Everybody knows dairy products are an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet, and although preventing osteoporosis is often the first thing people think of when they consider the health benefits of consuming dairy products, there is a growing list of ways that dairy can improve your health.

  • Research has shown that increased consumption of dairy products, by both children and adults, results in increased bone density later in life and a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
  • Numerous studies have found that increasing the intake of calcium, potassium and magnesium – nutrients found in dairy foods – lowers blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of hypertension.
  • Several studies link the intake of dairy foods with decreased risk of certain cancers, such as colon and breast cancer.
  • Certain cheeses, such as Cheddar, Swiss, Blue, Monterey Jack and processed American cheese, among others, have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of dental cavities.

For more information on these and other health benefits of consuming dairy products, access the Dairy Council Digests on the National Dairy Council's website.