You may have heard of Kefir but have no idea what it is! Well today I will discuss what it is and why it is the most powerful probiotic food on the planet.
What is it?
It is like yoghurt in both texture and flavour. A cultured creamy product, which comes with it many health attributes. Kefir contains beneficial yeast as well as the probiotic bacteria found in yoghurt. It is thought to be loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals, as well as digestive proteins. During my many visits to Asia, over the last 17 years, Kefir has always been known for its use as folk medicine for a variety of conditions (which it has been known to cure).
Kefir is a fermented milk product (can be either cow, goat or sheep), and a great source of B12. It contains high levels of Calcium, Magnesium, folate and many enzymes and probiotics.
What are the health benefits?
- Boosts Immunity – Think twice about antibiotics the next time you fall unwell, and instead try drinking Kefir as an alternative. The University of Cork, Ireland, compared Lactobacillus probiotics preparations and compared them to conventional antibiotics in 3 animal models that are similar to humans. The result, in all 3 animal diseases, a positive effect observed that the animals were protected against infection. The probiotics worked well, even better than the antibiotic therapy to not only eliminate infection but also resolve symptoms.
- Fights Cancer – Kefir is a fermented food. Consumption of fermented foods has been shown in numerous studies to kill cancerous tumours in animals. A study has been published by The Journal of Dairy Science that evaluated the immune cells in mice. These mice that regularly consumed Kefir had a decline in breast cancer.
- IBS – Natural Treatment – Kefir contains a high dose of probiotics, which includes Lactobacillus. Many studies have found that probiotics foods, which include both kefir and yoghurt, can help to reduce bowel inflammation and in effect help to heal IBS.
A few other benefits are its ability to help build bone density to fight allergies to kill candida and to improve lactose digestion. I would love you to try it and give me any feedback from its consumption over a set period of time.
Do you feel it has good health benefits? Or do you see it as the next fad in the nutritional world?