The effect of kefir produced from natural kefir grains on the intestinal microbial populations and antioxidant capacities of Balb/c mice

Erdogan F. S., Ozarslan S., Guzel-Seydim Z. B., KÖK TAŞ T.

FOOD RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, vol.115, pp.408-413, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 115
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.foodres.2018.10.080
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.408-413
  • Keywords: Kefir, Kefir grains, Probiotic, Intestinal microorganism, Trichoderma koningii, Antioxidant capacitiy, IDENTIFICATION, ANTIBACTERIAL, STRAINS
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Kefir is a probiotic and fermented dairy product authentically produced from kefir grains. Kefir grain, as a natural starter culture, contains numerous lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid bacteria and yeasts within a polysaccharide structure. True kefir is a miraculous food in terms of its favorable contributions to human health. However, kefir starter cultures used in industrial kefir productions contain very few lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. These starter cultures do not contain characteristic kefir bacteria, such as Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens, Lactobacillus kefiri, and Lactobacillus parakefiri. The objective of this study was to compare the intestinal microorganisms of BALB/c mice fed kefir produced from natural kefir grains and kefir produced from starter culture.