Milk has several benefits that are well
known. But are you aware that milk can protect against high blood pressure and
Researchers analyzed several
studies that considered the possible association of milk with the risk of high blood pressure. The
results of their analysis were presented at the 12th Euro Fed Lipid Congress in
The researchers analyzed
data from 57,256 individuals and 15,367 cases of hypertension. They found that a higher intake of
total dairy, low-fat dairy and milk
was associated with a reduced risk for high blood pressure. As high blood
pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, milk could consequently protect against heart
disease as well.
Milk is the first food of a
baby. It provides nutrition, promotes growth and is easily digestible. Beside
children, even adults experience the benefits of milk, though many adults do
not take it on a regular basis. They, however, have the option of consuming
milk products which may be more palatable to them like yogurt, cheese etc., or adding flavors as per their wish.
Here are some of the benefits of milk:
Milk is rich in protein.
Protein promotes growth of tissues, including muscle and bones.
Milk is an important source of calcium, phosphorus
and potassium. Vitamin D
which is often added to milk, helps in the absorption of calcium, which in turn
strengthens the bones. The calcium and potassium content may contribute to lowering blood
pressure and preventing heart disease.
Milk contains fat in varying amounts. Though, high fat milk is usually not advised for people
with high cholesterol
levels, these individuals have the option of low-fat milk, or low-fat
milk products that retain the other benefits of milk.
Milk also helps to replace fluid in the body and contribute to the total fluid
intake in a person.
Some forms of milk like buttermilk and yogurt are
easily digestible. They contain probiotic bacteria and help in resolving several gastrointestinal problems.
Some people may be
intolerant to lactose
and cannot consume milk or milk
products. For others, it is a source of important nutrients. The
revelation that milk can control blood pressure adds to the benefits of milk,
and hopefully makes it more desirable.