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KATHMANDU — Studies and scientists have showed that consuming yogurt as a feature of your daily diet has numerous health benefits, such as, lowering cancer risk, better immunity and good digestion.

There are several good reasons to have yoghurt in your daily life. One of the good reasons is to eat yogurt is it lowers your developing high blood pressure. “Consuming fat-free and low-fat yogurt may help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure,” says Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Likewise, dermatologist Hema Sundaram, MD says yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a component in some in-office chemical peels. “It gently exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis, which can clear up blemishes and discolorations, and may even reduce fine wrinkles,” Sundaram says.

Key to a healthy heart
Health experts say that regular yogurt consumption can enable people to have a healthy blood pressure; good cholesterol levels that can help improve the general quality of life.

Digestive aid
The probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in some yogurts balance the microflora in your gut, which can aid with digestion as well as keep you regular, says Robin Plotkin, RD, a culinary and nutrition expert.

Lowers breast cancer risk
Intake of probiotics present in foods like yogurt or curd may help increase the proportion of beneficial bacteria in the breast and thus aid in preventing the risk of breast cancer.

The findings from a study conducted in Canada showed that Lactobacillus and Streptococcus, considered to be health-promoting bacteria, were more prevalent in healthy breasts than in cancerous ones. Both groups have anticarcinogenic properties.

Eliminates bad breath
Eating plain yogurt a day decreases bad breath. A recent study discovered that the presence of odor-causing compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide, can be significantly reduced if 6 ounces of yogurt is consumed on a regular basis.

Helps maintaining BMI
Studies reveal that including yogurt in your daily diet can lower your Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference, levels of triglycerides, fasting glucose and insulin.

And, yogurt can also be used to cure yeast infection as it contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacterium that also happens to be found in healthy vaginas. Acidophilus kills yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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