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Curd

Neetu Kumar

Although curd has a nutritive content similar to fresh milk, it has extensive special values for therapeutic purposes. Curd also forms a curative food in a number of diseases. It brings relief to the patients suffering from GIT diseases, skin diseases, insomnia and dandruff.


Curd or yogurt is a nourishing food being a rich source of proteins, essential vitamins and minerals. It is formed by lactic acid fermentation of milk.

Milk used to prepare curd should be pure. Milk should be boiled for 10 minutes and then cooled to a lukewarm state. Freshly cultured starter should then be added and mixed thoroughly overnight or for 6-8 hours in summers and 12-16 hours in winters.

Although curd has a nutritive content similar to fresh milk, it has extensive special values for therapeutic purposes. The proteins in curd are more easily digestible than the proteins in milk. This is because of the fact that in the process of curd preparation, bacteria convert the proteins in the milk into predigested milk protein. These friendly bacteria facilitate the absorption of minerals and aid in the synthesis of vitamin B group.

Apart from this, curd also forms a curative food in a number of diseases. It brings relief to the patients suffering from GIT diseases such as constipation and diarrhoea. Curd is useful in case of gastric irritation when other foods cannot be retained in the stomach. Gas in the stomach is also reduced with the regular intake of curd by helping in secretion of HCl, pepsin and renin.

The germs, which give rise to infection and inflammation, cannot thrive in the presence of lactic acid found in curd and buttermilk.

Lactic acid organisms in the curd counteract the formation of ammonia thus helping in hepatitis. Curd sweetened with honey makes an ideal diet for jaundice patients.

In skin diseases use of curd in the form of buttermilk alleviates the suffering if used externally as well as internally. Compresses of muslin cloth saturated with buttermilk can be applied to the skin surface for relieving skin irritation.

Insomnia
Massaging curd on the head and a regular intake of curd induces sleep and thus helps in treating insomnia.

Beauty aid
Curd is considered as one of the best beauty aids. The face packs made of curd make the skin soft and glowing. Curd supplies the nerves and the skin with healthy ingredients and counteracts the ill effects of exposure to sun.
Curd mixed with lemon juice cleanses the skin and supplies moisture to the skin.

One tablespoon of juice should be mixed with a cup of curd and applied on the face. It should be allowed to dry for 15 minutes and then wiped with cotton and washed with water.

Curd is also a good hair conditioner. It gives the hair the gloss and smooth texture. It should be massaged into the roots of hair and then washed off. Curd is also a remedy for dandruff.

Buttermilk
Buttermilk is prepared by churning curd and adding some water and removing the fat in the form of butter.

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