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Drink More Milk and Fight Colon Cancer
Good news for milk lovers! A new study published in the journal of Dairy Science finds that milk consumption can reduce the risks of diabetes and metabolic syndrome and even colon cancer. A milk protein has been identified that significantly reduces the growth of colon cancer cells over time by prolonging the period of the cell cycle before chromosomes are replicated.
Lead investigators from the University of Lund inSweden, reported treatment with Lfcin4-14 reduced DNA damage in colon cancer cells exposed to ultraviolet light.
“We previously hypothesized that the prolongation of the cell cycle in colon cancer cells as a result of Lfcin4-14 treatment may give the cells extra time for DNA repair,” Oredsson said in a statement. “Indeed, UV light-induced damage was decreased in colon cancer cells treated with Lfcin4-14 compared with controls. The differences were small but significant.”
To understand the mechanism by which Lfcin4-14 reduced DNA damage, investigators evaluated the levels of several proteins involved in cell cycle progression, DNA repair and cell death.
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
Because Milk has natural sugar called lactate, too much of the product (like too much of almost anything) is not good for you. However doctors recommend at least two cups a day, one with breakfast and one with dinner.
“These changes support our hypothesis that Lfcin4-14 treatment resulted in increased DNA repair,” Oredsson said. “Our data suggest that the effects of Lfcin4-14 in prolonging the cell cycle may contribute to the cancer preventive effect of milk.”