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Kefir Mushroom Health Benefits

Updated on February 11, 2011

What is kefir?

These days the number of various healthy drinks on the market is increasing even as we speak, but among them a prominent place deserves one ancient health product - the kefir yogurt. The health benefits of Kefir yogurt are numerous, and best evidence for that is the longevity and good health of the people in the regions of Tibet and Caucasus where the culture of kefir producing milk mushroom originated many thousands years ago. After all, the best known original kefir is the Caucasian one.

In the middle of the 90's of the last century, the kefir yogurt became very popular health drink in our society. The kefir yogurt drink is not only healthy, it is also very tasteful. Many people started using kefir enzymes and cultures obtained from the bio and healthy food stores. But these cultures are often not identical to the original kefir mushroom. Once you get your original kefir mushroom, you can make your healthy kefir yogurt every day for as long as you like. The kefir fungus is practically immortal - you can use it forever, because it is able to double its size in no more than 17 days. This is how more kefir grains are made.

Here we are talking about a symbiotic organism which in its essence possesses a sour milk bacteria. It is a unique culture that has no match in its beneficial influence on human organism.

glass of Kefir
glass of Kefir

Health Benefits of Kefir

The proponents of kefir consuming claim that it works beneficially in cases of allergy and inflammatory diseases. It is also believed to be able to help with wounds, ulcers, gastritis, pancreatitis and other gastrointestinal ailments. Let us see what are the other supposed medical and health care benefits of kefir.

  • It regulates the exchange processes in our body.

  • It helps with heart related problems, promotes cholesterol reduction and arterial plaque removal.
  • It is good for the Duodenum, gall bladder, and supposedly dissolves gallstones
  • It is helpful for the spleen, liver and pancreas.
  • It works beneficially on the belly, intestines, and ulcer removal
  • It produces antibiotics and heals inflammations
  • It regulates high blood pressure.
  • It supposedly helps with stopping the growth of metastasis.
  • It regulates energy deficits in the body and protects against stress.
  • It contains many vital vitamins.
  • It prevents aging too quickly.

While it is practically impossible to offer evidences for such claims, the kefir health benefits are best assessed in everyday life by consuming it on a regular basis. There is no better way but to try the original kefir. The same can be stated also for the health benefits of noni juice, and other health drinks.

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Home Made vs Store Bought Kefir

The mushroom for kefir production can be found more rarely than the other mushrooms from the Zoogleas family (for example Kombucha). The kefir mushrooms benefits are extraordinary. Those who are in possession of one such kefir culture, can consider themselves very lucky, since not only is this kefir beneficial for health, but also it has a very pleasant taste, which can please the most picky gourmands.

The best kefir is the one you cannot buy in the grocery stores. The producers would have great production problems if they used this original kefir fungus. Therefore they use other cultures which are more easily manipulated, and their kefir is often marked as "kefir mild".

The original kefir should be consumed on a daily basis for 20 or 30 consecutive days. After this period of time, a pause of 10 days is recommended. This cycle should be repeated several times until you notice an improvement in your health condition. Do not put it in contact with metal objects. The kefir culture should always be kept within a glass jar filled with milk, otherwise after 24 hours it will lose its kefir health benefits.


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      Alegria 2 years ago

      I need to get kefir mushrooms as soon as possible. I was living in Miami. Where can I found this ?

      Thanks in advance for your help that is really URGENT

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      Noni juice 4 years ago

      Thanks Gail, glad you like it.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      I enjoyed your hub! I tried kefir and kombacha, but I ended up sticking with the kombucha. Maybe I should try kefir again. Voted up and useful. I am also linking your kefir hub to my kombucha hub.

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      Marina 5 years ago

      Hi Amanda!

      In my practice, I left the mushroom for three weeks. It should be poured into a jar of milk and water 50/50. Нere put mushroom and put in the refrigerator or a cool place.Everything will be all right.

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      How do I store the mushroom during the 10 days of non-use?

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      Noni juice 6 years ago

      Hi Doreen,

      I honestly don't know. This is a question for a physician, and hopefully, if they are reading this hub, some of them can reply to it.

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      Doreen Jezequel 6 years ago

      Will kefir reduce the effects of synthroid used for thyroid?