Kefir is a synbiotic with ability to treat a myriad of conditions
While it is difficult to isolate the most beneficial properties of kefir as it is a fermented synbiotic product with a variety of host mediated response mechanisms, some isolates have been suggested to offer greater therapeutic potential. Among them are kefiran, lactic acid bacteria and beneficial yeasts.
Kefiran, the EPS (exo-polysaccharide) of kefir, has important physicochemical properties. Kefiran properties suggest its use as antioxidant, antitumor agent, antimicrobial agent, and immunomodulator, among other roles.
While infectious diseases were the most important health issue in the world until the beginning of the 20th century cardiovascular and metabolic diseases gradually became the largest contributors to global morbidity and mortality. These problems are expected to continue for several more decades. Research has confirmed that there is a reciprocal interaction between gut microbiota and the function of different organs. Gut dysbiosis contributes to the onset or worsening of systemic abnormalities. This current scenario has resulted in growing interest in probiotic nutraceuticals, which are known to maintain gut homeostasis and to prevent or reverse gut dysbiosis.
- Drug resistant cancers show kefir has significant anti-cancer properties
Some deadly cancers have become drug resistant, kefir bio activities have shown significant potential against these types of cancers due to the inability of cancer to evade or spread and the ability to increase this potential via various fermentation techniques while not harming normal cells.
- Diet associated conditions are becoming more deadly and costly
In recent years, people have changed their eating habits, and high-fructose-containing foods have become widespread. High-fructose intake is suggested to be a key factor that induces non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Recent studies have evaluated the effects of kefir peptides on high-fructose induced NAFLD and have shown great therapeutic value while proposing the mechanism of action which is as follows. Kefir’s superior anti oxidant potential is well above previous well known antioxidants in the form of vitamins or other common drugs and appears to work by amplifying inherent intracellular and mitochondrial responses of the host while not harming normal cells. Kefir has shown liver regeneration effects.
Beyond extensive nutritional value via modulation of the gut/immune system and further effects to the systemic immune system kefir has been shown to have bio active properties that address a myriad of costly health problems from metabolic syndromes to cardiovascular disease, liver failure and cancer. Increasing clinical results show its large scale potential as a viable nutraceutical.
date nut muffins
Date Nut Muffins are a classic British teatime treat made with sweet dates and toasted walnuts.
Date nut muffins are a handy variation on date nut bread, which originated in Great Britain (specifically Scotland) as a tea time treat. This recipe uses a small amount of brown sugar.