The Health Benefits of Drinking Cow Milk | a2 Milk® USA

Dairy milk benefits

Milk isn’t just delicious; it’s also nutritious!
Learn about the health benefits of drinking milk.

Milk nutrients

dairy milk benefits


Milk contains vitamins beneficial to your health:

  • Vitamin D aids your body in absorbing calcium and phosphorous, necessary to build bones and teeth.
  • Riboflavin helps your body use carbohydrates for energy.
  • Vitamin B12 facilitates your body’s use of protein and is important to red blood cell formation.
  • Vitamin A is important for vision and immunity.


Three main minerals in dairy milk are key to a healthy lifestyle:

  • Calcium is essential for strong bones, healthy teeth and important to muscle function and blood pressure!
  • Phosphorus provides building blocks for strong bones and healthy teeth. It also helps produce protein for cell and tissue growth, maintenance and repair.
  • Potassium is important for the healthy functioning of your body’s cells, tissues, and organs and helps regulate blood pressure.


Milk is a source of complete protein and is one of the most affordable protein sources.

The two main milk protein types are whey and casein. Casein proteins can be further broken down into alpha, beta and kappa caseins.

At The a2 Milk Company, we focus on beta-casein protein because that’s what makes our milk special. In ordinary cows’ milk, there are two types of beta-casein protein: A1 and A2. a2 Milk® only contains A2 beta-casein protein and no A1. Published research suggests that a2 Milk® may help avoid discomfort in some people. Even though a2 Milk® is A1 protein free, it still contains the same amount of protein once per ounce!

Milk on MyPlate

Milk has been a part of nutrition guidelines since they were first published in 1904. In every revision since, milk has had a special place on the American table.

daily milk recommendations dietary guidelines

The health benefits of drinking milk are clear. Find a2 Milk® near you!


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