More Dairy, Less Stroke

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Besides the fact that it’s one of the only beverages that naturally contains protein, here’s another good reason to drink milk: It may help reduce the risk of stroke. A study out of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm found that adults (both men and women) who consumed the most low-fat dairy in a 10-year span were 12 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those at the opposite end of the spectrum. The key reason behind this, according to lead researcher Susanna Larsson, Ph.D., could be the presence of vitamin D, which helps lower blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke.