Curd has been used since ages as a beauty product. When applied on the face, it acts as a natural bleaching agent. When applied on the hair, it smoothes and nourishes the scalp and hair making it shiny and lustrous. Curd is a constant accompaniment in South Indian meals and is found in different forms- buttermilk, curry and raw forms.
Here are a few tips that can help you understand the benefits of eating curd in the right amount everyday:
1.Lose Weight :
According to a study, consuming 18 ounces of curd daily can help you drop inches off your waistline. Nutritionists say that the fat that gets accumulated in the belly region result in the production of a hormone called cortisol. This cortisol promotes further accumulation of fat in the belly region. The calcium content of curd prevents the action of cortisol and helps you reduce fat, especially from your belly.
2.Prevents High Blood Pressure :
Excessive salt intake can lead to high blood pressure. Most of us, due to our hectic work schedules and erratic lifestyles, are addicted to fast food joints and street food, which results in unnecessary intake of excessive salt. The potassium content in curd helps in flushing out the excessive sodium in the body, thus restoring its balance and preventing high blood pressure.
3.Rich in Probiotics :
Most brands that sell curd in the market today add good-for-health bacteria or probiotics which regulate your digestive system and boost your immunity. These probiotics act in the digestive tract of the body and purge it of harmful bacteria which cause diseases such as intestinal infections. This is why people suffering from stomach upsets feel relieved after consuming curd.
4.Pool of Vitamins :
Curd is a reservoir of important vitamins and minerals that are essential for the healthy functioning of the body. In a 100 gm serving of curd, you get 141 mg of phosphorus, 121 mg of calcium, 155 mg of potassium, 46 mg of sodium, 12 mg of magnesium, 5.1 g of proteins, 4.7 g of carbohydrates and essential vitamins such as Vitamins A, C, K, B12, B2, riboflavin, folate etc.
5.Helps Recover Post Work Out :
Not all curds have the same amount of proteins and vitamins ratios. You should check the back label of the pack and select a product that offers the maximum protein to carbohydrate ratio if you want to use it as a good post work out recovery agent. Greek curds are believed to be quite effective as its protein content provides amino acids that help muscles repair. Drinking some water after having curd improved the rate of absorption and hydration of the body.