Kefir

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What other names is Kefir known by?

Fermented Dairy Product, Fermented Milk, Fromage Kéfir, Kéfir, Kefir Cheese, Kefir Grains, Kefir Yogurt, Lait Fermenté, Produit Laitier Fermenté.

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a fermentation product of milk.

Likely Ineffective for...

  • Lowering serum cholesterol. Research shows that taking kefir has little or no effect on cholesterol levels.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Some research shows that a specific kefir-containing drink (Probugs, Lifeway Foods, Inc.) does not reduce diarrhea caused by antibiotics.
  • Lactose intolerance.
  • Improving digestion.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate kefir for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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