Milk is not a favorite drink for many. But what if we told you it has a number of benefits for your heart, cholesterol and brain? Well, here are 5 ways milk helps your heart and brain.
Protects you from heart disease: A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that drinking milk could protect your heart. Milk initiates a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars, known as maillard reaction. When proteins and sugars present in milk react, new chemical compounds are formed that might protect us against cardiovascular disease.
Lowers cholesterol: Another study found that the dietary compounds in milk-based products could help lower serum cholesterol levels, especially LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Therefore, if you have been working on lowering your cholesterol levels, it's probably time you started drinking milk.
Can help reduce hypertension: Milk can also help lower or better hypertension. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that having about four servings of non-fat dairy products, especially milk, per day helped lower blood pressure in middle-aged and older adults.
Protects your brain: A new research at the University of Kansas Medical Center, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that people who drink milk had higher levels of a compound called glutathione in their brains, which helps stave off the effects of oxidative stress which could result in an abnormal metabolic process in the brain.
Can help you have taller kids: The study’s results, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that teenagers (male and female) were taller if their mothers had more than 150 millilitres – roughly a quarter of a pint of milk – a day during pregnancy. So, if you are pregnant and want your child to be tall, drink that glass of milk.