Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Beneficial Probiotics found in Kefir

The below information is from the Lifeway website.

Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to drinkable yogurt, and made from milk fermented with kefir cultures. Originating over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains-where many people live well over 100 years-kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits.

All Lifeway products contain seven to ten billion CFU's of the following 12 live & active Kefir cultures per cup: 

Produces exclusively L(+) lactic acid
Increases digestibility of milk
Improves stomach digestion

Inhibits the growth of most harmful bacteria in the intestine. It is used as a natural preservative in yogurt and other dairy products to extend the shelf life.

Has the same properties of Streptococcus lactis
Produces diacetyl and CO2. Diacetyl is a characterictic aroma of kefir

Exhibits antagonistic activity against Listeria monocytogenes
Produces plantaricin, a bacteriocin inhibiting microorganisms which cause spoilage.
Strong producer of lactic acid.
Tolerates high concentrations of bile salts
Adheres to intestinal mucosa

Produces L (+) lactic acid
Produces large quantities of lactic acid
Colonizes intestinal tract
Adheres to intestinal mucosa
Creates a favorable environmental for the desirable microbial balance.
Limits intestinal putrefaction, thus controlling production of toxins and their noxious effect upon vital organs and body cells
Inhibits pathogenic bacteria and prevents diseases caused by intestinal infections.
Limits lactose intolerance. Contributes to Immunity.

Boosts immune system after taking a course of antibiotics

Produces lactic and acetic acid
Produces acetyl-methyl carbinol and diacetyl, two aromatic agents of kefir

Keeps the digestive system running smoothly, blocks the growth of harmful bacteria, and boosts the immune system

Modifies the intestinal flora, helps balance intestinal flora

Ferments lactose into lactic acid
Protects against some unhealthy organisms
Benefits include improved gastrointestinal function, a boosted immune system, and a decrease in the frequency of yeast overgrowth

This live and active probiotic culture is especially good at enhancing immunity. It does this by balancing the level of good bacteria in your digestive tract and strengthening the function of your intestinal lining. It has been tested in multiple clinical trials and is proven to improve your gastrointestinal ecology and strengthen your natural immune response.

Lactobacillus reuteri is a live and active probiotic culture that is clinically proven to enhance digestion. It helps balance your intestinal ecosystem, which also helps improve immune response. This culture has been shown to help break down lactose, making dairy products – including Kefir – easier to digest. It is especially helpful at alleviating diarrhea and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It can even have a positive effect on reducing allergies, lowering cholesterol and fighting cancer.