Kefir has long been believed to promote long life and increase overall health. This folklore led to many more recent scientific studies, which have also shown that a daily dose of kefir strengthens health and has many benefits on the body. It all comes down to the uniqueness of the kefir grain.
The kefir grain works on a basis of harmony, or a symbiotic community, which, when consumed, goes on to promote harmony in the body. This symbiotic community means that the microorganisms, including many kinds of bacteria and yeasts, have a mutually beneficial relationship within the kefir grains. These compounds have bioactive characteristics meaning that they have an effect on the human body as well.
Ingesting kefir milk has both probiotic and prebiotic effects. The probiotic advantages are that kefir milk transfers good bacteria into the digestive tract to assist the body. The prebiotic compounds enter the body and promote the actual growth and colonization of good bacteria in the same area of the body. The double profits of probiotics and prebiotics when drinking kefir as well as the minerals and amino acids it contains lead to many health benefits.
These health gains are taken both from traditional knowledge and lore and recent scientific research into kefir milk consumption:
- Boosting the immune system
- Preventing tumor growth
- Assisting in lactose digestion
- Reducing food borne germs
- Preventing and treating gastrointestinal problems
- Preventing and treating vaginal infections
- Lowering cholesterol
- Cleansing the digestive system
- Regulating metabolism
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Reducing skin problems such as eczema and acne
- Helping treat liver disease
- Assisting in weight loss
These are just some of the results which can be expected from regular kefir milk consumption. The greatest benefit of kefir is an all around good feeling and high energy levels in both the mind and body. Continuing studies are sure to reveal more benefits of this ancient fermented drink.