The health benefits of yoghurt are numerous. These are the reasons it is good for you to make it part of your diet as often as possible.
Yoghurt is one of healthy ice creams that we serve at the Ice Cream Hub in our Lekki outlet.
Yoghurt is a coagulated milk product and an end result of the fermentation of lactic acid in milk.
According to research, this fermentation is powered by Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.
This fermentation process that makes it a dairy of choice for many people.
However, people’s love for yoghurt is also as a result of the health benefits they get from it.
Categorically, several studies have identified interesting health benefits of yoghurt that you should know.
For instance, one of such studies was published by the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and it was undertaken in 2004.
Health Benefits Of Yoghurt
Interestingly, one area that past studies focused is the gastrointestinal health benefit that yoghurt offer.
Studies were carried out on both animal models and, occasionally, in human subjects.
Furthermore, the 2004 study said some studies showed promising health benefits for certain gastrointestinal conditions.
As highlighted, some of these conditions are lactose intolerance, constipation and diarrheal diseases.
Others are colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, and allergies.
For persons looking to lose weight, yoghurt is also a good drink to consume.
Because it is low in fat and cholesterol, it is wonderful for heart health.
Apart of these benefits, below are other highlighted health benefits of yoghurt.
1. High In B vitamins
Yoghurt is an excellent source of B vitamins, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, and vitamin B-12.
B vitamins are known for helping the body stay strong and free from infections.
These vitamins also promote cell health and growth of red blood cells. They boost energy levels and promote good eyesight.
Also, B vitamins promote healthy brain function, good digestion, healthy appetite and proper nerve function.
2. Loads Your Body With Minerals
Furthermore, yoghurt is loaded with high-quality protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
Interestingly, the calcium in yoghurt plays a major role in bone formation and mineralisation.
Yoghurt is great for persons that are pregnant. This is related to the fact that calcium requirements increase during pregnancy and lactation.
3. High In Protein
Yoghurt contains an amount of protein that is higher than that of milk.
Basically, this is so because of the addition of nonfat dry milk during processing and concentration.
It has been argued that protein from yogurt is more easily digested than protein from milk.
“This argument is supported by evidence of a higher content of free amino acids, especially proline and glycine, in yogurt than in milk.”
Just in case you do not know, protein helps your body to build and repair tissues. It also helps your body produce enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
4. Lactose Boosts Energy
There is lactose in yoghurt and this is the principal sugar (or carbohydrate) naturally found in milk and dairy.
Basically, lactose helps boost energy and it also plays a role in the absorption of calcium.
Furthermore, it contributes to the absorption of other minerals such as copper and zinc, especially during infancy.
5. Intestinal Health – Gut Microflora
Lactobacilli are among the components of microbial flora in both the small and large intestines.
Undoubtedly, the food we eat sometimes have harmful or beneficial effects on our health.
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Abundant evidence implies that specific bacterial species used for yoghurt have powerful antipathogenic and antiinflammatory properties.
Interestingly, these microorganisms are involved with enhanced resistance to colonisation of pathogenic bacteria in the intestine.
But the consumption of monocultures and mixed cultures of beneficial live microorganisms as “probiotics” promotes good intestinal health.
6. Helps Prevent Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is the second leading cancer diagnosis among both women and men.
It is the second common cause of cancer death.
However, yogurt has been shown to have a higher concentration of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
Also, studies have showed that CLA isomers have the ability to inhibit the expression of cyclins.
As a result, they halt the progression of the cell cycle from G1 to S phase.
In addition, CLA induced the expression of the tumor suppressor.
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