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Yogurt Might Help Lower Inflammation

By jeremyc | May 13, 2018

Does eating yogurt at the start of a meal helps lower inflammation? Latest research probed this question and states that yes, this is so. According to the study authors, yogurt may offer protection against harmful waste-products of bacteria in our gut.

In recent time, a lot of attention has fallen on inflammation—and rightly so. It has been linked to not only diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease but also certain mental health conditions like schizophrenia and depression.

Inflammation is not something bad per se. As a matter of fact, it is the first protective response of our body in threat of potential danger.

Nevertheless, chronic inflammation can do much harm, because then our immune system is basically raging a continuous attack against the body.

There’s no shortage of anti-inflammatory drugs, but taking them for a long period is far from desirable. Therefore, the search is on for locating natural and safer alternatives, and this is where dairy products come into the picture.

In the past many years, the opinion about dairy products having good anti-inflammatory properties has been divided. However, recently several experts have started believing that fermented dairy in particular might be anti-inflammatory.

To test whether this is really so, the researchers conducted a study in which they enrolled 120 women. All of these women were in their premenopausal years and 50 percent of them were obese.

There were two parts to this study. In the first part, the researchers checked whether eating yogurt reduces biomarkers for inflammation. The researchers noted that yogurt-eaters showed lower levels of certain inflammatory markers, like TNF-alpha.

In the second part, in which some participants ate a serving of yogurt before a high-calorie, high-fat breakfast while some didn’t eat yogurt before such a breakfast, the researchers noted that some specific endotoxin markers were significantly reduced among yogurt-eaters.

Another thing that came into light was that obese people recorded sharper fall in post-meal glucose levels when they ate a serving of yogurt before a heavy breakfast, compared to obese participants who didn’t. This finding shows that eating yogurt at the start of a meal might help improve glucose metabolism and by extension reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

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