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Chemical and microbiological composition of Kefir and its natural benefits

Nezha Sekkal-Taleb


Kefir grains or Tibetan mushrooms are considered a natural remedy thanks to their various curative properties against chronic diseases and certain cancers. They represent a symbiotic consortium of yeast and bacteria with high similarity to those present in the intestine. For this reason, the consumption reinforces the intestinal flora, helps with digestion, restores the digestive system and strongly stimulates the immune system.

In association with milk and slightly thickened with yogurt, kefir has the benefits of a pro-biotic since it is rich in vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides.

In this study we identified the diversity of bacteria, yeast and mould contained in kefir, a diversity which is important for its curative role in many disorders like diabetes and cancer. In a future study, we aim to investigate the mechanisms by which Kefiran; the main effective agent; regulates cell growth and immunity.

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