10 Benefits of Kefir
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10 benefits of kefir
Kefir has been around for thousands of years and is becoming very popular globally.
Scientists are just beginning to study the benefits of homemade kefir, and the results are very promising.
So here are 10 potential benefits of drinking homemade kefir:
Kefir can help boost your immune system.
Studies have shown that proboitics are very powerful at strengthening your immune system.
Adults and children that took proboitics that are high in Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium
Had fewer numbers of sick days and
Had shorter episodes of being sick by almost one full day
Kefir helps increase bone mass and fights osteoporosis
In a study of female rats
Kefir was seen to have the amazing ability to increase calcium absorption into cells.
After twelve weeks of receiving kefir,
The rats showed an increase in bone volume, bone thickness and bone hardness.
Kefir helps Reduce cholesterol and lowers triglycerides
In one study, mice that consumed kefir
Showed an inhibited lipogenesis pathway that led to
A Decrease in their triglycerides (TG)
And a decrease in total cholesterol levels (TC).
Kefir may also be used one day to help treat incurable fatty liver disease.
Kefir helps alleviate Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a condition where a person suffers from a high frequency of daily bowel movements along with abdominal pain.
Some of the probiotics found in kefir have been shown to reduce the pain and symptoms of IBS.
Kefir improves lactose intolerance symptoms
Researchers tested kefir to determine if it had the ability to reduce lactose in milk.
When lactose intolerant individuals drank kefir,
They reported greatly reducing their flatulence relative to drinking unfermented milk.
Kefir, like yogurt, has almost no lactose present after fermenting for 24 hours.
Kefir heals skin
Scientists wanted to determine if kefir would be a good treatment for surface wounds.
They created a kefir gel and applied it to skin wounds for 7 days.
The kefir gel amazingly accelerated the wound healing in addition to its protective effect.
After 7 days the kefir gel performed better than the standard neomycin application.
Kefir may improve inflammation and allergies
Studies have shown that
“Higher levels of Bifidobacterium and lactobacilli have been associated with a lower incidence of allergic disease later in life.”
In addition to kefir’s high lactobacilli count, Kefir and kefiran have been shown to increase the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria.
Further, in a study in Korea,
Kefir was given to mice prior to triggering an asthmatic event and this resulted in a reduced response.
This suggests that kefir may decrease inflammation.
Kefir may lower your risk of stomach cancer
A group of researchers in China found that kefir inhibited the growth of stomach cancer cells in rats.
It is possible that drinking kefir may inhibit the growth of stomach cancer in humans but more studies must be done.
Homemade kefir is one of the most powerful sources of probiotics on the planet.
1 cup of homemade kefir contains 2.5 trillion bacteria. That is 250 times the amount of bacteria found in store-bought yogurt.
Most notably, there have been over 100 types of bacteria and beneficial yeasts identified in kefir.
Kefir fights pathogens in your gut.
Unlike yogurt, The bacteria in kefir are able to colonize your gut and promote the growth of the good bacteria already present.
These new bacteria actively fight terrible pathogens such as E coli and Salmonella.
Kefir has been shown to alleviate symptoms of stomach infections
and protects cells from the toxins produced by E Coli.
This concludes our list. So what do you think? Are there any other benefits that you know of? Please comment below.