Kefir milk (most popular version) is a fermented drink, with a slightly sour and refreshing taste, similar to yogurt. But it is healthier than ordinary yogurt since it contains a large population of beneficial yeast and bacteria. It is a super probiotic with numerous beneficial actions in the body, especially in our immunity.
Kefir’s grains consist of an association of bacteria and beneficial yeasts. The microorganisms vary according to the techniques used for their manipulation, the time of use, the region of origin and the substrate used for the production of Kefir. These grains are composed of gelatinous white particles, which contain a mixture of bacteria and yeast agglutinated over an array of proteins and complex sugars.
Properties of Kefir
Kefir contains minerals ( calcium , iron, phosphorus, magnesium , potassium, sodium, copper, molybdenum, manganese and zinc ), vitamins A, B , C , D, E, K2 and essential amino acids (methionine, cysteine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, tyrosine, leucine, isoleucine, threonine, lysine and valine).
Benefits of Kefir Milk
The regular daily intake of Kefir can bring several health benefits, helping in the metabolic processes and fighting some health problems. Here are the key benefits of Kefir:
- It improves the intestinal flora : it causes the intestinal microbiota to equilibrate and thereby combat constipation and its consequences, such as bleeding and hemorrhoids. It also helps to decrease the formation of gases, those monsters that accompany pain, bloating and excessive flatulence.
- Its yeast, friendly bacteria and lactobacilli help to cope with and soften colitis crises in its various forms, as well as other colon-related pathologies, and to attack the harmful bacteria present in the intestine. It is also an ally in the fight against diarrhea, constipation, and inflammation.
- It strengthens the immune system: it is rich in probiotics, which are living microorganisms whose ingestion brings benefits by facilitating the absorption of nutrients. Thus, it increases the production of defense cells and, as they attack bacteria that are harmful to health, keeps us away from diseases.
- Improves bone health by being rich in calcium , a mineral essential for bone formation and maintenance, and thus prevents degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.
- Depression and Memory: Because it is rich in B vitamins, among them vitamin B12 , we can certainly attribute to Kefir another superpower: the development and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, otherwise one may have cognitive problems, such as memory weak and dreaded depression .
- Good for Beauty : By ingesting this rich source of vitamin B, you improve the appearance of your skin, reduce wrinkles and strengthen your hair and nails. Kefir also helps with the elimination of toxins, preventing them from accumulating and causing an inefficient absorption of nutrients that can lead to undesirable nail breakage, hair loss and unwanted acne , among other undesirable effects .
- It stimulates the circulation, favoring the good functioning of the heart, regulating the blood pressure and helping in the fight against bad cholesterol.
- Rich in proteins , which are the key agents in muscle building, it also helps potentiate the absorption of glucose by muscle cells, which promotes great help in physical performance.
How to Make Kefir Milk?
The way you do it will depend on the amount you want per day. For the amount of about a cup of yogurt, set aside one tablespoon of Kefir beans for a 300-ml glass of milk.
Put the Kefir grains and whole milk (preferably the whole!) In a glass container. The contents are left at room temperature for about 24 hours. But if the weather is too hot or too cold, the duration may vary. The fermented milk is primed to separate and recover the grains. So now the grains are again added to more fresh milk by repeating the process.