Increasing Bone Density After Menopause with Yogurt
If you like yogurt, then we have good news. A recent study in Osteoporosis International found that eating yogurt can help with increasing bone density after menopause. This can also decrease your risk of osteoporosis. According to an article in the New York Times, over 4,000 Irish adults ages 60 and older participated in the study. Researchers measured their bone density, joint deterioration, and physical ability. Furthermore, they found that compared to non-yogurt eaters, the people who ate yogurt daily had a 3 to 4 percent increase in bone mineral density. The female participants’ risk for osteoporosis decreased by 39 percent and males’ risk decreased by 52 percent.
If you haven’t cozied up to the idea of yogurt yet, here are some other benefits to eating this food that can help with an osteoporosis diet.
According to WebMD, adults in the United States should receive 10 to 35 percent of their day’s calories from protein. This ultimately adds up to about 46 grams for women. Yogurt incorporates about nine grams of protein per serving in your diet. If you tend to be an active person, protein can help build muscle and make you stronger.
Yogurt contains important nutrients such as calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. However, some yogurts contain unhealthy additives such as sugar. Instead of purchasing a pre-sweetened blend, try plain, non-fat yogurt and use natural sweeteners such as bananas, blueberries, and granola to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Many brands nowadays advertise how their yogurt contains probiotics. However, what does that mean? Research is still being conducted to better understand how certain strands of probiotics can benefit a consumer. However, some evidence shows that it can help boost your immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract.
Research indicates there are many benefits of yogurt for females specifically. Yes, yogurt can even help prevent vaginal yeast infections. The active cultures in yogurt can help decrease vaginal pH levels to a healthy level, which helps stop yeast infections and keeps them from coming back.
If you want to learn more about increasing bone density after menopause and lowering your risk for osteoporosis, speak with an expert at Women’s Care Florida.