Present in human life for a huge amount of time, some studies located it in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC; yogurt has been an important element in the dietary habits of a person. Mostly made using cow milk, this dairy food can be made from other mammals’ milk such as water buffalo, goats, ewes, mares, camels, and yaks. And besides it is flavor and the possibility of combining it with several fruits, this milk-derived and fermented product has a great deal of benefits in people’s health.
One of the main reason, the intake of yogurt is done is to obtain a good amount of proteins, calcium, and even probiotics with a high contain of vitamin B12 and riboflavin. The presence of all these elements makes it a good source of positive effects on immune and metabolic health. Adding to all of the above, recent studies have proved that, additionally to the provision of those elements and effect on those health aspects, this dairy food has a positive effect in heart health. The research was taken into effect by the American Journal of Hypertension in two groups with high blood pressure, all of them between 30 to 55 years old for women and men in the range of 40 to 75 years of age. The study took a span of more than 20 years in both groups with deep information about the food habits each member of the studied people have.
After all investigations were done, the researchers got to the conclusion that yogurt consumption decreases the risk of heart disease far ahead in life. According to these results, the intake of two or more servings of the product a week was linked with a reduction in a 20 percent number in suffering congenital heart disease or stroke in the future. Furthermore, for women, yogurt taken in the same doses proves to reduce in 30 percent the chance of suffering a heart attack; meanwhile, the percentage in men consuming yogurt reaches the amount of 20 percent.
The investigation’s researchers have concluded that higher long-term yogurt intake I associated with lower cardiovascular diseases risk among hypertensive people. So, if these results are going to be taken into account, the incorporation of yogurt in hypertensive person is highly recommendable in order to avoid and reduce the presence of that condition.
Also, yogurt can help to alleviate or ease the following:
- Osteoporosis, by providing calcium and vitamin D
- Lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and H. pylori infection would be dealt by consuming yogurt with active cultures.
- Also Vaginal Infections can be discouraged by the intake of yogurt with active cultures.
According to all of these factors that encourage the consumption of yogurt on regular doses, the inclusion of this dairy product on a daily diet is a must.
Nevertheless, if those positive effects are not enough for you to take it on your diet; you can always count on the flavor and fullness that a good amount of yogurt will provide as taking it.