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Kefir is a liquid yogurt made by placing milk Kefir grains into milk and allowing it to ferment for at least 24 hours. What you get is a delicious and creamy product which has many Kefir Health Benefits. Kefir contains probiotics such as Leuconostoc, Torula kefir, Streptococcus species, Acetobacter species, Lactobacillus Caucasus and Saccharomyces kefir. It can be found in most grocery stores in many different flavors. If you wish to make Kefir, you can buy it online as well as many local farms.
Health Benefits of Kefir
1. Improves Lactose Tolerance
Since the live culture in the Kefir feeds off lactose and excretes lactic acid as a by-product, it decreases the level of lactose in the milk. This makes it easier for lactose intolerant persons to digest the milk.
2. Reduces Cholesterol
It is thought that the probiotics found in Kefir play a role in how the body produces cholesterol and therefore lowers cholesterol.
3. Assists In Gastrointestinal Health
The probiotics found in Kefir may fight off bad bacteria in the stomach and intestine thus aiding eliminating or preventing infection.
4. Aiding In Weight Loss
It has been found that one cup of Kefir Yogurt per day aids in weight loss.