We searched for those who were wondering about kefir, which is one of the indispensable supplementary foods for our immune system. An explanation came from experts about the correct consumption of kefir, which is a strong source of probiotics. Here is the truth of kefir that strengthens immunity in 7 questions!
With the introduction of the coronavirus into our lives, experts drew attention to the resistance of the immune system. Spreading from the Caucasus to the whole world, kefir is one of the additional supplements that should be consumed for body health. Ak Gıda Production Department Food Engineer Ekin Oruçoğlu emphasized that it is one of the indispensable nutrients for health. At the same time, Oruçoğlu explained the questions about kefir in 7 questions:
WHAT IS KEFIR?
With a history of hundreds of years, kefir is a dairy product originating from the North Caucasus. A probiotic beverage obtained by fermenting milk using kefir grains or kefir culture. A study led by experts from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro proved that kefir is a miraculous product containing many beneficial microorganisms that help balance our “gut ecosystem”. According to the results of the research, kefir not only helps to regulate the digestive system, but also has effects on balancing high blood pressure, reducing allergic reactions and lowering the risk of cancer.
WHAT IS IN KEFIR?
Kefir contains kefir culture, kefir yeast and probiotic microorganisms.
DOES IT REALLY STRENGTHEN IMMUNITY?
Kefir, which is a nutritious beverage thanks to its richness in protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals, is also very beneficial for the immune system. A joint study by scientists from Argentina and France; It has been revealed that beneficial microorganisms that occur naturally in kefir during the fermentation process activate the immune system and help prevent many diseases from rheumatoid arthritis to some types of cancer.
WHAT IS THE EFFECT ON THE DIGITAL SYSTEM?
The probiotics in kefir help regulate the digestive system. In addition, clinical studies; It shows that kefir increases bowel movements and, accordingly, helps in solving the problem of constipation.
WHO CAN CONSUMPT HOW MUCH KEFIR?
Due to its high nutritional value and health benefits, it is recommended that adults as well as children, pregnant women, patients, those who need supportive treatment and the elderly consume kefir in their daily diets. Although there are many studies showing the benefits of kefir for children, it is recommended to consult a doctor first for consumption by children under the age of 3. Kefir; It has been proven by research that it can be a useful support for athletes, thanks to the high amount of protein, vitamins and minerals it contains. Kefir stands out with its role as a complement to mineral deficiencies that cause health problems that athletes may experience from time to time, such as weakening of immunity and muscle cramps.
HOW MUCH KEPHIR SHOULD I CONSUME IN A DAY?
Kefir is a food that should be included in the daily diet with its beneficial properties for health. Although the daily consumption amount varies according to the needs of the people, it can be added to the diet as 1-2 portions (1 portion = 250 ml).
WHEN SHOULD KEFIR BE CONSUMED?
One of the best features of kefir is that it can be easily consumed at any time of the day, on an empty or full stomach. Thanks to its high nutritional value, kefir can also be preferred as a snack during the day. Kefir should be stored in the refrigerator at +4 C and should be consumed within 3 days after opening.