Buttermilk or ‘chaas’ or ‘Lassi’ is a drink common to most Indian households. This drink is traditionally had just after a meal but can also be enjoyed at any other time of the day to combat the dehydrating effects of the hot sun during summer.
It is made of spices like ginger, jeera, pepper, coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chillies, asafoetida and salt, combined with watered-down curd. It is a wonderful source of vitamin B12, potassium, riboflavin, calcium and also contains traces of phosphorus.
Buttermilk contains various probiotic microbes and is often called ‘Grandmother’s probiotic’.It has a lower fat content that regular milk as the fat in regular milk is removed during the churning process.
It is considered to be a digestive and regular intake of buttermilk or chaas has many other health benefits for humans.
Superb Health Benefits Of Buttermilk
It fights body heat
Buttermilk or ‘chaas’ is an outstanding coolant which reduces the heat of the body, especially during the very high temperature in summer. It is rich in electrolytes and packed with a lot of water and thus is very efficient in fighting dehydration. It contains a high quantity of lactic acid which boosts the immune system and prepares it to combat diseases of various kinds. Drinking buttermilk on a regular basis can help to keep the body heat in check and provide relief to the body.
It improves digestion
Buttermilk or ‘chaas’ is a probiotic of nature and contains ‘gut friendly’ bacteria which aid in the digestive process. The jeera, pepper and ginger in buttermilk are all magnificent digestive agents. They are well known for their properties of carmation and when combined together in buttermilk, they make one of the most effective natural digestives. Drinking ‘chaas’ gives instant relief from a bout of digestive problems.
It is best for acidity
Chaas or buttermilk is prepared with watered-down curd and is perfect for soothing the stomach. As it is consumed, the buttermilk washes down the spices in the food and calms an inflamed stomach lining. It helps the stomach to get rid of acids that cause indigestion and heartburn. The curry leaves, pepper and jeera present in buttermilk relieve the stomach of any irritation suffered after consumption of spicy food.
It strengthens the body’s immune system
The excellent lactic acid and vitamin D present in ‘chaas’ or buttermilk helps to fight bacteria and harmful pathogens which enter the body through different external agents. The vitamin B12 present in buttermilk aids in synthesizing the amino and fatty acids and fights stress and anemia. It also converts glucose into energy and promotes the growth of the nerve cells. The probiotic properties of buttermilk makes the body’s immune system strong and helps it to fight against infections, common colds, and other ailments.
It helps in the weight loss process
Buttermilk is a popular drink among calorie-conscious people. It is often included as a part of weight-loss diets because it contains all the nutrients that are vital for our body, whereas it has low amounts of calories and does not hold fats. It washes down the fat which usually covers the inside walls of the stomach and food pipe and makes a person feel lighter in an instant.
It acts as a natural anti-ageing solution
‘Chaas’ or buttermilk has a high quantity of AHA or lactic acid and is used extensively by the cosmetic industry. It is a wonderful facial mask which brightens, exfoliates and softens the skin to make it look youthful. Also, the astringent and acidic properties of the lactic acid present in buttermilk removes freckles and blemishes and tightens the sagging skin.
It is a very good source of Calcium
Buttermilk is an excellent source of calcium. The primary role of calcium in the body is to keep the bones strong and healthy and support the growth of bones and teeth. Consuming one cup of low-calorie buttermilk provides 286 milligrams of calcium which is around 30 percent of the calcium that the body needs every day.
It keeps hair healthy
It is very common for the hair to become extremely brittle, dry and damaged during the hot summer, especially if it has been washed a lot in order to get rid of the heat. Buttermilk acts as an excellent conditioner and softens the hair irrespective of how dry and damaged it is. The vitamin B12 present in buttermilk is very effective in preventing hair loss and graying of hair.
It helps in Lowering blood pressure
It has been proven that regular consumption of buttermilk can normalize the high blood pressure of the body. The potassium and riboflavin present in buttermilk helps to reduce blood pressure. Buttermilk also removes several toxins from the human body and boosts immunity.