YOGHURT FOR FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Posted Aug 03 2010 3:22am
In an article on Fibromyalgia, yoghurt has been fairly well researched in the general population and has shown to have several properties that may benefit those of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS).
The research states that it may enhance the immune system, alleviate symptoms of IBS, prevent yeast infections, improve heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and help prevent osteoporosis all of which they think have a link to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Another reason they suggest Yoghurt is because it contains several nutrients that are believed to help 'manage' the symptoms of these two conditions. Yoghurt contains Vitamin B12, Magnesium Potassium, Calcium, Protein, and Vitamin D is present in some fortified yoghurt's.
They say that the substance behind many of yoghurt's health benefits is probiotics -- tiny live organisms that do a lot of good things in the body. Of course not all yoghurt's have them, so check the label before you buy any. Look for wording such as "live and active cultures." That doesn't mean that yoghurt without live cultures isn't any good as they still contain the nutrients listed above and may also provide immune benefits.
Many nutritionists recommend buying low-fat yoghurt's, using it as a replacement for sour cream (like on a baked potato) and in recipes that call for fats (like butter or margarine.) If you browse the internet you will soon find some recipes and ideas of what you can add to your yoghurt to make it more palatable.