Kefir milk is a type of probiotic superfood, usually in the form of milk obtained from cows, goats or buffalo which undergoes a fermentation process that results in the creation of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) which supports irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), autoimmunity functions and the digestion of lactose. (1)

 

Furthermore, it contains essential amino acids which help the body with healing and maintenance function. (2)

 

Per 100ml (RDI=Recommended Daily Intake) Kefir Milk Cow’s (Whole) Milk
Calories 50 kcal 64 kcal
Fat 1.7g 3.6g
Carbohydrate 4.6g 4.7g
Fibre 0.1g 0g
Protein 3.6g 3.2g
Vitamin D 15% of the RDI 0% of the RDI
Riboflavin (B2) 27% of the RDI 17% of the RDI
B12 15% of the RDI 16% of the RDI
Calcium 36% of the RDI 15% of the RDI

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Calcium and Vitamin D

Kefir is a good source of calcium which is vital for the strengthening of bones and teeth.(4) Furthermore hemp milk is a good source of vitamin D which play a major part in maintaining the fluidity between cells as well increasing the absorption rate of calcium in the bloodstream.(5)

 

 

Magnesium and Vitamin K2

Kefir is a good source of magnesium which is needed to prevent the risk of cramps, the formation of kidney stones and cardiovascular diseases. (6)

Vitamin K is essential as it modifies proteins to give them the ability to bind with calcium. Specifically, Vitamin K2 decides where calcium is absorbed in our body by activating certain proteins. (7)

 

 

Fights Cancer

Kefir milk has been known as having anticancer properties which can reduce the risk of colon cancer by supressing the growth of pro-carcinogenic bacteria, reducing the absorption of mutagens from the intestines and supports detoxification functions. (7)

 

 

Boosts Immunity

Consuming kefir helps to activate the mucosal immune system which triggers anti-inflammatory mechanisms that increase the provision of antibodies to fight against bacteria build up and thus helps to tackle inflammatory bowel diseases. (8)

 

 

Manages Allergies

The probiotics in kefir milk can help to prevent and manage allergic diseases. Bacteria within kefir have been shown to stimulate the immune system and decrease the rate of allergic symptoms in humans, particularly children. (9)

 

 

Increases Lactose Digestion

There have been large studies demonstrating that humans who consumed fermented products were able to digest and absorb lactose as well as reduced gastrointestinal symptoms. (10)

 

 

Unpasteurised

This milk is generally not pasteurised meaning that there is no heat to kill beneficial bacteria such as lactase which has been proven to help with the digestion of lactose in people and reduces gastrointestinal symptoms. (11)

 

 

Recommendation

If you have previously had an allergic reaction with any dairy then you should seek medical advice from your doctor or GP on the consumption of fermented dairy products.

 

 

 

 

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