Health Benefits Of Yogurt
The health benefits of yogurt are just one reason why people enjoy
These health benefits include
Reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance
Synthesizing and enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients
Yogurt can synthesize and enhance the bioavailability of members of the B vitamin group. However this does work both ways.
Some species of the lactic acid bacteria which is in yogurt require B vitamins for growth whilst other cultures are capable of synthesizing B vitamins. So depending upon what is in your yogurt it might be either
Gum Disease Prevention
Whilst it is not possible to reverse the damage of gum disease such as gingivitis, it is possible to help prevent gum disease through eating yogurt.
Gum disease happens when the periodontium (the tissues that surround and support the teeth) becomes inflamed. The bone around the teeth is progessivly lost. If this is left untreated it leads to the loosening and loss of teeth. Gum disease is caused by microorganisms that stick to and grow on the surface of the teeth, along with an overly aggressive immune response against these microorganism.
Obviosly oral health is the most important thing to stop any more damage but studies have shown that the good bacteria in some yogurts inhibit the growth of the pathogens.
The bacteria that were able to do this are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus which are your two classic starter bacteria for yogurts. You'll find them in all live yogurt. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium also showed this ability3. L acidophilus is frequently added to yogurt. See Yogurt With Acidophilus for suggested brands.
And whilst they all inhibited the disease causing bacteria they did NOT affect Streptococcus sanguinis which is a good bacteria known for its role in gum disease prevention.
So whilst we can not claim that yogurt is a treatment for gum disease - as a preventative measure it certainly makes sense.
1. Oskar Adolfsson, Simin Nikbin Meydani and Robert M Russell. Yogurt and gut function. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 80, No. 2, 245-256, August 2004.
3. Zhu Y, Xiao L, Shen D, Hao Y. Competition between yogurt probiotics and periodontal pathogens in vitro. Acta Odontol Scand. 2010 May 21.
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So the wording on the label will be the bacteria name, eg Lactobacillus acidophilus, followed by the strain, eg NCFM.
It's those few letters or numbers at the end that make all the difference.
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