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YOGHURT

There is a current rage these days on the benefits of yogurt. If one checks the supermarket shelves, there are plenty of products that have yogurt content or there are just simply a variety of yogurt products. It is unknown when yogurt was discovered, but the earliest records dates back to the time when Genghis Khan conquered regions in Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. It seems like the armies sustained by just the diet of yogurt.

In the modern era, yogurt is produced largely because of the growing studies showing that the food has several health benefits. By adding bacterial cultures of Lactobacillus bulgaricus or Streptococcus thermophilus to milk and fermenting it, yogurt is produced. Yogurt is actually the transformation of lactose, the milk’s sugar, into lactic acid. The lactic acid of yogurt gives it its distinctive tangy flavor and its pudding-like texture.

Yogurt is rich in iodine, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and molybdenum. It is also rich in vitamin B2, B5 and B12. These vitamin and minerals are enough to support the health of the human body. Below are some of the health benefits that can be received from eating high amounts of yogurt:

1.      It helps shed off belly fat

A study was conducted on 16 men and women classified as obese. They were given low calorie diet with a portion of yogurt for each meal. After three months, the subjects lost an average of 61 percent fats and their abdominal fats have decreased by 81 percent. The resulting percentage was compared with subjects who are also classified as obese and were given the same amount of diet yet without dairy products or calcium-rich foods. The 16 men and women who had a calcium-rich diet made of yogurt did not only lose fats, especially around their belly, but they were also able to retain more muscle tissues than those who do not have any yogurt in their diet. The rationale behind the results is still under investigation. But it may be due to the mechanism of calcium that disables the storage of fats into the fat cells, which can eventually burn more cells to produce more energy.

2.      It helps with digestion

If the digestive system is protected from harm, then healthy digestion is expected. Yogurt has shown to be effective in providing healthy digestion due to its capacity to protect the stomach and intestines from developing ulcers. The major cause of gastric ulcers is the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Yogurt has the capacity to shut off this type of bacteria, based on the study of 48 volunteers who are infected of H. pylori and advised to take yogurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidibacterium lactis. Furthermore, it showed that by regularly taking yogurt, the risk of developing colorectal cancer is reduced.

3.      It contains essential vitamins

Yogurt is rich in vitamin B2, B5 and B12. A cup of yogurt has 30.5 percent of the required daily value for vitamin B2, or riboflavin. 22.8 percent of the required daily value for vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid may be received from yogurt, while 14.5 percent of vitamin B12’s, or cobalamin, daily value may be taken from a cup or 245 grams of yogurt. Vitamin B12 can support in the production of red blood cells, therefore it prevents the body from developing anemia. It also assists in the proper development of nerve cells as well as metabolizes the major nutrients of the body – proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Pantothenic acid is essential in turning carbohydrates into energy utilized by the body; this is also true for fats. It can also support the health of the adrenal glands, therefore, improving the body’s ability to respond to stress. Lastly, vitamin B2 assists in protecting the cells from the damage caused by oxidation. And it maintains the body’s supply of all vitamins Bs.

4.      It decreases the risk of osteoporosis

Calcium has been traditionally implicated with bone’s health. Yogurt is rich in calcium. A cup of yogurt contains 44.8 percent of the required daily value of calcium. But it is not only calcium that is friendly to the bones. Yogurt and food products related to it are actually rich in lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is a protein that has strong affinity to iron, and its function is to enhance the growth and the action of the cells that build the bones, called osteoblasts. Aside from building bones, lactoferrin also decreases the rate on how the cells die by approximately 60 percent. Moreover, it decreases the rate on how the osteoclasts are formed; osteoclasts are cells responsible for the disintegration of the bones. Added to this is the capacity of lactoferrin to increase chondrocytes’ proliferation; chondrocytes are the cells responsible for cartilage build-up. All these indicate that for those with risk in developing osteoporosis,

5.      It helps prevent yeast infections

Studies were made regarding the capacity of yogurt to fight and prevent bacterial and yeast infections. According to the result of the studies, probiotic-rich foods, specifically yogurt, can strengthen the ability of the body to protect itself from infections caused by either yeasts or bacteria. This is due to lactobacillus casei, which can help in improving the response of the immune system. In another study, women who are frequently diagnosed with vaginal yeast infection are encouraged to include 8 ounce of yogurt in their daily diet for a span of 6 months. The study showed that after six months, the decrease in the infection of these women is threefold. Yogurt works on the body’s first line of defense, the cellular immunity. By boosting its function, the body is protected from viruses, parasites and yeasts.

6.      It provides the body with energy

Only 8 percent of the daily calorie needs, or 154 calories, may be received from a cup of yogurt. But yogurt is still considered as a high energy food. The reasons are plenty. First, yogurt contains tyrosine, an amino acid that converts into dopamine and adrenaline. Dopamine and adrenaline are neurotransmitters that stimulate the body. High quality protein may also be received from calcium; protein helps maintain the health of the organs and muscles. With over one-fourth of the required daily value for protein may be received from yogurt, it is enough to help boost the energy levels of a person.

OATMEAL

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is the reason why you should not skip eating breakfast, ever. Remember to carefully plan what you are going to have for breakfast. In the rush of things, you might need to skip lunch so a good power breakfast will help you last all throughout the day. Start the day right with healthy food. Say goodbye to cereals loaded with sugar because the sugar rush won’t last long and it will not be able to give you the nutrients that you really need.

A bowl of warm oatmeal is a good breakfast choice – just not those flavored ones because they are packed with sugar. An important reason for you to eat oatmeal for breakfast is its health benefits. Yes, oatmeal is not only delicious, it also offers you a wide range of health benefits as well, one warm bowl at a time. Read on to find out what oatmeal can offer you when it comes to your health.

Why Oats are Good for You

Numerous studies have been conducted on why eating oats is good for you. Although you may not instantly see the results, you will notice an improvement as you regularly consume oatmeal for breakfast. Here are some of the very important benefits that you can get from eating oatmeal:

·         It lowers LDL cholesterol level

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a form of cholesterol that you would want to keep low. High levels of LDL in your blood stream can cause serious health problems, such as the formation of fatty plaques in the walls of your arteries. Over time, these fatty plaques pile up and cause a disruption or an obstruction in blood flow. Pressure in the area where fatty plaques are deposited may be high and could cause the vessel to burst leading to hemorrhage. On the other hand, an obstructed artery may cause blood deprivation to the areas distal to that obstructed part. As a result, tissues will die because the important nutrients and oxygen that are being carried by the blood will no longer reach them. A dead tissue is a non-functioning tissue and will thus translate to a non-functioning organ. Imagine if that organ happens to be your heart, or your brain. This may lead to heart disease, or a stroke.

What makes oatmeal special is its fiber content – specifically beta-glucan. Studies have supported these claims that regular consumption of oatmeal can help reduce LDL levels. And because high LDL can lead to cardiovascular diseases and stroke, eating oatmeal may just save your life.

·         It Boosts the Immune System

Our immune system is our body’s first line of defense. Think of an army going into battle. When something that is foreign enters our body, the cells of the immune system launch an all-out attack on these foreign invaders in order to neutralize them and keep the body healthy. The way your body responds to illnesses is determined by how healthy your immune system is. A weak and compromised immune system will make you more susceptible to various illnesses – especially those that are easily transferred from one person to another. A healthy immune system, on the other hand, can help speed up the recovery process, or you may not get sick at all. This is why it is important that we give our immune system all the help that it needs.

The beta-glucan fiber found in oatmeal is not just good for the heart, but it apparently boosts the function of the immune system as well. It also helps by the body fight off invading bacterial organisms by stimulating specific immune system cells called the neutrophils which readily migrate to the site of infected tissues and then work on their repair.

·         It has Antioxidants

The antioxidant industry has grown so big that almost all everybody are making claims that their product has more antioxidant activity than the others. Of course, some of these are false claims and because of the size of the industry and the numerous products available today, it is growing more and more difficult to weed out the authentic ones from the fake ones.

Antioxidants are good because they neutralize the ill-effects brought about by free radicals. Free radicals are by-products of the oxidative processes, and they harm the body by stimulating the development of various diseases such as heart disease. These free radicals can attack HDL, or the high density lipoprotein. This is the kind of cholesterol that you would want to keep high. So the free radicals’ attack on the HDL is never a good thing. Healthy HDL levels help keep you free from cardiovascular disease.

Oatmeal contains antioxidants known as avenanthramides which stops the free radicals from making an attack on the good cholesterol.

·         It is Good for Blood Sugar Control

Natural, plain oatmeal – and not those commercially flavored ones – is good for diabetic patients as it helps control and regulate healthy levels of blood sugar. Because it is rich in fiber, having oatmeal for breakfast will help maintain stable levels of your blood glucose all through the day thereby preventing you from experiences crashes that are typically caused by eating too much carbohydrates and refined sugars. The beta-glucan in oats helps you avoid dramatic changes and spikes in blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbs and prolonging its absorption process in the intestines.

·         It helps fight Cancer

Oats are packed with phytochemicals that have been associated with a reduction in the risk of developing cancer. The lignans found in oats have been related to a decrease in the risk of cancer, especially those that are linked to hormones, such as breast cancer. Other forms of cancer that may be prevented by eating oatmeal include cancer of the ovaries, endometrium and the prostate gland.

·         It Lowers Diabetes Risk

The last but definitely not the least is oatmeal’s ability to reduce a person’s diabetes risk, specifically type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal is an excellent source of magnesium which is needed by the body to properly utilize sugar and secrete insulin. In a study which went on for 8 years, results showed that women who consume a magnesium-rich diet had a 19% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a 31% reduction in diabetes risk in women who regularly consumed whole grains.


 

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