Milk contains both calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium is necessary in the growth of strong bones. In order for calcium to be beneficial for one’s bones, Vitamin D must be present for the calcium to be absorbed. This means that someone has to have Vitamin D in their system in order for milk to really be beneficial.
Milk is an excellent source of calcium in a person’s diet, and provides important bone-building nutrients including vitamin D, protein, potassium and phosphorus. “Regularly drinking milk during the growing years is associated with greater height, bone size and bone mineralization, while research has linked skipping milk to reduced height and increased fracture rates.” There have been many studies conducted that prove that drinking milk keeps the body strong and healthy and not drinking milk can cause severe problems.
Most milks are fortified with Vitamin D in a process developed at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Professor Steenbock discovered that irradiating foods with UV light was safe, but would increase the vitamin D content of the food. This led to increased calcium absorption and a decrease in rickets. Today most milk is fortified with vitamin D to increase calcium absorption. You can also get vitamin D by talking a walk in the sunshine, but few foods other than dairy will have calcium.
In addition to calcium absorption, vitamin D helps boost immunity and regulate blood pressure.
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