The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that for people who are lactose intolerant, the beneficial yeast and friendly bacteria in kefir consume most of the lactose (or milk sugar).
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 02, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study on kefir, which is a cultured enzyme-rich food filled with friendly microorganisms, much like yogurt. According to the study, kefir could help in the reduction of lactose intolerance symptoms, in the stimulation of the immune system, and in lowering cholesterol levels.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/drink-this-to-improve-lactose-intolerance) kefir has been shown in clinical trials to be antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic. An antimutagenic food is one that inhibits genetic mutations that can lead to disease. One common mutagen that causes these harmful mutations is UV radiation. An anticarcinogenic food helps stop the growth of cancerous tumors.
Nutritionists suggest that kefir may hold an edge over yogurt when it comes to nutritional value, too, as the fermented milk drink contains complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B-vitamins. Some health pundits say kefir may even be more nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, ounce for ounce.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that for people who are lactose intolerant, the beneficial yeast and friendly bacteria in kefir consume most of the lactose (or milk sugar). So when kefir is consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for breakfast, it should prevent symptoms lactose intolerant sufferers experience, like stomach cramps and diarrhea. The kefir simply breaks down the lactose, which makes it easier to digest breakfast.
The article notes one more difference between kefir and yogurt. Yogurt contains what are called “transient beneficial bacteria.” These bacteria keep the digestive system clean and provide food for the friendly bacteria that live there. But kefir may be able to go a step further and actually colonize the intestinal tract.
Kefir also contains beneficial yeasts that attack and get rid of destructive yeasts in the body. As the article outlines, the kefir yeasts penetrate the mucosal lining where unhealthy yeast and bacteria hide out. In this way, kefir could help the body become better at resisting pathogens such as “E. coli” and intestinal parasites.
(SOURCE: Kok-Tas, T., et al., "Review: functional properties of kefir," Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr., Mar. 2011; 51(3): 261–8.)
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