A Guide to the 13 Nutrients in Milk
Natural dairy milk from cows is packed with body-building and supportive proteins, vitamins, and minerals making it a true power food to fuel our overall wellness. Here's a closer look at each one.
The 13 Nutrients
- Calcium: Perhaps the most popular nutrient in milk, calcium is a powerhouse. You may already know it helps us grow strong bones and teeth and may help reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis (a bone-loss condition). Did you also know calcium supports heart health and supports blood pressure regulation? It's also critical in maintaining the functioning of the central nervous system and muscle function.
- Cobalamin: Also known as vitamin B12, this nutrient builds red blood cells and supports healthy nervous system functioning. Cobalamin also plays a role in energy metabolism, and is a necessary ingredient in the production of genetic material including DNA synthesis.
- Niacin: Sometimes this essential is known as vitamin B3. Like other B vitamins, niacin also helps convert food into energy and supports cell growth.
- Pantothenic acid: This nutrient may have a funny name, but it's also known as vitamin B5. It helps the body make and break down fats, and turns food into energy.
- Phosphorus: Much like calcium, phosphorus helps build strong bones and teeth. It's also necessary for key roles in the body such as energy production, activation of enzymes and maintenance of normal pH levels.
- Protein: This is our favorite nutrient! The A2 beta-casein protein in milk helps us build and maintain lean muscle, strong teeth, healthy bones, and clear skin. It also assists with enzyme functioning in the body. Protein is known as the body's building block to build and repair tissue and create energy.
- Riboflavin: This is also known as vitamin B2. Riboflavin is important for the growth, development and function of cells in your body.
- Vitamin A: This nutrient works to support healthy vision, skin, and immune system functioning. Vitamin A is also vital to the wellness of our organs, including the heart, lungs, and kidneys. We give it an A+!
- Vitamin D: This nutrient helps our bodies absorb calcium, grow cells, and aids in the building of strong bones and teeth. It's also essential for supporting immune, muscle, and nerve function.
- Iodine: This nutrient helps to regulate our metabolism and is an essential part of thyroid hormones. Iodine is also necessary for pregnant and lactating women to support the cognitive brain and bone development of their baby.
- Potassium: Often people are deficient in this essential mineral. It helps regulate fluid balance in the body, muscle and heart functioning, as well as nerve transmission. Low potassium levels in the human body may contribute to increased blood pressure or other health concerns.
- Selenium: When it comes to producing genetic material, maintaining a healthy immune system, and regulating metabolism, selenium is front and center. This nutrient also helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and infection.
- Zinc: The body can't store zinc, so we need to get it through our foods -- like milk -- each day. This nutrient supports healthy immune system functioning, cell growth, skin health, and protein synthesis. Zinc also helps us grow and develop our senses of taste and smell. How cool!
Milk is nutrient-rich and healthful for all ages. Learn more about the benefits of milk, milk nutrition, and how we produce a2 Milk® on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Cheers!