Got Milk? Another Benefit of Dairy Intake

Over the years, studies have shown an increase in the number of diagnosed endometriosis cases. Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and problems getting pregnant (infertility).

The cause of endometriosis is unknown which makes it difficult to pinpoint treatment options that are widely effective. Women with this condition are given medication and/or surgical options depending on the severity of the disease.  These treatment options are provided after the condition is present but do not offer much assistance in reducing the risk.  

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology last month found that the

A study shows that milk has an unexpected benefit for women's health
A study shows that milk has an unexpected benefit for women’s health

intake of one additional serving a day can reduce the risk of developing endometriosis by 5%. According to the study results, the protective ingredients in the dairy product include the calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.  The amount of dairy fat did not seem to play a significant role in reducing the risk. It seems that these ingredients reduce the inflammation response that is associated with endometriosis and by reducing the inflammatory stress, the disease is also decreased.

The study authors did test if taking these ingredients in supplemental form provide the same benefits. Unfortunately, supplements of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D do not offer the same advantage.

This study should make the Dairy Council of WI very happy. Got milk?