- Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow’s or goat’s milk. It is made by adding kefir “grains” to milk. These grains are actually cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria that resemble cauliflower in appearance. Over a period of 24 hours, the microorganisms in the kefir grains multiply and ferment the sugars in the milk, turning it into kefir. The grains are removed and can be reused. Kefir tastes sour like yogurt, but has a thinner consistency.
- Kefir is high in nutrients and probiotics, and is very beneficial for digestion and gut health. Kefir contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), magnesium and vitamin D. Kefir also contains a wide variety of bioactive compounds, including organic acids and peptides.
- Kefir contains about 30 different microorganisms, making it a much more potent source of probiotics than other fermented dairy products like yogurt.
- Kefir contains the probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri, and the carbohydrate kefiran, both of which can protect against harmful bacteria.
- Kefir made from dairy is an excellent source of calcium. In the case of full-fat dairy, it also contains vitamin K2. These nutrients have major benefits for bone health.
- Some test tube and animal studies have shown that kefir can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. This has not been studied in people.
- Probiotics like kefir can treat several forms of diarrhea. They can also lead to major improvements in various digestive diseases.
- The lactic acid bacteria have already pre-digested the lactose in kefir. People with lactose intolerance can often eat kefir without problems.
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