Milk is generally liquid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals to feed their young ones after birth. The milk of domesticated animals is a considerable source of food for humans, either as a fresh fluid or other processed dairy products like cheese and butter. One of the most common amongst all happens to be cow milk, which is used in ample dairy products. Hence, milk products produced from cow milk have become an important article of commerce.
Cow milk is said to be a good source of calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and other micronutrients like riboflavin and vitamin A. With growing time, milk is also labeled as organic, which means that milk comes from a cow that has never been treated with antibiotics and hormones, and has been fed at least 30 percent of its diet on pasture, moreover, any feed used must be certified organic. Cow milk is been trusted as a healthy drink, which roots back to Ayurveda and is regarded as a wholesome beverage for the holistic development of the human body.
As it is a known fact that milk is high on essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, it qualifies to carry great potentials for the development and maintenance of bones. Consuming milk on a regular basis helps in the enhancement of bone strength, thereby cutting down upon the chance of bone-related disorders like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. (1)
Milk is considered as an essential brain-food as it has an abundance of vitamin B, which helps in calming down the nerves, thereby regularising a proper sleep cycle. Likewise, vitamin B12 is said to improve memory power and sharpness, hence is considered to play a vital role in the overall brain development of the child. (1)
Cow milk is a rich source of protein and that very presence of it reduces to risk of obesity because it keeps the stomach full for a longer span of time, thereby reduces the urge for food consumption. Hence contributes to weight loss. (2)
Cow milk is considered good for heart health. As it is a known fact that cow milk is a good source of potassium, hence it enhances vasodilation and reduces blood pressure. Moreover, an increased intake of potassium decreases sodium and minimalizes the risk of cardiovascular disease. (3)
At the time of purchase always make sure that the milk is not curdled.
People with lactose intolerance lack the enzyme lactase, which is needed to breakdown sugar needed for proper digestion. Hence people who hold intolerance to lactose might go through stomach cramps, diarrhea, flatulence. Therefore, people, with the said intolerance should avoid consumption of milk. (3) (4)
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