Yogurt, as we all know, is made by bacterial fermentation of milk. But apart from good taste, yogurt is packed with benefits that has made it a favourite among health-conscious people across the world.
It is a rich source of calcium and the protein in it is easy to digest. Yogurt also contains riboflavin, B vitamins, folic acid, lactic acid, potassium, phosphorous, iodine and zinc.
Here are top 10 reasons why you should have a bowl of yogurt every day:
1. Boosts immunity:
The good bacteria present in curd makes your intestine strong, which in turn, helps the body absorb nutrients better. This makes the body stronger with higher levels of immunity.
Studies have found that your immunity gets a boost if you have two cups of yogurt daily for three months.
2. Helps in digestion:
Yogurt is good for gut health. It is easily digestible; besides the probiotics in it helps you digest other food better and maintains the health of your digestive tracts.
If you are suffering from gastrointestinal conditions like constipation, diarrhea and stomach aches, go for a cup of low-fat yogurt a day and see the results in a few days.
3. Helps you lose weight:
Want to burn off fat faster? Go for a cup of yogurt every day. The good bacteria in it will not only improve your metabolism and digestion, but will make you feel full longer, thereby taking care of your hunger-pangs.
The calcium content in yogurt will make your fat cells excrete less cortisol hormone, thus making weight loss easier for you. The amino acids in yogurt also help in losing weight.
4. Cures vaginal yeast infections:
Women with diabetes are prone to vaginal yeast infections. The lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt kills yeast and also maintains the pH balance inside the vagina.
5. Reduces high blood pressure:
A key reason for shooting up of blood pressure level is salt (sodium). Yogurt contains potassium that helps absorb sodium and flush out what’s excess from the body.
A study presented at High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association showed having one cup of non-fat yogurt daily makes you 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure.
6. Takes care of your cholesterol level:
The live active cultures in yogurt decrease cholesterol synthesis in the liver, while the probiotics binds bile acids. The result being lowering of cholesterol level.
Journal of Dairy Science carried a 2011 study that showed if people with type 2 diabetes have 10.6 ounces of yogurt daily, it will result in decline of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels.
7. Helps prevent colon cancer:
The intestine-friendly lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt keeps colon healthy. They promote the growth of good bacteria in the colon, thereby cutting out the risk of colon cancer. Besides, calcium in yogurt binds cancer-producing bile acids.
8. Protects against cavities:
Yogurt is good for oral health as well. Low-fat yogurt is known to protect your teeth against cavities as well as maintain your gums, thanks to the lactic acid present in it. The protein and calcium in yogurt also help keep your mouth healthy.
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It contains calcium, Vitamin D and live active cultures that make your bones stronger and denser. Make yogurt your daily diet to avoid bone problems like osteoporosis.
10. Good for hair:
It has zinc, lactic acid, protein, calcium, and other nutrients that are beneficial for hair health. It reduces hair fall, dandruff and scalp itchiness, and promotes hair growth. Yogurt also acts as a great natural hair conditioner.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.