Yogurt Can Reduce Inflammation, Researchers
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have approved taking yogurt as an appetiser as a means to lessen chronic inflammation linked to bowel disease, arthritis, and asthma.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered this excerpt from a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, which revealed that “inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against illness and injury.”
Although the study also cautions that taking it excessively could wreak one’s “biological havoc on organs and systems and is associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases,” they, however, ascertained that “yogurt can reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining.”
In addition, the drink could “prevent endotoxins, the pro-inflammatory molecules produced by gut microbes, from crossing into the bloodstream.”
The details of the research read, “Brad Bolling, assistant professor of food science at Wisconsin-Madison, and his team took fasting blood samples from participants at various points during the study and evaluated an assortment of biomarkers that scientists have used to measure endotoxin exposure and inflammation.”
The results showed that “while some of the biomarkers remained steady over time, the yogurt-eaters experienced significant improvements in certain key markers, such as tumor necrosis factor or TNF, an important inflammation-activating protein.”
“The results indicate that ongoing consumption of yogurt may be having a general anti-inflammatory effect,” said Bolling.
“In the study, participants were also involved in a high-calorie meal challenge at the beginning and end of their nine-week dietary intervention.”
“The challenge, meant to stress an individual’s metabolism, started with either a serving of yogurt or non-dairy pudding followed by a large high-fat, high-carb breakfast meal.”
Findings from the study reveal that “yogurt “appetiser” helped reduce endotoxins and inflammation as participants digested the meal over the ensuing hours.”
“It also helped improve glucose metabolism in obese participants, by speeding the reduction of post-meal blood glucose levels.”
The study did not, however, state which particular compound in Yogurt aids health.