Milk and its health benefits

Milk and its health benefits

agda_07_riverina_milk 12Although most of us do need a description of milk, but its health benefits being innumerable are not known by all.

Milk is a part of almost every individual in the world. Have you ever given to thought to what health benefits can milk give. It is a complete health drink and contain almost all nutrients except for iron and vitamin C.

Milk comes in various fat percentages which you can buy depending on your need. It is advisable for adults to opt for low fat varieties.

Firstly, it is a good source of protein which can give 3.2 grams of protein for 100ml. It is a complete protein source which does not require any kind of combination with other food source. Hence is said to be the best source of protein for vegetarians. Children too need milk for optimum growth and body repair and maintenance for adults.

It is a good source of energy as it has milk sugar lactose.

The fat in milk harbors the fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A and D. Vitamin A is very important for the immune system and therefore helps prevent poor vision and blindness.

Bones benefit a lot from milk as it provides calcium, vitamin D for healthier bones. Calcium and phosphate in milk together for the mineral complex which give structure and strength to the bones. It helps to prevent the bone loss that occurs during middle ages.

The calcium present also prevents migraine and eases pre-menstrual syndrome.

Milk also contains riboflavin and vitamin B12 which help in energy production and proper nerve functioning. Vitamin B also prevents anemia and helps in the production of red blood cells. Riboflavin content helps in cardiovascular benefits. The potassium content in milk protects the heart and helps to maintain blood pressure and also for proper nerve transmission. Hence milk is heart friendly. It is also said to cut down the risk of cancers such as breast cancer and and colon cancer.

It can also help to ease constipation if isabgol is added to warm milk.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

6 Replies to “Milk and its health benefits”

  1. Dear Sanjana,

    i am diebetic,age 40yrs, can i take low fat milk, is this advisable, kindly suggest. Thanks.

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