Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink, originally from the mountainous region that divides Asia and Europe. It is similar to yogurt – but thinner in consistency, making it more of a drink. Kefir has a tart, sour taste, and a slight ‘fizz’, due to carbon dioxide – the end product of the fermentation process. The length of the fermentation time determines the flavor. Kefir is a good source of calcium and is rich in probiotic bacteria.
Enjoying kefir regularly has also been associated with benefits for blood pressure, cholesterol balance, and blood sugar management. Plus, depending on the variety that you use, kefir grains may contain 30 or more strains of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Some of the major strains include the lactobacillus – or lactic acid bacteria (LAB).
Does kefir improve digestion?
Some people find that kefir improves their digestion, potentially due to its probiotic content.
Does kefir reduce inflammation?
Inflammation is involved in a number of diseases such as IBD or rheumatoid arthritis. The anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of probiotics have been reported
I’ve been using kefir for some time and find it extremely energizing and good for stamina and joint health although use only in the day time and in moderation as it increases mucus production and cough