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[MOL] yogurt benefits immune system

More evidence that yogurt benefits immune system
    [03/30/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK, Mar 29 (Reuters Health) -- Yogurt has long been touted
as the ultimate health food, purportedly contributing to better
digestion, improved nutrition, reduced cholesterol, and protection
from cancer. According to two recent reports, there may indeed
be substance to some of these claims but additional research
is needed to confirm the benefits of yogurt consumption. Writing
in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
Simin Nikbin Meydani of Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts,
and Woel-Kyu Ha of the Maeil Dairy Industry Co., in Seoul, South
Korea, point out that previous studies of yogurt and the immune
system have been limited by flaws in study design. Nonetheless,
the researchers conclude that ``these studies (do) provide a
strong rationale for the hypothesis'' that eating yogurt can
enhance the immune system, particularly among the elderly. 

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