Why you need to add yoghurt back into your diet ASAP…
“Studies have shown that the high magnesium content of yoghurt could play an important part in improving sex drive and increasing libido.”
ood old plain yoghurt doesn’t get much of a look in these days when it comes to trendy health foods but it’s high calcium, protein and magnesium content makes it one of the easiest superfoods to add to your diet. Lactose intolerant? Worry not, whereas Greek yoghurt might have the monopoly in terms of protein, the majority of plant yoghurts can be just (if not more) rich in calcium as so many are fortified with the mineral.
So, whether you want to start your day with a coconut yoghurt piled high with berries, have natural yoghurt as a side with a nutritious curry or mix in herbs and cucumber to make the perfect Tzatziki – yoghurt is a cost effective and versatile food to add to your diet. Swap it in place of mayonnaise and cream dips for a lower calorie option and unlock its host of health benefits.
Personal trainer and nutrition coach Devinder Bains, fills you in on how yoghurt can help with everything from healthier teeth and bones, fighting osteoporosis, improving female libido and easing menopause symptoms…
Certain types of yoghurt contain good gut bacteria known as probiotics – these either come from the original culture or are added after pasteurisation (which kills off all the bacteria but can be useful for pregnant women). Check the label for one that lists live, active cultures which could help in lessening symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), such as bloating and constipation. Several studies have also found that probiotics may protect against antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
Help protect against osteoporosis
When it comes to bone health, yoghurt really is a superfood – being rich in calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin D (fortified varieties). This means it’s useful for preventing osteoporosis, a condition defined by weakening of the bones which can lead to fractures. Research has shown that eating three or more servings of dairy foods like yoghurt every day could help preserve bone mass and strength.
Helps with menopause and perimenopause
Disturbed sleep is a well-known symptom of menopause and dairy food, which is rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein can help improve the quality of sleep. Studies have shown that glycine-rich foods like yoghurt can promote a deeper level of sleep. Additionally, a study of peri- and post-menopausal women, by the University of Milan, found calcium and vitamin D rich foods, such as yoghurt, reduced early menopause risk by 17 percent and also helped reduce some symptoms of menopause.
Yoghurt contains high amounts of magnesium, selenium and zinc which help keep the immune system healthy. Probiotics come into play again too as they have shown to reduce inflammation which is linked to viral infections and gut disorders, they’ve also been linked to reducing severity when it comes to the common cold. Vitamin D-fortified yoghurts may also aid in preventing illnesses such as the common cold and flu.
Increased female libido
Leading on from immunity, a weak immune system can have a negative impact on female sex hormones so yoghurt could be keeping your sex life in check too. Studies have also shown that the high magnesium content of yoghurt could play an important part in improving sex drive and increasing libido because magnesium aids in the production on sex hormones oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone as well as mood-lifting neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin which influence our desire for sex.
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High in Protein
There’s 12 grams of protein in a 200 gram bowl of natural yoghurt, making it a great option for a nutritious breakfast, especially for vegetarians. Want to boost the protein? Switch to Greek yoghurt which has almost double the amount of the muscle and tissue building macronutrient. As protein is known for its ability to keep you feeling fuller for longer, yoghurt can also play a part in weight loss, but stay away from flavoured varieties that contain added sugar.
Natural, non-flavoured yoghurt is stacked full of calcium which is essential for healthy teeth. One cup of yoghurt not only contains about half your recommend daily amount of calcium it also contains about 38% of your daily requirement of phosphorus which is used in the formation of teeth and bones, as well as to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.
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