Kefir is a very tasty and no less useful fermented milk product obtained by fermenting whole or skim milk with the addition of bifidobacterium or fungi. The drink has an indispensable immune-stimulating effect on the body; it helps fight chronic fatigue and insomnia, so if you drink a glass of kefir before to go to bed, preferably with the addition of cinnamon, it will provide you with a full rest, normalizing the nervous system. Kefir adequately compensates for the lack of protein and protein deficiency; it is well absorbed in the body, which allows it to be used by both adults and children. It is very useful for those who want to lose weight without causing any harm to the body. It has also curative and preventive effect in many diseases. In order to properly consume kefir you need to get acquainted with its composition, brought by use and possible harm.
1. IT SATIATES THE BODY
Kefir - is primarily a very healthy and nutritious sour milk drink, which is traditionally made from cow or goat's milk. In 1 portion (200 ml) of yogurt contains: about 100 calories, 7-8 grams of carbohydrates and 3-6 grams of fat, depending on the type of milk used. The product also contains a wide range of biologically active compounds, including organic acids and peptides, so a glass of kefir, drunk in the morning on an empty stomach, will be beneficial for the health of the whole organism. Kefir is very useful for pregnant women, especially homemade one. It contains:
- 20% of recommended daily calcium intake;
- 20% of the recommended daily phosphorus rate;
- 14% of the daily norm of vitamin B12;
- 19% of the daily norm of riboflavin (vitamin B2);
- 5% of the recommended daily rate of magnesium;
- Vitamin D in sufficient quantity.
2. POWERFUL PROBIOTIC
Some microorganisms can have a beneficial effect on health when are ingested. Known as probiotics, these microorganisms can influence your health in various ways, including improving digestion, controlling weight and stabilizing mental health. It contains about 30 strains of bacteria and yeast, which makes the product a very rich source of probiotics. Kefir itself contains more than two trillion fermented milk bacteria and other microorganisms. Other fermented dairy products are made from a much smaller number of strains of bacteria and do not contain yeast.
3. POWERFUL ANTIBACTERIAL ACTION
Some probiotics contained in kefir are able to fight with various infections. Probiotic lactobacilli "kefiri" can significantly reduce the growth of various harmful bacteria, including salmonella, Helicobacter pylori and Escherichia coli. "Kefiran" a special type of carbohydrates, contained in kefir, also has bactericidal properties.
4. IMPROVES HEALTH OF BONES AND REDUCES THE RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis is characterized by deterioration of bone tissue, which greatly increases the risk of fractures. This disease is a fairly common problem, especially among the elderly. Obtaining a sufficient amount of calcium by the body is one of the most effective ways to improve bone health, as well as slowing the progression of osteoporosis. Kefir, made from skim milk - is not only an excellent source of calcium and vitamin K2. This nutritional product plays an important role in calcium metabolism, bringing tremendous benefits and reducing the risk of fractures by 81%. Recent studies in animals have shown that kefir increases the ability of bone cells to absorb calcium. This leads to a significant increase in bone density.
5. MEANS OF PREVENTION OF CANCER
Researchers believe that probiotics in fermented dairy products suppress tumor growth by reducing the formation of carcinogenic compounds, and by stimulating the immune system. In this case, kefir 40% more effectively copes with the growth of cancer cells than yogurt.
6. SOLVE DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
Probiotics, contained in kefir, help restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in the intestine. That is why they are very effective in combating various forms of diarrhea. In addition, probiotics and probiotic products help cope with many other gastrointestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcer caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, and a number of other diseases. For this reason, a glass of kefir drunk before bed will benefit and improve the performance of the entire digestive system.
7. IT IS USEFUL FOR PEOPLE WITH LACTOSE INTOLERANCE
Most dairy products contain natural sugar, called lactose. With age, the body of most people loses the ability to digest and assimilate lactose correctly. This condition is called lactose intolerance. Lactic acid bacteria in fermented dairy products (for example, in kefir and yoghurt) convert lactose into lactic acid, so these products contain much less lactose than milk. Due to this kefir, as a rule, is well absorbed by people with lactose intolerance, at least in comparison with regular milk.
8. RELIEVES ALLERGY AND ASTHMA SYMPTOMS
Allergic reactions are caused by inflammatory processes arising from the action of a substance (allergen). People with a sensitive immune system are more incline to allergies, which can provoke even asthma attacks. Studies conducted on animals have shown that kefir suppresses inflammatory reactions associated with allergies and, as a consequence, asthma.
9. STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNITY
Approximately 70% of the cells responsible for immunity are located directly in the intestine. Therefore, the regular use of kefir, containing probiotics and stimulating the growth of microorganisms in the intestines, helps to strengthen immunity.
10. NORMALISATION OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
Kefir has a soft relaxing effect due to the presence of tryptophan in its composition. This amino acid is one of the ten basic proteins necessary for the synthesis and is associated with such processes in the body as relaxation, the work of the nervous system, rest and sleep.
Despite the great benefit brought to the human body, kefir has some contraindications.
ü Kefir is contraindicated for people with high acidity, as well as with gastric ulcer.
ü The sour milk product is contraindicated for people with individual intolerance.
ü Children are encouraged to consume kefir only after they reach one year and in small quantities.
ü You should not drink it very cold.