Milk Facts

Did you know that milk is considered nature's energy drink?
Packed full of vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous, milk builds healthy bones, muscles and blood vessels. Additionally, some recent studies have indicated that milk can help muscles rebuild after physical activity. So the next time you reach for that energy drink when your reserves are low, reach for a glass of cold Moo! milk instead and get moving.

Lactose intolerant? You may not have to give up milk.
Some nutritionists say that a few lactose intolerant people find that they can consume milk in small quantities (half cup or less) if spread out over a period of time. Check with your physician to see if you can incorporate small amounts of milk to increase the calcium in your diet.

According to some scientific studies, consuming the recommended servings of milk products, as part of a healthy diet also rich in vegetables and fruits, could have significant benefits for lowering blood pressure. Some researchers believe that the beneficial effect of milk products could be due to their calcium, magnesium and potassium content.

Some nutritionists recommend three glasses of non-fat or low-fat milk daily, to provide 100% of our calcium needs and 75% of our vitamin D needs.

Some studies suggest that a diet rich in calcium or in milk products, as part of a calorie-reduced diet, could make it easier to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight. In fact, it appears that calcium could make the body use fat as an energy source more efficiently and reduce fat storage in cells. So, consuming the recommended servings of milk products every day could help you manage your weight in a healthy way.

Some scientific studies suggest that consuming milk could lower the risk of colon cancer. According to a report published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, there is enough data to conclude that milk probably helps prevent colorectal cancer. Some researchers believe that the nutrients associated with this protective effect include calcium and vitamin D and the conjugated linoleic acid, which is found in milk fat.

Some studies suggest that the calcium in milk also contributes to the prevention of osteoporosis. This disease is characterized by low bone mass and the deterioration of bone tissue. Milk products are a reliable source of calcium and also contain other nutrients such as protein, phosphorus and vitamin A, contributing to bone health. In addition, the vitamin D in milk improves the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.

Some research states that drinking a glass of warm milk at bedtime can help you fall asleep. Warm milk contains tryptophan, which can trigger the natural release of melatonin into your system. Melatonin regulates our internal body clock and helps us to fall asleep and to reach a state of deep sleep. So, if you're having trouble sleeping, drink up and get those zzzz.

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