Essential dairy nutrients for heart health

The exact reason the dairy food group can help to prevent and manage heart health is still being explored, however research suggests the unique combination of minerals and proteins in these foods play a major role. Milk, yoghurt and cheese contain several essential nutrients and bioactive substances (such as casein and whey) that may play a role in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. For example, calcium and potassium particularly from dairy (as opposed to other sources) may be beneficial to those with high blood pressure. In addition, the high calcium content of cheese may increase faecal fat excretion, which may be favourable for cholesterol levels.17 It’s thought that dairy food components may act synergistically, meaning it is important to consider the entire food matrix as opposed to isolated nutrients.


 

17 Rice BH, Cifelli CJ, Pikosky MA, Miller GD. Dairy components and risk factors for cardiometabolic syndrome: recent evidence and opportunities for future research. Adv Nutr. 2011;2(5):396-407.