In 1908, Metchnikov wrote in his book “The extension of life” that the secret of longevity found in the Russian Caucasus Mountains was Kefir. Kefir is actually cultured milk that people made and consumed. The villagers of the Caucasus Mountains gave us the Caucasian yoghurt and kefir (milk fermentation product). Kefir history goes back several centuries. It is widely known in Eastern Europe and the old Pontus Area. People in the Caucasus Mountains drink kefir instead of water and also eat dense kefir cream as a dessert. Caucasian Mountain people do not suffer from the degenerative diseases of modern western society people and their estimated lifespan exceeds 110 years. Their longevity is actually because of kefir consumption.
Professor Dr Kanschlikow devoted much of his life in researching kefir, and observing its therapeutic effects in many illnesses. He found out that Kefir contributes to the recovery process after a disease and that can be used as a substitute for maternal milk. Kefir is not medicine but a special traditional food. It can even be used as sour cream in sauces and salads. The nutrient drink kefir milk is considered appropriate to include in special diets and for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.
Like yoghurt, kefir is based on milk. The process to make kefir includes the fermentation of milk with kefir “seeds” or Kefir Grains. A Kefir Grain is basically a mass of bacteria, yeast and polysaccharide. The microbiology of kefir grains is very complex. The polysaccharide contained in the mass of kefir grains has shown that it is unique in nature and is given the name kefiran.
Kefir is a nutritional drink because it contains beneficial probiotic bacteria, yeast, minerals and amino acids that help the human’s body function of recovery, help in body maintenance and also offer excellent defenses to the immune system. The complete proteins included in kefir are digested better compared with yogurt and are used more easily in the body. Amino acids contained in Kefir are known also to relax the nervous system.
The Caucasus kefir type is a delicious probiotic drink and beneficial to children and adults and is intended to promote everyday good health. It is said that daily consumption of Caucasus Kefir supports a balanced intestinal ecosystem. Kefir is also excellent for long term health maintenance when combined with a healthy lifestyle.