Healthy Benefits of Curd (Yogurt)

Benefits of Curd (Yogurt)

A bowl of fresh creamy and homemade yogurt is one of the simplest food joys. This wonder dairy product can make for a dish itself with fruits or chopped onions and tomatoes or it can be blended into smoothies, used to add texture to your curries or make your breakfast cereal wholesome. It is very convenient for us to pair yogurt with our daily meals, but have we ever wondered about the amazing health benefits that we can enjoy by having a bowl of curd or yogurt every day?

Yogurt comes from milk and therefore, it is loaded with several essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. An advantage with yogurt is that it is light on the stomach and easier to digest than milk. If you didn’t know, here are the benefits of curd (yogurt).

Good for the bones:

A cup of yogurt (250grams) contains about 275mg of calcium. A daily dose of calcium not only helps in maintaining bone density but also strengthens them. It is low in fat and calories and thus, may also help in keeping your weight in check.

Healthy for your heart:

In a day and age where more and more young people are falling prey to heart disease, consuming curd can go a long way in maintaining a healthy heart. It minimises the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the thickening of carotid arteries.

Helps boost immunity:

Curd has ‘good bacteria’ present in it which strengthens your immune system by fighting against several microorganisms that are present in the body. It is also useful in preventing vaginal yeast infections in women. These properties of curd do not diminish even when it is heated along with curry preparations to add flavour.

Can be used as a skincare product:
Nutrients like zinc, Vitamin E and phosphorus make curd a natural skincare product and it is often used as an ingredient in homemade packs. A simple mixture of curd, gram flour and lime juice can be made at home to give you an attractive and glowing face.
Helps get rid of dandruff:
Many advertisements claim to have found the magical chemical formula for curing dandruff. But, curd can be a simple home made solution. Why is it good to get rid of dandruff? It has lactic acid which has anti-fungal properties. What more? You don’t even have to add other ingredients to it. Just whip some curd in a bowl, and add it to your scalp.
Helps release stress and anxiety:
Being stressed can wreck your health. Finding ways to relax and rejuvenate is imperative in today’s world. Along with other things, eating some curd can surely help. According to a study, eating curd was linked to lower levels of activity in the part of brain responsible for emotion and pain.
Reduces high blood pressure:
A research showed that people who ate more non-fat yogurt were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than others. The special proteins in yogurt along with nutrients like potassium and magnesium help in lowering high blood pressure and promoting a healthy heart.

Good read: Home Made Yummy Yoghurt Dip