Yogurt is not only tasty, but is also healthy, especially for pregnant women. And reinstating this fact is the results of a new study, which suggests that yogurt containing probiotic bacteria may protect children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure. The researchers found a significant protective effect of it against mercury and arsenic in pregnant women.
According to lead researcher Gregor Reid, this is important as ‘reduction in these compounds in the mothers could presumably decrease negative developmental effects in their foetus and newborns'.
The researchers created and distributed a special yogurt containing lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and observed the outcomes against a control group. Their lab research indicated that the bacteria had a great affinity for binding toxic heavy metals. The results obtained in the children studied showed benefits like lowering toxin levels.
Yoghurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure in a recent study.
Canadian and Tanzanian researchers created and distributed a special yoghurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and observed the outcomes against a control group.
The work, published the journal in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, was focused on how microbes could protect against environmental health damage in poor parts of the world.
Their lab research indicated that L. rhamnosus had a great affinity for binding toxic heavy metals. Working with this knowledge, the team hypothesized that regularly consuming this probiotic strain could prevent metals from being absorbed from the diet.
Working with the Western Heads East organization, Dr. Reid had already established a network of community kitchens in Mwanza, Tanzania to produce a probiotic yoghurt for the local population.
Mwanza is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, which is known …
Pregnant women need a whole lot of calcium reserve as the foetus in their wombs uses this calcium to grow and develop their body structure. Yogurt is extremely rich in calcium and is a great way to build bones.
Yogurt is also abundant in folic acid and proteins. Most importantly, the good bacteria in this diary product prevents stomach upset and yeast infections, thus soothing a pregnant woman's tummy.
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