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From Heart Problems to Itchy Scalp, Curd is the Solution for your Health Woes

Curd, yogurt or Dahi, as we popularly know it, not only adds flavour to our mainstream dishes but also has some unbelievable health benefits which will leave you wanting for more.

Home Remedies By Vasudha Bhat / Sep 16, 2014

The Curing Curd

Curd or Dahi, as we popularly call it in India, holds a special place on our dining tables. Irrespective of which meal of the day you are having or which region of the country you belong to, curd has to be a part of your meal. Some people also consider consuming curd as an auspice before embarking a journey with safety and good health. But, besides satiating your taste buds and being a remedy for your superstitious beliefs, curd has some health benefits that make it a must-have dish. Some of these benefits are listed here.
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Improves Digestion

Curd is loaded with essential nutrients which can be easily absorbed by the digestive system. These nutrients also help in absorbing nutrients from other food items which you have eaten. Whenever you have a craving for some spicy food, club it with a cup of curd to neutralize the heat inside your stomach.

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Healthy for Heart

We live in a time when heart problems know no age boundaries. They can hit any one irrespective of their age, gender and background. But, consuming curd can help you keep these heart troubles at bay by minimizing the risk of high blood pressure and by reducing cholesterol levels in the body.

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Substitute for Milk in Lactose Allergic People

There are some people who cannot have milk due to lactose intolorence. But, consuming curd is absolutely safe for such people. Curd can convert lactose in milk to lactic acid which can make the digestion easier. Besides, it can give you all the essential nutrients that milk provides.

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Boosts Immunity

Curd contains good bacteria that can boost the immune system by combating several microorganisms present in the body. Consuming curd can also help one to fight vaginal yeast infection in women. What makes curd even more special is the fact that it does not lose its essential properties even after being heated during curry preparation.

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Healthy for Teeth and Bones

Just like any other dairy product, curd is also highly beneficial for your teeth and bones. Curd is a rich source of phosphorus and calcium which can promote bone growth and make your teeth stronger. Healthy bones can help you prevent diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis in old age.

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Good for Skin

Curd can be a highly useful skincare product as it contains nutrients like zinc, vitamin E and phosphorus. It serves as an important ingredient in homemade packs. Make a mixture of curd, gram flour and lime juice and apply it on face to get an attractive and glowing skin.

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Fights Dandruff

If you are looking for an effective way to fight dandruff at home then curd is your answer. It contains lactic acid that has anti-fungal properties making it a useful remedy to fight dandruff. All you need to do is whip some curd in a bowl and apply it on your scalp. Let it remain for an hour and then wash it off.

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Helps in Weight Loss

The calcium content present in curd prevents your body from pumping more cortisol. It is the hormonal imbalance of cortisol which can lead to problems like hypertension, obesity and cholesterol.

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Relieves Stress and Anxiety

Stress can have some serious implications on your health. Your diet plays an important role in kicking stress out from your life. Along with other healthy foods curd must be a part of your diet as it has been found to be linked with lower levels of activity in the part of the brain that is responsible for emotion and pain.

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