Kefir is fermented milk. Kefir’s tart flavor is similar to a drinking-style yogurt. It contains beneficial yeast as well as the friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt. The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed on a regular basis. It is loaded with valuable minerals and vitamins. It also contains easily digestible complete proteins.
Kefir has an ample supply of phophorus, the second most abundant mineral in our bodies, which helps utilize carbs, fats, and proteins for cell growth, maintenance, and energy. It is rich in vitamins B12, B1, and K. It is an excellent source of biotin, a B vitamin which aids the body’s assimilation of other B vitamins such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. The many benefits of maintaining adequate B vitamin intake range from regulation of kidney, liver, and nervous system functions to relief of skin disorders, a boost to energy levels and it promotes longevity.
The biggest advantage of kefir over milk and yogurt is its nutritional properties. The bacteria in kefir is referred to as probiotic, or life-supporting. In one sense this refers to the mutually supportive relationship the various bacteria have with each other. In another sense it refers to the fact that the bacteria support human life by aiding digestion once they arrive in the intestines.
There is evidence that friendly yeasts in kefir can even wipe out pathogenic yeasts that may be found in the body. And, like yogurt, kefir has very little lactose, making it safe for lactose-intolerant people.
It cleanses the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. Because kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes, and cancer. Its tranquilizing effect on the nervous system has benefited many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced. Its excellent nutritional content offers healing and health-maintenance benefits to people in every type of condition.