Important Nutrients in Milk

Nine out of ten Americans don’t get enough of the healthy nutrients they need. Milk alone provides your body with nine of these essential nutrients. February 11 is “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.” Although the holiday was intended to bring optimism to your day, Dr. Hussong can tell you why you should cry if you spill your milk—because your vital nutrients will end up on the floor instead of in your mouth where they belong.

Calcium

According to the “Got Milk?” campaign, milk is the single greatest source of calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. Of all the nutrients that combine together to create milk’s healthy value, about 30 percent of the drink is calcium. Calcium helps build strong teeth and bones.  If your diet doesn’t include enough calcium, your body will leech the mineral from your teeth and bones, making them softer and weaker. When your teeth become brittle, they are more prone to decay, chipping, and breaking. In addition, a calcium deficiency can weaken your bones, including those in your jaw, contributing to tooth loss. Calcium is also important in regulating your blood pressure, nerve impulses, heartbeat, and muscle contractions.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D makes up about 25 percent of milk. Your body needs vitamin D to properly absorb calcium. The best source of vitamin D comes from natural sunlight, but you can increase your intake with a glass of milk. Vitamin D also plays a role in supporting a healthy heart, normal blood pressure, healthy aging, fresh skin, and a strong immune system.

Other Nutrients

Milk’s other seven nutrients work together to keep your body and mouth strong. Phosphorus contributes to about 20 percent of milk’s makeup, and works with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong. Milk is also made up of 16 percent protein, which provides necessary amino acids for a healthy body and it also builds strong muscles. Milk’s remaining nutrients include riboflavin, vitamin B-12, potassium, vitamin A, and niacin.

When you spill your milk, you’ll be missing part of your necessary nutrients, and that’s something to be upset about. If a milk mustache embarrasses you, bad teeth will be more humiliating. If you need help maintaining a strong, beautiful smile, ask Dr. Hussong for help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hussong at Cornerstone Dental in Polk City, IA, at (515) 984-6001.