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Staying Healthy by Eating Yogurt

Why eat yogurt? For starters, it's loaded with nutrients, including protein, calcium and riboflavin. Still not convinced? Consider the findings of a study that appeared in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition earlier this year.

Twenty-five healthy volunteers (aged 60-83) were randomly assigned to one of two groups. Twelve subjects drank six ounces of low-fat, low-lactose milk twice a day for six weeks, while 13 subjects drank the same milk supplemented with a strain of lactic acid bacteria derived from yogurt (bifidobacterium lactis).

Results: Subjects who consumed milk supplemented with B lactis showed significantly improved levels of a biomarker for improved immunity compared with subjects who drank unsupplemented milk. The authors are encouraged that these improvements in immune function were noted after adopting a relatively short-term diet (six weeks), concluding that "Dietary B lactis appears to improve immune function in elderly subjects when delivered in a milk-based diet."

Your chiropractor can evaluate your current diet and outline a specific nutritional plan suitable to your needs.


Arunachalam K, Gill HS, Chandra RK. Enhancement of natural immune function by dietary consumption of Bifidobacterium lactis (HN019). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000: Vol. 54, pp263-67.

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