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Dairy (in moderation) is Good for Most
Created on 1/11/2013

S sent in a very good question - she asked if dairy products are inflammatory.

The primary proteins found in dairy (milk, yogurt, butter and cheese) are whey and casein - the latter is considered a pro-inflammatory compound, meaning it may drive inflammation in susceptible individuals.

That's one of the reasons why I often recommend a trial period off dairy for people with recurrent upper respiratory tract infections (ear or sinus infections and bronchitis).

But most people can enjoy dairy without any problems. I recommend eating dairy products in moderation, and leaning both organic and towards the full-fat varieties.

Keep in mind that although dairy is a good source of calcium there are plenty of others including leafy greens, sesame seeds, broccoli and calcium-fortified foods. So if you feel better off dairy, as some people do, you can still get adequate calcium through your diet.

Thanks for a good question, S - and be well.
Dr. Russ
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