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Charlene J. Owen, Contributor
 
October 12, 2012

Milk Helps You Fight Cancer, Study Says

A new study reveals that milk is more hard-core than you were led to think. By Charlene J. Owen

“Milk is good for you,” is probably what your mom used to tell you, and it’s true--one glass contains a mix of calcium protein, potassium, phosphorus, niacin, and vitamins A, B2, B12, and D. These nutrients help repair muscle tissues, sustain healthy blood pressure, maintain your immune system, and of course, keep your bones strong.

But according to a recent study, milk does more than all these; it can actually help fight cancer. MedicalNewsToday.com reports that drinking milk can lower the risk of colon cancer due to a certain protein called “lactoferricin4-14” (Lfcin4-14). Scientists from the University of Lund in Sweden discovered that Lfcin4-14 slows the growth of colon cancer cells by prolonging the period of cell duplication. Milk was also discovered to lessen DNA damage in colon cancer cells caused by UV rays, effectively reducing the speed of mutation.

Cancer cells in general have DNA damage, so if the Lfcin4-14 has such an intriguing effect on them, imagine what good they can do to healthy cells. According to one of the study’s lead investigators Professor Stina Oredsson, Lfcin4-14 can assist in DNA repair. Although more research is needed, this indeed is very good news.

So the next time you’re looking for something other than water to drink, get yourself a glass of milk. Better yet, indulge in a cup of yogurt for dessert, too. It doesn't just offer extra energy--it also offers extra protection.  

(Photo by hades2k via Flickr Creative Commons)

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