Growing up, you've been told about the benefits of dairy. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and every other family member has insisted you consume dairy, especially milk, to grow strong and healthy. Have you ever wondered though, what are the actual health benefits of dairy, and how and why it affects your body? Nutrients in dairy, which include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein, are those responsible for the health and maintenance of your body.
- Calcium builds bones, teeth and maintains bone mass. Include in your diet 3 cups of any dairy products per day to improve bone mass.
- Potassium which is found in dairy, yogurt, fluid milk, and soymilk, may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Vitamin D found in milk and soymilk helps to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorous, helping to build and maintain bones.
- Include dairy products in your diet to improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Pay special attention to dairy consumption during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built.
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure as an adult.