The term ‘PROBIOTIC’ is generally recognised as a fermented diary product containing live lactic acid bacteria that have been specially selected to provide specific health benefits.
The probiotic market, especially dairy products such as yoghurts and fermented milks has experienced rapid growth.
Probiotic cultures benefit human health by improving lactose digestion, gastrointestinal function and stimulating the immune system.


Yoghurt is a fermented diary product made by adding bacterial cultures to milk, which causes the transformation of the milks sugar lactose into lactic acid.
This process gives yoghurt its refreshingly tart flavour and unique pudding like texture, a quality that is reflected in its original Turkish name, ‘Yoghurmak’ which means ‘to thicken’.
Frozen yoghurt is a low acid product which is manufactured using two different varieties of probiotic cultures.
The highest quality yoghurt in your grocery store contains live bacteria that provides a host of health benefits.
Yoghurt that contains live bacterial cultures may help you to live longer, and may fortify your immune system.


Researches have shown that increased yoghurt consumption, particularly in immunocompromised populations such as the elderly, may enhance the immune response, which would in turn increase resistance to immune related disease.


Our food ranking system qualified yoghurt as a very good source of Calcium, Phosphorus, Riboflavin- vitamin B12 and Iodine.
Yoghurt is also a good source of Pantothenic acid–  vitamin B5, Zinc, Potassium, Protein and Molybdenum.
These 9 nutrients alone would make yoghurt a health supportive food.


Studies have confirmed that a daily serving of probiotic rich yoghurt bolsters your body’s ability to protect you from infection.
Daily consumption of yoghurt, both commercially available yoghurt and probiotic yoghurt (yoghurt containing health promoting bacteria) stimulates cellular immunity.
Enjoying a daily cup of yoghurt may boost immune function.
 Enjoying a daily cup of yoghurt may boost immune function
Yoghurt lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol. Daily consumption of 100g of probiotic yoghurt improves your cholesterol profile, lowering LDL(bad) cholesterol while raising HDL(good) cholesterol in women.
The take home message is adding a daily cup od yoghurt preferably a yoghurt with probiotic bacteria to your healthy way of eating is an easy and delicious way to improve your cholesterol profile.


It’s not its calcium that makes yoghurt a bone-friendly food, cow’s milk and fermented milk products such as yoghurt and kefir also contain Lactoferrin, an iron binding protein that boosts the growth and activity of osteoblasts (the cells that build bone).
Not only does lactoferrin increase osteoblast differentiation, it also reduces the rate at which these cells die by up to 50-7-%, and decreases the formation of osteoclasts (cells responsible for breaking down bone) thus helping to prevent or reverse osteoporosis.
For building bone, enjoying both milk and yoghurt seems a good idea since lactoferrins effects were found to be dose dependent.


Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in yoghurt offers “remarkable preventive and curative” effects on arthritis, as published in the Journal of nutrition.
Helicobacter pyroli, the bacterium responsible for most ulcers, can be shut down by yoghurt.
Health benefits of yoghurt for stomach ulcers
Although we have focussed on the benefits of low fat yoghurt, enjoying full fat yoghurt and other full fat dairy foods, such as whole milk, kefir, cheese, cream and butter may significantly reduce risk of colorectal cancer.
Although high in saturated fat, these dairy foods contain a number of potentially cancer preventive factors, including a protective fat called conjugated linoleic acid(CLA), which is cardio protective.
Consuming just 90g of yoghurt twice a day not only lowers levels of hydrogen sulphide and other volatile sulphide compounds responsible for bad breath, but may also eliminate tongue coating bacteria and reduce dental plaque formation, cavities and risk for gingivitis.


Probiotic yoghurt is basically yoghurt with live and active cultures. It contains different kinds of bacteria that are believed to be beneficial to your overall health.
You may be wondering “isn’t all yoghurt probiotic?” the answer is YES. All yoghurt contains active cultures.
probiaotic bacteria
The difference between probiotic yoghurt and regular yoghurt is that in probiotic yoghurt there is a third strain of bacteria in addition to the regular two.
Usually there is lactobacillus bulgaris and streptococcus thermophillus. In probiotic yoghurt a third strain is thrown in- lactobacillus acidophilus.


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