What is Kefir?
What is Kefir and why it should be part of your diet?
Kefir is a powerhouse, fermented milk drink which is thought to have originated in the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Europe many centuries ago. Ever since its discovery, the Europeans have been savouring up kefir’s creamy consistency, delectably sour flavour, and amazingly advantageous health properties.
It is understood that its name came about from a Turkish word ‘keif’, which meant good feeling, and this is precisely what a lot of people experience after enjoying some of the natural probiotic goodness of kefir.
Filled to the brim with billions of beneficial live bacteria, boasting premium health aids and profits, kefir is now enjoyed all over the world.
So, what exactly is kefir?
Kefir is a foamy, acidic fermented milk beverage resulting from mixed lactic and alcoholic fermentation of kefir. It differs from other fermented milk products in that it is produced as a result of a fermentation involving a mixed microflora confined to a matrix of specific microflora of kefir grains. It has been scientifically established that kefir microflora comprises of Lactococcus Lactis (various subspecies), Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, Streptococcus Thermophilus, yeast and Acetobacteria.
Kefir is the result of inoculating the milk with a culture starter in a form of pure cultures or kefir grains into a milk source.
The bacteria and yeast within the kefir grains and powdered kefir culture, flourish in the milk, maturing and producing an array of stimulating bi-products. The fermented end result is commonly enjoyed as a convenient probiotic milk drink, rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, peptides, and other bio-active compounds, as well as a small quantity of ethanol.
The grains of kefir have a coral or cauliflower-like appearance, with unevenly shaped floret-looking chunks, and a white to yellowish-white hue. Kefir grains have a supple, slick, yet firm texture and will continue to thrive over time.
Kefir in powdered form is simply that. Freeze dried culture starters that come in convenient sachets to manufacture a set amount of the product. My Biodefence culture starters have been developed to be as close to the traditional grains and retaining as many of their benefits as possible. They are easy to manage and use, and can be re-used up to three times without losing their beneficial bacterial count.
What are the health benefits of kefir?
As westerners of this world, we are only just uncovering the extraordinary health properties of this jumbled, fermented mixture of creamy smoothness.
The probiotic properties linked to kefir are outstanding and offer an aid for effective digestion, boosting your metabolism, and assisting with healthy immune system functions. Some of the main strains of beneficial live bacteria noted within our Bio-kefir’s culture starter contents are:
1. Lactococcus lactis
This strain of bacteria boosts immunity and reduces the risk of the common cold, may help to relieve some allergies, may be beneficial in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease, helps to maintain skin elasticity and hydration and fights the signs of aging, offers up antioxidant properties, may help to lower blood pressure, good for bone heath and age-related hearing loss, and may help to prevent some cancers from forming.
2. Leuconostoc mesenteroides
This strain of bacteria can help to reduce and eliminate pathogens in your body through their ability to produce special antibacterial chemicals, acids and bacteriocins.
3. Lactobacillus acidophilus
There is good evidence that this strain can help to treat vaginal and yeast infections. It may also be beneficial in the prevention of diarrhoea and treatment of constipation.
4. Bifidobacterium bifidum
This is the most common probiotic bacteria found in our bodies and it directly competes with Candida and any yeast overgrowths. It is effective at increasing immunity and fights off ulcers.
This strain of bacteria helps with the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats for energy. It can also help to lower the bad levels of cholesterol and reduces high blood sugar levels, may prevent some forms of cancer, boosts immune function, and is packed with nutrients.
6. Lactobacillus delbrűeckii
This may help to decrease the LDL (bad) cholesterol in your body, help fight leaky gut syndrome, prevent diarrhea and combat nausea. Helps with symptoms of IBS, fights viruses, tooth decay, and acts as a general immune-booster.
Research is still evolving on the many health benefits of probiotic foods, however to-date it has proven beneficial for gut health and your overall wellbeing, offering advantages for your body from the inside out.
Kefir is an all natural dynamo of beneficial live bacteria and natural probiotic with so many valuable properties. See how easy it is to make and start enjoying the benefits of freshly brewed probiotics for yourself. Check out My Biodefence Bio-kefir culture starter for a cost effective and super convenient way of reaping the benefits immediately.