Scientists believe yogurt helps prevent blood vessels from thickening in old age
Tuesday October 25,2011
A DAILY dose of yogurt may protect the body against heart disease, research suggests.
Scientists believe it helps prevent blood vessels from thickening in old age – a condition which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The finding was made after a three- year study of 1,080 women aged over 70 in Australia.
Those who included moderate amounts of yogurt in their diet – around 100g of yogurt a day – were significantly less likely to suffer the condition.
“In general, dairy products get a bad rap with regards to cardiovascular disease,” says dietician Kerry Ivey who led the research at the Sir Charles Gardener Hospital in Perth.
“But there has been a demonstrated cardiovascular benefit in probiotic and yogurt consumption.
“We’re trying to explore the benefits of yogurt as distinct from its dairy characteristics.”
Those who included moderate amounts of yogurt in their diet were significantly less likely to suffer the condition
It is thought yogurt may help by increasing levels of HDL cholesterol – also known as “good cholesterol” – in the blood.