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The Health Benefits of Milk

By Sara Butler

Milk has been a drink enjoyed for thousands of years. In the United States, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and sheep’s milk are the most popular kind, but there is some debate whether or not it’s actually healthy for you beyond childhood. Here are a few of the science-backed benefits of milk for your health!

It’s Full of Nutrients

Considering that milk is produced by mammals in order to sustain their young, you can’t argue the fact that it’s full of nutrients. One cup of whole cow’s milk contains:

  • 145 calories
  • 8 grams protein
  • 8 grams fat
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Selenium
  • Riboflavin
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus

Many of the nutrients in milk are nutrients that people tend not to get enough of, such as calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and potassium. It also is a great source of thiamine, magnesium, and Vitamin A. The fatty acids in milk, such as omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) are also great for you and help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

It’s a Great Source of Protein

Not all protein is created equal -- but milk happens to be an excellent source of quality protein because it’s a complete protein. That means it has all nine essential amino acids your body needs to function optimally.

Milk contains two different types of protein -- whey and casein. Casein accounts for most of the protein while whey accounts for about 20 percent of it. The proteins in milk help your body to build muscle, fuel muscles during exercise, and prevent muscle loss. Milk is also associated with less muscle loss as you age.

It Helps Keep Bones Healthy

Healthy bones have been associated with milk for a long time and that’s not just a clever marketing scheme. Milk does actually provide calcium, potassium, Vitamin K2, and phosphorus to help keep your bones healthy.

Your body also needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium, and milk is full of Vitamin D! But your body also needs magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamin K to be able to absorb calcium appropriately and milk has all that too!

Studies have linked milk to a lower incidence of fractures and weakened bones as you age. So, milk really is good for bones in more ways than one!

Go ahead, have that big glass of milk with dinner. It has a ton of benefits for your health and continued wellness. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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