4 surprising health benefits of kefir
Kefir is a naturally gluten-free, fermented yogurt-type drink that offers a ton of nutrients and more than 50 probiotic strains. I recently learned 4 surprising health benefits of kefir that made me want to give this drink a go. These are only a few benefits, but take a look and see for yourself if kefir is something you want to make part of your daily diet.
- Kefir has been shown to help reduce airway inflammation and asthmatic reaction to allergenic elements in mouse studies. This could mean beneficial effects for those with allergy-induced asthma or people who experience flair-ups from inflammation.
- Kefir can protect against pathogens and microbes. Since kefir contains such a diverse group of probiotics, it is said to help protect against pathogens and have antimicrobial properties.
- Kefir is a scavenger of free radicals and elements that can cause oxidative damage in the body. In other words, it has antioxidant properties and is said to be one of the more promising foods that can “prevent mutagenic and oxidative damage.”
- Kefir was shown to have wound-healing properties in a study on rats in 2005. The rats were treated with a kefir “gel” and the wounds healed better than using silver sulfadiazine cream (silvadene cream). If this topical kefir solution helped external wounds, it only makes me wonder how drinking kefir may help heal the inside of the body, as well.
Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter makes 1 quart per packet and can be used an average of 7 times per packet. This is much more cost efficient than buying pre-made kefir at the store, and it’s more convenient because it lasts longer when you have the starter in packets and can simply make the kefir whenever you want. It’s non-GMO, vegetarian, Kosher, and free of gluten and soy.
Head over to Body Ecology’s website and check out the benefits to their Kefir Starter and how it’s made. It’s a simple and very beneficial addition to your daily diet.