Milk can help you become mentally agile and smarter say experts.
Yes, we have all read about how milk makes for stronger teeth and bones, giving us much required calcium, boosting our metabolism and making us physically stronger. But mental health through milk seems far-stretched.
But research now is set to prove otherwise. So say yes to that glassful of goodness now!
Milk has valuable bio-active compounds which improve the memory function and strengthens your cognitive ability. Studies in Australia and other parts of the world have proven that people who consume more milk have higher cognitive function and scores in cognitive tests.
That milk has brain building blocks was further proven by a study on older people who supplemented their milk intake with 200 ml of pro-biotic milk. These respondents scored higher in mental state examinations.
The brain needs certain biological components to grow new cells and maintain high cognitive function and milk contains most of them namely:
Protein is made up of amino acids. Brain cells communicate via neurotransmitters made of amino acids hence drinking milk raises the level of an amino acid called Tyrosine. Tyrosine helps the brain to manufacture various kinds of chemical messengers. Tyrosine fights ADD, stress, depression, PMS and many mental diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Milk is a very good source of Tyrosine with more than 2000mg in a cupful.
2:Fat & Ketones
Every organ needs a fuel source to function and the brain’s fuel source is ketones, also known as fat. Whole milk is a very good source of healthy fat. The fatty acids or triglycerides found in milk not only fuel our brain but also benefit our body.
Higher levels of this antioxidant helps reduce oxidative stress and resulting damage caused by reactive chemical compounds produced normally during the metabolic process in the brain. Milk drinkers have higher levels of glutathione than non milk drinkers.
This is a component of milk sugar lactose and is a very beneficial sugar contained in milk. It is also called Brain Sugar.
5: Sialic acid
Milk contains a high concentration of this acid. Studies have shown that higher the levels of sialic acid in the body, higher the ability to learn and grasp. This aids greater comprehension and lesser mistakes.
Milk is rich in iodine. This has a positive effect on mental health. Higher iodine levels lead to better performance in cognitive tests.
7:Vit B & B12
Studies have proven that lower levels of vitamin B & B 12 lead to brain atrophy, stunted growth, cognitive impairment, dementia and depression. Milk is one the few sources of these vitamins in the world.
Milk is truly a power food, equally beneficial for mind and body. Have you had your glass of milk today?