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Yogurt and the Immune System: New Study Points to Yogurt Health Attributes Beyond Protein and Calcium

According to a study by Simin Nikbin Meydani, Ph.D., in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the potential health attributes of yogurt go beyond boosting intake of protein and calcium, and include the ability to make the immune system more resilient.

In the report, Dr. Meydani suggests that under the right circumstances, eating yogurt may help protect the intestinal tract. She concludes that yogurt has great potential as a protective anti-infection agent. Increased yogurt consumption may help increase one's resistance to immune - related diseases such as cancer and infection, particularly gastrointestinal infection. This increase in resistance is in part because of the live and active cultures (LAC) found in yogurt.

Dr. Simin Meydani is Professor of Nutrition at Tufts School of Nutrition and Immunology at the Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University.

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