Monday, October 20, 2014

Akshayakalpa - Organic and Farm Chilled Cow milk available in Bangalore, Mysore and Tumkur

Akshayakalpa Farm Chilled Cow Milk will be available in Bangalore, Mysore and Tumkur  -- contact the following number


+91 9535388122  -- Akshayakalpa Customer Care (7 days a weeks, 8 AM to 6 PM)


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Note to Consumers: Akshayakapa milk is from the farms which are organically managed. No external concentrate feeds are used and nutritional  requirements of the cows are met with fodder (close to 15 verities of fodder - both mono-cots and di-cots in 70:30 proportion) grown by farmer on his own land and using organic farming practices.

Cows are not tied or restrained in any manner. Free access to food and water is provided throughout the day. Cow comfort is given utmost importance, cows are provided with mats (with 37% natural rubber) for comfort and to avoid damage to hoofs and knee joints.

Cows are NOT administered with any antibiotics and hormones. If Antibiotics are used for life saving purposes, milk is NOT collected for consumption till the withdrawal period as prescribed for that particular antibiotic.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Make your festive foods healthier by switching to Organic milk

Mother of two, Leela used to wonder if there was a healthy food that could address the nutritional needs of her growing kids. Milk, she knew was the best option, but wasn’t convinced about the hygiene factor of the processes in the dairy centers. She, like any other mom in the urban centers of the country was skeptical about various aspects that go into it like the kind of feed given to the cows, the sanitation, the health of the cows and many more such things, which made her wonder about the nutritional value of the conventional milk. Organic milk has provided her the perfect solution to her qualms. Leela has since switched to organic milk and she and her family have taken an instant liking to it. “It’s not just tastier but gives you the feeling of consuming a wholesome food”, says Leela and of course there are several factors to support her assertion. Like Leela, there are many who want to know the advantages the organic milk has over conventional milk before you can make a switch.

Pasture Time Is Likely Responsible for Much of the Organic Benefit
When you think of a cow in its natural environment, doing what it naturally does, you likely will picture it grazing. Is it grazing on stalks of corn? Never! It's grazing on GRASS. Grass is a cow's natural food. Corn and other grains are not.
When cows eat grains their body composition changes. Most importantly for you, these changes include an alteration in the balance of essential fats. Milk (and meat) from cows raised primarily on pasture has been repeatedly shown to be higher in many nutrients, including vitamin E, beta-carotene, and the healthy fats omega-3 and CLA.
  than taken  by the quality and  has now found an answer in orga   In an effort to make the most of your food budget, you've probably wondered which foods are the most important to buy organic.
I have previously stated that organic milk was typically not worth its higher price, because while organic milk must come from a cow that hasn't been fed artificial growth hormones or pesticide-laden GMO feed, only 30 percent of the cow's feed is required to come from grazing at pasture during a four-month long grazing season each year.
Further, most organic milk in the US is still pasteurized, which destroys vital nutrients. That being said, a new study has shown that non-pastured and homogenized/pasteurized organic milk may, in fact, be superior to conventional milk in a very important way, one that may make it worth buying after all.

Organic Milk Has More Beneficial Omega-3, Less Damaging Omega-6
Eating too much damaged omega-6 fat and too little omega-3 sets the stage for health problems you are probably seeking to avoid, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, just to name several. Most people, especially Americans, are guilty of this lopsided omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, and to correct it, you typically need to do two things:
1.      Significantly decrease omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and foods cooked at high temperatures using vegetable oils
2.      Increase your intake of heart-healthy animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil
If you're a milk drinker, switching your milk from conventional to organic may be another way to improve this ratio, as new research showed that organic milk contained 25% less omega-6 fats and 62% more omega-3 fats than conventional milk.1

Organic Raw Milk: An Even Better Option
If you only have a choice between organic pasteurized dairy or conventional pasteurized dairy, organic may be the better option – especially if it's from grass-fed cows. However, an even better choice is organic raw milk. High-quality raw milk has a mountain of health benefits that pasteurized milk lacks. For example, raw milk is:
·         Loaded with healthy bacteria that are good for your gastrointestinal tract
·         Full of more than 60 digestive enzymes, growth factors, and immunoglobulins (antibodies)
·         Rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which fights
·         Rich in beneficial raw fats, amino acids, and proteins in a highly bio available form, all 100 percent digestible
·         Loaded with vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, and K) in highly bio available forms, and a very balanced blend of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron) whose absorption is enhanced by live lactobacilli
It is not uncommon for people who switch from drinking pasteurized to raw milk to experience improvement or complete resolution of troubling health issues—everything from allergies to digestive problems to eczema. When milk is pasteurized, fats are oxidized, proteins denatured and most enzymes are completely destroyed, resulting in a "food" that may be more harmful than beneficial to our health.
Additionally, the bacteria killed by pasteurization are not removed, so their dead cell fragments remain in the milk to ignite immune reactions in those who ingest them, which is one major cause of milk allergies. Often the "milk allergy" is not to the milk itself, but to the post-pasteurization cell fragments it contains.

Choosing Milk from a High-Quality Source Matters
Most pasteurized milk sold at supermarkets comes from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), where the animals are fed antibiotics, the result of which is they become living and breathing "bioreactors" for the generation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They may also receive hormones, which increase milk production, and they're fed a diet of grains and soy (most of which is now the genetically engineered variety) rather than grass, which alters their gut flora and the nutritional quality of the milk.
If you choose to drink milk, the quality – and the nutrition – will likely be far better if it comes from a cow raised on pasture instead of in a CAFO. Milk from grass-fed cows raised on smaller, clean farms can usually be safely consumed without being pasteurized, provided the farmer is committed to providing a safe, quality product. However, even if you drink pasteurized milk, choosing milk that comes from a local organic farm is one of the best ways to ensure you're getting high-quality, hormone-free milk.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Organic Milk – A bullet-proof diet?

Milk, especially from the cows, is one of the most significant foods around the world.  Be it for direct consumption or for cheese and butter, yoghurt and cream, most of our dishes have one of these. Human have been using cows as walking larders to fulfil our nutritional needs since pre-historic times. Some of the most ancient pots found in excavations in the Sahara Desert point to a direct evidence that people in Africa were using cattle for milk more than 7000 years ago, as the chemical residues found in these containers confirm it. 
So what makes milk so special? Milk contains many nutrients that are vital for good health. 

These include –

Calcium: Essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, it is also important for blood clotting and wound healing, maintaining normal blood pressure, and muscle contractions including heartbeat.

Choline: Helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

Vitamin D (fortified): Reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and kidney stones, while protecting against loss of muscle mass.
In addition to these, milk also provides magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins A, riboflavin, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 – each of which has an important task in enhancing and maintaining healthy mind and body.

Health benefits
  1. ·        Improves bone health
  2. ·        Reduces the risk of Blood pressure
  3. ·        Enhances heart health
  4. ·        Protects against colorectal cancer
  5. ·        Guards against depression
  6. ·        Helps in muscle building

Concerns

 Pasteurization: This process kills many bacteria and that is its rationale.  Unfortunately, it also destroys some vitamin C, vitamin E, and other vitamins, denatures or ruins some delicate proteins in the milk, and severely damages the bioavailability of the calcium in the milk.
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      Homogenization: It is done to prevent the fat in the milk from rising to the top of the container and stop it from getting separated. The method involves the milk being forced through tiny diameter tubes at extremely high pressure to break the fat globules in the milk into much smaller particles.  The process can involve extreme heat, so it is something like a second pasteurization process, which damages the milk quite severely.

Solution


Organic Milk: Being an attempt to improve the quality of milk, organic milk provides a promising solution to the issues of pasteurization and homogenization.      Moreover, with no drugs or hormones injected to the milking cattle and with no pesticides used in the production of cattle-feed, organic milk is perhaps a better product. The strict standards ensure that the herd of cow is free of various diseases like tuberculosis and brucellosis, with regular tests.  Equipment is inspected and the milk is tested frequently. Hence, the quality and quantity of the essential nutrients is also better in organic milk and milk products, making them what we can call as the ‘bullet-proof’ diet. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Why men should drink a glass of organic milk every day?

Why is milk, especially organic milk, important for adult males? This brings up several important points. Let’s consider what the deficiency of vital nutrients that milk contains, primarily calcium, can do.

Can milk fight osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is gradually becoming a major public health concern. In fact, one in five men over the age of 50 suffers a broken bone because of osteoporosis. When men start aging, a decreases in bone and muscle mass caused by hormonal changes and decreased physical activity can play a major role in health deterioration. Inadequate dietary calcium intake is also said to be the cause of some intestinal issues.
There are other ways to decrease your risk of osteoporosis. These include regular physical activity, abstinence from alcohol and cigarettes, diet low on saturated fat and salt. The other way of course is to consume milk – the better the quality of milk, the lesser the risk. Milk is also one of the best muscle foods. While 20% of milk contains protein the rest contains casein – both are high-quality proteins. Whey is known as a "fast protein" because it's quickly broken down into amino acids and absorbed into the bloodstream. That makes it a very good protein to consume after your workout.

Casein, on the other hand, is digested more slowly. So it's ideal for providing your body with a steady supply of smaller amounts of protein for a longer period of time—like between meals or while you sleep. Since milk provides both, one big glass gives your body an ideal combination of muscle-building proteins.

Milk is good but which one?

Indeed, milk for men is an ideal food. But what we need to consider here is the quality of the milk you are consuming? There have been considerable discussions regarding the unhygienic conditions in which the diary milk is processed. However, there lies an option in organic milk.  This leads to another important aspect of organic milk. Is organic milk better than the regular dairy milk?

The answer is yes, and it’s official. Research has shown that when averaged over a 12-month period, organic milk contained 62% more beneficial ‘omega-3 fatty acids’ compared to non-organic milk. Eating too many omega-6s and not balancing them with omega-3s may interfere with your blood pressure and can even disrupt reproductive functions. 

Organic milk contains 25% fewer omega-6s. In fact, the major omega-3 ALA in milk, specifically organic milk, is so favourable that switching to whole, organic milk products could do wonders in balancing the unwanted fatty acid levels in the body, the researchers note.
So, go ahead and consume your glass of organic milk. This perhaps is the best way to stay fit for your entire life.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy cows produce healthier milk

Not for nothing are cows considered sacred and given special status in world religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and others.Being the source of one of the richest foods known to man – the milk, the cow has been providing several benefits to humankind since times unknown.

In ancient world, the cow was a symbol of wealth and riches. They were revered because the primordial societies relied heavily on it for dairy products. Moreover, the cow dung was the chief source of fuel and fertilizer. It was also used as an insect repellent. Thus, the cow’s status as a 'caretaker' led to identifying it as an almost maternal and divine figure.

For this sake the cows enjoyed the status that gold or money enjoys today. They were given special care and attention and not subjected atrocities of crass- commercialization like today. Attributed to institutional flaws of the factory-like dairy system, the cow in modern times, has been pushed to the limits and been reduced to what can be called a milk-generating apparatus.

Happy cows produce healthier milk
As a result of some professional research and studies, it has been derived that when cows are treated with required courtesy they feel happier. Well, that could sound commonsensical but then there’s more to it. Just as people respond better to the personal touch, the cows also feel more relaxed and produce more milk which is much healthier. The stats show that “more personal touch” can increase milk yield by almost 284 liters (500 pints) per year, which is quite amazing. The study also demonstrated that a less stressed cow was not producing cortisol (stress hormone) which interferes with milk let down. Moreover, the milk obtained from the cows that are properly fed and kept has the following advantages –
  • It contains up to 4 times more CLA’s (Conjugated Linoleic Acids*),than found in the milk of conventional fed cows.
  • Has more balanced levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3
  • Also contains an increased level of Beta-Carotene and Natural Vitamins A and D.

But how do you know if the milk you consume comes from the cows that are happy? Well, for this you may go visit the dairy andassessit for yourself. Other options is to switch to the milk from organizations that are known for their cow-welfare measures, like .

The difference
So, what’s unique about the‘happy-cow-healthy-milk initiative’of this type? The first and the foremost is theevident level of cleanliness and hygiene.
Most diary-farms in India do little to improve the infrastructure, right from the place where the cattle is kept and milked,including the spot where the obtained milk is processed. In stark contrast to this the ‘happy-cow farms’ are highly sanitized places within a peaceful surroundings. These are some of the essential features that are differentfrom a regular commercial dairy-
  • Cows are not confined to congested sheds and are allowed to graze in open fields.
  • In addition to the lush-green natural grass is specially grown and is rich in nutrients the cows are only fed high quality fooder.
  • Specially built barns to keeps the cows safe from physical injuries.
  • Uncontaminated water to drink makes the cows naturally healthy.
  • Regular bathing and cleaning keeps away the infections that arise from dirt.
  • No injections of growth hormone or antibioticsresults in pure & natural milk generation
  • Appropriate medical support is provided to keep the cows healthy and physically fit.

In addition to the above, Akshyakalpa -an enterprise that advertently incorporates these features, intendstoprovideconsumers with organic milk. This milk is not onlymuch richer in minerals and nutrientsbut is also quite hygienic and preservative-free. This is due to the special measures taken while milking the cows.

The automated procedure which maintains very-high levels of hygiene completelyrestricts the human involvement, thus keeping the milk produce free of germs and bacteria. Moreover, the cows are milked only once a day and the calves are given ample access to their mother’s milk. This adds to the cheer factor, making cows happy and which helps in providing healthier milk.  In addition, the milk produced is not pasteurized. Pasteurization, which is the main reason for milk's extended shelf lifeundermines the quality of the milk in many ways.

Thus, all these factors contribute towards producing healthier milk that is wholesome and beneficial to all, with total conformance to the very reason we revered the cow as the chief source of health and happiness.