Fermented Milk and Food Items May Help Cancer Survivors

A recent study published in the journal Dairy Science suggests kefir - a type of fermented milk-based drink - to have benefits for cancer survivors.

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Fermented Milk and Food Items May Help Cancer Survivors

Highlights

  1. Kefir is a type of fermented milk-based drink
  2. Fermented food items are excellent for human health
  3. Kefir consumption was found beneficial for cancer survivors
Fermented foods have long been touted as some of the most beneficial food items for human health. According to Shilpa Arora, ND, a renowned Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach, "fermented foods are highly nutritious and easier to digest owing to the presence of the beneficial micro-organisms that are involved in the fermentation process". These are excellent for the gut, great for skin and hair health as well as for the overall health.

A recent study published in the journal Dairy Science, suggests kefir - a type of fermented milk-based drink - to have benefits for cancer survivors. Experts noted that people on cancer medication may often experience digestive issues. Fermented products soothe the digestive system and promote gut bacteria growth. Kefir consumption, in particular, was found to be beneficial in cancer survivors as it is a good source of protein and carbs and also facilitated the recovery process in patients. Some of the notable features of kefir consumption were found to be its anticarcinogenic properties and the ability to reduce or prevent intestinal infections and other gut-related issues.

What is kefir?

"Kefir is made from gelatinous white and yellow particles called "grains". The grains contain the bacteria/yeast mixture clumped together with casein (milk protein) and polysaccharides (complex sugars)," noted Shilpa. There is nothing like kefir to restore the inner ecology of the body. It can aptly be called a natural antibiotic made from milk! Kefir can be likened to drinking some yogurt drink with a kick of tartness.

Fermented foods

Addition of fermented foods in regular diet is highly recommended by health experts and fitness coaches all across. Some food items that can easily be a part of your daily meal plan can include, dhokla, idi, dosa (in moderation), miso, curd, lacto-fermented vegetables like kimchi, kanji, et cetera.

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