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Milk: The Universal Superfood

milk is a superfood with many health benefitsMilk is an indispensible component of most of our daily diets. Milk is a complete food. It was the original super food. Milk has found its place in different religions, traditions and culture. Throughout the world be it in the east or west, its availability cannot be denied. Milk and dairy products like cheese, butter, etc are part of our daily meals. Different sources of milk are humans, cows, goats, sheep, camels, etc. Nowadays, a number of alternatives are available like soy milk, almond milk, and more for people with lactose intolerance. But have you ever given a thought as to how much milk can benefit your health?

  1. The backbone of your Health: Milk is a rich source of calcium, and it contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B12, carbohydrates, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, protein, zinc and riboflavin. These vitamins, minerals and trace elements fulfill vital roles in various metabolic functions of the body. Calcium promotes healthy bone growth in children and maintains bone strength in adults. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein are very important for healthy bone formation, growth and development. The functioning, durability, and repair of our bone and skeletal system are all dependent on them. Calcium maintains bone mineral density preventing fractures.

Reducing Knee Replacement Pain

reduce arthritis pain after a knee replacementOsteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the degeneration of joint cartilage, most commonly affecting the knees. It results in pain, stiffness, swelling, and restricted mobility. Unrelenting pain and impaired function call for a knee replacement surgery during which the surgeon replaces the damaged parts with metal or plastic prosthesis. More than half the population worldwide is affected by osteoarthritis. This surgery aims at giving a better life to patients, but the procedure itself involves pain as a major problem following surgery. The good news is that better pain relief measures have been discovered that can give a pain-free life immediately after surgery.

Physical Activity May Treat Depression

depressionStudies say that today depression is a mental illness which affects about one in ten people. Depression is a condition where a person feels useless, hopeless and extremely sad. This can happen without any apparent reason. The episodes last for long and occur frequently to the point that it affects the daily functioning of the person. Traditional treatment is performed with anti-depressants and psychotherapy.

Recent studies conducted by the University of Bern show that regular physical exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Physical activity is known to be beneficial for overall health and prevention of cardiac diseases. The basic cause of depression is the deficiency of a certain chemical known as serotonin. Serotonin is an important chemical in the brain which is responsible for a variety of functions related to mood, sleep and appetite. Thereby, a deficiency of serotonin leads to depression, but what causes this deficiency is yet unknown.

Stomach Infection? A blessing in disguise!

Infections may reduce RA riskScientists and researchers are forever on the lookout for newer therapies and are developing better drugs for patients with chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Now, research published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases says that recent gut and urinary tract infections may reduce your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. This is extremely exciting news and has great potential to develop targeted therapy for rheumatoid arthritis in the future. You may be curious to know if this is even possible! And if so, then how?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disorder in which one’s own immune system attacks the joints and other organs. Painful joints, swelling, disability and deformities over time are common features of rheumatoid arthritis. Women are affected more than men by rheumatoid arthritis. Millions of people worldwide suffer from this painful disease.

Cardiac risks higher in patients with arthritis, psoriasis

arthritis painA higher cardiac event risk was thought to exist in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, but little was known about the link between psoriatic arthritis and heart disease. Psoriasis is a chronic auto-immune disorder that affects people in middle age worldwide. This disorder has affected more than 7.5 million people as per the data shared by National Psoriasis Foundation.

Implants for the Future

knee implantThe world health organization (WHO) has stated that by 2050 the largest population of the world will comprise people above the age of 50. This tells us the gravity and vastness of the age related issues that will be encountered in the near future. The commonest of these age related problems are joint and bone disorders which call for surgeries like knee replacement and hip replacement to promise a better quality life to the elderly. However, the difficult part is recovery from these major surgeries with quick bone healing.

A group of scientists from the University of Malaya and four other universities in the US have found a technique of developing better biomedical implants to accelerate bone healing. An implant is a medical device made of a biomedical material that is fitted into the body to act as a missing biological structure. A study published on the front cover of the July issue of Applied Surface Science, reveals that the researchers have been successful in making new biomedical implants. These use magnesium coatings that do not crack, reducing the chance of post surgery complications.

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