Kefir is a Fantastic Source of Many Nutrients
Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow’s milk or goat’s milk.
LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN KEFIR
Kefir originated in the Caucasus Mountains when milk was transported in goatskin bags. Kefir grains preserved the milk during travel. Kefir contains the most beneficial bacteria and yeasts of all the ferments, as well as health benefits. Kefir can be made with either milk or water kefir grains. Water kefir is a good option for anyone who is dairy intolerant, however, because the casein in milk is broken down during the fermentation process, milk kefir may be tolerated without problem. The health benefits of Kefir is extensive, but includes:
- Improved digestion
- Improved immunity
- Rich in vitamins and protein
- Cancer prevention and reduction
- Antibiotic and Antifungal
- Vitamin rich (including B1, B6 and folate)
So basically, kefir is the drink, but kefir grains are the “starter kit” that you use to produce the drink.
Kefir originated from parts of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The name is derived from the Turkish word keyif, which means “feeling good” after eating .
Kefir also contains a wide variety of bioactive compounds, including organic acids and peptides that contribute to its health benefits (1).
Dairy-free versions of kefir can be made with coconut water, coconut milk or other sweet liquids. These will not have the same nutrient profile as dairy-based kefir.
Certain probiotics in kefir are believed to protect against infections. This includes the probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri, which is unique to kefir. Studies show that this probiotic can inhibit the growth of various harmful bacteria, including Salmonella, Helicobacter Pylori and E. coli .