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Friday, June 8, 2012

How drinking milk can fight our obesity?

What you think? Is this possible? Here is the new research which gives us some more information about that how drinking milk can fight our obesity. Before we see the new research let us see what other benefits of drinking milk.

Health Benefits of Milk

According to the National Dairy Council, milk is filled with nine essential nutrients that benefit our health:

•Calcium: Builds healthy bones and teeth; maintains bone mass

•Protein: Serves as a source of energy; builds/repairs muscle tissue

•Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure

•Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy

•Vitamin D: Helps maintain bones

•Vitamin B12: Maintains healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue

•Vitamin A: Maintains the immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin

•Riboflavin (B2): Converts food into energy

•Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids

In other words, milk packs quite a punch when it comes to nutrition—and you don't have to drink a gallon to reap the benefits, the National Dairy Council says. In fact, the council says that just one 8-ounce glass of milk provides the same amount of vitamin D you'd get from 3.5 ounces of cooked salmon, as much calcium as 2 1/4 cups of broccoli, as much potassium as a small banana, as much vitamin A as two baby carrots and as much phosphorus as a cup of kidney beans!

New Research- Milk Ingredient Nicotinamide Helps Fight Obesity

A natural ingredient found in milk can protect against obesity even as mice continue to enjoy diets that are high in fat. The researchers who report their findings in the June Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, liken this milk ingredient to a new kind of vitamin. This is present in what we’ve all been eating since day one, says Johan Auwerx of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

The researchers identified this ingredient, known as nicotinamide riboside, as they were searching for alternative ways to boost the well-known gene SIRT1, which comes with benefits for both metabolism and longevity. One way to do that is to target SIRT1 directly, as the red wine ingredient resveratrol appears to do, at least at some doses. Auwerx’s team suspected there might be a simpler way to go about it, by boosting levels of one of SIRT1′s molecular sidekicks, the cofactor NAD+.

Nicotinamide riboside Like Resveratrol?

This milk ingredient does just that in a rather appealing way. Not only is it a natural product, but it also gets trapped within cells, where it can do its magic. Mice that take nicotinamide riboside in fairly high doses along with their high-fat meals burn more fat and are protected from obesity. They also become better runners thanks to muscles that have greater endurance.The benefits they observe in mice wouldn’t be easy to get from drinking milk alone, Auwerx says. It may be more likely that the compound would serve as a new kind of metabolism-boosting supplement. Tests done in people are now needed to help sort out those details.On the other hand, he says, this milk substance nicotinamide riboside ultimately offers the same benefits attributed to resveratrol, but in a different way. It’s possible that many small effects of ingredients found in our diets could add up to slimmer waistlines — perhaps longer lives, too.

(Source-June Cell Metabolism)


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