Can moo juice banish senior moments? Only if you drink the right kind
Milk might do a body good, but it does a brain even better -- because a key component of farm-fresh moo juice has the power to fight oxidative stress in your noggin and keep dementia at bay.
But don't head out to Sam's Club to stock up on giant jugs of milk just yet, because there's a HUGE catch here, which I'll get to in a moment.
First, a groundbreaking new study finds that milk drinkers have higher levels of glutathione in the brain. The more you drink, the higher your levels, according to brain scans of 60 older adults.
If you're like most people, you've never heard of glutathione.
It's time to get acquainted, because glutathione is the "master antioxidant" that can fight off the damage of oxidative stress and free radicals -- and there's no part of your body more vulnerable to that damage than your brain.
The more oxidative stress, the more likely you can expect to battle conditions such as cognitive decline and all that comes with it, including the downward spiral that leads to Alzheimer's disease.
But as the study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows, you just might be able to prevent it by drinking more milk.
The secret's something Little Miss Muffet could tell you all about: whey. Milk has whey, and whey is rich in cysteine, an amino acid your liver converts to glutathione and sends to your brain to fight aging.
Ready for the catch? It's a doozy: Little Miss Muffet wouldn't be caught dead getting her whey from supermarket milk... because it's actually a lousy source of the stuff.
The heat-treating, nutrition-robbing, life-killing pasteurization process burns off the whey, leaving precious little behind. And the higher temperatures of the "ultra" pasteurization process used to give longer shelf lives to pricier organics wipes it out almost completely.
So if you REALLY want to boost your glutathione and protect your brain, forget what's on sale at the supermarket this week and drink only real milk -- milk so fresh you can almost hear the "moo" of the cow your "moo juice" came from.
Farm-fresh RAW milk is the best source of the amino acids your liver can convert to glutathione, and one of the best natural sources of brain-friendly fats around.
The powers-that-be have fought for years to keep this stuff away from you, but I'm happy to report that they are losing the battle -- because raw milk is more widely available now than it's been in years.
Just do a simple online search and odds are you can find a responsible raw milk producer near you.
With big moos for your brain,
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.