How Drinking Milk Can Help Your Brain

Child drinking milkThe most common idea of milk is it assists in a child’s development to a strong individual and a belief that parents always teach their kids. A new research by the American Journal of Clinical nutrition suggests that drinking milk has other benefits, stating milk can actually help preserve a person’s brain or as they would say it “keep it you”

Different researcher participated in the experiment, all of which came from the University of Kansas Medical Center. They examined the dietary intake of 60 older individuals over the course of a weak. The team then had the subjects undergo a CT scan in order for them to measure the levels of a naturally occurring antioxidant, called glutathione. When the results came, it showed that the subjects who drank the most amount of milk had a higher level of glutathione, which decreases their risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Lead study author In-Young Choi, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center issued a statement saying, “A long-standing theory of aging called the free-radical theory explains that oxidative stress plays a key role in aging, aging-associated neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease”. He also added that, “Glutathione is a major antioxidant in our brains and is known to fight against oxidative stress and protect our nerve cells. Therefore, increasing glutathione concentrations could be an important strategy to promote brain health.”

In the human body, the liver is responsible for making glutathione from a combination of amino acids, such glutathione is critical to scavenging free radicals in order to stop their deadly effects in the different parts of the body. Registered dietitian, Jamie mass said that. “In a perfect world, our body should be able to recycle its own glutathione for use,” however, due to people’s bad decision of living the wrong lifestyle, eating junk food and putting up with unnecessary stress, the circulating glutathione drops. Glutathione is a perfect example of how modern-day living could be playing a role in increased disease states and illness,” she says.

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Unfortunately, the brain is exposed to exidative stress. This means that when glutathione levels get too low, the cognitive health also suffers. Such statement is supported by director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and co-author of “The Alzheimer’s Diet”. In addition to this, a research published in The Journal of Nutrition, consuming food that help the body produce more glutathione is critical to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.