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Top 5 Health Benefits from Drinking Milk Despite the Controversial Facts About It According to Scientific Studies

There are articles that feature the negative impact of drinking milk on our health such as fracture risks and being a pro-inflammatory which leads to acne. Also, you might have heard that it can  trigger bloating and other discomfortable digestive issues. While this finding holds true to some extent, it is not the absolute causal-factor at all as there can have some counterparts that went along leading to this effect according to medical researchers. Drinking milk remains beneficial to our health as it is a good source of proteins, calcium, potassium, Vitamin D, and magnesium. Potassium helps to maintain blood pressure and Vitamin D helps the body to:

  • maintain the correct calcium and phosphorous levels, which, in turn, contributes to building and maintaining bones.
  • for the absorption of calcium in the gut, which is important for good bone health.
  • aids nerve functioning and helps the body to stave off bacteria and viruses.

Moreover,  these nutrients in the milk reduce the risks of developing the following alarming health conditions such as the cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

The  study  led by Dr. Mark Houston, director of the Hypertension Institute at St. Thomas Hospital in Tennessee, shows that the increase of potassium intake and decreasing sodium can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The Controversy About Dairy Consumption

There is sugar in milk called lactose. It has to be split into glucose and galactose for the absorption into the bloodstream. However, it needs a Lactase n enzymes to make this happen which are abundant in the infants. This means that as adults, we lose the ability to digest properly the lactose (sugar in milk). In view of this fact, around 75 percent of the world's population and about 25 percent of the people in the U.S. lose the ability to produce digestive lactase enzymes.

Besides, the whole milk and many dairy products are high in saturated fat which raise "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood leading to coronary disease. It is therefore recommended to limit the intake of foods high in saturated fat. You may opt to nutritious alternative of cows milk such as yogurt and kefir.

Note: The jury is out on whether dairy is good or bad for you; the arguments for and against are ongoing, and the health effects vary between individuals. However, for the most part, evidence shows that dairy consumption has many benefits according to several scientific studies as follows:

The Benefits of Dairy Products Like Milk

  • Obesity : A study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that children who drink whole milk are leaner and have higher levels of vitamin D than those who drink the low-fat or skimmed varieties.
  • Type 2 diabetes: In the research by Dr. Ulrika Ericson, of the Lund University Diabetes Center in Malmö, Sweden, and colleagues found that people who consumed the highest amounts of high-fat dairy products had a 23 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than individuals who consumed the least amount of dairy per day. Harvard University found that teenagers who drink milk are 43 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes as adults compared with non-milk drinkers.
  • Prostate cancer: Some studies have found that a high dairy intake is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. One study reported that having higher intake of dairy increased the risk of prostate cancer by 32 percent. This greater risk may be linked to calcium levels. In contrast, a study published in the British Journal of Cancer does not support the theory that high calcium intake increases the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Depression : Opting for low-fat dairy rather than full-fat dairy reduces the risk of depression, according to Prof. Ryoichi Nagatomi, of Tohoku University in Japan, and team.Adults who consumed low-fat milk and yogurt between one and four times per week were less likely to experience depression symptoms than those who reported no dairy consumption.
  • Brain health : People with higher intakes of dairy products have been shown to score significantly higher on memory and brain function tests than individuals who drink little or no milk. The A2 type of beta-casein protein contained in cow's milk is suggested to increase the body's defenses against neurodegenerative diseases, pancreatitis, and cancer by raising an essential antioxidant in the body.

Note: A new study suggests that people with a genetic intolerance to lactose should increase their intake of non-dairy foods rich in vitamin D, after finding that they are more likely to have low levels of the essential nutrient. Study co-author Ahmed El-Sohemy, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in Canada, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutrition.

The Odds of Dairy Products

Breast cancer:  Researchers have found that eating high amounts of cheddar and cream cheeses may increase women's risk of breast cancer, but a high intake of yogurt may reduce risk of the disease. Lead study author Susan McCann, Ph.D., of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition.

Parkinson’s disease: Low-fat dairy is often seen as a healthful alternative to the full-fat kind. But according to a new study, consuming higher amounts of low-fat dairy may raise the risk of Parkinson's disease. Researchers found that the risk of Parkinson's disease was greater for adults who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy products every day, compared with those who consumed just one serving (one cup). Study co-author Katherine C. Hughes, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Neurology.


Warning!: Cow's milk may  contain residues of hormones and antibiotics, as well as dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which will cause health problems on the nervous system, reproductive system, and immune system - even cancers. Exposing infants under one year old to cow's milk will predispose them to lactose allergy in the future and type 1 diabetes.


Source: MedicalNewsToday


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