If you want a good probiotic that may be better for you than yogurt is, you should try kefir. It is not as popular as yogurt is these days, but it is good for you.
Because Kefir is made with cultured milk, vegans and people sensitive to milk should try the Raw Coconut Kefir. You can find Kefir in the health food stores or in the specialty section of your local grocery store.
What are the benefits?
Kefir is a better probiotic than yogurt is because it not only has healthy bacteria, it also has yeast. This additional ingredient make Kefir a better choice if you want to boost your immune system.
Kefir also contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and Vitamin B2, B12, Vitamin D and K. (vegetarians, especially vegans need to supplement with B12 because it is not found in any food that they consume.)
Another special ingredient is tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids that the body needs. Kefir is abundant in tryptophan which is known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system.
Research on Kefir
In a Canadian study, Dr. Edward Farnworth found that Kefir supplements the immune system, balances microflora in the gut and helps keep cholesterol levels healthy.
The Top Ten Probiotics:
3. Raw Cheese
5. Pickled carrots, beets and cucumbers
6. Coconut Kefir
7. Miso ( fermented soybean paste)
8. Soy sauce
9. Kimchi ( peppery fermented cabbage)
10. Pickled ginger
Taken in part from: Rubin, J. ( 2010) The Raw Truth. West Palm Beach, FL. Garden of Life, LLC.