We have been always told the various benefits of milk not only for kids but also for young adults & oldies & now a recent study also shows how milk proves to be a daily essential to the body that helps in preventing chronic diseases. For the elderly, regular intake of milk or dairy products helps in reducing the risk of sarcopenia & frailty.
Also, during pregnancy, moderate intake of milk is directly related to the birth weight, length & bone mineral content during childhood.
As per the study that was published in the journal ‘Advances in Nutrition’, the study reviewed how milk or dairy products played a role in preventing chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes, colon or bladder cancer, cardiovascular & metabolic syndrome. At the same time, it also showed milk & dairy products effects on growth, muscle mass generation, bone mineral density & during pregnancy & breastfeeding. The risk of vertebral fracture also gets decreased with higher consumption of dairy products & milk.
Milk & dairy products add to the nutritional values of proteins, magnesium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, selenium & zinc as well as contain various other nutrients.
The risk of metabolic syndrome also gets reduced with lower intake of low-fat dairy products. With the proper consumption of dairy products, the risk of cardiovascular disease can be lowered & have a slight protective effect.
In fact, moderate consumption of milk & dairy products can lead to lower risks of bladder & colorectal cancer whereas, associations with prostate cancer were not found.
However, the study also suggested that low-fat yogurt & dairy products can be associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
In order to improve cardiometabolic risk biomarkers, fortification of dairy products with phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids makes for a satisfactory strategy.
The study also revealed that dairy consumption leads to lower risk of coronary diseases, including heart attack. And, the consumption of this food group did not show to have an inflammatory effect on overweight or obese people.