I’m a huge fan of both kefir and yogurt, but, unbeknown to many, kefir and yogurt are not exactly the same thing.
Kefir is a fermented milk product that tastes and looks a lot like a drinkable yogurt. You can use different forms of dairy to make kefir such as cow, goat or sheep milk.
The difference between kefir and yogurt are the types and amounts of bacteria found in each one. Kefir contains a much more diverse group of cultures than yogurt. Kefir contains about 30 different strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a very potent and varied source of probiotics (good bacteria).
Other fermented dairy products such as yogurts, are made from far fewer strains and don’t contain any yeasts.
Both yogurt and kefir have their benefits, but there are some significant components that make kefir superior to yogurt.
Supports Your Immune System
At this point, we’ve all heard of good and bad bacteria, and how essential it is to your gut health to have lots of good bacteria. Well did you know that over 75% of your immune system lives in your gut? In an age where people are on medications, taking antibiotics, using chemically filled sprays and sanitizers, and eating nutrient poor foods, our good gut bacteria can become severely damaged. Kefir is one of the highest probiotic foods you can eat, with several important probiotic strains, which strengthen your immune system! A study conducted at the University College Cork in Ireland, found out that taking high doses of probiotics protected against infection significantly better than antibiotics. Next time you get the sniffles, reach for some kefir.
According to The Center for Advancement in Cancer Education, one of the ways cancer develops is through exposure to carcinogens. We either absorb carcinogens through ingestion, or they’re created by an abundance of harmful bad gut bacteria. As you just learned, kefir contains one of the highest sources of good bacteria. According to the Journal of Applied Microbiology, these probiotics can help with detoxing the carcinogens, improving the death of damaged cells, hindering tumor growth, and strengthening the immune system. Even more, The Journal of Dairy Science published a study that evaluated the immune cells in mice, and discovered that regular kefir consumption helped stop the growth of breast cancer.
Relieves Digestive Issues
Due to the high doses of probiotics in kefir, the type of strands and the variety of enzymes this superfood contains, it can help restore the balance of gut bacteria. A study published in a Canadian medical journal found that probiotic rich foods can help heal IBS, ulcers and reduce bowel inflammation.
Build Bone Density
Osteoporosis is evaluated as the deterioration of bone tissue and is a massive problem in Western countries. Researchers of a 2014 study published in the Journal of Osteoporosis International, discovered that kefir works well for increasing the absorption of bone-building minerals of calcium and magnesium, which can improve bone density.