What is Kefir?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus region. It is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep's milk with kefir grains. Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids, and sugars.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support digestive health 7 6
Abdominal bloating 2 0
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0
Anxious mood 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
3
Mild
0
None
3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Kefir

Side effect Patients
Multiple sclerosis 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Kefir

Dosage Patients
50 mL daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Kefir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 1
See 1 patient who's stopped using Kefir

Duration

Currently using Kefir

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1

Stopped using Kefir

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 1
Last updated:

2 patient evaluations for Kefir

Dec 8, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support digestive health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for immune)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 L Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 8, 2010 (Started Aug 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for immune)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support digestive health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 L Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
Last updated:
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