Analysis of health benefits conferred by Lactobacillus species from kefir
Cotter, Paul D.
O'Toole, Paul W.
Lactobacilli are among the most common microorganisms found in kefir; a traditional fermented milk beverage produced locally in many locations around the world. Kefir has been associated with a wide range of purported health benefits; such as antimicrobial activity; cholesterol metabolism; immunomodulation; anti-oxidative effects; anti-diabetic effects; anti-allergenic effects; and tumor suppression. This review critically examines and assesses these claimed benefits and mechanisms with regard to particular Lactobacillus species and/or strains that have been derived from kefir; as well as detailing further potential avenues for experimentation.
Lactobacillus , Kefir , Kefiranofaciens , Kefiri , Plantarum , Probiotic
Slattery, C., Cotter, P.D. and O’Toole, P.W. (2019). Analysis of Health Benefits Conferred by Lactobacillus Species from Kefir. Nutrients, 11(6), 1252. (24pp). doi:10.3390/nu11061252