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Who is sheep milk recommended for?

Sheep milk is a precious food which is particularly recommended in certain periods of life when nutritional requirements change. The mention of milk immediately brings to mind calcium. Calcium is essential for creating bone tissue, preventing bone loss, regulating the function of the nervous system and it is also involved in the activation of enzyme systems.

Let’s look in detail at the consumer categories for which sheep milk is recommended.

Pregnant women (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 1400 mg): 250 cl of sheep milk would cover 36% of the daily calcium requirement for pregnant women; the same amount of cow’s milk would only cover 22%;

Nursing mothers (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 1500 mg): a glass of sheep milk would cover 33% of the daily calcium requirement for nursing mothers; cow’s milk would only cover 21%;

Children (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 800 mg): 250 cl of sheep milk would cover 62% of the daily calcium requirement, a lot more than the 39% that would be covered by the same quantity of cow’s milk;

Adolescents (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 1000 mg): a glass of sheep milk would cover half of the recommended daily calcium requirement, a lot more than the 31% that would be covered by the same quantity of cow’s milk;

Menopausal women (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 1200 mg): osteoporosis, the loss of bone mass which causes bones to become weaker and more fragile, is one of the main health problems that women above the age of 60 have to deal with. A calcium-rich diet during the menopause can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. A glass of sheep milk would cover 41% of the daily calcium requirement, whereas the same amount of cow’s milk would only cover 26%.

The elderly (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 1000/1200 mg): osteoporosis is not an exclusively female problem. Men and women over the age of 60 start to absorb calcium with more difficulty, and if their intake is insufficient then the organism starts to use up natural calcium deposits in the bones. Also in this case a glass of sheep milk would cover between 41% and 50% of the daily calcium requirement, far more than the cow’s milk percentages which range between 26% and 31%.

Adults (recommended daily allowance of calcium: 800 mg): maintaining a sufficient calcium intake between adolescence and old age is the best way to prevent future complications in the skeletal system. The calcium requirement for adults is considerably different to those mentioned above, but a glass of sheep milk would cover 62% of the daily need.