Probiotic Health Benefits of Kefir Grains
Has someone suggested that you try kefir? Did you look at this person and frown because you had no idea what it was? No worries, we'll provide you with brief overview of this dynamic food and tell you why you definitely should be trying it below.
What is kefir?
Essentially a drinkable yogurt-like product, kefir is fermented milk (typically from cows or goats). The origination of kefir lies in Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The grains are a mixture of lactic acid compounds and yeasts. Kefir grains feel gelatinous in texture and resemble tiny cauliflower. They are placed in milk and the microorganisms ferment the milk over a period of a day or so resulting in the kefir drink. The kefir drink has a tart, effervescent taste. Kefir is often viewed as a more potent and healthful version of yogurt.
Health Benefits of Kefir
Kefir has unbelievable health properties, such as:
- a potent source of probiotics, which are instrumental in digestive health
- antibacterial properties that boost the bodies infection-fighting abilities
- suitable for people who are lactose intolerant since the fermenting process turns lactose into lactic acid, which goes down easier
- a source of both calcium and K2 vitamins which are helpful in building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis
- able to suppress inflammatory responses and reduce symptoms in people with asthma and allergies
- can be a great addition to a low-calories diet since research shows five servings of dairy-rich foods per day can lead to decreased belly fat
Do the benefits above make you want to run out and get some kefir right now? You should! As a drink or fresh veggie soup, it is loaded with health-supporting nutrients that are beneficial to many areas of health beyond weight loss. Try some kefir today.
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