The health benefits of Kefir

As promised, I have finally found the time to write about the health benefits of Kefir - Goodness knows how, I've been up with a vomiting toddler all night and a small baby all morning, but they are both quietly cuddling and watching a movie right now, so I have a few minutes!

Loads of people will claim all kinds of benefits to drinking Kefir, many of which have little or no scientific backing. That doesn't mean that some of them aren't true, but I want to stick to proven benefits, so that we aren't just listing every ailment under the sun and claiming that Kefir is a miracle cure for all.
The first benefit is that if you grow your kefir in milk, it is a complete protein. Complete proteins are only found in dairy products. Your body needs all kinds of different proteins and meats fish only provide specific ones (which is why it's a good idea to eat a varied diet). Milk and eggs are the only source of complete protein that has everything your body needs, and when you culture your milk with kefir, those proteins are already partially digested, which makes them much easier for your body to absorb and very gentle on your digestive system.
Kefir also contains plenty of Vitamin K and 'B' Vitamins, which are great for your immune system and can boost energy levels - helping you to lose weight.

Kefir contains strains of friendly bacteria and beneficial yeasts including; Lactobacillus Caucasus, Acetobacter species, and Streptococcus species. The beneficial yeasts dominate and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. Your body then becomes better in resisting pathogens and intestinal parasites.

Kefir is a probiotic drink, by multiplying in the intestine, the bacteria in kefir can reduce potentially pathogenic bacterial populations to. It is interesting to note that, etymologically, an antibiotic means "against life" and probiotic, "for life". In fact, antibiotics destroy intestinal flora, indiscriminately striking down the good bacteria along with the bad ones. When microorganisms that inhabit the intestines and live in symbiosis are scarce, the body sends signals, because bacterial activity and vitality are closely related. Drinking Kefir after a round of antibiotics is an excellent way to help repopulate your gut with 'good' flora.

The enzyme activity of kefir's microorganisms can include release of volatile fatty acids, which improves blood sugar levels, boosts metabolism of bile salts and cholesterol to synthesize amino acids and many vitamins and improve the bio-availability of all minerals.

Apparently in Beijing there were some studies done on the effectiveness of drinking kefir in curing arthritis and rheumatism. I haven't managed to find the actual studies done.

There is quite a lot of research regarding kefir, with Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, a biologist and Nobel Prize winner in 1908, having performed extensive studies in Russia. If you are interested in knowing more he is worth googling.
Right, the movies finishing so I have to go.

Bye for now!


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