It’s never too late to start drinking milk

Anlene’s newest product has even more calcium and minerals to keep joints healthier and longer–and it comes in low-fat


MARC Nelson, Issa Litton and Mark Wood demonstrate how everyday movements cause joint strain.

If the last time you remember drinking milk was when you were still in nappies, then it’s time to rethink picking up that childhood habit. Do it not just for your bones this time, but for those aging joints, as well.

When it comes to joints, we live with what we’re naturally given, as the cartilage in joints does not regenerate; they “wear and tear” with everyday movements as people grow older.

A sedentary lifestyle is just as bad for one’s joints, since it could lead to osteoarthritis. The first joints to go are the knees, hips and hand joints.

“When you don’t use the joint, it becomes arthritic, weak,” said Dr. Francis Altarejos, Philippine Board of Orthopaedics vice chair. “When you move, you pump synovial fluid, clear fluid which acts as lubricant, into the joints.”

The best we can do is delay the degeneration through preventive treatment, such as the intake of supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen, chemicals essential to joint health.

Fonterra, makers of milk brands Anlene, Anmum and Anchor, has recently come up with a new product that promises both bone and joint protection: Anlene Total.

PHILIPPINE Board of Orthopaedics vice chair Dr. Francis Altarejos, Fonterra Brands Philippines Nutritionmanager Angela Kathrina Pablo, Anlene assistant brand manager Mary Louise Liao

Powder and liquid

The new milk formula, which comes in both powder and liquid form, was launched April 18 at Beyond Yoga Studio, Il Terrazo, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Hosting the event were Issa Litton and Marc Nelson. California-based fitness trainer Mark Wood demonstrated to guests how even normal, daily movements—sitting down and standing up, walking, picking up objects from the ground—put strain on the joints.

Anlene Total is Fonterra’s “enhanced platform on mobility,” said Anlene assistant brand manager Mary Louise Liao. “For someone who is mainly concerned about bone health, the regular Anlene is fine, but Anlene Total has an added component for joint care.”

That added component is glucosamine, an essential building block of cartilage naturally produced by the body, but which is reduced with age. Anlene Total also has twice the calcium found in regular milk (keeping true to its brand claim as the “expert in bone nutrition”), and is low-fat, for the diet-conscious.

MASTER fitness trainer Mark Wood with Issa Litton and Marc Nelson

Diabetics, pregnant women and nursing mothers, however, are advised to consult their doctors first if they can take Anlene Total, although the glucosamine in the formula has been proven safe, said Angela Kathrina Pablo, Fonterra Brands Philippines Nutrition manager.

Because Anlene Total is an “improved” version of Anlene, one need not drink both formulas simultaneously. Liao, an Anlene drinker since she was in college, said she likes to mix the milk with fresh fruits for a creamy drink.

What’s important is that one drinks Anlene Total regularly, said Altarejos. Coupled with exercise and a balanced diet (to prevent obesity, a condition that adds more load to the joints), this milk formula promises to help delay degeneration of the bones and joints, as well as keep one active and mobile. “But the earlier you start drinking milk, the better,” he said.

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  • Marvin Dinio

    But is it ever too late to start drinking breast milk? LOL.


      Drinking breast milk costs too much money as it comes from beautiful containers plus the prohibitive cost of maintaining a lot of milkmaids to ensure your year-round supply of the breast milk!

  • Etude57

    Just drink milk, powdered or liquid, as long it has no added sugar..Nature’s best…

  • Lala Sandones

    All of these are marketing ploys. Did you know that too much calcium can accumulate in your arteries, and block the flow of blood. It’s called calcification or hardening of the arteries. Besides fat and cholesterol, too much calcium can block the arteries. Besides, calcium cannot be absorbed by the bones, where it should go, without Vitamins D, K1, K2 and magnesium. And if you want to really dose up on calcium, just buy calcium supplements. they are cheaper, but again, be careful. Too much calcium is bad for your health.

  • NYPinoy

    What is this? A milk commercial. This article cannot be farther from scientific soundness.

    For millions of years during the evolution of humans, we never had milk after that short period of infancy. As a species, we are not designed to consider milk as an adult food. Rather more recently, in anthropological time frame, humans domesticated cows and started getting milk. The initial tries were a disaster. Milk was almost poisonous to humans, we could not digest it. That condition is still known today as lactose intolerance. As evolution progresses, we slowly acquired some tolerance to milk and can drink it without killing ourselves of diarrhea but progress has been slow. Even today, 75% of human adults have some degrees of lactose intolerance. The percentage varies. In Europe, where this milk promotion must have come from, only 5% of them cannot drink milk. But in Asia, a full 90% of us cannot process milk sufficiently and end up creating a riot in our digestion system.

    Go ahead, drink that milk… but don’t tell me you have not been warned.

  • Felix Alcantara

    business lang ito

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