Benefits Of Milk: Prevents Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Problems, Other Diseases

Milk has long been known to help promote better health. And a new study adds to the long list of its health benefits saying it could help reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.

Milk and other dairy products can help meet the nutritional requirements of the body. Packed with various nutrients, the food group support proper flow of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin and pantothenic acid in the body. 

An international collaboration of researchers from universities in Europe and the U.S. looked into 14 studies and reports conducted worldwide to understand the role of dairy products in health. The findings, published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, confirm multiple health benefits of the food while debunking some at the same time. 

The researchers found that low-fat dairy products could help lower the risk of metabolic syndrome, vertebral fracture and type 2 diabetes. 

To those trying to avoid cancer, which is almost everyone, moderate consumption of milk and dairy products appeared effective to reduce chances of developing colorectal cancer and bladder cancer. However, they have no effect for prostate cancer. 

Cardiometabolic risk or the chances of having damaged heart and blood vessels was found low in people who consumed dairy products with phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids. 

However, the study found no evidence to support some claims about the health benefits of milk. The researchers said even higher intake of dairy products did not help reduce osteoporotic fracture or hip fracture risk as well as inflammation on overweight or obese people.

The researchers mainly aimed to understand how milk and other related products work to prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, colon cancer, bladder cancer and type 2 diabetes. They also looked into their effects on growth, bones, muscle mass and pregnancy. 

The study comes amid the declining intake of healthy dairy products in some regions. Populations in many countries have been taking milk and related food below recommended levels, the researchers said. 

The team linked the decline to the growing concern about the health benefits of milk and dairy products, with some communities starting to question the products. 

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