Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brain Food: Milk

            Very recent research at the Kentucky University Medical Center has shown a potential correlation between milk consumption and brain health. Researchers found that those who participated in this study that drank milk recently had higher levels of glutathione, an antioxidant. Glutathione could help protect the brain from accumulating oxidative stress, high levels of which are linked with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Oxidative stress is basically an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants, which counteract free radicals. Because few Americans are reported to be reaching the recommended three servings of milk per day, they could have less of the brain-healthy glutathione antioxidant. In older adults the closer these individuals came to reaching the recommended three servings of milk per day, the more glutathione researchers found in the brain. Because this is a recent finding, more research is needed to determine the precise effect of milk on the brain and its relation to oxidative stress. Simply consuming a nutritious diet and exercising can also aid in brain health.

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