Milk is known for its nutrient contribution to build strong teeth and bones and it may help lower the risk for hypertension, weight gain, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, too. But now researchers at the University of Kansas have found that drinking milk can help to protect your brain.
Milk is an excellent source of the building blocks needed to synthesize glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Those older adults in the study, who drank milk, had greater levels of glutathione in their brains. Eating cheese or yogurt did not have the same effect. Glutathione can protect the brain from oxidative stress that can damage cells. This type of damage may raise the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and other diseases that result from brain inflammation.
Few adults reach the recommended daily intake of three dairy servings a day. Drinking more milk could have positive implications for brain health.