In the United States, most Americans get their vitamin C from two major sources: milk and dairy products.
Milk is the gold standard for getting vitamin C, but it also contains some of the worst chemicals in the world, like methylmercury and arsenic.
That’s why it’s recommended to drink more milk than your doctor tells you.
“If you want to get the best and healthiest vitamin C in a healthy diet, you need to start with a solid milk source,” says Elizabeth Roesch, RD, RDN, a certified organic dairy expert.
That means getting organic milk and avoiding the chemicals found in conventional milk.
You also can’t avoid the pesticides and fertilizers used in dairy farming, but you can’t ignore the other important factors, like fresh, organic produce, local organic farmers, and organic farming practices.
So how do you know which milk is best for your body?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends drinking either organic milk or the milk from cows that have been raised on pasture and have not been treated with antibiotics.
(Cows are the animals most likely to be exposed to antibiotics.)
Dairy products that don’t use antibiotics can still provide adequate vitamin C. “There are plenty of milk alternatives,” says Dr. Roescher.
You can also drink more organic, grass-fed beef or dairy products, which tend to be higher in calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin C and vitamin K2.
You should also look for organic products from organic farmers.
“Organic farms are very careful about pesticides, so they’ll often have a label that says ‘organic’ or ‘grass-fed,'” says Dr Roesche.
“And that’s important, because it’s good to avoid any pesticides that might be in organic farming.
Organic milk has the highest amount of calcium in the market.
Organic cows are healthier than conventional ones.”
Organic milk also has the most vitamin B 12 , vitamin D , vitamin C , vitamin A and vitamin B6 .
It’s important to note that milk is a product of animal agriculture.
“The dairy industry makes a lot of money from dairy,” Dr Riescher says.
“So we shouldn’t get overly dependent on the cow.”
Dr. Roseanne Johnson, a professor of nutrition and director of the Center for Nutritional Sciences at the University of California, Davis, says that while she doesn’t agree with the AHA’s recommendation for getting organic, she also recommends a milk diet.
“I think organic is important for health and well-being,” she says.
And there are plenty to choose from.
“It’s easy to make your own, and you can get it from local farmers and farmers markets, but if you don’t have the time or resources to make it, you can look to organic or pasture-raised farms,” says Johnson.
The Healthiest Dairy in America When you look at the most popular milk brands, Dr. Johnson says, you’ll see a lot more vitamins than any other.
That includes vitamin C—more than 300 different types of vitamins in some of these popular brands.
She also suggests that organic milk is high in calcium.
“As you grow up, you’re going to be eating a lot higher amounts of calcium,” she explains.
“For your health, and your body, you want that calcium to be in the right places.”
Johnson also recommends that you avoid chemicals that may affect the pH level of your milk.
She suggests you drink at least 2 cups of milk a day, and that if you are prone to colic, it’s best to drink 2 to 3 cups of water a day.
“Calcium is good for your kidneys,” Johnson says.
She recommends getting at least 600 milligrams of calcium per day.
To get vitamin C with dairy products Dr. Paul Clements, RD (a certified organic dietitian) says, “When I make my own, I mix some vitamin C powder in with water and shake it in the blender.
I also have a small bottle of the mineral powder, so I can use it as a supplement for vitamin C.”
“The only exception to that is if you’re on a diet that doesn’t include dairy,” says Roeschen.
“But it’s not necessary for vegans.”
The Healthier Dairy in the United Kingdom According to Dr. Clements and Dr. Rosenberg, organic milk has much higher amounts than other milk.
“When it comes to calcium, there’s a lot less than organic,” she adds.
Dr. Landon Roeschnitzel, RD and a certified vegan dietitians, says, “[Organic milk] contains a lot fewer vitamins and minerals.
That gives it a lot lower pH, which is why it has less vitamin B. Vitamin B12 is much higher in organic milk, so if you drink it, it should be high in vitamin B2.”
But the pH in organic dairy products is higher than that in conventional dairy. Dr Rys