have resorted to Factory Farming. This is a process in which farm animals are kept in factory type environments. Standing in their own waste, confined to small areas. This waste, when left untreated leaks into ground and surface water. In some cases polluting the water supply. These animals don't live anything like they were intended to in their natural environments.
These horrible conditions lead to the animals getting sick. The farmers then use antibiotics to treat the animals. The overuse of antibiotics has caused people and animals to become immune, and even bacteria to become antibiotic resistant. Residues of antibiotics in the treated cows end in their milk, and dairy products. These residues can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. These are just a few of the problems with the use of antibiotics used in factory farming.
In some cases dairy cows are treated with Bovine Somatotropin (BST) or Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH). BST is a natural protein-based hormone cow's produce in their pituitary gland. This hormone regulates their growth, metabolism, and milk production. In 1993 The FDA approved a version of this hormone for dairy cows that was produced in a laboratory using Recombinant DNA Technology. Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rBST) or Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). The FDA claims this is relatively the same as the hormone the cows body naturally produces.
Dairy cows treated with rBST produce 11%–16% more milk than those that are untreated. While this may sound nice, overproduction of milk by cows causes some of the key problems with the milk. Both the European Union's Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare, and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association found that significant problems develop in cows treated with rBST. These problems include a 50% increase in risk Lameness (problems with legs and hooves), over a 25% increase in risk of Mastitis (udder infections), and serious Reproductive Problems. Such problems as infertility, cystic ovaries, fetal loss and birth defects. Dairy farmers combat the Mastitis by using even more antibiotics on the cows.
rBST treated milk also has higher levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is a hormone that plays a key role in childhood growth and continues to have anabolic effects in adults. Canadian and European regulators have found that the FDA completely failed to consider a study that showed how the increased IGF-1 in rBST milk could survive digestion and make its way into the intestines and blood stream of consumers. Numerous studies now demonstrate that IGF-1 is an important factor in the growth of cancers of the breast, prostate and colon.
Most fitness magazines and even personal trainers recommend whey protein powder or whey isolate. What they don't tell you or get into, is where that whey comes from and what is left in the dairy products of these factory farmed dairy cows. To add even more fuel to the fire, some whey protein supplements may not contain the disclosed amounts of the ingredients listed on the label, compromising the nutritional quality and the effectiveness of these supplements.
So what is an athlete, bodybuilder or fitness enthusiast to do if they don't want to put dairy products made from the milk that is extracted from these cows in their bodies? Thats where we come in! Organic Muscle is the first company dedicated to offering customers certified organic fitness supplements. All of our herbs, superfoods, sprouts, and adaptogens are sourced from eco-friendly, organic, American farms. Our Pre-Workout and Protein Powder were formulated with a reverence for ancient humanities vast wisdom of herbs and superfoods. Modern Scientific research has validated what mankind has known for millennia. Fitness, vitality and health all begin with proper nutrition.
So how does the plant protein compare to whey? We all know about the praises of whey protein for is high protein content with a full amino profile. Organic Muscle uses a blend of plants and superfoods to for a protein source. This blend includes hemp, sacha inchi, pea and rice protein. Both pea and rice isolate proteins are powerful on their own, but mixed together, they are a dairy-free powerhouse that can compete with whey!
Pea and rice proteins are a blessing for dairy-free, plant based athletes. They are true stars among plant protein sources for being high in protein content and their essential amino acid profile. Individually, the amino profiles of each protein have there limitations. Brown rice happens to be low in the amino acid lysine which is important for human growth and bone health. Luckily its partner in crime, pea protein, is rich in lysine and a number of other aminos such as arginine and glutamic acid. Both of these amino acids lend support to the body and muscle tissue during intense physical activity and recovery.
So the next time you hear "Got Milk?" think about what that milk has in it and where it came from. If you're like me and millions of others and want to avoid dairy, but still want those gains that you get in the gym from supplementing. Look no further than Organic Muscle! Fuel your workouts the natural, plant based way and experience "Fitness The Way Mother Nature Intended" without all that dairy!