Dairy products have a beneficial effect on thinking and memory

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Sci­en­tists have proven that reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of dairy prod­ucts can have a ben­e­fi­cial effect on atten­tion, mem­o­ry, think­ing and oth­er cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties of a per­son.

Sci­en­tists from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia found that peo­ple who dai­ly include dairy and sour-milk prod­ucts in their diet thus improve the cog­ni­tive func­tions of the brain — atten­tion, think­ing, mem­o­ry, psy­chomo­tor coor­di­na­tion, speech, ori­en­ta­tion and plan­ning.

More than 900 vol­un­teers took part in the exper­i­ment and test­ed their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. It turned out that peo­ple who rarely con­sumed dairy prod­ucts or com­plete­ly aban­doned them showed the worst results.

In sub­jects who dai­ly include fer­ment­ed milk prod­ucts in their diet or have them on the table at least 3–6 times a week, cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties turned out to be much high­er.

Dairy prod­ucts have pre­vi­ous­ly been found to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in weight loss and reduce the risk of devel­op­ing hyper­ten­sion and dia­betes. This is due to the con­tent of mag­ne­sium, vit­a­min D, cal­ci­um and whey pro­tein in these prod­ucts. Now, among the rea­sons why experts rec­om­mend includ­ing dairy prod­ucts in the dai­ly diet, they name main­tain­ing the cog­ni­tive func­tions of the brain at the prop­er lev­el.

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