Regular consumption of yogurt protects against cardiovascular disease, according to a study involving 1,080 women.
Scientists have found that the dairy product helps against thickening of blood vessels in old age - a condition that can lead to heart attack or stroke.
It turns out that women who eat 100 g of yogurt a day are less at risk of the condition than those who do not consume dairy products.
Consumption of yogurt promotes an increase in levels of "good" HDL cholesterol in the blood, scientists say. According to them, the benefit is due to the content of probiotics .
Yogurt contains live lactic acid bacteria , which have strong antimicrobial activity and inhibit the growth of harmful microbes in food and intestines.
Lactic acid bacteria improve digestion , stimulate intestinal peristalsis and help with constipation.
Research shows that they help reduce the amount of carcinogens and enzymes in the rectum.
In fermentation processes caused by lactic acid bacteria, milk proteins form bioactive peptides , which have been found to lower blood pressure , stimulate immunity and reduce blood clots.
Calcium , which is found in milk and dairy products , is also thought to help regulate blood pressure .