Yogurt Can Fight COVID-19 Infection, Study Shows
Yogurt has always been categorized as a healthy food. Many benefits have already been established to adding yogurt to one's diet. There's plenty to love about it, not because yogurt actually tastes good, but because it is jam-packed with calcium, probiotics, and high protein, among other good stuff. It's also very convenient to grab and eat, unlike other healthy foods.
Yogurt Can Fight COVID-19?
One contention against yogurt is that it might cause inflammation in the body, since it is still made by animal milk. Inflammation can be quite harmful, since it is the underlying reason to infections, diseases, and even disorders. However, a new study shows otherwise.
Based in Israel, the study's findings revealed that yogurt can do the complete opposite - reducing inflammation to strengthen the immune system. For the researchers, eating yogurt just might be one of the ways to fight COVID-19 or stay safe from the virus.
The two researchers behind the study found molecules from the probiotics in kefir (a drink in Israel that is equivalent to yogurt), have the capacity to reduce the contagion level of the agent that can lead to cholera.
In a follow-up study, the scientists found one more important benefit of these molecules. They found that the same molecules can serve as an anti-inflammatory force against different viral disease models, even against "cytokine storm."
Cytokine storm is the mmune response uncovered or established as the leading cause of death among patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
"Milk fermented probiotics can protect against pathogenic infections and aid the immune system," Professor Raz Jelinek, the Vice President of Research and Development at Ben Gurion University at the Negev, explained of the findings. More research is needed and more would probably be done given the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, but this is already one more sign why people should be diligent in eating yogurt.
Whether it can or cannot fight COVID-19, yogurt's benefits are too many for this not to be a staple in people's pantry or fridge.
Over the years, apart from its nutritional value, experts even found yogurt can improve the teeth, the metabolism, and the nervous sytem. This means regular yogurt eater can expect whiter teeth, flatter stomach, and better mental and emotional health.
Scientific studies have shown that probiotics in yogurt may can alleviate stress and decrease the chance of experiencing medical conditions resulting from nothing else but chronic stress such as depression or anxiety. They found that yogurt can regulate the central nervous system, and can make people feel more relaxed, less stresssed, and more positive. Brain chemistry is subseuqently changed.
The brain, given the fact that it controls how the body functions, certainly needs to receive good signals from the central nervous system. Yogurt is one way. Supplemental probiotics can do the same, but going the natural route is of course, the better option.