Yoghurt-Nourishing Food

Benefits And Remedies Of Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a very nourishing food. It is an excellent source of protein, essential vitamins and minerals. It is also a rich source of calcium and riboflavin. Yoghurt contains millions of live and active bacteria which are friendly and helpful in strengthening the immune system, help ulcers to heal faster and help to prevent yeast infections from recurring. In a study, women who had frequent yeast infections were given 8 ounces of yoghurt to take daily for 6 months, at the end of this period, the rate of yeast infections had dropped significantly.

 

The good bacteria in yoghurt that help to prevent yeast infections can also strengthen the immune system. In a study, researchers found that people who ate 2 cups of yoghurt daily for 4 months had several times more gamma interferon than those who did not eat yoghurt. Gamma interferon is a protein that helps the white blood cells fight disease. There is also evidence that yoghurt can act against bacterial infections such as the salmonella bacteria which cause food poisoning.

 

Since most ulcers are caused by bacteria, eating plenty of live culture yoghurt can keep the ulcer causing bacteria in check. The bad bacteria that give rise to ulcers cannot thrive in the presence of the beneficial bacteria in the yoghurt. In addition, yoghurt contain a natural sugar called lactose which turns into lactic acid which helps to keep the gastro-intestinal track in a healthy condition.

 

Besides aiding in the digestion of food, yoghurt is a super source of calcium. One cup of plain low fat yoghurt provides 414 mg of calcium compared to that of low fat milk with just 300 mg per serving. To get the most benefit from yoghurt, it should be eaten cold because high heat will destroy the good bacteria. Also make sure you buy it fresh. Fresh yoghurt contains the most bacteria, about 100 million in just one gram.

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