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Benefits of Kefir

on July 15, 2012

Kefir has a tart, refreshing taste that is similar to the more traditional drinkable versions of yogurt.  The difference is that it not only contains probiotics like yogurt but it also contains beneficial yeast as well.  This combination provides plenty of health benefits when it is consumed regularly.  It also has an abundance of vitamins and minerals which help to assist in the digestion of the Kefir proteins.  For the lactose intolerant, kefir’s abundance of beneficial yeast and bacteria provide lactase, an enzyme which consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process.

Kefir’s active yeast and bacteria provide more nutritive value than yogurt by helping digest the foods that you eat and by keeping the colon environment clean and healthy. Since the curd size of kefir is smaller than yogurt, it is also easier to digest, which makes it a particularly excellent, nutritious food for babies, the elderly and people experiencing chronic fatigue and digestive disorders.

Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Since kefir also offers an abundance of calcium and magnesium, which are also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, it is one of the best products to help the nervous system.

Kefir is rich in Vitamin B12, B1, and Vitamin K. It is an excellent source of biotin, a B Vitamin which aids the body’s assimilation of other B Vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. The numerous benefits of maintaining adequate B vitamin intake range from regulation of the kidneys, liver and nervous system to helping relieve skin disorders, boost energy and promote longevity.

Kefir is easily digested, it cleanses the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. Because kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cancer. Its tranquilizing effect on the nervous system has benefited many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD.

Easy Ways To Add Kefir To Your Diet

-Add to smoothies
-Use to tenderize meat instead of yoghurt
-Serve with fruit
-In a cold soup
-In an ice cream recipe
-In place of buttermilk in baking

One of our favorite Kefir products is from Lifeaway.  They come in great flavors and are the perfect way to get the little ones loving Kefir!!

Sources:

http://www.kefir.net

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