Health Benefits of Kefir
Kefir is a fermented milk drink used in the North Caucasus region and was discovered when shepherds of the region found that the fermented milk in leather pouches became effervescent beverages. They are traditionally made in skin bags hung near doorways. Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeast in a matrix of proteins, lipids and sugars. The grains look like cauliflower. So what are the health benefits of Kefir?
Kefir is considered a miracle food with several medical benefits, one of them being a probiotic (new study shows the link and mechanism).
- Raises immunity against allergies.
- A natural antibiotic that could be used to treat several ailments.
- Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides and alcoholic products.
- It is easy to digest and a great food for babies. It is also known to assist with any kind of digestive disorders.
- Supposedly it is a good cure for arthritis and rheumatism.
- Some studies have shown that taking kefir regularly will help one look younger.
- Helps reduce high blood pressure which in turn helps with cardio vascular diseases.
- Helps reduce cholesterol in addition to boosting metabolism and digestion.
- Kefir is cultured using lime, grains with friendly bacteria within it so a wonderful probiotic since the bacteria found are one among the 400 odd bacteria.
- A very effective immune stimulant and antimicrobial that can treat several metabolic disorders.
- The drink is a good source of calcium, protein and potassium.
There are several health benefits to Kefir. This wonderful, tangy fermented milk has gained several fans over the years. All those who are convinced about the medical benefits of kefir have been loyal to it even though there aren’t many scientific studies to substantiate it.
Studies done have shown to slow the growth of breast cancer cells. Kefir has shown to hinder tumor cells in lab animals. A Japanese study in humans showed that kefir promoted the presence of natural killer cells in the body although it is not known what the effect kefir might have on cancer patients.
The bottom-line is that kefir might be good for you one way or the other and it might be beneficial to join the bandwagon out there, to derive some health benefits from kefir.
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