Buttermilk or Chaas is commonly known in India as a refreshing and delicious soothing drink which is also loaded with vital nutrients that offer numerous health benefits.
A glass of cultured Buttermilk or Chaas provides approximately 600 milligrams of Calcium, 400 milligrams of Phosphorus, and 0.8 milligrams of Riboflavin and 700 milligrams of Potassium and other essential vitamin and minerals.
It contains more calcium and protein than milk!
Calcium is imperative for healthy muscles and nerve function. It is also important for maintaining strong bones. Phosphorus is essential for maintaining cells and tissue health along with normal heartbeat whereas and Riboflavin along with aiding in normal nerve function also assists in turning your food into energy. Potassium is an important electrolyte essential for digestive, muscle, and heart functions.
Let’s check out the other advantages of Buttermilk and know why it is acclaimed as one of the best health drinks.
Health Benefits of Buttermilk
Rich in Probiotics, buttermilk is considered a fermented food that contains healthy gut bacteria which may boost our immune system and act as a miraculous remedy for diarrhea and acid reflux among other potential health benefits. If you tend to suffer from bloating or acid reflux after a meal, sip spiced buttermilk and get instant relief. It will have a cooling effect on your stomach and will soothe any intestinal disturbance. The next time you feel your body acidity is increasing after eating a heavy or spicy meal, drink a glass of buttermilk instead of popping an antacid pill.
Also, don’t forget to add spices and herbs like pepper, black salt, rock salt, a piece of ginger, fresh coriander, and cumin seeds. For faster relief from stomach disorders, you can also add a pinch of roasted carom seeds.
Healthy Gut and Digestion
Buttermilk is loaded with healthy bacteria (Prebiotics and Probiotics), which encourages the growth of healthy gut flora and boosts digestion.
Drinking buttermilk regularly for over a week after consuming antibiotics helps in replenishing the digestive tract with healthy bacteria and reduces discomfort associated with medicine intake. It is an effective home remedy for treating severe constipation. Drink a glass of buttermilk with every meal to get instant and long-term relief from severe constipation.
Healthy adults require around 1,000–1,200 mg of calcium per day to maintain healthy bones and teeth. Adding a glass of buttermilk to your daily diet can boost your calcium levels enormously which apart from maintaining bone health is also effective in maintaining vigorous bone mass and muscles.
Prevents High Cholesterol
Buttermilk has been known to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Drinking it after meals helps in flushing away excess oil, butter, and ghee that coats your esophagus and stomach lining thus helping to keep cholesterol levels in check.
Rich Protein Source
Buttermilk is a great source of organic protein needed by our body for health management and repair of body tissues. Protein is crucial for strong bones, muscles, and skin health and buttermilk contain this essential nutrient in good amount along with Magnesium, Zinc, and Vitamin C that makes it a wholesome food.
Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
Consuming buttermilk daily before or after meals can balance and reduce high blood pressure significantly. It contains all the vital nutrients that contribute towards maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and enhance heart health. According to various studies, buttermilk is very effective in lowering high blood pressure and its regular consumption significantly reduces systolic blood pressure.
Best Electrolyte Drink
The combination of water, yogurt, salts (Black or Rock salt), and spices will replenish your fluid and electrolyte levels instantly, treating and preventing dehydration or even a hangover.
If you are lactose intolerant and find it difficult to consume or digest milk, drinking buttermilk is one way to make sure you get your daily calcium dose. Although buttermilk contains some lactose, its quantity is far less than what milk contains and may be better tolerated by some people who suffer from lactose intolerance due to the presence of healthy gut bacteria.
Treats Insomnia or Sleeplessness
Buttermilk contains magnesium along with other nutrients that can help you fight and treat a chronic sleeping disorder. A glass of buttermilk after lunch or dinner helps you in getting a sound and serene sleep.
Being rich in Vitamin A, consuming buttermilk regularly will also help in maintaining healthy vision along with preventing other eye disorders and age-related macular degeneration.
Now as you are aware of the many health benefits of buttermilk, you will be glad to know how simple it is to make it in the comfort of your home.
Place yogurt or curd into a mixer jar and add water (1 part of curd in 3 part of water); add spices that I have mentioned earlier in the post and churn the mixture well for a minute in the mixer and your healthy and delicious buttermilk is ready.