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Milk Health Benefits; Fights Weight and Cancer.

Update Date: Oct 04, 2012 08:53 AM EDT

A new study published in the rather non-to subtle journal of Dairy Science finds that Milk consumption can reduce the risks of diabetes and metabolic syndrome and even colon cancer.

"We previously hypothesized that the prolongation of the cell cycle in colon cancer cells as a result of Lfcin4-14 [protein found in milk] treatment may give the cells extra time for DNA repair," says one of the lead investigators, Professor Stina Oredsson, of the Department of Biology at the University of Lund, Sweden. "Indeed, UV light-induced damage was decreased in colon cancer cells treated with Lfcin4-14 compared with controls. The differences were small but significant."

Milk protein with known health effects, significantly reduces the growth rate of colon cancer cells over time by prolonging the period of the cell cycle before chromosomes are replicated. Researchers suggest that the ability of Lfcin-14 to prolong the cell cycle may contribute to cancer preventive effects of milk.

According to the National Dairy Council, milk is filled with nine essential nutrients that benefit our health:

  • Calcium: Builds healthy bones and teeth; maintains bone mass
  • Protein: Serves as a source of energy; builds/repairs muscle tissue
  • Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy
  • Vitamin D: Helps maintain bones
  • Vitamin B12: Maintains healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue
  • Vitamin A: Maintains the immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin
  • Riboflavin (B2): Converts food into energy
  • Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids

Because Milk has natural sugar called lactate, too much of the product (like too much of almost anything) is not good for you. However doctors recommend at least two cups a day, one with breakfast and one with dinner.

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