Consuming kefir can help heal the gut, improve immune function and prevent cancer

Consuming kefir can help heal the gut, improve immune function and prevent cancer

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Though science has yet to explain, in full detail, precisely how kefir improves health outcomes, considerable research has shown that it does, in fact, help. And one area of major interest is kefir’s apparent ability to help thwart the development of various cancers, presumably by improving the microflora environment in the gut through which nutrients are assimilated into the body.

Multiple trials involving mice have shown that kefiran, a unique polysaccharide produced by the cauliflower-like “blobs” commonly known as kefir “grains,” exhibits considerable anti-tumor activity. Oral administration of kefiran to test animals, in fact, revealed that it provokes a positive immune response in mice that helps reduce inflammation.

Consuming kefir has also been shown to heal the gut of conditions like ulcerative colitis, as well as related conditions like irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s disease. Be sure to check out the following story about how one individual from Australia successfully treated his bowel condition using kefir grains:
Users.SA.Chariot.net.au.

Kefir has also been shown to help in the treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, constipation and diabetes. But where this functional food really shines is in the area of cancer, with studies having shown that kefir extracts are capable of targeting and destroying malignant cancer cells while protecting healthy cells.

A 2007 study out of China, for instance, demonstrated the anti-proliferative effects of kefir extract on human mammary cancer cells, as well as normal human mammary epithelial cells. After just six days of exposure to kefir, cancer cells stopped spreading, the study found.

“The present findings suggest that kefir extracts contain constituents that specifically inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells, which might eventually be useful in the prevention or treatment of breast cancer,” the authors wrote.

Similar research out of Japan revealed that kefir consumption prompts the body to produce 14 times more interferon-beta, a glycoprotein excreted by cells throughout the body to combat viral infections, and possible cancer cells as well.

“[K]efiran, and in fact kefir grains and kefir are useful as functional food to prevent or control common occurring diseases of the modern age,” explains the following source covering virtually everything related to the proper way to culture, consume and benefit health-wise from kefir:
Users.Chariot.net.au.

Sources for this article include:

http://users.chariot.net.au

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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  • theunhivedmind

    Kefir extracts suppress in vitro proliferation of estrogen-dependent human breast cancer cells but not normal mammary epithelial cells.

    Chen C1, Chan HM, Kubow S.

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    Abstract

    Anti-tumorigenic effects have been demonstrated in animal studies from the intake of kefir, a traditional fermented milk product believed to originate from the Caucasian mountains of Russia. In the present study, the antiproliferative effects of extracts of kefir, yogurt, and pasteurized cow’s milk on human mammary cancer cells (MCF-7) and normal human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs) was investigated at doses of 0.31%, 0.63%, 1.25%, 2.5%, 5%, and 10% (vol/vol). After 6 days of culture, extracts of kefir-fermented milk depressed MCF-7 cell growth in a dose-dependent manner, showing 29% inhibition of proliferation at a concentration as low as 0.63%, whereas yogurt extracts began to show dose-dependent antiproliferative effects only at the 2.5% dose. Moreover, at the 2.5% dose, kefir extracts decreased the MCF-7 cell numbers by 56%, while yogurt extracts decreased MCF-7 cell proliferation by only 14%. No antiproliferative effects of kefir extracts were observed in the HMECs, while the yogurt extracts exerted antiproliferative effects on HMECs at the 5% and 10% doses. Unfermented milk extracts stimulated proliferation of MCF-7 cells and HMECs at concentrations above 0.31%. Peptide content and capillary electrophoresis analyses showed that kefir-mediated milk fermentation led to an increase in peptide concentrations and a change in peptide profiles relative to milk or yogurt. The present findings suggest that kefir extracts contain constituents that specifically inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells, which might eventually be useful in the prevention or treatment of breast cancer.

    PMID: 17887934 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17887934

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