What is Kefir?

Kefir is a fermented milk food, derived from cow, goat or sheep’s milk and is thought to have originated in the Caucasus Mountains in West Asia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

It is made from gelatinous white particles called “grains”.  Kefir is unique, as no other milk culture form grains.

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Within these grains are a bacteria/yeast mixture which when they clump together with casein (milk proteins) and complex sugars form the Kefir grains.

It has high levels of vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate, enzymes and probiotics and tasted a bit like yoghurt.

Fermented foods are great for boosting the immune system, the gut which then improves digestion and helps build up bone density.

Little wonder then that Kefir is now considered as a trendy health drink in the UK, with brands such as Nourish Kefir and Bio-tiful Kefir proving extremely popular in supermarkets.