Thekefirorchefiris a drink rich in lactic ferments and probiotics obtained from different liquids containing the micronutrients necessary for the growth of colonies of microorganisms such as bacteria and yeasts.
Thepropertyof thekefirthey vary according to the starting liquid. Traditionally, cow's or goat's milk is used, however it is also widespreadwater kefir, or plant-based milk kefir such as soy, almond or coconut.
Thekefirit is a drink originating from the Caucasus and, depending on the different fermentation methods, it can have a fair content of CO2 and alcohol, secondary products of yeast fermentation.
The kéfir traditional is prepared using fresh sheep, goat or cow milk to which enzymes or are added kefir granules.
Kefir, benefits and nutritional properties
Kefir is considered the drink of longevity. Suffice it to say that the Nobel Prize for medicine Il'ja Il'ič Mečnikov, between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, was interested in kefir and studied the bacterial strains; Mecnikov was convinced that the consumption of this drink was one of the main reasons for the longevity of the Caucasian populations. The studies took as a basis the high presence of lactic acid in kefirwhich, at the level of the human intestine, would be able to keep bacterial proliferation at bay by naturally helping the immune defenses and improving the general health condition of all the organs of our body.
Thanks to its composition, thekefirmanages to explain numerousbenefits, between these:
- The kefirhelps promote the formation of antibodies.
- Rebalances the intestinal bacterial flora.
- A 2003 study found that consuming the kefiran polysaccharide (kefir granules) in adults with lactose intolerance resulted in improved milk digestion and a significant decrease in flatulence.
- It provides a large number of mineral salts such as:
- It is a good source of essential amino acids such as:
- Kefir contains vitamins and micronutrients such as:
-vitamin B1 (thiamine)
-vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
-vitamin B3 (niacin)
-vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
-vitamin B9 (folic acid)
-vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
As is clear, many of the micronutrients provided by thekefirthey are the same that we commonly find in milk, plus kefir adds more probiotic elements. Unfortunately the quantities have not been standardized in estimated figures because they can vary a lot both according to the fermentation times, according to the starting liquid and the type of bacterial strains used. More information on benefits of kefir are contained in the articleKefir, beneficial properties.
Preparation of kefir
The preparation of kefir takes place starting from its granules that can be purchased on ebay or in shops specialized in probiotic foods. All instructions on preparing kefir are available in the article:How to make kefir at home.
Kefir-based recipes and its benefits
For the properties of kefir, its benefits on the body, the recipes and its applications in the field of natural cosmetics, I recommend the bookKefir. The leaven of health.
Kefir, where to buy it
You can find them in the best-stocked pharmacies or, if you're lucky, in shops specializing in the sale of natural products. The easiest way to buy kefir provides for the use of the web. Many sellers offer the purchase of live enzymes but since we do not know how shipments are handled, it is better to focus on dehydrated products to be activated at home. From this point of view I point out theKefir company bio starter culture. The product is offered on Amazon at a price of € 19.95 with free shipping costs and contains several bags of dehydrated enzymes ready to resume their activity once they come into contact with water or milk.