Your Baby's Safety & FAQ

Your baby’s health and wellbeing is as important to us, as it is to you. There are some really important point to remember when bottle feeding your baby.

Key Things To Remember To Maintain The Safety Of Your Little One:

  • Follow the preparation instructions exactly.
  • Prepare the Bottles and Teats as Directed.
  • Do not change the proportions of the powder except under medical advice.
  • Incorrect preparation can make your baby very ill.
  • Prepared bottles must be stored in the refrigerator at 2-4°C prior to use and must be used within 24 hours.
  • If refrigerated, warm formula to lukewarm temperature and mix well before feeding.
  • Prepared formula should not be without refrigeration except during feeding.
  • Formula left over from a feed should be discarded. Do not freeze formula.
  • Store your Beta A2 formula tins in a dry cool place. Close the lid tightly after each use. Consume within 4 weeks of opening.
  • Do not use if seal is damaged or missing.

 

As your baby starts to become active and explores their surrounds, ‘Baby-Proofing’ your home is a way to create a safe and calm environment for their adventures.  To learn more about the Baby-Proofing Essentials click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Beta A2?
Our formula is gentle on delicate tummies and is made from real Australian milk containing only the natural A2 type of protein. Research suggests A2 milk maybe easier to digest.
 
When you say easier to digest, what do you mean?
When a substance is easy to digest, it means the body can more readily absorb the nutrients from the food, this means the food bioavailable.
 
What does consuming bioavailable food mean for my baby?
Consuming formula that is rich in essential minerals and nutrients provide the vital building blocks for strong bones, muscles and brain development. Your baby’s natural capacity takes it from there …. and grow baby grow.
 
Is Beta A2 lactose free?
No, Beta A2 is not lactose free. It contains naturally occurring milk sugars levels (lactose) similar to that of other premium infant formulas made from cow’s milk.
 
How do I read the Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on the products?
All products manufactured by Beta A2 contain a standardised Country of Origin logo which satisfies the Government Labelling requirements where the average percentage of Australian ingredients used in that product are visible. All Beta A2 products are proudly made or packed in Australia and therefore have this feature on each of our CoOL logos.
 
How should we make the switch to Beta A2 products?
It’s great that you have decided to switch to Beta A2 infant formulas and milk drinks, the key thing to remember here is to take a little time in the transition. There are slight differences to the taste of all infant formulas and toddler drinks, so we suggest that you switch between feedings using your old brand and the Beta A2 product for a few days, simply to allow a smooth integration of a the new taste. This gradual introduction will also allow time for your baby’s digestive system to adjust.
 
Tell me more about the Beta Casein Proteins of milk and why it maybe helpful for my baby?

There are 2 types of proteins in cows milk, casein (approx. 80%) and whey (approx. 20%). Milk naturally can have two types of Beta Casein Protein, A1 & A2. We use milk from only A2 producing cows and therefore free from the A1 protein. We believe in doing so that our infant formula range will be gentler on your baby’s tummy.

Beta casein is 1 of the 3 main casein proteins and makes up approximately 30% of the total milk protein. The difference between A1 and A2 is ONLY one amino acid, which may affect how these proteins are broken down during digestion.

How should we make the switch to Beta A2 products? Why don’t you source all your ingredients from Australia?

We have a commitment to support our Australian dairy farmers and proudly do so by sourcing our A2 milk from cows raised and free to graze in this  wonderfully pristine environment we get to call home. However, some of the components of our formula are unfortunately not available in Australia. We have some long-term projects in mind and we hope to be able to turn this around so we can say that our products are made from close to 100% Australian ingredients, but this will take time and significant financial investment. Any imported ingredients we use go through our stringent quality procedures and our Australian manufacturing site is certified to ensure high quality standards are maintained (HACCP). All our products undergo testing to ensure we meet stringent food safety and quality requirements and we do not release any product until all of these tests have satisfactorily met these requirements.

100% of our milk is sourced from A2 Australian Cows.

What could be causing unsettled behaviour in my baby?

As parents I think we’d all like to have been given a ‘baby manual’ when our beautiful bundle of joy arrived! This is a tricky subject as unsettled behaviour in infants can be attributed to a good number of factors. We suggest that you gain the support and expertise of your doctor or the maternal health nurse in your district. The nurses can be a huge support for helping you travel through the challenges of parenting. 

In terms of feeding, naturally occurring substances in both human milk and infant formula, including milk proteins and lactose, may contribute to an infant’s unsettled behaviour. Also excess wind build-up, feeding practices, constipation or other gastrointestinal issues such as reflux could be issues to be explored.


My child has been diagnosed with an allergy to cow’s milk (CMA), can we use Beta A2 formula?

If your baby or toddler is diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy, you should consult your doctor or paediatrician before giving your baby ANY foods or drinks that contain ingredients which are derived from cow’s milk, and this includes the Beta A2 infant formula and toddler milk products.

What is infant formula and why are there different Beta A2 formulas? (Stages 1, 2 & 3)

Infant formula is a breast milk substitute. Beta A2 Infant Formula is scientifically formulated to provide balanced nutrition for your baby from the time of birth or when you transition from breastfeeding within their first 6 months.

Our Follow-On Formula is formulated to help nourish your baby from 6 to 12 months. As they grow, our baby’s needs change. That’s why our Follow-On Formula is made with carefully sourced ingredients tailored to your baby’s nutritional needs at this age.

After your child’s 1st birthday it’s time to transition to the Beta A2 Toddler Milk. This formula is a tasty and nutritious milk drink to supplement your growing toddler’s diet. Sometimes toddlers are fussy eaters and this can affect their intake of adequate energy and nutrients. Where intake of energy and nutrients is inadequate, toddler milk may be used to supplement their diet.

What are the ingredients in your Toddler milk?

Beta A2 formulas are based on cow’s milk, where the ratio of whey to casein is changed so that the combination of these protein types is closer to that of breast milk.
The lactose from the cow’s milk provides a source of carbohydrate. To this we add a blend of vegetable oils as an added fat source and include essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 DHA, that help support normal brain and eye development.

We also add other potentially beneficial ingredients, including nucleotides and prebiotics which may support the developing immune system or the development of healthy gut bacteria and so help support digestion.

The key thing to remember is that we are guided and regulated by the strict standards set by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). This can give you peace of mind …. It certainly does for us.

Does your formula contain the nutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) required for my baby?
The great thing about consuming an Australian product is that we are highly regulated by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). This means our Stage 1 & 2 formulas must meet the complete nutritional needs of babies for the first 12 months of their lives. Our Stage 3 Toddler Milk also meets the FSANZ requirements, however these requirements are slightly different for children over 12 months because it’s recognised that solid foods are also a part of your babies diet at this point. We are proud that our formulas absolutely meet these standards and provide the nutritional foundation for your baby’s growth.
Is breast milk better than infant formula?
Human breast milk is best there is no doubt, so at Beta A2 we have modelled our formula on this ideal nutrition. Each and every carefully chosen ingredient of our formulas has been inspired by Nature.
 
What are the benefits of breastfeeding and how long should I breast feed?
Please see our Breast is Best discussion page plus you might like to review the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) infant feeding recommendations 
Why is a healthy diet important for me during pregnancy?

Being pregnant is such a special time in your life. A healthy diet throughout your pregnancy will ensure proper growth and development, especially for the changes happening to you and your developing bub. It is also important to remember your own health once your little one is born. Good nutrition during pregnancy can help to keep you and your baby safe and healthy[1].

[1] Better Health Channel – Pregnancy and diet https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/pregnancy-and-diet


What is a varied diet and why is it important?

A varied diet that includes the right amount of healthy foods from the 5 food groups provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs each day. Being pregnant requires a bit of planning to ensure that your increased needs are met. Sometimes a healthy diet may not be enough to supply you with everything you need, and you may need to use a nutritional supplement to fill in the gaps.


What extra nutrients do I need whilst pregnant?

Folate, Iron, Iodine, B12, Protein and Water are required in larger amounts when you are pregnant[1].  Two other important nutrients required during pregnancy are Vitamin D and Calcium[2], and whilst there are no increased needs compared to the average woman, these can sometimes be overlooked in an average diet; therefore, special attention must be paid to reaching the recommended serves.

[1] Eat for Health – Nutrient Reference Values https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients

[2] Mater Mothers – The facts on nutrients important for pregnancy https://matermothers.org.au/services/nutrition-and-dietetics/the-facts-on-nutrients-important-for-pregnancy


Why does Beta A2 use protein cow’s milk?

Human milk is a type of A2 milk[1] [2], naturally designed for easy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Beta A2 has taken this natural wisdom and built formulations based on Australian A2 protein cow’s milk, providing nutrition that digests in a similar way.

Most dairy milk produced commercially in Australia and internationally contains a mixture of A1 and A2 Beta Casein proteins, which when digested, produce slightly different compounds.

During digestion of the A1 Beta Casein, a peptide known as Beta Casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) is produced[3] ; this appears to be absent during digestion of the A2 Beta Casein protein (human & A2 cow’s milk).

The scientific literature includes many research studies assessing the presence of the BCM-7 peptide and the reported effects on the gastrointestinal tract.  These include delayed transit time through the bowel, changed stool consistency5, inflammation, and digestive discomfort including bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence6 [4]

At Beta A2 we follow Mother Nature’s wisdom and produce our formulas using milk from Australian dairy cows that naturally contains only the A2 Beta Casein protein. 

[1] Sadler, M.J & Smith N, 2013.  Beta-casein proteins and infant growth and development.  Infant. Vol 9, Issue 5 https://www.infantjournal.co.uk/pdf/inf_053_tei.pdf

[2] Pal S, Woodford K, Kukuljan S, & Ho S. Milk intolerance, beta-casein and lactose. Nutrients 2015;7:7285–97

[3] Brooke-Taylor S, Dwyer K, Woodford K. & Kost N. Systematic Review of the Gastrointestinal Effects of A1 Compared with A2 β-Casein Adv. Nutr. 2017 Sep; 8(5): 739–748

[4] Jianqin S, Leiming X, Lu X, Yelland G, Ni J, & Clarke A. Effects of milk containing only A2 beta casein versus milk containing both A1 and A2 beta casein proteins on gastrointestinal physiology, symptoms of discomfort, and cognitive behaviour of people with self-reported intolerance to traditional cows’ milk, Nutrition Journal volume 15, Article number: 35 (2015)


What are the benefits of the added Lactoferrin?

Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond is enriched with the power of Lactoferrin, a component commonly found in a mother’s first milk. With its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Lactoferrin can help support the immune system in the body’s defence against infection[1]. We’ve also included Iron, Zinc and Vitamins A, B6, B9 (folate), B12, and C to support your normal immune function.

[1] What is Lactoferrin? https://betaa2professional.com.au/lactoferrin/


Do I really need to ‘eat for two’?

Whilst you don’t need to eat for two, it is still important to adjust your diet to accommodate for the body’s increased needs and consume these in your food choices. If you are finding this difficult, then a supplement such as Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond can help to add in the extra essential nutrients through 1-2 easy to prepare, tasty serves per day.  When pregnant or breast feeding, you need an additional 1250-2090 kJ (300-500 calories) per day to meet your energy needs and support the healthy growth of your baby[1].  Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond can help supplement the extra energy you need by providing 665 kJ per serve.

[1] Nemours Kids Health – Pregnant or Breastfeeding?  Nutrients you need. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/moms-nutrients.html

 

How much more Protein do I need to be consuming whilst pregnant? How does it help my baby?

Protein provides the building blocks known as amino acids, essential for life[1]. These help build all protein structures such as hair, skin, nails, and bones. Some examples of Protein-rich foods include meat, chicken, fish, egg, legumes, dairy and soy products (e.g., tofu). The average woman needs 46 grams of protein daily. During pregnancy, this value changes to 60 grams, which is a 14-gram increase per day. This number increases by a further 7 grams during breast feeding – that’s 21 grams more protein than the average woman. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 10 grams of protein if made using water, or 19 grams if made with milk, which means you can fulfil your extra protein requirements in this simple shake.

[1] Healthline – Essential Amino Acids: Definition, Benefits, and Food Sources https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/essential-amino-acids

 Why is liquid nutrition beneficial? 

Ease of ingestion 

It is estimated that up to 1 in 3 people experience discomfort when trying to swallow tablets and capsules[1].   Most women whilst pregnant are very sensitive to taste and smell, and often the idea of swallowing a large tablet is very unappealing.  You certainly don’t want to be worrying about gagging on a tablet when you may already be experiencing morning sickness.

[1] Llorca, Pierre-Michel, 2011.  Discussion of prevalence and management of discomfort when swallowing pills: orodispersible tablets expand treatment options in patients with depression.  Therapeutic Delivery, Vol 2. No 5.

Absorption rates

The effectiveness of the nutrient doesn’t typically depend upon whether it’s liquid or solid; however, the absorption rate is greatly affected. By and large, a liquid in the stomach will absorb at a much faster rate than a solid pill will. You may be surprised to know that the body can begin absorbing liquid vitamins before they even reach the stomach[1]

[1] DaVinci Laboratories – https://blog.davincilabs.com/blog/are-liquid-vitamins-better-than-pills 

 

What is Folate important for? Where can I find it?Folate is involved in making DNA and important in the first weeks of pregnancy for proper development of the brain and spine[1]. Some of the most common foods that contain folate are leafy green vegetables, legumes, and fruits. During pregnancy, the average woman needs 600 micrograms per day, an increase of 200 micrograms more than a woman who isn’t pregnant. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of an average woman.  This is the maximum addition allowed by the Australian Food and Safety Regulatory body (FSANZ) and we are proud to say that we add folate to this maximum. Depending on the number of serves you are taking, you may need to add an extra folate supplement to your diet. This is not something to leave to chance.

[1] Queensland Health – Why do you need to take folic acid when pregnant? https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/why-take-folic-acid-pregnant-spina-bifida 

 

You don’t add Probiotics, why not?

There have been numerous scientific studies on the effect of Probiotics during pregnancy[1].  At present it is unclear how probiotics affect the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus due to the wide variation in scientific results. It has been reported that Probiotics make little or no impact on risk of caesarean section or weight gain.  However, 4 research studies have shown Probiotics increase the risk of developing pre-eclampsia.  Whilst there is obviously more research required in this area, Beta A2 have decided to be cautious and not include Probiotics in our Pregnancy & Beyond formulation. We do add extra Prebiotics (FOS & GOS) which feed and support the growth of your existing healthy bacteria, assisting you to create a strong gut microbiome[2].

[1] Davidson SJ, Barrett HL, Price SA, Callaway LK, Dekker Nitert M. Probiotics for preventing gestational diabetes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD009951. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009951.pub3. https://www.cochrane.org/CD009951/PREG_probiotics-prevent-gestational-diabetes-mellitus

[2] Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) and Galactooligosaccharide (GOS) Increase Bifidobacterium but Reduce Butyrate Producing Bacteria with Adverse Glycemic Metabolism in healthy young population 2017 Sep 18;7(1):11789. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-10722-2. 

 

Why should I care about the extra fibre in Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond?

The intake of fibre‐rich foods during pregnancy and lactation helps in promoting heart health, decreasing diabetes risk, preventing constipation, as well as reducing preeclampsia risks[1]. At 2gm fibre/serve, Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond is classified as a ‘Good Source’ of fibre.

[1] Zerfu TA, Mekuria A. Pregnant women have inadequate fiber intake while consuming fiber-rich diets in low-income rural setting: Evidences from Analysis of common “ready-to-eat” stable foods. Food Sci Nutr. 2019 Sep 5;7(10):3286-3292. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.1188. PMID: 31660142; PMCID: PMC6804770. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6804770/ 

 

Why do I need Iron? Can I get enough from food alone?

Iron is essential for building new red blood cells and most important in the last trimester of your pregnancy[1]. This is when you are providing iron stores for your new bub to use in their first few months of life. It is found in many foods including beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, leafy green vegetables, and fortified breakfast cereals. Whilst pregnant, you need more than 30% more iron compared to the average woman. This equates to 27mg per day, a number which is virtually impossible to get from food alone. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of an average woman.  This is the maximum addition allowed by the Australian Food and Safety Regulatory body (FSANZ), so we are doing our best to kick goals for you! 

[1] Queensland Government – NEMO – My Nutrition – Iron for pregnant women https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/150089/antenatal-iron.pdf 

 

Why does Beta A2 add DHA to Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond?

Adequate consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is essential during pregnancy as they are critical building blocks of your baby’s brain and retina[1]. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is a great source of omega 3.  Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond also contains Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and α-Linolenic acid (ALA), which are also types of omega 3s. The Linoleic Acid present is a source of omega 6.  While there is no formal RDI’s for omega 3 & 6, recommendations for adequate levels are high. We suggest you include additional sources to your diet including fish, algae, and eggs.

[1] Coletta JM, Bell SJ, Roman AS. Omega-3 Fatty acids and pregnancy. Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Fall;3(4):163-71. PMID: 21364848; PMCID: PMC3046737. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3046737/

 

What is Iodine? Do my needs for it change whilst lactating?

Iodine is a mineral required for normal thyroid function[1]. It is found in very few foods; however, tinned salmon, eggs and iodised salt can contribute to the amounts needed when pregnant. During your pregnancy, 220 micrograms of iodine are required per day, which is 70 micrograms more than the average woman. Lactation requires a further 50 micrograms. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 45 micrograms of iodine, which equates to 30% RDI for an average woman.

[1] US Dept of Health & Human Services – Iodine. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/ 

 

Is Vitamin B12 found easily in food? How much do I need to consume daily?

Vitamin B12 is important for red blood cell, brain, and proper nerve development[1]. It is commonly found in seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy (found naturally in animal-based foods). Whilst pregnant, the average woman needs 2.6 micrograms of B12 per day. This number increases to 2.8 micrograms when Lactating. These numbers are an increase of 0.2 and 0.4 micrograms compared to the average woman’s needs. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of an average woman. This is the maximum addition allowed by the Australian Food and Safety Regulatory body (FSANZ), so we are helping you to put your best foot forward!

[1] Medrec:M – Why is Vitamin B12 so Important for our Health https://medrec-m.com/news/why-is-vitamin-b12-so-important-for-our-health.html 

 

Does the amount of water I need daily during pregnancy?

Your body is essentially 50-75% water and is the basis of all the body’s fluids including blood, urine, and digestive juices[1]: When pregnant, the average woman needs 2.3 litres per day of fluid consisting of plain water, juice and/or other fluids. This is 200 ml more than non-pregnant women. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 250 ml, more than 100% of the extra water your body requires.

[1] Better Health Channel – Water – a vital nutrient https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/water-a-vital-nutrient 

 

How does Vitamin D help the body?

Vitamin D is important for Calcium absorption and bone health[1]. It is found in very limited food resources; however, some examples include eggs and fortified soy milk. Aside from consuming Vitamin D, the body mainly absorbs it from the sun, so getting a healthy amount of time outside each day is highly recommended. It is documented that an adequate intake of 5 micrograms of Vitamin D is needed by all women, regardless of if they are pregnant. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 2.2 micrograms of Vitamin D, or 44% of this referenced adequate intake.

[1] National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases – Calcium and Vitamin D: Important at Every Age https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/nutrition/calcium-and-vitamin-d-important-every-age 

 

Do my needs for Calcium change when i’m pregnant? How much do I need each day?

Calcium is important for bone development(22). It can be found in all dairy foods or fortified non-dairy alternatives, such as soy, oat, and almond milk. Additionally, Calcium can be consumed from fish with edible bones. The needs for Calcium during pregnancy do not change from the 800 milligrams needed by all women each and every day. 1 serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond provides 350 milligrams, or 44% of RDI. 

 

Does Pregnancy & Beyond support my immune system?

Vitamin C and Zinc are vital in supporting your immune system and you’ll be pleased to know that Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond supplies 50% Vit C and 25% Zinc of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of an average woman. These are the maximum additions allowed by the Australian Food and Safety Regulatory body (FSANZ), so we are giving your best a boost!We have also added Lactoferrin (which can be found in Colostrum), and this helps support optimal immune function and provides enhanced protection from infections. 

 

I’m super busy juggling all of my life’s commitments, why and how do I fit another thing in?

Eating well and choosing healthy food during the time of planning for pregnancy, whilst pregnant, and after your little one is born is essential to look after you and your developing baby. However sometimes it just may not be possible to get all the nutrients you require. Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond has been developed to help mums and mums- to-be fill in these nutrient gaps.Incorporating a serve of Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond not only supplies more than 50% of the increased needs of some important nutrients required during pregnancy, but provides an easy, quick, and tasty option for a snack on the go, once your little one arrives. 

 

What do you leave out that makes this a good product?

What we leave out is as important as what we choose to keep in. Beta A2 Pregnancy & Beyond contains No Added Sucrose, No Palm-Oil, No Artificial Colours or Flavours, No Preservatives, No Maltodextrin, No GMO.


Why Beta A2 Products are always maltodextrin free:

Maltodextrin is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat.  Despite being plant based, it is highly processed and has no nutritional value.  Maltodextrin is closely related to corn syrup solids[1].
It’s inexpensive and easy to produce, so is used to thicken products like instant puddings and sauces.  Maltodextrin is also used as a cheap filler for some dairy products, but unlike milk, it contains no nutrition and may even contribute to health challenges.
Maltodextrin has a high GI so can cause blood sugar levels to spike, especially if consumed it in large amounts.  You should avoid it if you have, or are predisposed to developing, diabetes or have insulin resistance23.
Maltodextrin has been shown to suppress the growth of probiotics in your digestive system[2]. These are important for immune system function[3], so avoid it if you’re at risk of developing an autoimmune or digestive disorder23.
At Beta A2 we believe Mother Nature knows best and we make our products from natural A2 protein milk, so the proteins, healthy fats and nutrition come without nasty side effects.  We recommend checking the labels and avoiding maltodextrin. You can trust that we will never use Maltodextrin as an ingredient in our products.

[1] Is Maltodextrin Bad for Me? Medically reviewed by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D., Nutrition — By Anna Shaefer — Updated on September 22, 2022

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-maltodextrin-bad-for-me#when-to-avoid

[2] Laudisi F, Stolfi C & Monteleone G. Impact of Food Additives on Gut Homeostasis Nutrients. 2019 Oct; 11(10): 2334.  Published online 2019 Oct 1. doi: 10.3390/nu11102334[3] Nickerson K & McDonald C . Crohn’s Disease-Associated Adherent-Invasive Escherichia coli Adhesion Is Enhanced by Exposure to the Ubiquitous Dietary Polysaccharide Maltodextrin. PLOS ONE Journal, Dec 2012. 

What is Beta Growing Up A2 Nutritional Junior Milk?

Beta Growing Up A2 Nutritional Junior Milk is carefully crafted by our Nutrition Experts to help support the growth and development of little people. Its yummy vanilla flavour means it can be added to your little person’s favourite recipes, or simply consumed as a shake.

With healthy vitamins, minerals, protein and probiotics, Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk is packed full of all the required nutrients for busy little people to do what they do best: explore, learn and laugh.

How does Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk support my child’s immune system?

Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk is enriched with Lactoferrin, which has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It also includes Zinc and Vitamin C to further boost the immune system.

Why is A2 protein milk recommended for children? 

Human milk is a type of A2 milk, naturally designed for easy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Beta A2 has taken this natural wisdom and built formulations based on Australian A2 protein cow’s milk, providing nutrition that digests in a similar way.

Most commercially produced cow’s milk, including those used to make children’s formula, contains a mixture of both A1 & A2 proteins (A1 Beta-Casein and A2 Beta-Casein). Digestion in the body of these 2 proteins, produces slightly different compounds.

Digestion of the A1 Beta-Casein produces a compound, or peptide, known as Beta Casomorphin-7 (BCM-7), which is not produced during the digestion of the A2 Beta-Casein protein.

There has been much research investigating the effect of the BCM-7 peptide on the human gut, with scientific journals reporting that this peptide may produce some negative gastrointestinal effects. Some of the effects include a much slower movement of stools through the bowel, affecting stool consistency, inflammation, and discomfort including bloating, abdominal pain, and flatulence.

At Beta A2 we follow Mother Nature’s wisdom and produce our Beta Growing Up A2 Toddler Milk using milk from Australian, grass-fed dairy cows that naturally contains only the A2 Beta-Casein protein. 

What nutrients are included in Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk to support bone and teeth health?

Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk includes Calcium and Magnesium to support the proper development of bones and teeth. One serving provides 300mg of Calcium and 40mg of Magnesium.

 
How does Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk aid cognitive development in children?

Between the ages of 3 and 8 is when little people really begin to explore the world around them. Whether it be going to school or simply everyday curiosity, it is important to support your child’s mind with enough extra nutrients to help it blossom. Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk is infused with the added benefits of Iron to support normal cognitive development. This means that when they’re out discovering the world, you can be assured that your little person’s mind is being properly nourished through knowledge and nutrients. Iron required at this age is 10mg per day* and guess what… 1 serve of Beta A2 Junior milk supplies just under ½ of this at 4.5mg per serve.

What additional benefits does Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk offer for overall health?

Most parents sit with their children and listen to their dreams of the future. For these dreams to one day be achieved, it’s important that we prioritise supporting the natural growth and development of our children so they can be well equipped for such a challenge when the day arrives. Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk is loaded with vitamins and minerals to contribute to the normal growth and development of your child. 1 delicious serve of Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk provides at least 20% of their daily requirement for many of these nutrients and in some cases provide up to ½ of their daily needs*.

We’ve also included both Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids. These are considered essential as the body needs them to function properly, and yet is unable to produce them on its own. That means they must be obtained from foods.  Fatty acids are important for your child’s overall health, in particular brain health.  1 serve of Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk provides more than ½ of their daily needs of Omega 3s and ¼ of their daily Omega 6 needs.

Don’t forget about the added Lutein, which has been shown to be important for visual processing, memory, hearing and language development.Now hopefully you’re really getting it when we say Milk and More!


What are some of the key ingredients that Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk avoids including?

Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk does not contain added sucrose, palm oil, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, maltodextrin, or GMOs.

 

How does Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk support digestive health?

Beta Growing Up A2 Junior milk has been fortified with a synbiotic blend of prebiotics (FOS & GOS) and probiotics (BB536) to support your child’s digestive health while they grow and develop. 

Vegetables, fruits and legumes in a well-balanced diet provide a source of prebiotics and fibres which help healthy, protective bacteria to flourish. Prebiotics of FOS and GOS have been strategically added to Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk to help feed and support the growth of healthy bacteria for a child’s strong gut microbiome, especially for those that may be fussy, and avoiding veggies and fruit.

Probiotics supplements are intended to aid in the bacterial colonisation of the gut or to restore the numbers when interrupted by sickness or the use of antibiotics. Research evidence suggests that probiotics could help to manage allergies or provide relief from eczema symptoms, there is also evidence that probiotics might help to reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhoea.

What is the role of Lactoferrin in Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk?

Beta Growing Up A2 Junior Milk is enriched with the power of Lactoferrin, a protein found in a mother’s colostrum or first milk. With its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Lactoferrin supports optimal immune function and provides enhanced protection from infections[1]. We’ve also included the Zinc and Vitamin C in our formulation to further help support your child’s immune system. 2.6mg of Zinc and 20mg of Vitamin C has been included to really boost their body.

 

[1] Sadler, M.J & Smith N, 2013.  Beta-casein proteins and infant growth and development.  Infant. Vol 9, Issue 5 https://www.infantjournal.co.uk/pdf/inf_053_tei.pdf

[2] Pal S, Woodford K, Kukuljan S, Ho S. Milk intolerance, beta-casein and lactose. Nutrients 2015;7:7285–97

[3] Systematic Review of the Gastrointestinal Effects of A1 Compared with A2 β-Casein Adv. Nutr. 2017 Sep; 8(5): 739–748

[4] Milk Intolerance, Beta-Casein, and Lactose Nutrients 2015 Sep; 7(9): 7285–7297

* Nutrient References Ranges set by the National Health and Medical research council of Australia and also adopted by the Ministry of Health in New Zealand.  https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients

[5] What is Lactoferrin? https://betaa2professional.com.au/lactoferrin

[6] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/omega-6-foods#How-much-omega-6-do-you-need?

[7] Healthline – Should Kids Take Omega 3 supplements. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/omega-3-for-kids

[8] Vishwanathan, Rohini*; Kuchan, Matthew J.; Sen, Sarbattama; Johnson, Elizabeth J.*. Lutein and Preterm Infants With Decreased Concentrations of Brain Carotenoids. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 59(5):p 659-665, November 2014.

[9] Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and Galactooligosacharides (GOS) Increase Bifidobacterium but Reduce Butyrate Producing Bacteria with Adverse Glycaemic Metabolism in healthy young population 2017 Sep 18; 7(1):11789. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-10722-2.

[10] Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.  Fact Sheet – Probiotics for infants and children https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedfiles/main/content/ccch/cpr_vol22_no1_factsheet.pdf

What is Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men?

Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men is an A2 protein dairy nutritional shake specially formulated for mature Men, to help their health span a lifetime.

As we mature, the types and amounts of food we choose to eat, and our nutritional requirements change. While it is important to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, supplementing our diets can assist in achieving adequate nutrition and also fill nutrient intake gaps caused by low appetite or illness.

There are slight variations in the dietary recommendations made by different health organisations; however, Nutrition Australia, the Mayo Clinic and Healthline all recognise the importance of Calcium, Vitamin D and Fibre, along with suggestions to pay particular attention to Protein, Omega 3’s, Vitamin B12, and Antioxidants such as Vitamins E & C as we age.

 

How does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women compare to competitors?

You may be surprised when you take a look. 

Beta A2 products are Developed by Science and Inspired by Nature, because we believe Natural is Beta.

 

Helping health, span a lifetime. Why is using A2 cow’s milk important?

Human milk is a type of A2 milk, naturally designed for easy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Beta A2 has taken this natural wisdom and built formulations based on Australian A2 protein cow’s milk, providing nutrition that digests in a similar way.

Most dairy milk produced commercially contains a mixture of A1 and A2 Beta Casein proteins, which when digested, produce slightly different compounds.

During digestion of the A1 Beta Casein, a peptide known as Beta Casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) is produced; this appears to be absent during digestion of the A2 Beta Casein protein (human & A2 cow’s milk).

The scientific literature includes many research studies assessing the presence of the BCM-7 peptide and the reported gastrointestinal effects.  These include delayed transit time through the bowel, changed stool consistency5, inflammation, and digestive discomfort including bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence.

Healthspan 50+ for Men has been produced using milk from Australian dairy cows that naturally contains only the A2 Beta Casein protein.

 

Benefits of Liquid Nutrition
Ease of ingestion

It is estimated that up to 1 in 3 people experience discomfort when swallowing tablets and capsules. These studies indicate swallowing problems increase by up to 38% as we age.

Absorption rates

The effectiveness of the nutrient doesn’t typically depend upon whether it’s liquid or solid; however, the absorption rate is greatly affected. By and large, a liquid in the stomach will absorb at a much faster rate than a solid pill will. You may be surprised to know that your body can begin absorbing liquid vitamins before they even reach the stomach.

As we age our gastric pH changes, which can influence the rate of nutrient absorption. Plus, there can also be a reduction in intestinal blood flow, which tends to delay or reduce absorption. So why not do the best we can for ourselves? 

Healthspan 50+ for Men is a delicious liquid shake designed for ease of ingestion and to optimise absorption of nutrition.

 
Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men have calcium?

More than 65% of adults aged 50 years and over have osteoporosis or osteopenia. While women are often the focus of osteoporosis intervention, it’s estimated that up to 6% of men are also affected. Osteoporosis is more common in people who have too much or too little of certain hormones in their bodies, for example treatments for prostate cancer that reduce testosterone levels in men are likely to accelerate bone loss. Once Calcium is lost from our bones it is difficult to replace, but there are ways to protect against the progression of the disease, including consuming adequate Calcium.  We can take action to stay strong.

Men between the ages of 18 and 50 need 1,000 mgs of calcium a day. This increases to 1,200 mg daily when Men turn 70.

Healthspan 50+ for Men is specially formulated to enhance bone mineral density by providing 310mg of Calcium per 230ml serve, meaning just a cup easily supplies 39% of the RDI of Calcium and accounts for all your additional Calcium intake requirements.  

 

Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men support my immunity?

Healthspan 50+ for Men is enriched with Lactoferrin, a protein found in colostrum. As babies, it gave us the foundation for great health, growth, and a strong immune system. With its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Lactoferrin can help support our immune systems in the body’s defence against infection.

Iron, Zinc and Vitamins A, B6, B9 (folate), B12, and C have also been added to the formulation to further support normal functioning of your immune system.

 

Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men help maintain muscle mass?

Let’s face it, as we age, we tend to sit more and exercise less and this compounds the natural aging process, sarcopenia.  Research suggests this causes an involuntary loss of 3-8% of muscle mass per year after the age of 30, which further increases after 60yrs. By the time men near 80 years, they we have lost as much as half of our skeletal muscle mass. Along with moving more, eating enough protein that includes all of the essential amino acids, reduces muscle wastage.  Cow’s milk is called a ‘complete protein’ because it is one of the few foods which contain all the essential amino acids.

Your protein intake depends on body weight. For men over 50, experts recommend 1 to 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of weight. The base line minimum for protein for men in Australia is at least 64g per day increasing to minimum of 81g per day after 70 years.  

A single serve (230ml) of Men’s Healthspan 50+ provides 12g of quality protein, supplying over 2/3 of your required daily increase.

 

What Vitamins does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men contain?

Vitamin D is important for bone and immune health. Low levels are associated with a greater risk of mental decline, frailty, poor heart health, depression, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Most of the required Vitamin D is produced by the body when exposed to the sun; however, too much time in the sun can be dangerous. Our fear of skin cancer and sometimes reduced mobility means less exposure and reduced Vitamin D production.  Food sources of this vitamin are limited, and the general recommendation is to take a Vitamin D supplement of 10ug for those of us aged 51-70 and 15ug for anyone older than 70yrs.

Healthspan 50+ for Men provides 2.6ug of Vitamin D per 230ml serve, providing 26% of the RDI for those aged 51-70.

The B family of vitamins are vital to your health. Healthspan 50+ Men includes Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12 forms at levels which range from 32-50% RDI (Recommended Daily Intake for adults).  

Vitamin B12 is a key nutrient that may be poorly absorbed or inadequate in your diet, especially for vegetarian and vegan men, yet it is essential for maintaining both healthy red blood cells and brain function.

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12 for men over 50 is 2.4ug a day.

Healthspan 50+ Men provides 1.0ug of Vitamin B12 in a single 230ml serve, providing almost 50% of your RDI.

 

Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men contain probiotics?

Healthspan 50+ for Men provides 500 million cfu of the Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum BB536 per serve, which supports digestive health and boosts immunity. Probiotics supplements are intended to aid in the bacterial colonisation of the gut or to restore the numbers when interrupted by sickness or the use of antibiotics.

 

Is Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men good for digestive health?

Fibre is essential for keeping your bowel functioning properly and it acts as a Prebiotic to help maintain a healthy digestive biome. Eating a fibre rich diet promotes healthy bowel movements and digestion, supports heart health, slows sugar absorption to stabilize blood sugar levels, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

The 2021 Australian national nutrition survey showed that only 6% of the adult population consumed the required amount of fruit and vegetables to contribute adequately to their fibre intake.

Healthspan 50+ for Men contains 2 grams of Dietary Fibre per 230ml serve. This good source of fibre is equivalent to ½ cup of brown rice or 1 slice of rye bread.

 

How does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men help brain and heart health?

Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids are considered essential as your body needs them to function properly, and yet it is unable to produce them on its own. That means Omega 3 & 6 must be obtained from the food you eat.

The Australia and NZ Recommended Nutrient Reference Values (NRV) for Omega 3’s is 160mg as EPA & DHA, and 1.3g as ALA, plus 13g Omega 6’s per day for men.

For people at high risk of heart disease, The Australian Heart Foundation recommends higher levels of 250–500 mg per day EPA & DHA and 1g of ALA Omega-3.

Diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with lower rates of mental decline and neurological disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as better brain, heart, and skin health.

Our products are made from milk from Australian free-range, grass-fed cow’s, meaning the milk has naturally elevated levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.  Grass-fed cows milk naturally contains 0.05 g/100 g of Omega-3s, compared to 0.02 g/100 g in conventional milk; a 147% increase in Omega-3s.

Healthspan 50+ for Men contains 114mg of Omega 3 per 230ml serve, and 950mg of Omega 6 per 230ml (LA).

A single serve of Healthspan 50+ for Men is a helpful contribution to the RDI for both Omega 3s & Omega 6s.

 

Is there anything else in Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Men that will assist me?

Men’s Healthspan 50+ A2 Protein Shake is specially formulated to support you in other ways also:

  • Zinc to maintain normal Testosterone levels in the blood and Vitamin B6 to support normal Hormonal Activity
  • Reduced tiredness and fatigue from Iron & Magnesium, Vitamins A, B3 (Niacin), B6, B9 (folate) and B12.
  • Heart and Cardiac support from B1 (Thiamine)
  • Normal muscle function support via Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D
  • Cognitive support from Iodine, Iron and Zinc
  • Psychological support from Magnesium, Vitamins A, B3 (niacin), B1 (thiamine), B6, B9 (folate) and B12.
 
What do you leave out of your products?

Healthspan 50+ for Men is tailored nutrition for Men over 50 without the added nasties:

  • NO Vitamin K
  • NO Maltodextrin
  • NO Palm Oil
  • NO GMO
  • NO Added Sucrose
  • NO Preservatives
  • NO Artificial Flavours or Colours
  • NO A1 beta casein

Healthspan 50+ for Men does not have any added Vitamin K. 

When it comes to the use of common blood-thinning drugs (e.g. Warfarin), it is best to avoid products with added Vitamin K, as high doses may cause drug-food interactions that decrease the drug’s ability to prevent the formation of blood clots. Therefore, those drinking Healthspan 50+ for Men can feel confident in their supplement choice.

 

Why are Beta A2 products always free of maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. Despite being plant based, it is highly processed and has no nutritional value.  Maltodextrin is closely related to corn syrup solids.

It’s inexpensive and easy to produce, so is used to thicken products like instant puddings and sauces.  Maltodextrin is also used as a cheap filler for some dairy products, but unlike milk, it contains no nutrition and may even contribute to health challenges.

Maltodextrin has a high GI so can cause blood sugar levels to spike, especially if consumed in large amounts. You should avoid it if you have, or are predisposed to developing, diabetes or have insulin resistance.

Maltodextrin has been shown to suppress the growth of probiotics in the digestive system. These are important for immune system function, so avoid it if you’re at risk of developing an autoimmune or digestive disorder.

At Beta A2 we believe Mother Nature knows best and we make our products from natural A2 protein milk, so the proteins, healthy fats and nutrition come without nasty side effects.  We recommend checking labels and avoiding maltodextrin. 

You can trust that we will never use Maltodextrin as an ingredient in our products.

 

 

[1] Nutrition and older adults, Nutrition Australia

https://nutritionaustralia.org/app/uploads/2022/03/Nutrition-and-older-adults.pdf

[2] 3 Diet changes Men over 50 should make right now, Mayo Clinic.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/3-diet-changes-Men-over-50-should-make-right-now/art-20457589

[3] Dietary changes you should consider making in your 50s and 60s, Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-eating-50s-60s#dietary-tips

[4] Sadler, M.J & Smith N, 2013.  Beta-casein proteins and infant growth and development.  Infant. Vol 9, Issue 5 https://www.infantjournal.co.uk/pdf/inf_053_tei.pdf

[5] Pal S, Woodford K, Kukuljan S, & Ho S. Milk intolerance, beta-casein and lactose. Nutrients 2015;7:7285–97

[6] Brooke-Taylor S, Dwyer K, Woodford K. & Kost N. Systematic Review of the Gastrointestinal Effects of A1 Compared with A2 β-Casein Adv. Nutr. 2017 Sep; 8(5): 739–748

[7] Jianqin S, Leiming X, Lu X, Yelland G, Ni J, & Clarke A. Effects of milk containing only A2 beta casein versus milk containing both A1 and A2 beta casein proteins on gastrointestinal physiology, symptoms of discomfort, and cognitive behaviour of people with self-reported intolerance to traditional cows’ milk, Nutrition Journal volume 15, Article number: 35 (2015)

[8] Roy N, Stemple J, Merrill RM & Thomas L. Dysphagia in the elderly: preliminary evidence of prevalence, risk factors, and socioemotional effectsAnn. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 116(1),858–865 (2007).

[9]Lindgren S & Janzon L. Prevalence of swallowing complaints and clinical findings among 50–79-year-old men and Men in an urban populationDysphagia 6(4),187–192 (1991).

[10] DaVinci Laboratories – https://blog.davincilabs.com/blog/are-liquid-vitamins-better-than-pills

[11] Bender, A. D 1968.  Effect of Age on Intestinal Absorption: Implications for drug absorption in the elderly.  https://agsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1968.tb02776.x

[12] Estimating the prevalence of osteoporosis in Australia, AIHW. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/estimating-the-prevalence-of-osteoporosis-in-austr/summary

[13] Symptoms & Causes of Osteoporosis, Mayo Clinic.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351968

[14] What is Lactoferrin? https://betaa2professional.com.au/lactoferrin/

[15] Holloszy J. The biology of aging. Mayo Clin Proc. 2000 Jan;75 Suppl:S3-8; discussion S8-9. PMID: 10959208.

[16] Amino Acids, Cleveland Clinic.  https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22243-amino-acids

[17] Are you getting too much protein, Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/are-you-getting-too-much-protein

[18] Eat for Health, Nutrient Reference Values – Protein

https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/nutrient-reference-values/nutrients/protein

[19] Eat for Health, Nutrient Reference Values – Vitamin D

https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/nutrient-reference-values/nutrients/vitamin-d

[20] Rathod R, Kale, A & Joshi S. Novel insights into the effect of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids on brain function, https://jbiomedsci.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12929-016-0241-8

[21]Wong C.G, Odamaki, T & Xiao J-Z. Beneficial effects of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum BB536 on human health: Modulation of gut microbiome as the principal action. Journal of Functional Food, Vol 54, 2019, pp 506-519. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464619300684

[22] Dietary Behaviour, Australian Bureau of Statistics. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/health-conditions-and-risks/dietary-behaviour/2020-21

[23] High Fiber Food, Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948

[24] How much Omega 6 do I need, Healthline.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/omega-6-foods#How-much-omega-6-do-you-need?

[25] Eat for Health, Nutrient Reference Values – fatty acids.

https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/fats-total-fat-fatty-acids

[26] Fish and Omega 3, Heart Foundation. https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/getmedia/4adbe011-db9a-4777-8a99-db6365e27cb1/Consumer_QA_Fish_Omega3_Cardiovascular_Health.pdf

[27] Grass-fed cows produce healthier milk, University of Minnesota.

 https://extension.umn.edu/pasture-based-dairy/grass-fed-cows-produce-healthier-milk

[28]Batta A, Kalra BS, Khirasaria R. Critical Issues and Recent Advances in Anticoagulant Therapy: A Review. Neurol India. 2019 Sep-Oct;67(5):1200-1212. doi: 10.4103/0028-3886.271256. PMID: 31744944. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31744944/

[29] Ensure vs Boost, Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ensure-vs-boost#safety-precautions

[30] Is Maltodextrin Bad for Me? Medically reviewed by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D., Nutrition — By Anna Shaefer — Updated on September 22, 2022 

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-maltodextrin-bad-for-me#when-to-avoid

[31] Laudisi F, Stolfi C & Monteleone G. Impact of Food Additives on Gut Homeostasis Nutrients. 2019 Oct; 11(10): 2334.  Published online 2019 Oct 1. doi: 10.3390/nu11102334

[32] Nickerson K & McDonald C . Crohn’s Disease-Associated Adherent-Invasive Escherichia coli Adhesion Is Enhanced by Exposure to the Ubiquitous Dietary Polysaccharide Maltodextrin. PLOS ONE Journal, Dec 2012.

 

What is Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women?

Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women is an A2 protein dairy nutritional shake crafted to nourish mature women, to help their health span a lifetime.

As we mature, the types and amounts of food we choose to eat, and our nutritional requirements change. While it is important to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, supplementing our diets can assist in achieving adequate nutrition and also fill nutrient intake gaps caused by low appetite or illness.

There are slight variations in the dietary recommendations made by different health organisations; however, Nutrition Australia, the Mayo Clinic and Healthline all recognise the importance of Calcium, Vitamin D and Fibre, along with suggestions to pay particular attention to Protein, Omega 3’s, Vitamin B12, and Antioxidants such as Vitamins E & C as we age.

 

How does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women compare to competitors?

You may be surprised when you take a look. 

Beta A2 products are Developed by Science and Inspired by Nature, because we believe Natural is Beta.

 

 

Helping health, span a lifetime. Why is using A2 cow’s milk important?

Human milk is a type of A2 milk, naturally designed for easy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Beta A2 has taken this natural wisdom and built formulations based on Australian A2 protein cow’s milk, providing nutrition that digests in a similar way.

Most dairy milk produced commercially contains a mixture of A1 and A2 Beta Casein proteins, which when digested, produce slightly different compounds.

During digestion of the A1 Beta Casein, a peptide known as Beta Casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) is produced; this appears to be absent during digestion of the A2 Beta Casein protein (human & A2 cow’s milk).

The scientific literature includes many research studies assessing the presence of the BCM-7 peptide and the reported gastrointestinal effects.  These include delayed transit time through the bowel, changed stool consistency5, inflammation, and digestive discomfort including bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence.

Healthspan 50+ for Women has been produced using milk from Australian dairy cows that naturally contains only the A2 Beta Casein protein.

 

Benefits of Liquid Nutrition
Ease of ingestion

It is estimated that up to 1 in 3 people experience discomfort when swallowing tablets and capsules. These studies indicate swallowing problems increase by up to 38% as we age.

Absorption rates

The effectiveness of the nutrient doesn’t typically depend upon whether it’s liquid or solid; however, the absorption rate is greatly affected. By and large, a liquid in the stomach will absorb at a much faster rate than a solid pill will. You may be surprised to know that your body can begin absorbing liquid vitamins before they even reach the stomach.

As we age our gastric pH changes, which can influence the rate of nutrient absorption. Plus, there can also be a reduction in intestinal blood flow, which tends to delay or reduce absorption. So why not do the best we can for ourselves? 

Healthspan 50+ for Women is a delicious liquid shake designed for ease of ingestion and to optimise nutrition absorption.

 
Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women have calcium?

More than 65% of adults aged 50 years and over have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Women are at a higher risk of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis during and after their menopausal years due to a drop in estrogen. Once Calcium is lost from our bones, it is difficult to replace, but there are ways to protect against the progression of the disease, including consuming adequate Calcium. We all know we can’t stop menopause, but it’s not all doom and gloom. We can take action to stay strong.

Women between the ages of 18 and 50 need 1,000 mgs of calcium a day. This increases to to 1,200 mg daily when women turn 50.

Healthspan 50+ for Women provides 320mg of Calcium per 230ml serve, meaning just a cup easily meets your additional Calcium requirements after 50 years.  

 

Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women support my immunity?

Healthspan 50+ for Women is enriched with Lactoferrin, a protein found in colostrum. As babies, it gave us the foundation for great health, growth, and a strong immune system.  With its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Lactoferrin can help support our immune system in its defence against infection.

Iron, Zinc and Vitamins A, B6, B9 (folate), B12, and C have also been added to the formulation to further support the normal functioning of your immune system.

 

Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women help maintain muscle mass?

Let’s face it, as we age, we tend to sit more and exercise less and this compounds a natural aging process called sarcopenia. Research suggests this causes a 3-8% involuntary loss of muscle mass per year after the age of 30, which further increases after 60yrs. By the time women near 80 years, we may have lost as much as half of our skeletal muscle mass. Along with moving more, eating enough protein that includes all of the essential amino acids, reduces muscle wastage. Cow’s milk is called a ‘complete protein’ because it is one of the few foods which contain all the essential amino acids.

Your protein intake depends on your body weight. For women over 50, experts recommend 1 to 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of weight.  The base line minimum for protein for women in Australia is at least 46g per day increasing to a minimum of 57g per day after 70 years.  

A single serve (230ml) of Women’s Healthspan 50+ provides 10g of quality protein, supplying your daily intake increase requirement.

 

What Vitamins does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women contain?

Vitamin D is important for bone and immune health. Low levels are associated with a greater risk of mental decline, frailty, poor heart health, depression, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Most of the required Vitamin D is produced by the body when exposed to the sun; however, too much time in the sun can be dangerous. Our fear of skin cancer and sometimes reduced mobility means less exposure and reduced Vitamin D production.  Food sources of this vitamin are limited, and the general recommendation is to take a Vitamin D supplement of 10ug for those of us aged 51-70 and 15ug for anyone older than 70yrs.

Healthspan 50+ for Women is specially formulated to reduce the risk of osteoporosis as Calcium and Vitamin D absorption are intimately connected. It provides 2.5ug of Vitamin D per 230ml serve, providing 25% of the RDI for those of us aged 51-70.

The B family of vitamins are vital to our health. Healthspan 50+ Women includes Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12 forms at levels which range from 32-50% RDI (Recommended Daily Intake for adults). 

One key nutrient that may be poorly absorbed or inadequate in our diet, especially for vegetarian and vegan women, is Vitamin B12 which is essential for maintaining both healthy red blood cells and brain function.

The recommended daily intake of vitamin B12 for women over 50 is 2.4ug a day.

Healthspan 50+ Women provides 1.0ug of Vitamin B12 in a single 230ml serve, providing almost 50% of our RDI.

 

Does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women contain probiotics?

Healthspan 50+ for Women provides 500mill cfu Bifidobacterium longum BB536 per serve, which supports digestive health and boosts immunity. Probiotics supplements are intended to aid in the bacterial colonisation of the gut or to restore the numbers when interrupted by sickness or the use of antibiotics.

 

Is Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women good for digestive health?

Fibre is essential for keeping your bowel functioning properly and it acts as a Prebiotics to help maintain a healthy digestive biome. Eating a fibre rich diet promotes healthy bowel movements and digestion, supports heart health, slows sugar absorption to stabilize blood sugar levels, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

The 2021 Australian national nutrition survey showed that only 6% of the adult population consumed the required amount of fruit and vegetables to contribute adequately to their fibre intake.

Healthspan 50+ for Women contains 2 grams of Dietary Fibre per 230ml serve. This good source of fibre is equivalent to ½ cup of brown rice or 1 slice of rye bread.

 

How does Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women help brain and heart health?

Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids are considered essential as your body needs them to function properly, and yet it is unable to produce them on its own. That means Omega 3 & 6 must be obtained from the foods you eat.

The Australia and NZ Recommended Nutrient Reference Values (NRV) for Omega 3s is 90mg as EPA &DHA, and 0.8g as ALA, plus 8g Omega 6s per day for women.

Diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with lower rates of mental decline and neurological disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as better brain, heart, and skin health.

Our products are made from milk from Australian free-range, grass-fed cow’s, meaning the milk has naturally elevated levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Grass-fed cows milk naturally contains 0.05 g/100 g of Omega-3s, compared to 0.02 g/100 g in conventional milk; a 147% increase in Omega-3s.

Healthspan 50+ for Women contains 134mg of Omega 3 per 230ml serve, plus 1,150mg of Omega 6 per 230ml (LA).

A single serve of Healthspan 50+ for Women adds helpful contributions to the RDI for both Omega 3s & Omega 6s.

 

Is there anything else in Beta Living Healthspan 50+ for Women that will assist me?

Women’s Healthspan 50+ A2 Protein Shake is also crafted to nourish you in other ways:

  • Hormone regulation from Iodine & Vitamin B6 in particular thyroid hormones.
  • Reduced tiredness and fatigue from Iron & Magnesium, Vitamins A, B3 (Niacin), B6, B9 (folate) and B12.
  • Heart and Cardiac support from B1 (Thiamine).
  • Normal muscle function via Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D.
  • Cognitive support from Iodine, Iron and Zinc.
  • Psychological support from Magnesium, Vitamins A, B3 (niacin), B1 (thiamine), B6, B9 (folate) and B12.
 
What do you leave out of your products?

Healthspan 50+ for Women is tailored nutrition for Women over 50 without the added nasties:

  • NO Vitamin K
  • NO Maltodextrin
  • NO Palm Oil
  • NO GMO
  • NO Added Sucrose
  • NO Preservatives
  • NO Artificial Flavours or Colours
  • NO A1 beta casein

Healthspan 50+ for Women does not have any added Vitamin K. When it comes to the use of common blood-thinning drugs (e.g., Warfarin), it is best to avoid products with added Vitamin K, as high doses may cause drug-food interactions that decrease the drug’s ability to prevent the formation of blood clots. Therefore, those drinking Healthspan 50+ for Women can feel confident in their supplement choice.

 
Why are Beta A2 products always free of maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat.  Despite being plant based, it is highly processed and has no nutritional value. Maltodextrin is closely related to corn syrup solids.

It’s inexpensive and easy to produce, so is used to thicken products like instant puddings and sauces. Maltodextrin is also used as a cheap filler for some dairy products, but unlike milk, it contains no nutrition and may even contribute to health challenges.

Maltodextrin has a high GI so can cause blood sugar levels to spike, especially if consumed it in large amounts. You should avoid it if you have, or are predisposed to developing, diabetes or have insulin resistance.

Maltodextrin has been shown to suppress the growth of probiotics in the digestive system. These are important for immune system function, so avoid it if you’re at risk of developing an autoimmune or digestive disorder.

At Beta A2 we believe Mother Nature knows best and we make our products from natural A2 protein milk, so the proteins, healthy fats and nutrition come without nasty side effects.  We recommend checking labels and avoiding maltodextrin.  You can trust that we will never use Maltodextrin as an ingredient in our products.

 

 

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