Cow Milk And Buffalo Milk – A Comparison

Cow milk and buffalo milk both are both very nutritious. When both are available, the choice of milk should be made based on your personal needs, health status and digestion power.

Cow milk and buffalo milk – similarities

  • Taste – Both cow milk and buffalo milk are sweet in taste,  and have cooling effect.
  • Cow milk and buffalo milk both act as natural aphrodisiacs.
  • Both are high in nutrition and improves strength.
  • Both these milks calm Pitta and help in relieving burning sensation.

Cow ghee Vs buffalo ghee – Which is best?

Cow milk vs buffalo milk – Differences

  • Buffalo milk is slightly heavier to digest when compared to Cow milk.
  • The capacity to induce natural sleep is more in buffalo milk than cow milk.
  • The protein content in buffalo milk is more compared to cow milk.
  • Fat content is more in buffalo milk than in cow milk.
  • Ghee prepared from buffalo milk increases Kapha, while Cow milk – ghee calms Pitta and increases digestion power.
  • Cow milk is more used in Ayurveda than buffalo milk.

For further reading – Cow milk benefits Buffalo milk benefits

For more differences based on the nutritional aspects click here

34 comments on “Cow Milk And Buffalo Milk – A Comparison

  • DEEPA Malik

    06/01/2012 - 4:28 pm me what to drink with Chayawanprash ,as Milk does not suits me.
    Is Tea or Butter milk is fine?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      06/01/2012 - 4:45 pm

      tea or hot water is fine. I do not think butter milk is a right choice.

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  • Amit

    04/03/2013 - 2:21 pm

    Dear Dr Hebber, Is this comparison between Desi Cow’s milk & buffalo’s milk or its the Jersey cow commonly available?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      04/03/2013 - 4:30 pm

      Hi, this is comparison between Desi cow milk and buffalo milk.

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  • sridhar

    26/11/2013 - 11:52 am

    I think the comparison is not comprehensive enough and does tilt towards consuming Buffalo milk. Desi Cow milk is far superior please read charaka samhita .pdf is available for you on the net.

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  • sridhar

    26/11/2013 - 11:59 am

    For your convenient reference you can download Charaka samhit free of cost from

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  • Saket

    24/05/2014 - 6:01 pm

    How to find if the milk supplied is of cow or buffalo?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      13/08/2014 - 6:56 pm

      The information should be on the label of the milk cover..?

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    • Ajith

      21/01/2017 - 10:46 pm

      once you boil you cal find it. Cow milk will have a slight yellow layer on top

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  • Neerja

    17/11/2014 - 12:38 pm

    Thank you sir,it was very explanatory

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  • mitesh sanghavi

    12/12/2014 - 6:48 am

    Its difficult to find milk of desi cow like that of gir here in Mumbai.
    So my choice is either buffalo’s milk or cross-breed cow’s milk.
    I am heart patient and suffer from thyroid problems also and so am not able to decide which one should be better, especially after knowing about A1 and A2 milk controversy (“Devil in the milk”).

    Please guide me and refer more articles about the same.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      08/01/2015 - 9:35 pm

      Forget about A1 and A2 milk and opt for cross breed cow’s milk.

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    • Maulik

      13/05/2016 - 6:58 am

      mitesh ji please get desi(A2) milk. It does wonders over junk A1 milk. It has helped me personally a lot. Just try it and see it. You will know the truth yourself.

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  • Rajkumar Rathore

    18/09/2015 - 12:44 pm

    @sridhar plz expain why there is an initial hesitation in adapting desi cow milk. We had been operating in M.P. from 1 year there is problem in adaption of desi cow milk in terms of taste. Most of the customers start and go away eventually. Is there anything missing any help is appreciated.

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  • Surbhi Sharma

    07/10/2015 - 4:48 pm

    Its hard to find milk of desi cow. Jersy cow milk is not good for health so can we choose buffalo milk…?

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  • Naresh Sharma

    02/12/2015 - 7:59 am

    How to know whether a person is allergic to buffalo milk or milk product

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    • Dr Malini Bhat

      15/01/2016 - 1:56 pm

      Dear sir, You can know that only after consuming them.

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  • Nikhil

    14/12/2015 - 10:16 am

    Request you to please elaborate. In mumbai, we get jersey cow milk. So is it then advisable to drink Buffalo’s milk. My mother has got many small knots in her body. Ayuervedic doctor advised us to drink Cow’s milk. But the problem is we do not get Desi cow milk. Also if you can elaborate how to identify difference between desi and jersey cow, it would be of great help

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      30/03/2016 - 7:02 pm

      Hi, in your mother’s case, it is good to go with jersey cow milk only.

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  • Dijo

    17/02/2016 - 1:34 pm

    Dear Dr.,
    Can the contoversy regarding A1 and A2 milk be ignored?
    Which will be better for children, Buffalo or A1 ghee?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/04/2016 - 11:06 pm

      Hi, my personal opinion is that, it can be ignored. Buffalo ghee will be better.

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  • vishal sharma

    18/09/2016 - 7:18 pm

    can we taken 1tsp of desi cow ghee with buffalo milk at night during acidity.

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  • Ranjit

    10/03/2017 - 11:23 am

    Other than drawbacks like fat and kapha generation, is there any harmful effect of cow’s milk or buffalo milk in infants/children, like in brain development? There is an old saying in my village that feed children only with cow milk and not with buffalo milk as buffalo milk will hamper brain development. Is there any logic to that argument?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      14/04/2017 - 11:05 pm

      There are no other brain related side effects with it.
      No logic in that argument.

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  • Abhijit Kale

    25/04/2017 - 8:48 am

    If you don’t want to have khapha & vata , PL avoid drinking Milk. You can drink chaas instead. Try drinking black tea , it’s more refreshing, make it light golden, don’t boil the tea. Moreover a lot of Milk in India contains oxytosin a hormone injected in cows to make them lactate. This oxytosin goes in our bodies when we consume milk and causes our bodies to produce kapgh , sneezing , watery nose.
    If you stop drinking Milk, you will notice in a week time all symptoms of kapha , catalog will vanish.

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  • Yateesh G S

    02/09/2017 - 10:31 pm

    Namaste sir,I just wanted to know the effects of pasteurisation and homogenisation on cow’s milk. Does it spoils the natural qualities of pure cow’s milk? I have heard so many people saying that quitting dairy is better if freshly yielded milk is not available because it is harmful to use processed milk……

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      03/09/2017 - 12:45 pm

      Hi, milk, in Ayurveda, while preparing Ksheerapaka etc, is boiled for long periods of time. Sometime, more than half an hour. So, taking pasteurized homogenized cow milk is fine.
      I have a problem with fatless milk. It is not healthy. Milk comes with natural fat, which is required for the body.
      If available, then taking cow milk directly from a vendor and using it after boiling is the best.

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  • Srj

    13/09/2017 - 8:12 pm

    from where should i buy it?

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  • Yateesh G S

    17/09/2017 - 6:31 pm

    Thank you sir,for clearing the doubt…..

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  • Shr

    02/11/2017 - 8:16 am

    How good is buffalo ghee than cow ghee ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/11/2017 - 10:57 pm

      For improving weight and for better sleep, buffalo ghee is better than cow ghee.

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  • jai

    12/04/2018 - 11:54 am

    are you still alive.

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  • Krishna Kumar G

    10/08/2022 - 10:36 am

    Dear Doctor

    Thank you for the info.

    Krishna Kumar G

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