8 Udderly Amazing Nutrients in Real Milk

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Let’s take a look at some of the nutrients that we get from consuming milk:

Protein

Protein is a macronutrient — means it provides energy — that is prioritized to build and maintain the structure of the body. The building blocks of protein called amino acids help repair bones and muscles and create enzymes, hormones, transmitters, and transporters that facilitate metabolism in the body.

Calcium

Calcium is primarily known as a mineral found in bones and teeth. However, it also plays an important role in blood clotting as well as in maintaining healthy muscle contraction — remember that the heart is a muscle, too, — and nerve conduction.

Phosphorus

About 85% of the body’s phosphorus is found in bones and teeth as its metabolism is tied to calcium. It is also found in the structure of DNA, RNA, and phospholipids that make up the cell membrane — the outermost covering of each of our cells. Phosphorus is also found in the key energy currency of the body called ATP.

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Cobalamin

Also known as Vitamin B12, it is important for the function and development of the brain and nervous system, and the maintenance of good memory and cognitive health. It is needed to facilitate the creation of healthy blood cells and may aid in the prevention of heart disease.

Riboflavin

Also known as Vitamin B2, it is important in the development and maintenance of the skin, the lining of the intestinal tract, blood cells and main function. Riboflavin helps maintain normal levels of homocysteine in the blood as chronic elevated homocysteine levels may increase your risk for dementia, heart disease and stroke.

Pantothenic Acid

Also known as Vitamin B5, it is used to make coenzyme A that assists in the building and breaking down of fatty acids. Current studies on Vitamin B5 are focused on its potential role in lowering cholesterol levels for people who need to observe a heart healthy diet.

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Retinol

Vitamin A is best known for the maintenance of normal vision. It also supports the immune system by stimulating the production and activity of white blood cells. It supports cell growth and division hence it plays a vital role in reproduction and fetal growth. It also helps to maintain the normal function of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Cholecalciferol

Also known as Vitamin D, this nutrient is also a hormone that our bodies make. It helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus which are critical for maintaining bone density. Vitamin D can also reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation.

Niacin

Also known as Vitamin B3, it works as a coenzyme, with more than 400 enzymes dependent on it for different types of chemical reactions in the body. It helps convert nutrients into energy, process cholesterol and fats, create and repair DNA, and neutralize free radicals.

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Final Words

Cow’s milk is a healthy and welcome addition to our daily diet. It provides the macronutrients — carbs, protein and fat — and the micronutrients — vitamins, minerals and antioxidants — that keeps our bodies going.

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