Kefir originates from the Caucasus Mountains and while similar in appearance to regular yoghurt, has much more to offer. These dairy or water-based grains have a multitude of vitamins and minerals. They provide a wide variety of probiotic organisms and have awesome healing qualities.
Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yoghurt such as Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, and Streptococcus species. It also contains beneficial yeasts, such as Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir, which control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. Unlike yoghurt that passes through the system, kefir actually colonises in the digestive tract and can therefore maintain a healthy state with regular dosages.
Typically one tablespoon of kefir contains 5 billion beneficial bacteria!