Drinking milk is a great way to build strong bones, especially for those that are still growing and the elderly. Milk has calcium and will definitely help to build strong bones. There are other foods, like cheese, that can accomplish this as well. However, unless you can't have dairy, milk is the best way to build strong bones.
Drinking milk is a good way to build strong bones. Cow's milk is already rich with nutrients, and during pasteurization, more essential vitamins and minerals are introduced into the milk. Calcium is among many of the nutrients within milk, and calcium has been proven to aid the development of strong bones.
In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another mineral element, magnesium. Milk and dairy products contain only small amounts of magnesium. Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll:
"Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein."
"Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis."
Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993
"What appears to be important in bone metabolism is not calcium intake, but calcium balance. The loss of bone integrity among many post menopausal white women probably results from genetics and from diet and lifestyle factors. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the use of animal protein, salt, caffeine, and tobacco, and by physical inactivity."
Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, Understanding Health, December, 1999
"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)
"About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis."
Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)
"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)
"Increasing one's protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double."
Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)
"The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more."
Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988
"Calcium intake demonstrated no protective in preventing bone fractures. In fact, those populations with the highest calcium intakes had higher fracture rates than those with more modest calcium intakes. "
Calif Tissue Int 1992;50
"There is no significant association between teenaged milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data indicate that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection against hip or forearm fractures... Women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly increased risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from nondairy sources."
12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women American Journal of Public Health 1997;87
"Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures...Metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium. "
American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139
For all of you that believe milk is good for you, try to find a study on milk that concluded that milk is good for you. The only studies that even suggested that milk is good was paid for by the Dairy Council themselves!
Are you wondering who made your good old food pyramid? You know the one that suggests 3 glasses of milk with a huge serving of meat? You'll never believe this: The meat and dairy industries (that want to sell their product) invented that food triangle! No wonder they require you to have so much!
On the truthful studies (that weren't paid for by the dairy foundations) found that milk actually weakens the bones and give the consumer an increased chance to get Osteoporoses (a bone weakening disease).
Your body is always trying to maintain homeostasis, meaning it always tries to keep your body balanced and in the best condition. One of the things it tries to keep balanced is the Ph levels (acidity and alkalinity in our bodies). The body draws resources from our body to maintain the Ph levels. We can get a lot of acidity and alkalinity from the foods we eat. Our body naturally generates enough acidity without eating anything at all, so our job (to make our body have to take the least amount of resources) is to eat the foods that are the least acidic. Milk is extremely acidic, so drinking it makes your acidity (that we already have more than enough of) go even higher. One of the main sources of alkalinity in your body is from bone marrow. Your body drains your bones of your bone marrow (including calcium) in order to even out the Ph levels, therefor causing your bones to become weaker. So even after you take all of that calcium away from your bones, you might expect to get the more calcium back from the milk. Nope! Milk is also very hard to digest, so it's hard for your body to get any of the nutrients out of the milk. Not to mention that it's completely unnatural for humans to drink milk (we are the only mammal to drink another mammals' milk), but it also has high cholesterol, which isn't good either. And with all of the Genetic Modification of foods these days (GMO), it just keeps getting worse.
I hope I was able to change your mind about milk being good (it's not)!