Health Benefits of Yoghurt
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15th Mar 2013, 03:27 PM #1
Health Benefits of Yoghurt
REASONS TO USE YOGHURT:
Yoghurt is rich in potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12.
Research shows yoghurt strengthens and stabilizes the immune system.
The lactobacillus in yoghurt feeds the intestines, maximizes nutrients you can absorb into your body, insures the digestive system stays healthy, and stabilizes the immune system.
"Yoghurt has strong medicinal properties, including the ability to stimulate the immune system and kill bad "bugs" or bacteria in the human gut. ...research at the University of California at Davis showed that eating live-culture yoghurt was associated with higher-than-average levels of gamma interferon, a key component of the body's immune system."(1)
The secret to good yoghurt is that it contains live cultures, there are four major strains of bacteria to look for: L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, and bifidobacteria. There are good brands of yoghurt available check the label to make sure it specifiesactive cultures. It is always better to buy the yoghurt plain and add in the fruit or jam just before eating it. Frozen yoghurt is not the same product and will not yield the same health benefits; even if they specify live cultures they will have only a fraction of the beneficial bacteria of fresh yoghurt and they will not enhance lactose tolerance.
Lactose in milk is converted by Yogurt's bacteria into lactic acid which helps digest lactose or dairy products.
The lactic acid of yoghurt is a perfect medium to maximize calcium absorption.
In yoghurt the process of growth from milk into yoghurt involves the conversion of lactose into lactic acid. Lactic acid helps digest lactose. In other words, yoghurt provides the enzyme needed to digest milk products. Calcium, which is found in dairy products, needs to enter the body in an acid matrix or your body will not absorb it. So the lactic acid of yoghurt is a perfect medium to maximize calcium absorption. Eight ounces of yoghurt will equal 400 mg of calcium, 25% more calcium than you would get out of a glass of milk.
When someone is HIV positive and has a CD4 count under 200 their production of hydrochloric acid (HCL) slows down. HCL is normally produced by your stomach to help with the digestion of food. When you have less HCL and digestive enzymes digestion becomes incomplete, food moves too quickly along the digestive tract. Your body doesn't get enough calcium and other minerals. Difficulty sleeping and malabsorption are common end results. Yoghurt is one of those foods that you can eat to enhance your HCL production thus improving your digestion, vitamin and mineral absorption, and your bodies general well being.
15th Mar 2013, 04:04 PM #2
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Fantastic post giving the health benefits of yogurt. thank you Sumathisrini