Benefits of Kefir
Friendly Bacteria - Reported
Many people have researched the
benefits from ingesting fresh, fermented foods
which are full of Friendly Bacteria.
Claimed benefits include that:
- they manufacture B-vitamins, such
as biotin, niacin(B3),pyridoxine(B6) and folic acid by
providing the enzyme lactase they enhance, and indeed
allow, the digestion of milk based foods, and the vital
calcium which they contain, for people who cannot
otherwise digest milk.
- they predigest the protein of
cultured milk (yoghurt, kefir) thus enhancing protein
digestion and absorption.
- they can act as watchdogs by keeping
an eye on, and effectively controlling, the spread of
undesirable micro-organisms (by altering the acidity of
the region they inhabit and/or producing specific
anti-biotic substances, as well as by depriving rival
unfriendly bacteria of their nutrients). The antibiotics
some of the friendly bacteria produce are effective
against many harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Not the
least of the potentially harmful yeasts controlled by
some lactobacilli is Candida albicans, now implicated in
many health problems in people who are malnourished or
whose immune systems are depleted. Food poisoning and
many bowl and urinary tract infections (diarrhea,
cystitis etc.) can be prevented and treated using high
- they can help considerably to enhance
bowel function. Where bowel bacteria are absent, the
function of peristalsis is impaired, and the amount of
time it takes for food to pass completely through the
system is much increased.
- they can help to control
high cholesterol levels, thereby affording us protection
from the cardiovascular damage which excessive levels of
this nonetheless important substance can
- they sometimes act to relieve the
symptoms of anxiety.
- they have been shown to control
facial acne in 80% of adolescents with this problem.
- they play a vital role in the
development of a healthy digestive tract in babies.
- they play a role in protecting
against the negative effects of radiation and toxic
pollutants, enhancing immune function.
Authors: Leon Chaitow N.D.,D.O and Natasha Trenev
Natasha Trenev Website
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