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Health Benefits of Milk



The health benefits of milk include increased bone strength, smoother skin, stronger immune system, prevention of illnesses such as hypertension, dental decay, dehydration, respiratory problems, obesity, osteoporosis and even some forms of cancer. The beneficial health nutrients obtained from milk are essential for the human body and help prevent a number of chronic ailments.

Introduction to Milk

Milk, quite simply, is a liquid that mammals can create in mammary glands in order to feed their young. The reason mammals have this is because this is what their young are naturally supposed to consume until they are strong enough or old enough to hunt for themselves or eat what their parents typically eat. Humans also have this ability, which is why we have begun to explore the interesting world of milk from other animals, in the hopes that milk could continue to nourish us throughout our lives, rather than simply at the beginning of it. Spoiler Alert…we were right! Milk can be very beneficial to us at all times of our life!

MilkMany animals can provide us with this vital health substance, but cow’s milk is considered the best wholesome supplement for children as well as for adults. It is also the most accessible, while the milk of other animals like buffalo, goats, sheep, camels, reindeer and yak is much more difficult to acquire.

Milk from horses and donkeys can also be consumed by humans, but that is even less common, and much less pleasant to extract.

The health benefits of milk can be achieved from drinking milk directly or by consuming dairy products such as cheese, butter, curd, clarified butter or ghee, dairy whitener, ice cream, cottage cheese or paneer, flavored milk, or milk sweets.

Put it this way, around the world, there are more than 6 billion people who regularly consume some type of food that is based on milk from an animal; it is one of the most essential elements of the human diet, since these animals that create milk are on almost every continent and country.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has clearly mentioned in its Dietary Guidelines to include milk and milk products to ensure a healthy, balanced diet.

Nutritional Facts About Milk

The nutritional value of milk is so well known that people all around the world include it as a staple part of their diet. Adding milk to your daily diet can also help you to achieve a well-balanced diet. Milk is an ideal source of nutrients such as vitamin A, B12, D calcium, carbohydrates, phosphorous, selenium, magnesium, protein, zinc and riboflavin. The Teagasc Dairy Products Research Center at Moorepark, Fermoy has reported recent research on using milk to neutralize the cholesterol content of the body. Most of the caloric content in milk comes from the natural sugars found in it. These are essential to the overall functioning and health of the body, and they reduce the chances of a number of deficiencies, and boost health in a variety of ways! Let’s explore more about the important impact of milk and milk-based products on our health!

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Deficiency Symptoms

Milk deficiency can cause severe anemia, osteoporosis and other related illnesses. The consumption of milk is essential for maintaining good health and having the energy and strength to do normal activities.

It is the best source of calcium for all age groups, and since calcium is considered the most important mineral in the healthy growth, functioning, repair, and durability of the bones and skeletal system, milk will always have a significant role in people’s diets, as a way of preventing calcium deficiency or osteoporosis.

Health Benefits of Milk

Milk is an extremely beneficial drink for the health of the human body. Some of the advantages of drinking this life-giving nectar are as follows:

Calcium: Milk is the best source of calcium that we can supply to our body. Calcium protects the body from major chronic ailments such as cancer, bone loss, arthritic conditions, migraine headaches, pre-menstrual syndrome, and obesity in children. It also functions as a healthy aid in losing unwanted fats and reducing weight. Calcium is an essential mineral in the creation of bone matter, and bone mineral density measurements rely highly on calcium as the main support structure of our body. Milk is the quickest, least expensive, and most readily available source of calcium on the market.

Heart Health: Although most of the focus of calcium is on bones, it has also been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease and the chances of strokes. Two long-term studies in Japan have positively shown a correlation between daily calcium intake and a reduction in stroke, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, grab some milk for a healthier heart! Furthermore, the magnesium and potassium content in milk both act as vasodilators, which reduces blood pressure, increases blood flow to vital organs, and reduces the stress on the heart and cardiovascular system. The peptides found in milk are also believed to inhibit the creation of ACEs, (angiotensin-converting enzymes), which increase blood pressure.

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Healthy Bones: As mentioned above, milk is rich in calcium, which is essential for growth and the proper development of strong bone structure. Bone disorders such as osteoporosis can be prevented with a significant daily intake of milk. Children deprived of cow’s milk have an increased chance of suffering from bone fractures when injured, and their healing time will be significantly higher if they don’t have a steady stream of calcium to aid in the regrowth of bone matter.

Healthy Teeth: Encouraging children and youngsters to drink milk will give them excellent dental health, as milk protects the enamel surface against acidic substances. Drinking milk for energy and health would also lessen the frequency of children consuming soft drinks, thus reducing the risk of decaying teeth and weak gums.

Rehydration: Fluids are an integral part of the human body, and the body needs to be frequently replenished with liquids as they are used up within the body.

Water is essential for growing children and they must drink at least six to eight glasses of fluid every day. Milk contains a good quantity of water molecules and is considered the best fluid for rehydration, outside of drinking actual water. Water makes up more than 80% of our body mass, and the balance of fluids in our body is essential for every single process in our body. That is why dehydration is such a major and dangerous problem, as it threatens all of our metabolic functions. So, if you can’t find any water, grab a glass of milk!

Skin Care: Have you heard of Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile? She was considered to be one of the most beautiful women of all time. Well, it shouldn’t surprise you that she had a tradition of taking a milk bath every single day!

She used to mix honey and milk in the bath, which enabled her to maintain soft and beautiful skin. For thousands of years, milk has been known to benefit our skin by helping us maintain a fair and smooth complexion. Therefore, milk and milk products are used in a number of cosmetic preparations to this day!

milkMilk is also good for treating dry skin, so if you have dry skin, apply milk on your face and other affected areas, leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash it off.

The milk solids nourish and smooth your skin. The lactic acid present in milk is known to aid in removing dead skin cells, thereby rejuvenating your skin and keeping it fresh. Finally, simply drinking milk, due to its impressive content of vitamin A, helps to boost the health of the skin from inside the body, particularly since the antioxidant potential of milk helps to eliminate free radicals, the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that are partially responsible for premature aging of the skin, resulting in wrinkles and age spots.

Improving Diet and Vitamin Intake: According to medical research, drinking milk considerably improves our intake of vital minerals and vitamins.

A person who consumes a carton of whole milk doubles his chances of fulfilling his calcium requirement for the day, whereas another person consuming a can of carbonated soda may actually lower his calcium levels by 1/3. Calcium, along with all of the other essential minerals listed above, are necessary for the daily diet in order to ensure proper functioning of every aspect of our body.

Acidity Reduction: Consumption of milk products can also help in reducing acidity throughout the body. Drinking cold milk specifically provides relief from acidity.

Wholesome Food: It contains many vitamins and minerals to keep you fit, healthy and strong. A full glass of milk contains vitamins A and B for good eyesight and increasing red blood cell count, carbohydrates for vitality and energy, potassium for proper nerve function, magnesium for muscular function, phosphorous for energy release, and proteins for body repair and growth. It also keeps your body functioning at a youthful level as you get older, more so than some other vitamins and minerals.

A Word of Caution: Some people may have lactose intolerance and may have trouble digesting milk. Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk. The symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, stomach pain, gas and diarrhea. For kids it is advisable to consult your health care provider since this is not so common among children. For adults, lactose free milk and milk products are readily available on the market. You can also drink varieties of soy milk or almond milk to avoid lactose, yet still receive many of the same benefits as mammal-derived milk.

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References: Teagasc Dairy Products Research Centre and US Department of Agriculture

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  1. Susan Milillo says:

    I agree with Monica Valencia Molina, above. This information doesn’t feel very helpful, in light of all the strongly debated theories out there nowadays discouraging general use if cow milk. I do drink cow milk, but I always am searching to understand what I thought I understood. Maybe the author’s point, was not to persuade people in the opposite direction, so if that’s the case I apologize. But this, for me, leaves MUCH to be desired.

  2. D'Anne Sugar Walker says:

    hey whatcould I say milk dose you're body good

  3. Sachin Joshi says:

    Ya. i Know the real benefits of drinking milk.. From past 5 years,daily with breafast, I am drinking a glass of milk. Only I know a big change in me. Wooow

  4. Abigael Calantes Melchor says:

    Very useful info.

  5. Jo Cantrell says:

    The stuff will kill you. Come back to your post in 20 yrs and tell what health problems you have.

  6. Chrisma Kisaka says:

    Best taste and great drink:)!

  7. Senthuran St says:

    lol milk deficiency? there is no such thing! only for babies, once you grow up you don't need milk. we are nutrient deficient because we don't eat our veggies and fish.

  8. Surya Sekher Das says:

    I like to drink milk.

  9. Gwen Brown says:

    I neva knew all about this I rarely take milk but now I know

  10. Houston Leigh says:

    West Syde

  11. Mohammad Ñaseem says:

    in the holy Quran Allah four times suggested cattle milk. http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Qur'an_and_Milk

  12. Monica Valencia Molina says:

    Please visit the site http://www.notmilk.com. Cow milk is mentioned as the best source of milk for HUMANS in the article above. Does this seem strange to anyone? Perhaps other forms of milk – almond milk, goat milk – should be examined and advertised as heavily as cow milk is, considering they are actually better for you.

  13. Healthy Food buzz says:

    milk very imp food items!

  14. Brian Atkinson says:

    cow milk is for baby cows..lololol.

  15. Vijay Kumar Sahu says:

    Excellent Information

  16. Việt Phá Hoại says:

    Tks to your document and milk. Both of them are very useful!!!

  17. Mark Thomas Stevenson says:

    milk my lief.

  18. Carl 'yawn' Hughes says:

    Milk :D

  19. Carolynner Kuriour says:

    Like milk since it enhance physical activities in children. It is rich in calcium hence fosters healthy bone development.

  20. Risa Sansevieri says:

    hmmmm…. interesting that the References are from the US Department of Agriculture. To blindly trust a reference that is funded and lobbied by people who will directly profit from the sale of milk does not make me think this article belongs in an organic health website. Thanks but no thanks, I will stick to true nutrition and facts.

  21. Babar Ali says:

    there are always many benefits of natural comodoties specially milk , there are even more benefits of milk have it and feel the diffarance , any way the above benefits are very very informative thanks.

    • Jo Cantrell says:

      Cow milk is NOT natural, that what people do not understand. Cow milk is natural for calves not human. Do you see any other mammal having milk all their life, no just as babies. Milk is a business nothing else. Have the stuff in milk did not come out of a cow naturally, it is added.

  22. India Ashley Lovejoy says:

    I love milk! :))

  23. Sasha Pauley says:

    iI drink a quart of whole milk a day and its cleared my skin and made it more radiant in just a week.

  24. Kunene Caliph Ngcai says:

    someone prepare me a milk and honey bath.

  25. Elma Bamba says:

    yes! I really like milk! tnx for the benefits!

  26. Dalagang Magandang Sampaguita says:

    ganoon pala ok I will drink for that""""".

  27. Bob Mangua says:

    all in one pack.

  28. Zohaib Shafiq says:

    great benefits of milk.

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