Kefir milk is a milk drink that has undergone a special fermentation process by microorganisms and according to research, is an immune system enhancer.
It comes from eastern Europe and mainly in the Balkans (produced in our country) and is consumed all over the world. The fermentation of kefir milk is carried out by various microorganisms that coexist in the culture. Like yogurt, kefir milk contains probiotics that help the immune system fight various infections.
Kefir milk and beneficial properties
Kefir milk is already known to help reduce the symptoms of asthma and some allergies. In addition, however, it contains substances that help in the fight against known viral diseases, such as Zika virus, hepatitis B and C, H1N1 virus, herpes, cold viruses, and even against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
In an article to be published in January 2021 in the medical journal Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, scientists from various countries announce their research results on the ways in which kefir milk is an ally of the immune system:
- signals the production of macrophages and, consequently, phagocytosis
- helps in the maturation of CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes as well as those that produce antibodies
- has an anti-inflammatory effect, mainly reducing the production of cytokines (interleukines 1 and 6) and interferon-gamma
It is noted that many losses of COVID-19 patients have occurred precisely because of the so-called cytokine storm due to excessive inflammation and immune system reaction. It is therefore obvious that kefir milk is a deterrent to the onset of a dangerous storm of cytokines.
Incorporate kefir milk into your diet
Experts recommend frequent consumption of kefir milk, especially during periods of epidemics or even at this stage when the coronavirus epidemic is on the rise. The same applies to other products containing probiotics, such as yogurt.
In the market there is ready-made kefir milk, but you can make it yourself, buying kefir growing grains from organic shops.