Adults with higher intakes of milk and milk products scored significantly higher on memory and other brain function tests than those who drank little to no milk.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 11, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new study showing that drinking one glass of milk a day could positively impact the brain and mental performance.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Thursday, February 9, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/boost-your-brain-with-this-common-drink), researchers found that adults with higher intakes of milk and milk products scored significantly higher on memory and other brain function tests than those who drank little to no milk. Milk drinkers were five times less likely to “fail” the test, compared to those not drinking milk.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that these results come from a study on about 900 adults between 23 and 98 years of age. They were put through a series of brain tests, including visual-spatial, verbal and working memory tests. Regardless of age and through all tests, those who drank at least one glass of milk each day had an advantage. The highest scores for all eight mental performance tests were observed for those with the highest intakes of milk and milk products.
These benefits held true after controlling for other factors that can affect brain health. Overall, milk drinkers tended to have healthier diets, but there was something about milk intake specifically that offered the brain a health advantage, according to the study.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reports that the potential to stave off mental decline may represent a novel benefit with great potential to impact the aging population. While more research is needed, the scientists suggest that some of milk’s nutrients may have a direct effect on brain function and present an opportunity to slow mental dysfunction.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin points out that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk daily for adults and each eight-ounce glass contains nine essential nutrients that Americans need, including calcium and vitamin D.
(SOURCE: Crichton, G.E., et al., "Relation between dairy food intake and cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study," International Dairy Journal, 2012; 22: 15-23.)
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